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Site URL: https://www.f3pens.com

I'm not sure quite how to ask so I'll explain what I'm trying to do.

I make hand made fountain pens that require the selection and inclusion of a nib. The nibs are available in any of a dozen variations and each is tracked with separate quantities in my inventory. So each time you purchase a pen, you have to select a nib and I want that to remove that nib from the inventory.

If I use variants, it just creates multiple quantities for the pen which is not what I want since there is only 1 pen available and doesn't detract from the tracked inventory of the nib.

So basically I want to force that when you buy the pen you have to also buy from your choice of nib.

Is something like this possible or is there some other way to do this?

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On 2/21/2022 at 10:14 PM, F3Pens said:

If I use variants, it just creates multiple quantities for the pen which is not what I want since there is only 1 pen available

Squarespace doesn't have any built-in features to do this.

There's a Squarespace Extension available called Trunk Inventory that can do this and although it is easy to set up, you must pay a reasonably high monthly subscription to use it ($35+ per month), depending on the number of orders. 

Trunk works by using Squarespace’s Inventory API, so it would also be possible for a developer to build a solution on non-Squarespace infrastructure. They could also use an RPA tool but they would require a good understanding of APIs, API keys, and/or code to do this. They'd also need to be able to maintain and support it on an ongoing basis - hence the costs of the Trunk solution.

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