I have a question relating to whether Magento supports a dynamic on-demand product catalog. For example, suppose we’re dealing with custom made jewelry, and we have:
Attribute #1: Metal - 10 different types of metals
Attribute #2: Crystal 1 - 10 different crystals to choose from
Attribute #3: Crystal 2 - 10 different crystals to choose from
Attribute #4: Color 1 - 10 different colors for one part of the piece
Attribute #5: Color 2 - 10 different colors for another part of the piece
And this is for a single piece. Let’s say there are 50 different types of pieces (example buckles, earings, necklaces, bracelets etc. etc.)
As you can see that there are 10*10*10*10*10*50 = 5,000,000 different combinations or possible “products.” However none of them actually exist, as all are custom made on demand. So to have SKU’s for each one would be a monumental inventory management task, and kind of a waste of resources. Yet we still need to specify each of these criteria as attributes in a pulldown list, in effect “creating” the product on the fly.
Can Magento support this type of “product catalog”, where all the possible variants do not require the individual products to exist before hand? Perhaps the right name for this type of catalog is a “virtual” product catalog—since they don’t actually exist.
Is this possible?