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Google Automated Discounts for WooCommerce

Google has released a new way to push the performance of your Shopping and Performance Max campaigns (with Shopping feed). Google calls it Automated Discounts. It allows for pricing products effectively in Shopping ads and in the Shopping tab. The goal is to optimize the gross-profit.

We have created a WooCommerce plugin that makes the technical setup on a WooCommerce shop a piece of cake.

We simply call the plugin "Google Automated Discounts for WooCommerce".

Business Requirements

Before starting to use the Google Automated Discounts plugin, you must make sure to meet the following business and technical requirements:

  • At least 1’000 Google Shopping clicks per week.
  • Conversion reporting must contain cart data. You can achieve this by using the Pixel Manager for WooCommerce. Here's how to set it up: Guide to set up Conversion Cart Data.
  • The Google Merchant Center feed needs to contain the cost_of_goods_sold field for each product.
  • The Google Merchant Center feed needs to contain the auto_pricing_min_price field for each product that you want to activate for Automated Discounts (products missing that field will be ignored by Automated Discounts). This plugin provides a feature with which you can set manually or calculate Auto Pricing Min Prices on each product. Those prices then can be ingested by a feed plugin and uploaded to the Google Merchant Center.

Only buy the Google Automated Discounts for WooCommerce plugin once you meet all of above requirements.

For businesses that have yet to meet the necessary requirements, the transition can be a complicated and time-consuming endeavor, often necessitating significant strategic decisions.

At SweetCode, our team of seasoned professionals specializes in guiding businesses through this comprehensive process. If you are interested in engaging our services to help you not only achieve these requirements but also excel beyond them, please contact us through our support form.

Technical Requirements

Our plugin, the Google Automated Discounts Plugin for WooCommerce, meets all of Google's requirements for processing Automated Discounts.

  • Product ID validation.
  • Currency validation.
  • Merchant center ID validation.
  • Expiry validation.
  • Cryptographic token signature validation.
  • Keeps the discounted price for a specific product visible during the entire visitor session on every page of the shop.
  • If a visitor adds a discounted product to the cart, the plugin keeps the discounted price during the regular WooCommerce 48 hours cart session.

Configuration

Cache Exclusion

This is important

You need to make sure that all cache layers exclude caching if the following parameters are set. Otherwise Automated Discounts will not be displayed and processed correctly.

Exclude caching if the URL query parameter pv2 is present in the URL

Example: https://example.com/socks/?pv2=1234

Typically, caches exist in one or more of the following:

  • Server of your hosting provider
  • Caching plugins (sometimes shop managers use more than one caching plugin. Make sure to configure all of them.)
  • Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) like Cloudflare.

Once you've set the cache exclusion, also make sure to flush the cache(s) before testing.

Test your cache exclusion

  1. Go to the plugin settings page. You will find testing links.
caution

The testing links expire within 24 hours. The following test only works with valid (not expired) testing links. In case you need new testing links, simply reload the plugin settings page.

cache test

  1. Right click on one of the testing links in the second column of the table and open the link in an incognito window.

The link contains an Automated Discounts payload. If everything has bee set up correctly, it will start a new WooCommerce session and display the discounted price.

You can check if the session has been started by looking at the cookies in the browser.

  1. Open the developer tools of your browser and go to the Console tab.

  2. Check if the following text is present in the console: Automated Discounts session active

cache test

If you see the text Automated Discounts session active in the console, it means that the cache exclusion works correctly.

If you don't see the text Automated Discounts session active in the console, it means that the cache exclusion does not work correctly, or that your testing link has expired.

Google Merchant Center ID

  1. Get the Google Merchant Center ID by logging into the Google Merchant Center and copying the ID from the URL.

Google Merchant Center ID

  1. Save the Google Merchant Center ID in the settings of the plugin.

Google Merchant Center ID

Order Info

The plugin will add a column to the order list and a column to the order item page in the WooCommerce backend. The columns will show if an order has been placed with an Automated Discount and how much the discount was.

Order List Info

The plugin will add a column to the order list in the WooCommerce backend. The column will show if an order has been placed with an Automated Discount.

  • Badge in color: The order contains items that have been discounted with Automated Discounts.
  • Badge in gray: The order was created during an Automated Discounts session, but no order items have been discounted with Automated Discounts. That's when a visitor clicks on an Automated Discounts link in Google Shopping ads, but doesn't purchase any of the discounted products.

