Product Options and Option Values
Both Product Options and Option Values are optional fields. You would use these if, for instance, there are several color and size combinations that Customers need to choose from, or if different versions of your item have different prices. You would not need to use these fields if your item is only one color or size, or if it is a one-of- a-kind item as you will be able to list those attributes under “Product Details”.
Example: If your item comes in several colors, or in several color and size combinations, you would enter the colors and sizes into the Options field.
Option Name: COLOR
Option Values: Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange
Option Name: SIZE
Option Values: S, M, L, XL
These color and size options will result in the possible variants:
Blue S, Blue M, Blue L, Blue XL, Red S, Red M, Red L, Red XL, Yellow
S, Yellow M, Yellow L, Yellow XL, Orange S, Orange M, Orange L,
and Orange XL
Option Name - In the above example, the first Option Name
would be COLOR and the second Option Name would be SIZE
Option Value –
For the COLOR Option, this is where you would enter the
colors your item comes in, for example: Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange
For the SIZE Option, this is where you would enter the sizes the item comes in, for example S, M, L, XL
Variants are the combinations of Options and Option Values that you assigned in the Product Options fields. Once you have entered all of your Options and Option Values, you can create the Variants. You can do this in one of two ways:
Add Variant – the Add Variant function allows you to use the Option Values you entered to create variants on a case by case basis. You could use this process if, for instance, in the prior COLOR and SIZE example not every color was available in every size. You could also use this to assign prices and inventory levels on a variant by variant basis. For example, if you had a necklace that came in different metal types (Option Name: METAL TYPE; Option Values: Sterling Silver, Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel), you would want to use Add Variant to assign different prices and inventory levels to the different METAL TYPES.
Auto Generate All Possible Variants – You would use this functionality if you want all combinations of Option Values to become Variants. In the above COLOR and SIZE example, this would create every color and size combination: Blue S, Blue M, Blue L, Blue XL, Red S, Red M, Red L, Red XL, Yellow S, Yellow M, Yellow L, Yellow XL, Orange S, Orange M, Orange L, and Orange XL.
Just as is the case with the Add Variant process, you will be able to adjust inventory levels, pricing, and other product information by clicking on the Action column next to the variant you want to edit.
Once you have created Variants, you can Edit or Delete them by clicking on the three dots in the Action column that are next to the Variant you want to edit or delete. Edit features include: Option Values, Price and Sale Price, Product ID, Inventory, and Shipping Weight (which you may recall is only needed if you are basing your shipping fees on weight).