How do I set up my pre-order store?

Before you open your pre-order store, you have to fill it with items for your backers to buy. You should set up all of your items for your campaign and your pre-order store with the Item Generator. For more information about setting up your items, see How do I set up items in BackerKit?

Important: Only set up your items once. If you want to charge a different price for an item in your pre-order store than as an add-on item, you can duplicate the item. Duplicating the item instead of creating a new item ensures there is one SKU for the item, which makes fulfillment of your items less complicated. For more information about SKUs, see Overview: SKUs.

To set up your pre-order store:

  1. Set up all the items for your campaign as add-on items with the Item Generator.  For more information about setting up your items, see How do I set up items in BackerKit?
  2. Once your items are set up, on the menu on the left, click Add-ons.
  3. For each item you want to offer in your pre-order store, decide if you’re selling it at the same or a different price than you’re charging your backers to buy it as an add-on item.
    1. If you’re selling an item at the same price to all backers, or if you’re offering the item to pre-order backers only, click the item and under Who gets to see this add-on, select Pre-order Backers.
    2. If you want to charge a different price for an item in your pre-order store, duplicate it and set a different price. For instructions, see Sell add-on items at different prices.
  4. Once your items are set up, on the menu on the left, click Pre-orders.
  5. If you want to change the link to your pre-order store, under Enable your pre-order store, click Customize it under your link name.

    Important: The link to your pre-order store follows the format: https://[project name].backerkit.com/hosted_preorders. You can change the [project name] portion of the link before your setup is approved by BackerKit. Changing the [project name] changes the link to your entire project, not just your pre-order store.

  6. If you want, you can set up a base shipping fee for all pre-orders. For instructions and best practices for shipping fees, see Add shipping fees.
  7. If you want to offer a discount, set up a coupon code. For instructions, see Can I offer discounts to boost sales?
  8. When you’re ready to open your store, under Enable your pre-order store, select Yes.
  9. Click Save Pre-Order Settings.

Pro Tip: Set up your pre-order store while your campaign is live so you can launch your store as soon as your campaign ends. 

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