Add-on items that are not available separately

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newwavepool
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Hi, 

I'm new here so sorry if this is very obvious.

One of my main product types is refurbished cameras. I would like to be able to sell a roll of film and batteries as add-ons. Since I'm selling these add-on items at cost, I'd rather have them *only* available to people buying a camera. 

Just wondering if this is possible? 

Currently I'm doing this on Etsy through the use of variants with different prices, eg 'Camera only', 'Camera + Batteries', etc. But it seems different on Shopify as the variants each have their own inventory number. 

Thanks in advanced for tips.

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Helen
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Hi, @newwavepool!

 

I’m Helen from Shopify Support. Welcome to our Community.

 

This is a great question. You can offer add-ons to specific products, and there are two ways to do it.

 

The first way is to create a product for your cameras and have the add-on items set up as variants for that one product. For example, you will have a variant for batteries and apply a price to the battery variant. You will also have a second variant set up for film, and apply a price to the film variant. It will look like this on your storefront:

 

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However, as you have identified, there is a consideration with this method in terms of inventory. If you are using Shopify to track your inventory, then it is tracked per variant, and not by the main item. For example, the refurbished camera with no batteries and one roll of film would have an inventory quantity associated with it. While the same refurbished camera with batteries and no film, would have a separate inventory quantity associated with it.

 

If this poses an issue to the way your business tracks inventory, there is a second way to set this up. You will use a third party app which allows for each component to be considered individually. You would have a separate product set up in Shopify for: the camera, the batteries and the film. Then, as a product is added on, the inventory would adjust for each. I recommend any of these apps for this method:

 

 

Each app has a trial period, so feel free to add them to your store to determine which one works best for you. Uninstalling an app before the trial period ends will ensure that you do not get billed for it, and any questions you have about the functionalities of the app and how to set it up are best directed towards the app developers directly. You can find instructions on how to contact them here.

 

Have you already created an account with Shopify? We do offer a 14 day free trial, which is a great time to use to work with the apps and get familiar with the platform. 

 

If you have questions about anything else, let me know.

 

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cchaffin
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Hi!  Your question about the add-ons that aren't available separately is something I'm very interested in.  I found your store on Shopify and see that you do have add-on options and I'm wondering if you used one of the recommended apps in the solution here and if you are happy with the results?  I do not want to have the individual products available for sale alone, but would like to offer them as add-ons only after another product is selected, while also being able to keep an inventory of those add-ons.  (the same add on would be available on more than one other Product purchase, so it is very important that I be able to control how many total I have, and have sold to avoid overselling).

 

I appreciate any assistance you are able to provide and value your recommendation.

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Helen
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Hi, @cchaffin

 

I wanted to chime in here to let you know of a few other app options that may be a better fit for what you are describing. Since you are looking for giving your customers the option to add another product in addition to the one they’ve already chosen, I recommend using one such as:

These apps work more as an upsell, so you can use them to provide the option of additional products, or related products. Whichever works best for your business. 

 

What types of products and add-ons are you selling in your store?

 

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VireSabers
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Why is this not a standard feature with Shopify?

If I have an item, and I want to give customers the option to easily upgrade or add something minor TO that item, why would I have to have seperate inventory?

What if I only have one item left, but still want to give people all the options?

I understand there are apps that will allow this, but why should I pay extra for something so basic?

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Helen
Shopify Staff
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Hi, @VireSabers. Thanks for expressing your concerns. 

 

Shopify is a continually evolving platform. We appreciate all inquiries and suggestions and use them towards improving the platform so that our merchants and their customers can have an optimal experience. Therefore, I have submitted your feedback to our developers on your behalf; The Shopify Changelog is a great place to stay current on all the recent updates to the platform.

 

Let me know if I can help with anything else!

Helen | Social Care @ Shopify 
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