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Processing a payment where the amount is zero in WebSphere Commerce

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How can I configure a WebSphere Commerce payment plug-in to authorize payments of zero amount? For example, a subscription service with first month free.


Some business requirements may involve a one-off payment of zero (for example, in a subscription scenario) to validate a credit/debit card, but by default WebSphere Commerce payment system does not trigger payment action if it's a zero amount Payment Instruction (PI).

For this requirement, you may want to consider the following two options using customization:

Option 1. Add the PI with total amount, then the approve action will be triggered for the total amount at PrimePayment. In the payment plug-in's approve() method, use this logic to authorize the card against the Payment Service Provider (PSP) with zero amount (regardless of total amount).

Option 2. If the plug-in's logic cannot be changed, you will need to implement a custom payment plug-in, since the only logic that exists in that plug-in is the approve() method, and that is to authorize the zero amount from the card.

Document information

More support for: WebSphere Commerce Enterprise

Software version: 6.0, 7.0

Operating system(s): AIX, IBM i, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 1598884

Modified date: 18 February 2015

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