Order List Info

Order Item Info

The plugin will add a meta box to the order item page in the WooCommerce backend. The meta box will show if an order has been placed with an Automated Discount and how much the discount was.

Order Item Info

Variations Discount Inheritance

If you have variable products with variations that have the same or similar prices, you may want to use the Variations Discount Inheritance feature.

An Automated Discount is only generated for specific product IDs in the Google Merchant Center feed, not for groups of products (such as product variations of the same parent product). If a visitor clicks on an Automated Discount ad for a specific product variation of a variable product, the discount will only be applied to that specific product variation.

Without the Variations Discount Inheritance feature, discounts on a product page will be lost when switching from one variation to another. With the Variations Discount Inheritance feature enabled, the new variation will inherit the discount.

The feature is disabled by default. You can enable it in the plugin settings.

Variations Discount Inheritance Activation

Use cases

For example, if you sell shoes in different sizes and colors, the shop visitors might click on an Automated Discount ad with a shoe color they like but get directed to the wrong shoe size. Once they are on the product page for that shoe, they will likely change the size. But they will lose the discount as it was only valid for the first variant. Enabling the Variations Discount Inheritance feature will ensure the new variation inherits the discount.

However, using Variations Discount Inheritance doesn't make sense in every case. If your variations have very different prices and/or product margins, inheriting the same discount for all variations may cause issues. This could be true if you are using variable products to sell new and used versions of the same product.

Inheritance Logic

  • Only for variable products: The Variations Discount Inheritance feature only works with variable products. It is not available for simple or other products.
  • Only inherit within the same product: The Variations Discount Inheritance feature only inherits discounts to other variations of the same parent product.
  • Automated Discount clicks trigger inheritance: Once a visitor clicks on an ad with an Automated Discount for a product variation, the discount will be inherited to all other variations of the same parent product.
  • Automated Discount clicks override inherited discounts: If a visitor clicks on a second ad with an Automated Discount for another variation of the same parent product, the previously inherited discount on the second variation will be overwritten with the new discount.
  • The highest discount is inherited: If the discount for the second ad click is higher than the discount for the first ad click, the higher discount will be inherited to all other variations of the same product (except the variations that are in a specific Automated Discounts session).
  • The lowest sale price rules: If a variation is about to receive a discount through inheritance but has an existing sale price lower than the price calculated through the inherited discount, the lower sale price will be used.
  • COG overrules: If a variation is about to receive a discount through inheritance but has an existing Cost of Good (COG) price set that is higher than the price calculated through the inherited discount, the COG price will be used. (This works with the following COGS plugins: WooCommerce Cost of Goods by SkyVerge and Cost of Goods Sold by WPFactory).

Discount Type to Inherit

Google sends a fixed discounted price in the payload of the Automated Discount link (eg. 23.50).

There are two ways in which the plugin allows the discount to be inherited: Fixed Price Discount Inheritance and Percentage Discount Inheritance.

Fixed Price Discount Inheritance

The plugin will inherit the same fixed discounted price to all other variations of the same parent product.

If the discounted price is USD 23.50, then all other variations will inherit the same price of USD 23.50.

Percentage Discount Inheritance

The plugin will inherit the same percentage discount to all other variations of the same parent product.

On the first visit, the plugin will calculate the percentage discount based on the regular and discounted prices. The same percentage discount will then be inherited from all other variations of the same parent product.

Example: The regular price is USD 100.00, and the discounted price is USD 75.50. The plugin will calculate a percentage discount of 24.5%. All other variations will then inherit the same percentage discount of 24.5%.

If the resulting prices don't follow your decimal formatting rules, you can use the following filter to adjust the two digits after the comma.

/wp-content/themes/child-theme/functions.php
add_filter( 'sgadwc_percent_discount_variation_discounted_price', function ( $price, $product_id ) {
// Return the price with the decimals removed and replaced with .99
return floor( $price ) + 0.99;
} );
Possible Performance Issues

If a parent product has many variations (e.g. more than 100), it may cause performance issues when loading the first product page.

You can use the following filter to limit the number of variations considered for the discount inheritance.

/wp-content/themes/child-theme/functions.php
add_filter( 'sgadwc_discount_variation_array_max_length', function () {
return 50;
} );

Discount Banner

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Available from version 1.4.2

To emphasize the discount an the urgency to buy, you can display a discount banner on the product page. In most cases it will increase the conversion rate.

When activated, the plugin will display the discount banner on the product page above the product. The banner will show the time left until the discount expires. After expiration the banner will will show an expired message.

