Product variations FAQ

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We have collected the answers to frequent questions and helpful tips about using variations in your store. 

You can use variations for managing products with options: controlling stock, adding separate images to each product option, etc. Check out all the ways of using variations.

In this article:

What to do if you do not have all the variations? For example, you don't have the sizes of some color option.

There can be cases when you do not have all the variations. For example, you have gray t-shirts in sizes XS, S, M and L and yellow t-shirts in size S and M only. You need to make sure your customers do not order yellow t-shirts in XS or L sizes.

For such situations we recommend that you create the variations of yellow t-shirts in XS and L and mark them as "Out of Stock":

Set the non-existing variation as Out of Stock

Here is how it looks in your Control Panel:

Variations in your Control Panel

 Here is how it works in your store for the customers:

Variations in your storefront

Is it possible to use the same SKU for the base product and its variations?

Yes, you can use the same SKU for a product and its variations, if you don't need to track inventory for variations separately or have different weight or price for them. Once you change a variation quantity, price or weight, Ecwid will ask you to set a unique SKU for this variation. In this case the variation is treated as a separate unique item. For this reason, the variation should have a unique SKU.

How to set the default variation?

It is possible to set a default product variation. It will show in the product details page by default. The default product variation depends on the product's default set of options. For example, if "Gray" is the default option for "Color" and "Small" is default for "Size", the variation "Gray, Small" will be a default one. Your clients will see this default variation when visiting your product details page for the first time:

Preselected variation

If you do not need any preselected defaults, just tick Require customer selection in the Options tab of the page where you edit product details:

Require customer selection

Read more about managing product options.

Is it possible to use bulk discounts for variations? 

Yes, you can offer tiered pricing for each variation based on quantity tiers. You can find the detailed instruction here: Bulk discount pricing

  • You can also assign separate low stock notification to each variation you create. This message is automatically sent to you when a variation in your Ecwid store has reached a low stock limit.

Do variations count as products in paid plans limits?

The variations don't count towards product limit of the paid plans. Ecwid counts the number of base products shown in your Control panel → Catalog → Products. As for variations, you can have any number of them.

How to manage variations in bulk

It is possible to manage your product variations in bulk using the Bulk Product Editor app. The app allows to:

  • bulk update all your products, or filter which you want to change;
  • change their properties like price, weight, quantity and more;
  • add and remove options and selections to these options,
  • delete variations;
  • generate variations automatically;
  • bulk enable or disable products in your store.
If you decided to start your printing business with a drop-shipping service without storing any inventory you might be interested in our integration with Printful. All products that are created with Printful's product push generator will automatically have product variations.

Related articles

Adding product variations
Adding options to products
FAQ about managing products in your Ecwid store

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