Change Prices in Bulk – Magento 1

Changing prices in bulk can be done through importing a CSV with two columns – headed by a ‘sku’ column and a ‘price’ column.  See below sample csv


For each existing SKU, set the new price and save your CSV file.


Click on the ‘update product prices’ profile:

Click on ‘run profile’ button – top right hand side of the page.

Now choose your CSV file and run the profile:


Deleting Products in Bulk in Magento 1

There are a number of ways of deleting products.

Please note that when you delete a product (rather than just disable it), you are completely removing it from the database and it will not be retrievable in the future.

If you only have a few to do, you can simply go to CATALOG > PRODUCTS, find and check off on the left-hand side the products you want to delete and then in the ‘actions’ dropdown find the ‘delete’ option and then click on ‘submit’ button.  This will delete these carefully selected products.

However if you have 100’s or 1000’s of products to delete, the handiest way is to create a csv file.  Name the header row ‘sku’ and below this list (one in each row) every SKU that needs deleting.


Once completed, save your CSV file to something you will remember and place somewhere on your computer that you can navigate to easily.

Now in the Magento admin area, navigate to SYSTEM > IMPORT / EXPORT > IMPORT.

Once in the import area, change the ‘import behaviour’ dropdown to ‘delete entries’, choose your file and then ‘check data’.  Once your data checks out okay, import the file.



Can’t upload product images etc in Magento 1

The most common reason for not being able to uploading images in Magento 1 is that your flash is not enabled in your browser.

Magento 1 uses Flash to upload product images, and most modern browsers have, by default, Flash disabled.  So if it was all working fine for you and suddenly you see no upload buttons anymore, this is most likely the problem.

This is normally an issue in Chrome, so I have added the instructions of how to fix this.


1. In the top right hand corner of your chrome browser click on the 3 dots

In the dropdown, click on ‘settings’

At the bottom of the new screen, scroll all the way down to the bottom and hit the ‘advanced’ word – this will open a new screen.




Now select ‘content settings’

Now select ‘flash’

and disable the ‘ask first’.


Creating Customer Groups and Assigning Customers to these

Customer groups can be used to sort your customers into different groups, allowing to assign different rules, such as access, pricing or taxes, to different types of customers in your store.

To see what customer groups are already set up or to add another, go to CUSTOMERS > CUSTOMER GROUPS

To add a new customer group click on the ADD CUSTOMER GROUP button and simply enter the name and tax class (generally keep it as a retail customer).

Once you have done this, you can add customers to customer groups – either in bulk through CSV (see separate article re this), by selecting multiple customers and under actions, selecting ‘assign a customer group’, choosing the customer group in the next dropdown and hitting the ‘submit’ button.

Or you can assign a customer manually within the customer’s account section, in the ‘account information’ tab.



Managing Promotions & Discounts in Magento 1 – More Price Rules

In addition to catalog and shopping cart price rules – there are yet more ways to configure and give discounts on a per-product basis.


Within the ‘Prices Tab’ of Magento is a field called ‘special price’.  This field allows you to set a special discounted price.   You are also able to select a time limit to this special price.

For example if a product costs €12 Euro and for a limited time only, you want to sell it for €10 euro.  The date fields are not mandatory but for planning purposes, this may be of some use.


Sometimes customers are assigned to groups (see CUSTOMERS > CUSTOMER GROUPS).  There are many uses to assigning customers to different groups, and one of them is to be able to assign different types of groups separate pricing.  For example Group A could be one-off customers.  Group B could be good customers who regularly purchase off the site.  Group C could be customers who buy in bulk.   So because of the different customers purchasing behaviour, you might want to offer them different prices on a ‘per product’ basis.  This is where ‘GROUP PRICE’ comes in.

Again in the ‘PRICES’ tab on a specific product page, you can add group prices by hitting the ‘add group price’ button and for each relevant group, you can add a price.

When a customer assigned to a group logs in with their login credentials, the website will display they discounted price automatically.


A ‘tier’ is a level in a structure or sequence.  With pricing, we simply mean that there are different ‘levels’ for pricing, depending on quantity purchased.

So tiered prices are a set of price rules you can set based on quantity purchasing.  For example, to buy one, costs 5 Euro, to buy 10 or more, costs 4 euro (each) and to buy 50 or more, costs 3 euro (each).

This information is neatly displayed in the frontend product page by way of a grid and on the category it will display ‘price from ….’ and display the most favourable price.

You can also select tiered pricing for select customer groups.

Simply click on ‘add tier’ button and add your tiered pricing rules.