Discount Banner

The discount banner works with simple and variable products.

It is disabled by default. You can enable it in the plugin settings.

To give you full control over the design, the banner is built as a template that can be overridden by your theme.

Activate the discount banner

  1. Go to the plugin settings page.

  2. Click on the Discount Banner checkbox.

  3. Click on the Save Changes button.

Discount Banner Template

You can find the template in the plugin folder under /templates/discount-banner-flipper.php.

Copy the template to your child theme folder under /sgadwc/discount-banner-flipper.php.

The default template uses the Flip counter plugin. If you want to keep using it, simply keep flipper in the template name. This will automatically load the flipper plugin scripts and stylings.

If you don't plan to user the Flip counter plugin, you can remove flipper from the template name. This will prevent the Flip plugin scripts and stylings from being loaded. The file name would then be /sgadwc/discount-banner.php.

The template has access to the $ad_banner_settings array. The information in the array can be used to customize the banner. It contains the following values:

 $ad_banner_settings = [
'productId' => 16,
'expiryInSeconds' => 876, // Seconds until the discount expires
'discountDetails' => [
'sale_price' => 17.48,
'regular_price' => 21,
'discount_percentage' => 16.76,
'exp' => 1706015751, // Unix timestamp of the expiry time
],
'localization' => [ // These fields are automatically used by the Flip counter plugin
'expiryText' => 'exp.'
'MINUTE_PLURAL' => 'Minutes',
'MINUTE_SINGULAR' => 'Minute',
'SECOND_PLURAL' => 'Seconds',
'SECOND_SINGULAR' => 'Seconds',
],
];

Translate the discount banner

We provide a .pot file in the plugin folder under /languages/sgadwc.pot. You can use it to translate the discount banner into your language.

Alternatively, you can use the following filter to translate just the banner text.

Here's and example on how to translate the default English text to German.

/wp-content/themes/child-theme/functions.php
add_filter( 'gettext', function ( $translated_text, $text, $domain ) {

if ( $text == 'Discount offer ends in' ) {
return 'Rabattangebot endet in';
}

if ( $text == 'Minutes' ) {
return 'Minuten';
}

if ( $text == 'Minute' ) {
return 'Minute';
}

if ( $text == 'Seconds' ) {
return 'Sekunden';
}

if ( $text == 'Second' ) {
return 'Sekunde';
}

return $translated_text;

}, 10, 3 );

Testing

Google's Testing Procedure

Google will guide you through the setup step-by-step. At one point, it will generate links with which you can test and see if automated discounts work on your website.

Testing links within Google Merchant Center

Set product IDs to test

The plugin also provides automatic testing links. You can find them in the plugin settings.

Testing links within the plugin

Use the following filter to set the specific product IDs that you want to test.

/wp-content/themes/child-theme/functions.php
add_filter( 'sgadwc_testing_product_ids', function () {
return [
123,
456,
789,
];
} );

Scenarios

First, we show a simple and a variable product how they look like with regular prices.

Then we go through each possible scenario that can occur with price discounts.

Simple product with no discount

Variable product page with regular price

Variable product with no discount

Variable product page with regular price

Simple product with a discount applied

Simple product with discounted price

Variable product with a discount applied

Variable product page with discounted price

Shop page with discounts applied

Variable product on shop page with discounted price

Multiple products on shop page showing discounted prices

Mini cart with discount applied

Variable product in mini cart with discounted price

Cart page with discount applied

Variable product on cart page with discounted price

Checkout page with discount applied

Variable product on checkout page with discounted price

Variable product on purchase confirmation page with discounted price

Remarks

Currency Switchers

We tested the plugin with the WPML currency switcher and it works as expected.

The plugin is compatible with every currency switcher that uses the woocommerce_currencies filter to set the active currency. Simply try it out with your currency switcher and let us know if it works or if you need help with getting it to work.

Caching

The plugin will disable caching once a link click with an Automated Discount payload reaches the website. So this should work out of the box. If not, there might still be a caching layer that needs exclusions to be set.

Please follow the troubleshooting guide for cache issues.

Troubleshooting

Viewing the Error Logs

The plugin outputs errors into the regular WooCommerce log directory. It is accessible by clicking on the View Logs link in the plugin's settings window and choosing the most recent log with the slug sgadwc. It will show all errors that it encountered. If you don't find a log with the slug sgadwc it means that no errors have been encountered.

The website still shows cached prices, even if a valid discount has been successfully received

It is likely your caching rules are too aggressive.

