17 Jan 2011
03 Oct 2013
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I read this topic prior to getting into ecommerce, and now have a new perspective on it after trying to setup products with three dropdowns. I'm on 6.1. Apparently now all attributes are Dependent, so you have to enter variations for every possible combination in order for the values to be selectable in the dropdown. The dropdown's disable if a variation isn't created. Watching the jing video from Randy Hodge shows the old way to add them - which is how I was envisioning this. Now there's a generate variation link if you don't have any created for a product, which will create every variation combination for the attributes set to the product's product_type. Then you have to go in and edit all of say size Medium if the price, image or sku is variable. Since I don't track sku or inventory, I prefer the old way as one of my products has 147 variations and I have to either edit all the Small and Large to add the price diff, or script it out. My client is going to hate it when they change prices on a size. Since this generate link creates every combo for the attribute, which is based on product_type, I will have to 1) create a product type for every product, 2) create Size attributes per product since I want different values available per product. OR have one generic Size attribute, click the generate link, and go in and delete the ones I don't want.
This product creation seems so unintuitive to me. It would be so much easier to be able to create attributes on a product level for me since my product's values aren't consistent. Or would be nice to make attributes independent so we could just set up the product's variations once: Small, Med, Large, Blue, Red, Green vs. Small Blue, Small Red, Small Green, Med Blue, Med Red, Med Green, Large Blue, Large Red, Large Green etc. Add another attribute and I'm ready to shoot myself. Is this really the best setup?