On eBay we do not use variations as none of our categories are setup to use them. But we sell head gaskets and the more I thought about this, the more I think that product would be a good candidate for variations/multi-variations in Magento. In essence a head gasket has two main attributes, bore size and thickness.
The thickness is easy as there are only about a dozen or so set thicknesses from the manufacturer regardless of the engine. But for bore size it gets more tricky.
When I look at the bore sizes offered on various engines, I come up with hundreds of possibilities. While most engines only have 2 – 4 options, the fact there are over 200 engine options and the fact that for some engines it is customary to use imperial size and for others it is customary to use metric, a drop down attribute covering all bore sizes would become really really large.
My first thought was to use a text field for that attribute, but it appears that text fields can’t be used as an attribute in a variation/multi-variation. So if I have to create this massive list of bore sizes as a drop down attribute, anyone know if there are any real performance issues doing this, especially if later I decide to use it as a layered navigation option? Maybe there is a clever and better way to deal with something like this? I will probably already use two bore attributes, one being metric and one being imperial as the use of metric or imperial is pretty specific to the engine.
I may be wrong but I think the maximum number of variations M2E can handle per listing is 60, so would you run into an issue of this many variations per listing or is the hundreds of variations split over lots of different products?
Regarding a large list of drop downs, I don’t envisage a performance issue, it will take slightly longer to load the dropdowns but I think this wouldn’t be overly heavy.
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I don’t have to worry about variations on eBay as I do not list in any eBay categories that support them. So I will be trying to use some variations in Magento for the site, but then list the products as a “simple product” on eBay.
I am going to give it a go on one product line and see how it all goes :) Sounds like I should be fine trying this.
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