Make sure to exclude caching if the URL query parameter pv2 is present in the URL.

Example: https://example.com/socks/?pv2=1234

You also must ensure that caching is disabled as soon as a WooCommerce session is active. (Typically a WooCommerce session is created when a visitor adds a product to the cart.)

Make sure that the cache is disabled if at least one of the following server-side WooCommerce cookies has been set:

  • woocommerce_cart_hash
  • woocommerce_items_in_cart
  • wp_woocommerce_session_ (This cookie always attaches a session ID at the end. Make sure that the match is not set to exact but will match any cookie which contains that cookie string.)

Google Automated Discounts implementation recipes

The subsequent documentation outlines proven strategies to fulfill all business requirements. We have included only those methods that we have verified to be effective. If you have discovered alternative or superior approaches to address these business requirements, we encourage you to share your insights by submitting feedback through our support form.

Essential steps

  1. Set up conversion cart data reporting.
  2. Save the cost_of_goods_sold and auto_pricing_min_price in a field for each product.
  3. Upload the Google Merchant Center feed containing cost_of_goods_sold and auto_pricing_min_price.
  4. Run Google Ads Shopping campaigns with at least 1'000 clicks per week.
  5. Apply for the Google Automated Discounts program at Google: Application Link
  6. Purchase and install the Google Automated Discounts for WooCommerce plugin.
  7. Double check that caching is disabled when a visitor clicks on an Automated Discount link.
  8. Start running and optimizing the Google Automated Discounts program.

SweetCode Implementation Service

Enhance your business effortlessly with SweetCode's custom implementation services for Automated Discounts. While some steps are relatively simple, others — such as determining and setting the Cost of Goods Sold and Auto Pricing Min Price for each product — demand meticulous preparation. Businesses vary in their compatibility with the Automated Discounts program, and each one calls for a tailored approach to ensure accurate calculations.

To truly unlock the potential of Automated Discounts, a well-crafted and customized strategy is essential for seamless implementation, execution, and performance optimization.

Should you find any of these steps challenging, SweetCode is here to help. Our team of skilled developers and business economists will guide you throughout the setup process, actively implementing the necessary steps and fine-tuning the program for optimal results. To receive a personalized quote, simply contact us via our support form, and we'll be eager to help you elevate your business's efficiency and profitability.

Conversion Cart Data reporting

The Pixel Manager for WooCommerce is the sole verified plugin that seamlessly transfers conversion cart data out-of-the-box. You can obtain it from sweetcode.com and woocommerce.com.

Upon activation, simply enable Google Ads conversion tracking and input the Google Merchant Center ID. With these steps completed, conversion cart data will be automatically transmitted to Google.

  1. Enable Google Ads conversion tracking
  2. Set the Google Merchant Center ID
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If conversion cart data has never been sent before, the Automated Discounts program will take at least several days before recognizing that the data is being received.

Setting cost_of_goods_sold

For setting the cost_of_goods_sold we recommend the following plugin.

  • WooCommerce Cost of Goods. The plugin doesn't only set the Cost of Goods Sold (COGS). It also provides valuable reports on profit margins over all products sold.

Uploading the feed

Currently, the only feed plugin known to be able to output the auto_pricing_min_price field is the WooCommerce Product Feed Manager from WPMarketingRobot. There might be other feed plugins, but we have no confirmation for any other yet.

Here's how to set the cost_of_goods_sold in the WooCommerce Product Feed Manager. (This example shows the use of the _wc_cog_cost field created by the WooCommerce Cost of Goods plugin.) Set cogs in the WooCommerce Product Feed

Here's how to set the auto_pricing_min_price in the WooCommerce Product Feed Manager. Set auto_pricing_min_price in the WooCommerce Product Feed

Auto Pricing Min Price

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Available since version 1.0.11

The plugin offers a way to set the Auto Pricing Min Price on each product. The field can then be ingested by a feed plugin and output into the Google Merchant Center feed.

The main settings are:

  • A settings field for saving an Auto Pricing Min Price manually on each product.
  • For automatic calculation and batch processing, the plugin offers a filter that can be used to calculate an Auto Pricing Min Price.
  • The automatic calculation happens each time a product is updated manually. But, if a shop manager chooses to upload product updates with an import plugin, the automatic calculation may not be triggered. In that case, the batch regeneration on all products of the Auto Pricing Min Price can be triggered manually or by activating a nightly, recurring batch process.

