So I've been searching online for what seems like forever to try and locate a way to achieve this in Google Sheets. The aim here is to choose a currency and sale type using data validation in two cells and run a function depending on the values of both those cells in a third cell.

A1 is data validation to select a currency (GBP, USD, EUR, etc.). B1 is data validation to select a transaction (Sale, Refund). C1 outputs the transacted value.

D1 holds price. E1 holds fee cost. F1-F3 hold currency conversions.

Here's how it needs to work: If B1 is a sale, a function needs to run to calculate the total transaction, adding a fee. If B1 is a refund, the same function needs to run, but to subtract a fee. This all then takes into account the conversion rate for the currency selected. So I essentially require Sheets to check the currency, check whether it's a sale or refund, then run the function.

Toying with IF this seems to be far too complex with two functions per currency required, depending on whether it's a sale or refund. It's at a point where my brain is turning to mush and I ended up with the following, which of course doesn't work.


Praying that someone is able to slap me down for my stupidity and point me in the correct direction.

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You need the lookup only for the exchange rate, and the difference between adding and subtracting a term can also be accomplished by multiplying with 1 or -1 and always adding it. If you're certain B1 always contains either "Sale" or "Refund", you can go for:


but it looks like your current formula produces FALSE if it isn't, and then you'll need something like this:

  • Was looking over another attempt I made earlier, which almost worked. Is there a reason as to why the F2 cell would be ignored in the below formula for both Sale and Import validations? Google Sheets correctly calculates everything but ignores the F2 cell. =IFS(A2="Import",C2*B2+F2,A2="Sale",B2*C2-F2)*IFS(G2="GBP",Data!B$31,G2="EUR",H2,G2="USD",H2) Cheers!
    – Traydash
    Jun 9, 2020 at 17:24
  • @Traydash we'll probably need a demo sheet from you to find out. I'm not that good at debugging formulas by sight.
    – Glorfindel
    Jun 9, 2020 at 17:30

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