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Nick here from Shopify. Great question!
This is definitely something that is possible to do but it would be through the means of an app and not native to Shopify.
There is an app which springs to mind straight away to me for this called Order Limits (MinMaxify) and you can find it here. There are a couple of other apps in the Shopify App Store with this function as their primary feature and you can see them below:
Hopefully, this helps! 🙂
All the best, Nick
I took a look at both those apps (and another by the name of "Connected Inventory"), and none of these apps address the issue. All of them can apply limits at the order or product levels only. The closest one was "Connected Inventory" -- as it can create "bundle groups" that will at least decrease the inventory of components of the "Bundle Master."
What I am looking for is -- say I am a one-person bakery -- I want to be able to say, "I want to limit the total number of products sold to 100 units during a one week period." Period. Doesn't matter what product (and by this I mean it shouldn't matter if there are multiple products and variants). I just want the total number of product units sole within a given time period set at "X" amount. I can't handle more than that.
None of the apps suggested allow me to do this.
The two products I have are very different and I cannot make one a variant of the other. I need to be able to cap the collective number of individual units sold ACROSS THE BOARD. But, so far, it seems there is no solution to this.
All apps seem only to cap either 1.) Variants of a product, or 2.) Only places limits as individual order requirements (based on product, sku, etc), and not globally.
I tried to use the apps to link each products inventory, but because the items are only dependent on ONE ANOTHER, if they are bought at the same time, I can purchase however many I want (since a purchase of one must be completed before the inventory of the other is decreased). So this limit must control at a higher level than the product level.
[UPDATE] I just noticed the premium option for limitsify! I am going to try that and report back
This is an accepted solution.
@Nick Just to confirm, the premium version of limitsify does actually allow you to configure and arbitrary "cost" for your products and limit the total cumulative "cost" either weekly or monthly. It's not very intuitive, but it does actually allow users to at least limit by week and month.
Thank you for the suggestion! And this will work for me. Unfortunately, the weekly/monthly alert is the only one where we cannot as users configure the "alert" text... and its grammatically wrong, but I am reaching out to the vendor regarding this.
Thank you again!
Thanks for the update and getting back to me on this. Good to hear about the premium version of limitsify. I know it might not be ideal, but this is currently the closest workaround for this feature.
I will also submit this as a feature request for our development team on your behalf.