Events with variable price amounts
When you create an event on Corsizio, you have the option to provide a fixed price or a flexible price that people registering for the event would pay. Most events will have fixed prices, where you specify the exact price that is charged for attendance to the event. Some events will have variable prices, where the registering person gets to choose what they can or are willing to pay.
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Variable price amount uses
Here are some examples of when variable pricing would be required for an event:
- Events by donation
- Events with a sliding scale fee structure
- Pay-what-you-can events
- Pay-what-you-want events
- Variable price amounts can be used for events with multiple price categories
- Variable price amounts can be used for event add-on pricing
How to use the variable price amount feature
To enable this pricing feature for an event, follow these steps:
- Go to Step 2 – Pricing & Payment when you are creating or editing the event that you want to have one or more variable price amounts.
- Click on "Show additional options" to access the variable amount and other pricing configurations.
- Check the box "Allow the entry of a variable amount as the price" to give your registrants the option to provide a flexible amount as payment for the event based on what they can afford or some other criteria.
- Fill in the required price for the event; the price label and short description are optional. Note that you must have a price entered when using the variable price amount because it will be used as the lowest acceptable amount that can be entered by the registrant. For example, you can enter "0" if you wish to allow people to register without any payment. Otherwise, you should enter an amount that will make sense for you and your event, while taking into consideration online payment service fees.
- Notice that coupons, early-birds, or other additional discounts are greyed out, as they cannot apply when the registrant is entering their own price amount.
Once you have set up and configured your price amount, decide if you want the price to show or be hidden by checking the appropriate boxes. If you check the box "Hide pricing from public list view," this will hide the price of this event on the event list view on your auto-generated portal site. If you check the box "Hide pricing from all public pages," this will hide the price of this event everywhere, including the auto-generated portal site, event page, and embed cards, except on the registration form for the event.
- Continue with the configuration of Step 2 – Pricing & Payment if you wish to include any other price categories, add-ons, taxes, online payments, offline payments, and such. Recall from above that early-bird pricing, coupons, and volume discounts will NOT apply to variable price amounts.
- When you are finished configuring this step be sure to Save & Exit, or proceed to the next step.
How other pricing features impact variable pricing
- Early Bird: When you configure the price category to accept a variable amount, then the early-bird feature cannot be used on that specific price category.
- Coupons: When this discount feature is enabled on the event, it will not apply to any price category or add-on that is configured to be a variable amount or non-discountable, but it will apply to any others that have a fixed amount and set to be discountable.
- Volume Discounts: When this discount feature is enabled on the event, it will not apply to any price category or add-on that is configured to be a variable amount or non-discountable, but it will apply to any others that have a fixed amount and set to be discountable.
- Add-ons: You can offer as many add-ons as you need for the event as part of variable pricing. Each add-on can have its own fixed or flexible price.
- Taxes: You can turn taxes on or off for an event with a variable price amount in the same way that you would for one with a fixed price amount. However, if you are using add-ons you cannot have taxes apply to some but not other parts of the registration prices. Taxes always apply to the total amount due when taxes are turned on for the event.
How variable pricing is displayed
- On the event page and event portal site, your customers will see the lowest price you set as acceptable followed by a "+" symbol unless you have chosen to hide the prices, as explained in #5 above.
- On the registration form, your customers will see the lowest price accepted for the variable-priced event inside of an input box that they can update and enter a higher amount based on their capabilities and preferences. The system will prevent them from entering a lower amount than the minimum set.
- On the confirmation receipt email, your customers will see the variable amount they chose to pay in the same way that they would see any fixed amount, including the appropriate payment details.