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Re: Product Variants :: Question

Fabien Pinckaers (fp)
- 07/16/2014 04:05:24

No, several variants of the same template are really different products,
with different prices, pictures, internal codes, EAN, stock levels. What
we call a 'product' is actually a specific variant of a template.

But, even if they are different products, variants of the same template
share a lot of attributes between each others: suppliers, base price,
description, base name, etc.

Starting from version 8, a user:
  - create/edit products from the template view
  - can drill down to variants, but it's not mandatory as we designed
    the system so that you just need to work on the template form if you
    do not use variants.
  - selects variants of a template if working on a sale order/picking

Since a lot of attributes are shared between variants, a good practice
is to use variants for products that have nearly all attributes in
common and differ slightly by just a few characteristics (color, size)

We wanted to put most characteristics on the template otherwise it's too
complex for the end-user to create a new product. (having to create a
template then zoom to the variant just to set the cost price is too complex)

The supplier price is on the template but can be different from one
product to another since pricelists use products, not templates. (not
ideal but it works).

For the cost price, it may be a good idea to be able to overwrite it on
the variant, but it's not the case for now on. (maybe a community module?)


On 07/16/2014 09:32 AM, Daniel Reis wrote:
>> May I broaden this question on what fields are variant sensitive? And
>> add the question if the present set of fields is sensible?
>> e.g. Image, Internal Ref, EAN (?) can receive different values, but as
>> said above, procurement costs cannot.
> AFAIK, the point for "variants" is to let the same "Product" (same Ref, 
> EAN, Cost,...) have different characteristics such as colour and size.
> If you need different EAN's or Cost for "variants", then probably you 
> want to have different "Products" instead of one product with variants.
> /DR
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