If you have a specific customer that you’d like you give a special price to on a particular product, you can add this customer in the bottom tab of the product by ‘selecting’ the customer (they have to exist in the first place – so if they are not on the system, they have to be added first) and then giving them their price for that particular product.

As always, once you’ve changed any pricing rules within products, make sure to save the product and check on the frontend that your rules have effected in the way you envisioned them to.



Managing Promotions & Discounts in Magento 1 – Shopping Cart Price Rules

Promotions (discounts) can be applied automatically in the cart or a specific coupon code can be set up for it.   These are all managed from the PROMOTIONS > SHOPPING CART PRICE RULES area.

From here you are able to set up simple and complex promotions – automatically applied to the shopping cart or redeemable by way of a coupon code.

Some features applicable to all shopping cart price rules:

  • Start / Expiry dates can be set for discounts / coupon codes
  • Promotions can be given a limited use per customer
  • Promotions can be applied to all customers or specific customer groups
  • Limits can be set to each promotion – in terms of how many items in the cart or value of cart

Adding a new shopping cart price rule

Press the ‘add new rule’ button in the top right-hand side of your screen and you will see the below screen:

Rule Name: This is a descriptive name for your reference (does not show up on the frontend)

Description: Any more info – for your reference.  This is not required.

Status: Active / Inactive – set to ‘active’ by default.   To deactivate your rule, set to ‘inactive’ and save.

Customer Groups: To which customer groups does this rule apply?   You have to choose at least one – select at least ‘not logged in’ and ‘general’ (hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard to select multiple groups and click on them).

Coupon: Do you want to create a coupon for this rule (set to ‘no coupon’ by default).  If you enable coupon, you will see additional fields asking if you want to generate a specific code manually or if you want it to auto-generate.   The easiest one is to set one manually so you can set it how you want.

From/To Date:  Here you can set from what date to what date you want the price rule to be active. For example you can set starting from to a future date so it automatically starts then.

Priority: If you have a number of promotions running and some cross over, you can set a priority – which will say which rule you have set has priority over the other in case they cross.  0 is the highest priority – then 1, 2, 3 etc. have less priority.

Public in RSS Feed: RSS means Really Simple Syndication.  Syndicate means to ‘publish or broadcast something simultaneously – in the case of RSSing your promotions, you can broadcast this to many channels on the internet.


The next tab is called ‘conditions’ and this is often confused with the ‘actions’ tab’s ‘apply rule to the following products….’

For the most promo actions you can use product attributes in both Conditions and Actions tabs. But what is the difference? Think of “Conditions” and “Actions” as of “Cause” and “Effect”. It means that Conditions you set define in which situation the rule will be applied, no matter of the discount calculation settings. And product attributes you set in the Actions tab will determine to which products the discount will apply when Conditions are met.



This is where all the magic happens.  When you choose from the drop ‘apply’ dropdown, you’ll see lots of choices.  Depending on which you choose, the fields below it may change.


But to run down the basic fields.

The settings listed here are used in most of the shopping cart price rules actions.

  • Discount Amount’ field indicates discount percent / fixed amount applied by a rule. For example, if you type in 100 here the item will get 100% discount or €100 euro discount.
  • Maximum Discount’ field sets the limit to the amount of discount the rule will apply to a cart. For example, if you want to set a limit to the quantity in the cart or amount in Euro the discount is applied to.
  • Free Shipping’ is a default Magento setting which, when enabled, will replace shipping charge for the order (or specific products, depending on which option you’ve selected) with zero shipping charges
  • Stop Further Rules Processing’ is another default Magento setting which is designed to stop the lower priority rules (see above re applying priorities) from being applied.
  • Calculate Discount Based On’ the setting controls the base price which will be used to calculate the discount amount.  This applies when you are setting a discount rule to a product when it may have a special price assigned to it.  At this point, the shopping cart price rule would apply the discount combination based on the original price, rather than the discounted price.


1. Percent of product price discount:

This is a simple percent off products in the shopping cart.  In this example, I’m promoting the fact that if a customer adds 5 or more products to their cart, they get 10% off.  Please note in the screenshot below that €2.02 is 10% off €16.45 plus 23% VAT 🙂

How did I set this up?  I simply set the ‘apply’ to ‘percent of product price discount.  I set the discount amount to ’10’ which is 10%, and then I set the action condition to IF ALL THESE CONDITIONS ARE TRUE: Quantity in cart equals or greater than 5.   If you kept this to ‘is‘ 5, if someone had 6 or more in their cart, the discount would disappear.

