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difference between simple product with custom options and configurable products
 
Ahmed Abdelsalam
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i’m kind of new to magento and i noticed that v1.1 has custom options for simple products that the user can choose to configure what he wants, and there is a configurable product that need to use simple products to be configurable but at the frontend it gives the same result to me, is there something that i’m missing ?

 
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As far as I can tell the main reason for the two methods is to handle two different kinds of products: physical products and virtual products.

Physical products should be created as configurable products as each option will have a unique SKU. This maps to the real world as your stock of Product X in red will be different to your stock of Product X in blue. In other words, each is really a distinct product that needs to be tracked separately but it’s more convenient for the customer if they view it as a just Product X and have options for red or blue.

Virtual products should be created as simple products with custom options as each option doesn’t need a SKU. Obviously you have no “stock” of virtual products (unless you handle licenses or something) so it doesn’t really matter if someone chooses a red or blue version of Product Y as there’s essentially an infinite number available of both.

Of course, I’m sure there are plenty of exceptions to this “rule of thumb” but I think it should give you a better idea of why both options are available.

 
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Ahmed Abdelsalam
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nice, so if i need product to have options with same SKU i use simple product , and if i have options with different SKUs i use configurable..
thanks Chris ..

 
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Baseballtips
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So If I were to sell customizable bats that have around 55,000 possibilities for configuration, I would use custom options? It would take forever to creat 55,000 simple products to create a configurable product.

 
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quanza
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If you’re able to provide 55,000 baseball bat configurations, then you must be doing well enough to pay someone to create the 55,000 simple products smile

I know, someone should make a Mechanical Turk plugin for populating massive product variations!

 
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Bogislaw
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1. There is an extension for that, it’s called EasySKU.

2. Magento is built in such a way that it will load all 55,000 products and have it in the cache. It does not get the data per request, it gets it only as a whole. As you can imagine, 55,000 products on one page will break Magento. We tried to have a configurable with 9,500 and it didn’t work. 1,600 worked. The limit must be somewhere inbetween. It also depends on the power of the server, of course.

 
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dan_big_man
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Hi

I need a module for Magento 1.4.1.1 that can help me sell a multiple products as a single product.
For example, I have a configurable product with many different colours and sizes, which will be sold with an accessory using Custom option. However, that accessory can also be bought separately as a single product and they share the quantity/
inventory.
So, a configurable product cost £30 and accessory cost +£10. And the accessory can be bought on its own as a single product for £15.
Obviously the accessory will have a SKU, and quantity is deducted automatically when either the configurable product was sold with accessory or the accessory has been sold as a single product mean its share the quantity/
inventory.
And quantity is incremented appropriately when an item is returned/refunded.
Also disabled a custom option on front end (hide checkbox or radio) when Out of stock.

Please help I am willing to pay for your time=)

Thank in advance

Dan

 
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