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Posted on 2008-10-29
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I just had some help on this script a few weeks ago and just noticed it does not calculate correctly.  It worked correctly with $100.00 input but not at $30.00 input....

You can view it here: http://billingpros.com/paypal_payment.htm

If you put a $30.00 amount in you will see it return $29.04 and it should be $28.83
<script language="JavaScript">
 
function calc(val) {
  var num = parseFloat(val.replace('$',''));
  if (isNaN(num)) return 0;
  var fee1 = (num/100)*2.9; // 2.9%
  var fee2 = (num/100)*0.30; // .30
  var newNum = num-(fee1+fee2)
  return "$"+(newNum.toFixed(2))
}
 </script>

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Question by:adspace
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by:Xyptilon2
ID: 22838156
If I compute it manually, I'm also getting 29.04, why should it come out as 28.83?

0.3 * 2.9 = 0.87
0.3 * 0.3 = 0.09
Total = 0.96

30 - 0.96 = 29.04


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by:scrathcyboy
ID: 22838177
function calc(val) {
  var num = parseFloat(val.replace('$',''));
  if (isNaN(num)) return 0;
  num = num*100;
  var fee1 = num*29;
  var fee2 = num*3;
  var fees = fee1+fee2;
  var newNum = (num-fees)/1000;
  return "$"+(newNum.toFixed(2))

A little longer, but easy to figure out without decimals for someone not used to calculating floating points
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by:sh0e
ID: 22838185
30.00 - (.87 + .30) = 28.88
Why the second value should come out to .30 I don't know.  Maybe human error?
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by:adspace
ID: 22838187
scrathcyboy
Have you tried that script...?
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by:sh0e
ID: 22838194
I get it now.  The original solution was a misunderstanding.  HE just wanted 0.30 deducted.
<script language="JavaScript">
 
function calc(val) {
  var num = parseFloat(val.replace('$',''));
  if (isNaN(num)) return 0;
  var fee1 = (num/100)*2.9; // 2.9%
  var fee2 = 0.30; // .30
  var newNum = num-(fee1+fee2)
  return "$"+(newNum.toFixed(2))
}
 </script>

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Lolly-Ink earned 1000 total points
ID: 22838198
I think this is what you meant to do:
The reason why it was working for $100 is obvious now.

<script language="JavaScript">
 
function calc(val) {
  var num = parseFloat(val.replace('$',''));
  if (isNaN(num)) return 0;
  var fee1 = (num/100)*2.9; // 2.9%
  var fee2 = 0.30; // .30
  var newNum = num-(fee1+fee2)
  return "$"+(newNum.toFixed(2))
}
 
</script>

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by:adspace
ID: 22838203
Xyptilon2:
No, it should be 28.83
as its  (30 cents minus 2.9 percent (thats the formula)) and it does come out to 28.83
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by:Xyptilon2
ID: 22838231
Then the implementation of your algorithm is not right, your script does what it is told to do and returns 29.04 (fill in the numbers as below)

var fee1 = (num/100)*2.9; // 2.9%
(30/100)*2.9 = 0.87

var fee2 = (num/100)*0.30;
(30/100)*0.30 = 0.09

var newNum = num-(fee1+fee2)
30-(0.87+0.09) = 29.04

I'm guessing Lolly-ink is right and you want to implement that algorithm like that.

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by:adspace
ID: 22838262
I am trying it now
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by:adspace
ID: 22838321
Lolly-Ink:
That worked fine I took a while because I had to check several inputs i.e $44.52, 188.31 etc while using a calculator and its all good

Thanks a Bunch
Sam
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by:adspace
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Thanks for your help
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by:Xyptilon2
ID: 22838353
Perhaps the next time you can rephrase your question so it more accurately describes what you want. The question you posted was not a problem in itself, the script returned the proper values. The calculations you used in the script itself were wrong, next time, please post the algorithm of what you want to accomplish so it is easier for us to understand the issue.
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