Product options vs. Product variants

Product Options or Attributes are different versions of the parent product that may have their own price but do not have their own quantity of SKU. For e.g. If you sell a SHIRT in 3 colors (Blue, Red, Black) and 3 different sizes (S, M, L), but you don't track the inventory of each combination, then you would set these up as product options. With product options, when a customer places an order, the parent item SKU is added into the cart along with some text indicating which options were purchased. And the shopping cart deducts the quantity of the parent item only.


Product Variations are different versions of the parent product that have their own SKU, Quantity and Price. For e.g. If you sell a SHIRT in 3 colors (Blue, Red, Black) and 3 different sizes (S, M, L), and you want to track inventory of each combination separately (lets say if you have 3 of the Blue-M but 5 of the Red-S), then you would set these up as product variations. With product variations, when a customer places an order, the specific SKU of the child item is added into the cart along. And the shopping cart deducts the quantity of the particular child item as well. 



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