Manual Setting

Once enabled, you will see a new field in the pricing section of each product where you can set your Auto Pricing Min Price.

The manually set prices are saved in a meta field with the key _google_auto_min_price_man. This is the field you can use in your feed plugin to retrieve the manually set prices.

Automatic Calculation

When you have dozens, hundreds, or thousands of products, automatically calculating the Auto Pricing Min Price may be more convenient.

For this case, the plugin offers a filter that can be used to calculate the Auto Pricing Min Price with any type of rule that you can imagine.

The automatic calculation is always triggered on a specific product when you manually update the product through the backend. However, if you upload product updates, such as prices, through some sort of import, the automatic calculation is not triggered. In that case, have a look at the scheduled and manual batch update features.

The automatically set prices are saved in a meta field with the key _google_auto_min_price_calc. This is the field you can use in your feed plugin to retrieve the automatically set prices. If a manually set field is present for a particular product, it will override the calculation and be saved in the same _google_auto_min_price_calc meta field. So you can use this field to retrieve all prices for your feed, the calculated prices and manual overrides.

Following, we provide several examples for the Auto Pricing Min Price calculation filter:

Example: How the filter works

/wp-content/themes/child-theme/functions.php
/**
* The filter provides a default value, which is null, and the product object.
*
* As output you need to return either a int or float value, or null if no calculated price can be determined.
*
* This example subtracts 1 from the regular price and returns that as new calculated value.
**/
add_filter( 'sgadwc_google_auto_pricing_min_price_calculation', function ( $value, $product ) {

$regular_price = $product->get_regular_price();

return wc_format_decimal( $regular_price - 1, 2 );
}, 10, 2 );

Example: Return a value that is lowered by a specific percentage of the profit margin

/wp-content/themes/child-theme/functions.php
/**
* This example takes the regular price and the COGS price that was saved by a different plugin in the
* meta key _alg_wc_cog_cost.
*
* If no value is available in the _alg_wc_cog_cost meta key, null is returned.
*
* It then calculates an Auto Pricing Min Price that reduces the regular price by 20% of the profit margin.
**/
add_filter( 'sgadwc_google_auto_pricing_min_price_calculation', function ( $value, $product ) {

$regular_price = $product->get_regular_price();

$cogs = $product->get_meta( '_alg_wc_cog_cost' );

// Safeguard in case no COGS is set for this product
if (empty( $cogs )) {
return null;
}

$margin = $regular_price - $cogs;

return wc_format_decimal( $regular_price - ( $margin * 0.2 ), 2 );
}, 10, 2 );

Example: Reduce the regular price to a fixed percent

/wp-content/themes/child-theme/functions.php
/**
* This example takes the regular price and lowers it to a fixed percentage.
**/
add_filter( 'sgadwc_google_auto_pricing_min_price_calculation', function ( $value, $product ) {

$regular_price = $product->get_regular_price();

return wc_format_decimal( $regular_price * 0.8, 2 );
}, 10, 2 );

Example: Add a fixed amount to the COGS

/wp-content/themes/child-theme/functions.php
/**
* This example takes COGS and adds a fixed amount to it.
**/
add_filter( 'sgadwc_google_auto_pricing_min_price_calculation', function ( $value, $product ) {

$cogs = $product->get_meta( '_alg_wc_cog_cost' );

// Safeguard in case no COGS is set for this product
if (empty( $cogs )) {
return null;
}

return wc_format_decimal( $cogs + 4.5, 2 );
}, 10, 2 );

Example: This is a complex example from a real webshop

/wp-content/themes/child-theme/functions.php
/**
* This filter uses plenty of log outputs to help determine issues
* with calculations on products that are missing information.
**/
add_filter('sgadwc_google_auto_pricing_min_price_calculation', function ($value, $product) {

$logger_source = 'sgadwc-auto-min-price-calculation';

// If function get_product_condition does not exist, define it
if (!function_exists('get_product_condition')) {

function get_product_condition($product) {

$attributes = $product->get_attributes();

if (!isset($attributes['condition'])) {
return null;
}

if ($attributes['condition'] == 'New') {
return 'A';
}

if ($attributes['condition'] == 'Used') {
return 'U';
}

return null;
}
}

// Function to calculate the minimum price for a product
if (!function_exists('get_auto_min_price')) {
function get_auto_min_price($condition, $margin_percent, $regular_price) {

if ($condition == 'A') {
if ($margin_percent > 0.3) {
return $regular_price * 0.8;
} else {
return $regular_price * 0.85;
}
}

if ($condition == 'U') {
if ($margin_percent > 0.3) {
return $regular_price * 0.75;
} else {
return $regular_price * 0.85;
}
}

return null;
}
}

// Function to get the Cost of Goods Sold set by two different plugins
if (!function_exists('get_cogs')) {
function get_cogs($product) {

