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How to limit the number of participants who purchase a course

AccessAlly does not currently include an option to limit the number of times a product can be purchased.

However, there may be some scenarios where you wish to limit participants in a course. If this is the case, you can create a custom coupon to help.

How to limit the number of participants who purchase a course

Step 1: Create Your Product/Offer

Create the Product/Offer for your course.

The “trick” to making this setup work is to make the original Product/Offer an exorbitant amount. In the next step, you’ll create a coupon for the course that brings the offer back down to a “normal” price.

Example: if you want to sell your course for $100, the original product/offer might be set for $1,000.

Step 2: Create Coupon

Now, you’ll create a limited number coupon that accomplishes two things:

  1. Reduces the course price
  2. Only works for X number of purchases

As you create your promo/coupon (illustrated in the screenshot below), you’ll use the following settings:

  • Simple Mode
  • Select which offer this promotion applies to: (the offer you created in Step 1)
  • Discount amount: You can select a dollar amount or percentage. Whatever you choose, make sure the post-discount amount is the actual price you want for your course.
  • How to activate this promotion: no coupon necessary
  • Active time frame: (Not necessary)
  • Limit how many times the coupon can be used: Here, you’ll put the number of spots you want to limit your course to. Since we recommend always testing an order form before you make it live, we recommend you set it to -1 during testing, and change it to the actual number when you are satisfied that it works properly.
  • Display a message when this promotion has been applied: (not necessary)

Step 3: Review Setup & Test

Now, the setup should work as follows:

If you have the coupon limit set for 10, the first 10 people to purchase the course will see the “discounted” price and be able to purchase for $100.

The 11th person who tries to purchase will see the non-discounted price of $1,000 and be deterred from purchasing.

We recommend removing the order form from the page (or simply un-publishing the order form page) once you’ve reached the limit of students. This will save you from a barrage of customer service questions (from clients who wonder whether the price is accurate, etc.).
Updated on May 21, 2019

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