Admin approval of Commerce order

I am building a proof of concept ecommerce solution using commerce kickstart v2

I wish to implement a system where a user can submit an order but an admin must approve orders before the customer can pay – I have a feeling I can do this with rules & extra order statuses but I cannot figure out which part of the checkout process to intervene in. Heres what I have so far:

  1. extra order status “Awaiting Admin Approval”
  2. extra order status “Approved by Admin”
  3. Rule that fires when order status changes from ‘shopping cart’ to ‘checkout’ and sets order as “Awaiting admin Approval”
  4. Rule that fires when order status is “Awaiting Admin Approval” and path contains ‘checkout’. this rule redirects user to a page that says ‘your order is awaiting approval’
  5. Rule that should allow user to checkout once admin has changed order status to “Approved by admin”

Rule 5 above (in italics) is giving me problems, no matter what I try – rule # 3 always fires, even after the order has been approved, which results in the user being redirected.

The problem arises because once the order has been set as “Approved by Admin”, it must then go back to “shopping cart”, then “checkout”… which then fires rule 3, which brings me nicely back around in a circle.

Any tips or suggestions?

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