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Is it possible to set woocommerce to not charge the customer until the product actually ships?

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This is not so much a WooCommerce issue as a payment gateway issue. Paypal distinguishes, for example, between 'authorization' and 'capture', Worldpay has similar terms (and a different API).

E.g. for Paypal see https://cms.paypal.com/es/cgi-bin/?cmd=_render-content&content_ID=developer/e_howto_html_authcapture.

In the case of Paypal, check https://www.paypalobjects.com/webstatic/en_US/developer/docs/pdf/pp_wpp_integrationguide.pdf:

Authorization and Capture API operations: DoCapture Capture an authorized payment. DoAuthorization Authorize a payment. (Express Checkout only)

So you probably need at least the Paypal Express Gateway plugin: http://www.woothemes.com/products/paypal-express/

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@user715564 Did you end up using a paypal extension to solve this? If so, which? –  helgatheviking Jun 12 '13 at 17:07

With Authorize.net AIM (http://www.woothemes.com/products/authorize-net-payment-gateway/) the "Sale Method" can be set to "Authorize Only" which will verify that funds are available on the customer's card, but not capture the funds. http://cld.wthms.co/afXJ

Then when the product ships the funds can be captured inside of the Authorize.net account dashboard. If funds are not captured within a few days the authorization will be released.

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PayPal Advanced which is only $5 a month will do it. You will need an extension though to integrate unless you can code it yourself. IgniteWoo is the place I recommend for the extension - PayPal Payments Advanced. You can have the customer stay on your site or redirect to paypal page to pay. You may also need a SSL certificate for your site (if you stay on your page and don't redirect to paypal) You have to sign up for a PayPal Advanced account....you also have several settings on PayPal Manager side that needs to be set correctly...

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I found this WooCommerce Module. You are able to authorize only and capture later if you like. It looks as if it works very well. See here http://www.sellxed.com/shop/en/wordpress-woocommerce-paypal-zahlungs-plugin.html

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