One product with multiple variants (draft or disable a variant)

Liquid-kicks
Excursionist
16 0 4

So basically I have an item that I am selling for example a shoe model which has multiple colors and sizes.

 

In another shipment which arrives in a month I want to add the new color of this shoe model in my system but I dont want to activate it not until it arrives.

 

If it was a completely new model I can draft it.

 

If its a new variant of an item thats already active I dont think I can deactivate it until it actually arrives and becomes available in stock. Is there a way to do that?

 

Thanks!

sub11 Running Store
Endurance Sportswear & Equipment LLC
Swefieh Village, Amman,
Jordan

Replies 11 (11)

mstrohFG
Visitor
2 0 0

I'm interested in this, too. @Liquid-kicks - Have you found a solution yet? I was wondering if adding a variant-level metafield object with a boolean value would do it. E.g., metafield object "Hidden" = true.

Liquid-kicks
Excursionist
16 0 4

Hi MstrohFG,

 

I havent really found a solution yet but Im only adding these as soon as the shipment arrives which is not ideal.

sub11 Running Store
Endurance Sportswear & Equipment LLC
Swefieh Village, Amman,
Jordan

Liquid-kicks
Excursionist
16 0 4

Im not sure if I exactly got what you meant but Im wondering if this worked for you.

sub11 Running Store
Endurance Sportswear & Equipment LLC
Swefieh Village, Amman,
Jordan

atomix
Tourist
3 0 7

This is a common request to Shopify. There's no GOOD way to do this apart from template edits and a metafield that you check on page load. It's a massive oversight. There are plugins that hide 0-stock SKUs but nothing exactly for what you want.  They're all hacks.

Liquid-kicks
Excursionist
16 0 4

Hi Atomix,

 

Can you please recommend such plugins?

sub11 Running Store
Endurance Sportswear & Equipment LLC
Swefieh Village, Amman,
Jordan

Grant27
Visitor
1 0 0

Did you ever come right with this? I have the same challenge (as I expect anyone who forward orders product does.)

mstrohFG
Visitor
2 0 0

No, sorry. We never found an appropriate solution. We just opted to delete the variant from our Salsify product feed, thus preventing it from being syndicated into our Shopify store. Then, we deleted the variant entirely from Shopify. Not great. 

Liquid-kicks
Excursionist
16 0 4

After all this time has passed, and after no finding a solution until now, I was wondering if by now anyone has come up with a solution to this yet?

sub11 Running Store
Endurance Sportswear & Equipment LLC
Swefieh Village, Amman,
Jordan

LazyCoder
Shopify Partner
35 0 7

Hello, I can build an app you can manage "timed" variants. You add all the details about the variant ahead of time. Set a time for it to go live and that's about it. The app takes care of ensuring the variant shows up in the product page at the time you set give or take a few minutes.

 

  1. Is this the type of behavior you were expecting?
  2. How much time is this bound to save you? Would you be open to subscribing to this application for $9.99 / month?
Liquid-kicks
Excursionist
16 0 4

Hi LazyCoder,

 

Honestly, If you build such an App I think you can have some good success with it.

 

What I recently found as a tweak is to use purchase order, make the products and keep them as zero in quantity and then add them as purchase orders. Once they arrive you can accept it.

 

There is so much though that you can do and maybe we can discuss some if youd like.

 

I can think of a million things that needs custom coding lol

sub11 Running Store
Endurance Sportswear & Equipment LLC
Swefieh Village, Amman,
Jordan

LazyCoder
Shopify Partner
35 0 7

Sounds great, I DM'd you.

 

In case any of the ideas is a file manager, I'm in the process of publishing the app and you can try out the demo & sign up for an email when the app is available here - https://simplefilemanager.torcellite.com