[thelist] eCommerce - transaction status

Bob Meetin bobm at dottedi.biz
Sun Apr 26 12:07:52 CDT 2009

> Which is why there's a facility in Authorisation to reserve funds -  
> the card's usable balance drops so the cardholder can't spend it, but  
> the funds don't transfer to you.
> Cheers
> Martin
Once again (somewhat redundantly), this leaves just this bit of 
unresolved configuration baggage if someone can confirm/deny - I did not 
check osCommerce, but neither zen-cart nor virtuemart display an option 
called "authorized" or "authed" or similar.  When you list to configure 
the shipping modules in Virtuemart, the credit card module has 2 general 
config options:

  1) Order Status for successful transactions
  2) Order Status for failed transactions

Each can be set to:

  1) Pending
  2) Confirmed
  3) Cancelled
  4) Refunded
  5) Shipped

I 'assume' that for "successful transactions" that I set the default to 
"Pending" and the order goes over to shipping.  Since the item is in 
stock, the transaction needs to be switched to "Confirmed".  So someone 
in the food chain now goes into the shopping cart and finds the order 
and changes the Status to "Confirmed" and also selects to Notify the 
Customer and commits the change.

Q: I don't see anywhere that it lists an option to 'authorize' the 
transaction.  Is setting the default to "Pending" the eCommerce app's 
equivalent of "Authorized"?
Q: Will changing the status to "Confirmed" then trigger the event which 
will talk to authorize.net and make the shopkeeper a richer individual?

Depending on how much time has elapsed, one's gotta assume that there is 
the possibility that something has gone wrong in Muddville resulting in 
insufficient funds.  So, don't put it on the truck before the 
transaction has processed successfully I assume.

I can put up pics if need be.

BTW - I am setting up tax based upon the ship to address.

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