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Sell Non-Physical Items in Square Online

Creating items in Square Online to sell a non-tangible products like event tickets, services or memberships is similar to the process of creating physical items. The main difference is that you won’t need to set a fulfilment method for these types of items. Instead, you will send an email to your customer with additional information on how to redeem their purchase.

Note: Membership items in Square Online don’t support recurring subscription payments at this time. For recurring subscription payments, check out Square Invoices or Square Online Checkout.

Create an Event, Membership or Service Item

To get started, go to your Square Online Overview page and select Items > Site Items. Then select Add Item.

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Choose which type of item you want to add from the dropdown menu, and enter a title and description for the item. You can also add one or multiple photos.

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Membership and service items don’t have special fields to fill out, but if you’re creating an event item, scroll down to the event details section and enter the location, time and date for your event.

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Next, scroll down to the variations section and set a price for your item. If your item has only one option, you can edit the existing variation to change the name and set a single price. You can also select Add variation or Manage variations to create additional options with different names and prices.

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For example, you might be running a multi-day event and offer tickets for one day and full weekend passes. These options allow you to sell both kinds of tickets from a single item. You may have a default option called ‘Regular’, but you can change the name by selecting it to edit. Enter as many different options as you need and select Done. Learn more about adding selectable options and variations to your items in Square Online.

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Next, set a price for each of your options. Regular prices will sync back to Square, but sale prices are only applicable to Square Online.

If you’d like buyers to customise this item, scroll down to the modifiers section and select Manage modifiers. You can create a new modifier for this item, or apply any pre-existing modifiers. Learn more about adding modifiers to your items in Square Online.

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Sell an Event, Membership or Service Item

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Events, memberships and services have an item details page just like physical items. You can also add a section to your website pages to feature special events and memberships. At checkout, customers will be notified that they will receive an email from you later with additional information. Be sure to follow up with your customers and send them any instructions or details they’ll need in order to redeem their purchase.

Note: Due to the different delivery methods for these items, they must be purchased separately from items that can be shipped, picked up or locally delivered.

By default, customers buying a non-physical item aren’t required to enter a shipping address. You can make this a requirement for each type of non-physical item if you choose. From your Square Online Overview page, go to Settings > Checkout or Shared Settings > Checkout, and select Advanced settings. Use the tick boxes to enable this option.

Limit an Event, Membership or Service Item

If you only want to sell to customers living in your area, you can limit purchases of non-physical items to only the locations you’ve set up for shipping. It’s okay if you’re not actually selling any items that need to be shipped – these settings are also used to control who is allowed to purchase non-physical items from your website. Once you’ve set up which areas you will sell to, go to Fulfilment > Shipping and Edit the Advanced Settings. Use the tick boxes here to allow or disallow purchases from anywhere in the world.

Learn more about how to limit availability for non-physical items in Square Online.

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