Guide to order types, listing types and pricing units

This article shortly explains about order types, listing types and pricing units.

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Order types - a short explanation

Order types determine how the order process works on your site. 

You can decide whether your users are, for example renting or selling, or perhaps just posting announcements and communicating via free messages. You can freely choose which order types you have in your marketplace. 

You can have as many order types as you like, which means that, for instance, you can have renting and selling in the same marketplace.

You can choose with which categories each order type is connected. You can read how to change this in the section “Can different categories have different order types?” in this article

Order types are named “listing types” on the user side of the marketplace.

Here you can read more about what order types are, and here you can learn more about how to add and edit order types.

Pricing, Online transactions, and free listings

For each order type, you can choose if:

  • you support online transactions - users being able to pay on your site,

  • you show the price but do not allow online transactions or

You can read how to change this in the section “How to enable or disable online payments for an order type” in this article.

Pricing units - part of the order type

For each order type, you can add one or more pricing units. They determine how the price is displayed. Examples include "per hour", "per week" or "per ticket". The price is then displayed as "$20 per hour", for example. If pricing units are in use, the buyer can select how many items they want to buy (for instance, in a service marketplace, they might purchase a service for 2 hours, and in a ticket marketplace, they might purchase 4 tickets at once).

You can also choose not to have any pricing units in an order type. In that case, a flat price without "per" is displayed. Pricing units can (naturally) only be used if the price field has been enabled in the order type.

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