2. Fixed amount discount / fixed amount discount for whole cart

Fixed amount discount‘ and ‘fixed amount discount for whole cart‘ are two different rules.  They both apply to give a fixed amount discount – however the difference being that the fixed amount discount CAN BE APPLIED TO MANY PRODUCTS in the cart – ie give multiple discounts and the fixed amount discount to whole cart just applies the discount to the whole cart.    Usually this would be applied if a threshold is reached or certain products are purchased and you can give for example 10 euro discount.

In the below example, you’ll see a ‘fixed amount discount’ example where the cart has reached a threshold of €100 or greater and you get a €10 discount.  However I have not set a limit to the amount of products this fixed amount discount can be applied to, so it’s applying it for all 10 quantity – so you get a discount of 100 euro (10 time 10 euro).

In the example below, all I have changed is the ‘fixed amount discount for whole cart’ and this now disregards the quantity and gives just 10 euro off the whole cart.


In the backend, in the ‘conditions’ area, I have set the ‘subtotal’ to be ‘equal or greater than’ 100.


In the ‘actions’ area, you’ll see I’ve selected ‘fixed amount discount’ (you can also choose …for whole cart).  I have given the ‘discount amount’ 10 (10 in currency) and now I set the ‘max qty discount is applied to’ 1 – meaning that if I had 10 items in the cart, that the 10 Euro discount wouldn’t be applied to every item in the cart 🙂  So be sure to set this if you don’t want to give the discount for every quantity in the cart.

Buy X quantity, pay for Y quantity of the same product

Discount is applied based on quantity of a specific product – for example buy 5 and pay for just 4.

The cheapest / Buy One, Get One Free

Buy two of any product / product range get the cheapest for free.  Example two for 1 on a specific product or choose two original toners and get the cheapest free.

‘Most expensive’ action…

Buy a number of products and apply a discount – to the most expensive product in the cart.

Get discount for each amount spent.

If customer reached a threshold of say 100 euro spent, he gets 5 euro off.  For every extra 100 euro spent, he gets another 5 euro off.

Percent discount: Buy X and get Y Free

Customer buys 1 product and gets another product with a % discount – 100% if required.  For example, buy 1 box of a4 paper and get a box of bic pens free (or reduced price).

Fixed discount: Buy X and get Y Free

Customer buys 1 product and gets another product with a fixed discount.  For example, buy 1 box of a4 paper and gets 2 euro off a box of bic pens.

Buy X get Y – Fixed Price

As points 8 & 9, but rather than assigning a discount, the Y (free / discounted) product is given a set price.  For example – buy an HP printer and get a set of cartridges for Y price.

Buy X and get number of Y free

This is also configurable as a percent, fixed discount or fixed price (as above 3 examples).

An example of this is if customer buys 10 boxes of paper, then he can get a 30% discount / 20 euro or fixed price (say 50 euro) off 5 packs of popular office coffee….

Each 2nd, 4th, 6th with discount.

This is also configurable as a percent, fixed discount or fixed price (as above 3 examples).

Customer can get a set discount on every 2nd, 4th or any such multiple that he adds to cart.  For example, every 5th box of envelopes, he gets 10% discount / 20 euro off / for a set price.

Every 2nd / 3rd item ‘after’ x amount has discount applied to it.

If you have products that are bought in multiples regularly, you can assign discounts based as above, but only after a certain threshold.  So after the customer buys 5 boxes of paper, thereafter after every 2nd of 4th, a discount is applied.

Group of items of set price / discount.

You can assign a group of products, if all bought together, a set price or discount.  If there are products you sell as a bundle – for example paper, envelopes, files and highlighters for 50 euro or 10% of the total price of that bundle.

Product in specific range receive discount after threshold of products reached.

Limit can be set to how many products discount is applied to.  Example – if I buy 5 desks, on every extra desk (6th, 7th etc) a discount is applied to each extra desk I purchase.

Auto-add promotional items.

You can ‘give away’ promotional items – by automatically adding them to the cart under certain conditions.   For example, if you were to buy a set of highlighters and got a free pen.   Or just a freebee added to every purchase, a ‘BOGOF’, or if a threshold has been met, a certain item is added to the cart for free.



Managing Promotions & Discounts in Magento 1 – Catalog Price Rules

Discount rules with explanations below:

  1. Percent of product price discount

This means that you can assign a particular product, set of products, a percentage discount.

Example – products A, B and C receive 30 percent discount.

  1. Fixed amount discount

This is simply applying bulk discount to a number of products (or 1) – say – 10 euro off this whole range.