I see a lot of posts in regards to the built in persistent cart not working as expected, IE - doesn't work for guests. What I'm trying to do is actually implement it.

It seems fairly easy. Store the quote ID in a cookie and load it and assign it to the session the next time the customer comes back. However I'm not having success. I've worked my way through the code when a guest first adds an item to their cart. My thought was that code would show me how to initialize a cart. Instead of initializing I'd load an existing cart. I've assigned the loaded quote to the checkout session and cart singleton but it still shows me no items when I visit the cart page.

Can someone point me in the right direction? I'll keep digging in the meantime.

  • I'm getting close by simply setting the quote ID in the checkout session. I'll know more tomorrow and post an answer if applicable.
    – gwgeller
    Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 21:52

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Below is the code to load a cart/quote to the session for a guest visitor. I'm getting the quote id from a cookie that I created once the visitor adds an item to their cart.

$cust = Mage::getSingleton('customer/session')->getCustomer();

It is important to set the customer so when collecting totals any rules will be associated with the "guest" customer and not the original customer that created the cart/quote.

One interesting side note I noticed while working on this. Magento creates a blank quote when a customer logs in if the customer doesn't already have an existing one. These blank quotes are inflating my abandoned cart/quote reporting.

  • in what file are you placing this code? Commented Mar 2, 2017 at 20:45
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    @YehudaSchwartz I setup an observer on the controller_action_predispatch event. Since that event will fire every page load I have logic in place to bypass the code once the cart has been loaded. It also bypasses the logic if there is no cart to be loaded.
    – gwgeller
    Commented Mar 3, 2017 at 3:49
  • could you share that code here? Commented Mar 3, 2017 at 15:07
  • Depending on what you have setup I'm not sure what actual code you need. You will need a module and from there you need to setup the config to observe the event. There are plenty of examples on how to observe events in Magento if you do a search.
    – gwgeller
    Commented Mar 3, 2017 at 18:48

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