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I'm making a website for the masks i've been sewing. I usually start out with the ability to sew 10 masks per fabric choice, in a choice of four sizes, with three loop style options. obviously the number of variations that can be created from the product variants is greater than my stock. how do i create my listings in order to offer my customers all the necessary variations without over-selling my stock?

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If the price is the same for each option, you can use a custom product form to capture the options instead of variants. You can then have one product and set the stock level to match your requirements. 

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Hi Paul, I have a similar question, but the price is not the same for each option. I'm selling kits with the option to have one element premade by me, which adds to the cost. I have been using variants but that means I have to watch the inventory like a hawk and try to balance it after every order.

The variants were, 'I'll make the beads ($20)' or 'I want premade beads ($32)'. It was easy for customers but kind of a nightmare for me, as I am doing very small batches that sell out in a day. I go crazy trying to avoid overselling!

I tried 'add premade beads' as an option to add to an order, but then somebody just bought the added product without the main one. Is there a way to have variants draw from the same inventory count? Or to choose an item and then choose the type, with price add-on?

Thanks to you or anyone who has a suggestion!

Cheers,

Kim

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35 minutes ago, KimVanAntwerp said:

I'm selling kits with the option to have one element premade by me, which adds to the cost. I have been using variants but that means I have to watch the inventory like a hawk and try to balance it after every order. I tried 'add premade beads' as an option to add to an order, but then somebody just bought the added product without the main one. 

I completely understand. It can be a real challenge. 

There is a solution for this now, but it's not a "no-cost" option as it involves paying for a third-party service called Trunk inventory. Their service costs from $29 per month, but it can sync inventory across your site instantly, ensuring that you do not oversell.

One workaround is to display the add-on element as a separate product. You said yo'd tried this but had issues with someone buying it on its own. That's not great! I tried to take a look at the product to see if I could offer any additional advice, but I couldn't see it. However, as general advice I would suggest that you only show the 'Add to Cart' button for this add-on product when someone has added the main product to their cart. Also, if the add-on has a low cost, you could set a minimum checkout value so that customers cannot purchase add-ons only.

I hope this helps.

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