I have been playing around with Magento - and can set up products with multiple attributes (drop downs) so that a given product can have eg variations on:
However - as far as I can see you have to link each of these to a SKU (ie a hidden product that equates to each combination). You can see that with those combinations it means you effectively have 4 x 4 x 2 x 2 = 64 different related hidden products to manage this single customer visible product.
Am I missing a trick - is there a better way of doing this?? ie Can some of the options be set up so they DONT have to link to a related product behind the scenes
For MOST of the products with this number of options I dont actually need to control stock figures - as they are made to order and we dont ‘stock’ all the variants.. but I cant actually see a way of doing that ‘virtual’ stock holding model anywhere. I assume it must be possible - as in the dropshipping type model (which is fairly common) people dont actually hold stock - and hence it is effectively ‘unlimited’
Is there a way of doin it with the stock holding model too? - but only making the core product (eg colour and possibly size) the hidden products that have a stock figure - and the other options just selectors (that show on the order, but without the need for a related product or stock figure details)
If anyone can help with this I’d be soooo grateful