How can I set up product options without creating multiple variants?

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Hello All,


I'm in the process of setting up a Shopify store and am stuck on the variants requirement. We sell a range of products in different colours. I would like each colour to be a variant, but there are required options for every product that I do not want to be variants. Is there a way to have accessories or options that do not create variants of the base product? An option to go to the next step for example? What I'm trying to do in order,


1. Select product and colour

2. Select options

3. Select accessories

4. Select customizations


Again, really trying to avoid having up to 500 variants per product. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Shopify Partner
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As Shopify allow upto 100 variants, so you can't go with 500 varaints.


1. For accessories you can create a different product and show as a bundled on the main product.

2. For customizations - if its a text then you can use the line items input field if not then I guess you have to do the same like accessories.

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Thank you, Salil. I'll be subscribing to an addon that allows you to exceed Shopify's 100 variant limit so that's not a problem, its just a little sloppy. Do you know how I can bundle items on the main product? Is that a feature of the theme or something that would require programming? 

Shopify Partner
740 38 160



This is done through an options app. Rather than managing variants you set up the options in the app and they are added as notes on the order line. To a search for options in app store.


The main issue with an options apps is there is no inventory control. If you need this you can use a our app instead. It lets you manage the components in the background so the order line during checkout only shows the one line. You connect up all your products to correct SKUs and we then update their inventory based on the component stock level.





Shopify Partner
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It looks our Product options app might be the perfect fit. It allows you to add an unlimited number of product options in various types. These options can be made dependent on each other, enabling you to streamline the selection process for your customers. For instance, customers can select the product color as the initial variant and then move on to choose additional options, accessories and customizations. This approach simplifies the shopping experience for your customers.


Regarding the addition of product accessories, our Bundles app is designed to seamlessly integrate this functionality into your store. It enables you to list accessories or add-ons directly on the main product page, presented as separate items from your catalog. This way, customers can conveniently select the accessories they want, with each item's name, image, and price clearly displayed. Selected accessories are added to the cart along with the main product but are kept as separate line items, ensuring that your order processing and inventory management remain accurate and straightforward.


Below, I've included the screenshots to illustrate how these accessories and options can appear on your storefront, enhancing the customer shopping experience.






















Should you require further assistance with setting up these apps on your site, or if you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.