Magento, add Clothing size attribute without Configurable Product


I want a simple way to let my user pick there clothing size before buy but Configurable Product seems like to much overkill. you have to make a product of every size and then you have to make a configurable product.

the shop is for my dad and if i have to explain him how he has to do this it would be weeks for him to know this, (it took several days to make him learn to create a simple product)

Is there any other possibility to create a product and in the front end let the user select the size attribute ..

there has to be a more simple way than this ?

10/24/2009 7:29:54 PM

Accepted Answer

The reason a configurable product relies on child simple products is to keep track of inventory--the simple product is the physical, shippable unit (Crew Neck Shirt-Red-Small) and the configurable product, as you know, is a "meta" product that groups all of the (Crew Neck Shirt-Some Color-Some Size) combinations together.

If you don't care about having your Magento store track inventory, then you can use a simple product with custom options. This is usually used for things that you make on the fly, like monogramming a t-shirt, or screen printing a t-shirt. Create the simple product and take a look at the Custom Options tab on the left side. There you can define a drop-down for your size and specify the options there. Unlike a product attribute, however, I'm pretty certain that you'll have to re-create the size options for each product that you decide to sell this way.

The Magento Web site has a video tutorial that shows how this works. You might show that to him.

I don't think you'll find too many arguments that the Magento admin interface is extremely confusing--even for computer savvy users--but it is what it is. Good luck!

10/24/2009 7:40:58 PM

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