Is it possible to add/update a customers cart from admin?

        $productId = 700;

        $storeId = Mage::app()->getStore()->getId();

        $product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')

        $qty = 1;
        $cart = Mage::getModel('sales/quote');


        if (!$cart->getId())

        $info = new Varien_Object(array(
                            'product_id' => $product->getId(),
                            'qty' => $qty

        $cart->addProduct($product, $info );


This is writing an entry into the sales_flat_quote table but it is not showing up in the customers cart. I am doing something wrong or missing something.

1 Answer 1


Yes it's possible.
Find the customer in the backend, click on edit.
You should see a tab on the left called shopping cart. You would expect that it should work from there. But it doesn't. Or at least I didn't find a way to make it work.

But here is how I did.
Click on the 'Create order' from the customer edit screen.
Select a store view to associate the order with.
Then add to the order the products you want to put in the cart.
After adding them, you will see for each line a column named Action. Select from the dropdown for each product "Move to shopping cart".
Then hit "Update items and qty's".
That's it.

I know it seams like a strange process, but if you need it badly you can use it.

  • can you point me in the right direction where this logic is located. I wish to replicate this logic in a custom module, because I need to interact with a 3rd party datasource.
    – user9252
    Aug 4, 2014 at 15:04
  • see Mage_Adminhtml_Sales_Order_CreateController::_processActionData specially the section that starts with $moveItemId = (int) $this->getRequest()->getPost('move_item');
    – Marius
    Aug 4, 2014 at 15:08
  • I have updated my post with code for my custom module. Can you have a look to see if I doing something wrong?
    – user9252
    Aug 5, 2014 at 13:33

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