$cogs = $product->get_meta('_wc_cog_cost');

if (!empty($cogs)) {
return $cogs;
}

$cogs = $product->get_meta('_alg_wc_cog_cost');

if (!empty($cogs)) {
return $cogs;
}

return null;
}
}

// Get the COGS for this product
$cogs = get_cogs($product);

// Only continue to process if cost of goods sold is set, otherwise abort
if (empty($cogs)) {
wc_get_logger()->notice(
'COGS is empty or not defined for the product ' . $product->get_id(),
['source' => $logger_source]
);

return null;
}

// Get the regular price for the product
$regular_price = $product->get_regular_price();

// If no regular price is set, abort
if (empty($regular_price)) {
wc_get_logger()->notice(
'Regular price is empty for the product ' . $product->get_id(),
['source' => $logger_source]
);

return null;
}

// Calculate the margin on this product
$margin = $regular_price - $cogs;

// Calculate the margin percentage on this product
$margin_percent = $margin / $regular_price;

// If the margin is below 15%, abort
if ($margin_percent < 0.15) {
wc_get_logger()->notice(
'The margin is below 15% for the product ' . $product->get_id(),
['source' => $logger_source]
);

return null;
}

// Get the condition of the product
$condition = get_product_condition($product);

// If the condition is null, abort
if ($condition == null) {

$message = '';

// If the product is a variation, get the parent ID
if ($product->is_type('variation')) {
$parent_id = $product->get_parent_id();
$message = 'Condition is not defined for the variation ' . $product->get_id() . ' of the product ' . $parent_id;
} else {
$message = 'Condition is not defined for the product ' . $product->get_id();
}

wc_get_logger()->notice(
$message,
['source' => $logger_source]
);

return null;
}

// Calculate the auto min price
$auto_min_price = get_auto_min_price($condition, $margin_percent, $regular_price);

// If the auto min price is null, abort
if ($auto_min_price == null) {
wc_get_logger()->notice(
'Auto Min Price could not be calculated for product ' . $product->get_id(),
['source' => $logger_source]
);

return null;
}

// Always return a float with 2 decimals
return wc_format_decimal($auto_min_price, 2);
}, 10, 2);

Scheduled Regeneration

Once activated the plugin will run a batch update of the calculated Auto Pricing Min Price at 3:25 am (local time) every morning.

It requires the automatic calculation filter to be set.

The process is very resource efficient and reliable. It can run through thousands of products quickly while limiting memory use to 90% during execution.

Tests have shown that on an average server, it can process 10'000 products within 15 minutes.

Instant Regeneration

You can trigger the batch regeneration of all products anytime you need to. This may be convenient after you've done a manual import and update of product prices during the day.

Developers

Global Functions

With the following function you can check if a product is currently in an Automated Discounts session. This is helpful if you use third party plugins that need to know if a product is currently discounted.

if (function_exists( 'sgadwc_is_product_in_discount_session' )) {

$product_already_discounted = sgadwc_is_product_in_discount_session( $product_id );

// do something
}

Limitations

Here's a list of limitations that we are aware of.

Retrieving Product Data through the REST API

If you are using a theme or plugin (eg. product filter) that retrieves product data through the WooCommerce REST API, you need to adjust the code to retrieve the prices discounted through Automated Discounts.

By default the WooCommerce REST API can't return discounted prices of products that are in an Automated Discounts session.

To make the WooCommerce REST API much faster and efficient, it doesn't load many of the WooCommerce functions, including the WooCommerce session handler. That's why during a REST API call WooCommerce can't determine if a product is in an Automated Discounts session and thus can't return the discounted prices.

Here's a comment of a WooCommerce developer on this topic: REST API doesn't load all the theme code

He outlines a way how to load the WooCommerce session handler during a REST API call.

Another approach is to request the product data through a WordPress AJAX call. The WooCommerce session handler is loaded during an AJAX call. However, there is no standardized way to retrieve product data through an AJAX call. You would need to write your own AJAX handler (backend and frontend) and return the product data in the response.

Because both approaches highly depend on how the theme or plugin is coded, we can't provide a standardized solution for this from our side.

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