Merge products from printful

mo13
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I have multiple products with the same design - male t-shirts,  female t-shirts that I want to show up as one product. They're created as individual products in printful based on the type of shirt. How can I show them as one product with different styles in Shopify?

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Nick
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Hi @mo13,

 

Nick here from Shopify. 

 

If you have multiple products with the same design, your best bet is to set up the product with variants. Shopify has a guide going through everything you need to know about variants here. Something to note is you mentioned about male and female t-shirts. I would personally make a distinction like that a separate product and have the variants more for size, color, material, etc.  You can also see the Shopify help guide about adding variants to your products here

Printful also has a guide on product variants which might also be of some use to you. You can see it here

 

Hope this helps! 

 

All the best, Nick

 

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v-h-hess
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Hello there. To add to this, is it possible to use a Shopify + Printful platform to create a merged variant to not size/color variants, but design variants?

For example, I have 2 products, tee shirts that show off my logo:
* Black shirt, white logo
* White shirt, black logo
 
Can this be merged into a single “Logo Shirt” product with a “Black shirt” and “White shirt variant” without being two separate products? Because I wouldn’t want a black shirt with black ink, and vice versa. Must these be two products?
 
Thanks in advance.
Nick
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Hi @v-h-hess,

Great question! This is definitley possible through product variants. You can add variants to a product that comes in more than one option, such as size or color but will still remain as one product and not two. 

  1. In the Variants section of the Add product page, click Add variant.

  2. Enter a name for the option, such as Size, in Option name. Customers will see this name.

  3. In Option values, enter each option value followed by a comma, such as Black shirt - white logo and  White shirt - black logo and so on. Customers will see these option values when they are choosing a variant. When you enter a comma, the option values appear as tags. You can see an example using colors below: 

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  5. If your variants differ in more than one way, then click Add another option. You can have up to 3 options for each product. 

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    As you add the product options, a list of variants appears with the heading Modify the variants to be created. Uncheck the boxes next to any combination of options that you don't sell. You can also add prices, SKUs, and barcodes for individual variants, or use the defaults based on the product details:

  7. Click Save.

Something else to note is that you can show different product images for each variant with variant images. 

If you have already created a product and want to add a variant, there is a help guide below which goes through the steps as well, you can read it here

 

 

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Fleurs
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I know how to make variants in Shopify.  My question is, is it still linked and automated in Printful if you do this?  Thanks.

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Hi @Fleurs,

Great question! It is linked and should sync with Printful quite shortly after. It can take from a few seconds to up to half an hour depending. Printful has an information doc on this which you can see here

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HisHersClothing
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Hello, sorry to resurrect this thread, but I'm trying to do the same thing and those videos no longer work.  I am using Printful and have the same design file that I'd like to us on several different products in the same product listing.  For instances, using the same image file for T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, etc. and having them on the same product page. 

Is there an easy way to do this that is not manual?  This seems like something many people would want to do.

Thank you,

Tyler

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Nick
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Hi @HisHersClothing,

Thanks for letting me know those videos were not available anymore. I edited the replies to the Shopify Help guide on variants and wonder could add a product variant work for you here? If not, can you elaborate a little more on what you're looking to do exactly as I'm not 100% sure otherwise. 

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Nick_Mayer
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On a related note I sell phone cases and I've had to create 2 different products in Printify to cover all the phone models--1 for iPhone 5-11 & the other for Samsung & iPhone 12.  Can I merge these 2 products (both phone cases with the same design) even though they have different print providers depending on the variant?

Thank you!

Nick

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Nick
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Hi @Nick_Mayer,

This is a great question and has me thinking. Just to confirm a few things if that's ok. 

You use Printify and have the same products but only the different variants would have different print providers? Do you use another POD supplier as well as Printify or would it be all with them? 

I'm wondering if the Locations feature could work for you here? From the help guide about Locations, there are some steps (shared below) which make me wonder if this is possible to distribute via a products variants, as in, have one variant of a product shipped from one location, and another from a different location:

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Can you take a read of the Location guide here and let me know if you think this will work for you, please? 

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