Trust a newbie to resurrect a dead thread, but:-
I would also like this functionality. We sell printers and their respective consumables (inks, toners et al). I’ve got the consumables displaying as Related Products, modified to display in the main content column, with a buy button assigned to each one. I like the way this works so far, users can just navigate to their printer, then just look for the consumables beneath the printer.
But I would like to do this using a drop-down style box.
One alternative would be as suggested above - By creating a Root Category of ‘Consumables’, then a sub-category for the manufacturer, i.e. ‘Samsung’, then assigning all Samsung consumables to this category - then assigning each model the consumable fits by adding them into a multiple select and selecting them this way.
This way, Magento’s Layered Navigation could handle displaying the consumables, taking the user from Manufacturer -> Model - > Consumables for their chosen model.
The only problem would be I’d have hundreds of models showing up in the Layered Navigation.
I’ve no idea about the best way to approach this, and I’m still only two weeks into using Magento - could anyone advise?