How to enter a limited number of stock across multiple variants

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The website that I am building will be selling dresses. For the launch, there will be 40 dresses of a particular style available, however these dresses are made to order. I am looking to have a total of 40 dresses available and these 40 dresses will be available in any size from 0-30.


When I add a product there is the option to track quantity, however once the sizes are added the quantity needs to be allocated to each size. How do I get around this?

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Hello, @sln.


Elias here with Shopify Support. Thank you for this inquiry.


Since the size for the dresses will be made to order, there isn’t a way to manage the inventory for creating size variants for the dress. I recommend simply creating the dress without any variants so you can set the inventory to 40. You will also want to uncheck ‘Continue selling when out of stock’ as well. 




Then you can customize your theme to get customization information for your products or enable cart notes for customers to give their preferred size. The theme customization for getting customization information for your products is often used for engravings on a product. Please keep in mind that this is an advanced coding tutorial and does fall outside the scope of our Theme Support. If you have limited knowledge with HTML, CSS, Javascript, and Liquid, I recommend hiring a developer or working with Shopify Experts. Shopify Experts are experienced with custom coding and can help with this customization for your theme.


Another option is by utilizing a third-party apps to collect the customer’s size preference through custom fields. I’ve handpicked a couple for you to try:



If you need any assistance with these apps, you can always reach out to the developers directly through the contact information found in the Support section of the app’s page. 

I hope this provides some options for you to explore. Will most of your products be made to order and have limited inventory? Also, when are you expecting to launch?

Elias | Social Care @ Shopify 
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Thank you, that was really helpful


I am actually building the website for someone else so I will propose options to her and see how she wants to proceed


All products sold on the website will be made to order and at least for the launch (10 dresses) will be limited to 40 per dress. I think that selling a limited amount is likely to continue after the launch as well. Aiming to have it launched by the end of the year!

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