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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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On 10/3/2020 at 6:44 AM, paul2009 said:

I completely understand. It can be a real challenge. 

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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Hi Paul, 
How does one go about keeping the add to cart button from showing on the extra product until the main product has been added to cart?

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15 hours ago, bobbykimani said:

How does one go about keeping the add to cart button from showing on the extra product until the main product has been added to cart?

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Hi Paul,

 

I'm having the same issue has users above but was wondering if there has been an update with the newer versions of sqaurespace?

I'm selling artwork that are at a quantity of 1 and would like to add a "framing" option that costs more but when I add a drop down variant, I run the risk of two people purchasing the single artwork ( unframed and the other framed...) making it look like I have two in my inventory. 

Is it still better to do the add to cart option of a frame totally separate? Thanks!

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1 hour ago, krisvanhart said:

I'm having the same issue has users above but was wondering if there has been an update with the newer versions of Squarespace?

Hi @krisvanhartThings haven't changed.

If your inventory supply is limited (such as one artwork), and you want to offer upsells (such as framing) then it isn't possible to do this with variants, unless you pay for the very expensive Trunk extension that I mentioned in one of the threads above. Trunk allows you to zero both variants when either of them is sold, but it does this from a third party server; it isn't possible to do this on Squarespace - even with custom code.

However, you can offer framing options as separate products. There are a number of ways to do this some of which are simple, because they are built-in, and some would require custom code to be written but they may offer a better customer experience. 

Simple solutions include adding a link to the frame product(s) within the product description or using the 'Related Products' feature (requires a Commerce plan) to display the frames below the artwork.

Custom solutions may include adding icons, buttons and so on:

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