Graduated Discounts – A Nested IF Statement Example in Excel 2013

IF statements allow you to change a spreadsheet cell’s result depending on whether something is true or false.  A good example is when you want to calculate how much discount to give a customer depending on how many items they have bought. e.g. If my customer is buying more than ten of a particular product I will give them a 10% discount, if not, then there’s no discount.

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So, we want to offer our customer differing levels of discount depending on the quantity of products they buy.

e.g. If my customer is buying more than ten of a particular product I will give them a 10% discount, if not, then there’s no discount.

Here’s another way of saying the same thing:

If Quantity >=10 then Discount = 10% otherwise Discount = 0%

We can add a formula to our spreadsheet which will automatically calculate the discount for us. Here is a sales order line where the customer is buying 10 spades from us, at £3 per spade, giving a total of £30.

Sales Order line before calculating discount

But, we give a discount of ten percent if they are buying 10 or more.  We enter an IF statement into cell F6 which checks the value in D6 (quantity) and gives us a different result depending on whether it is ten or more.


In plain English this reads as:

If D6 (the quantity) is greater than or equal to 10, then multiply E6 (Pre Discount Price) by 0.1 (equivalent to 10%).  If D6 is not greater or equal to 10 then just put a zero.

For our example the quantity is 10 so our customer qualifies for the discount and a discount of £3.00 is calculated, being 10% of £30.00.

simple discount applied to sales line
We have just done an IF statement

What if we have a second level of discount?

Perhaps we reward our customers with a 20% discount if they buy 50 or more of an item.  We could add a new cell with a completely new IF statement which checks the quantity to see if it is 50 or over, but this would mess up our nice layout and would probably get a bit confusing.  Luckily we can take our initial IF statement and work on it a bit more to make a Nested IF statement.
We want the computer to check the higher value first, so we say:

If Quantity >=50 then Discount = 20% otherwise If Quantity >=10 then Discount = 10% otherwise Discount = 0%

Here’s how to type that in Excel-speak:


multiple levels of discount in excel nested if statement
So we can see that when the customer orders 50 hoes they qualify for the 20% discount and our Nested IF statement takes that into consideration.  The discount is 20% of £200 which is £40 giving a line total of £200 – £40 = £160.

The final order the customer makes is for two planters so they don’t qualify for a discount there.
missing out on discount

You can keep adding further discount levels in the same way.  Although, if you have a lot of discount levels it would probably be a better idea to use a database to do your sales order processing.  Updating your discount levels and values would be a lot easier then as you wouldn’t have to remember to edit each spreadsheet.  It could also automate keeping track of late payments.

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