Shopify shoud add this: Variant in Draft

MichelPlante
Excursionist
12 0 40

Hello Shopify,

 

One simple feature that would be VERY helpful, is to be able to put in draft some variants out of one product.

 

We sell boots, and we create products for each new models, BUT some of these models come in different colors at differnt time of the year. So it would be nice to be able to put the 'winter' colors in Draft during... Summertime (My hear is still ringin...) LOL, AND put 'Summer' color in draft during Winter time...

 

Yes I know I can Delete these variants, but I'll have to re-upload everyting when it comes back, AND I'll loose all my sales stats for these variants. When you create new one, it create a different ID...

 

I Know, I can duplicate the product and make 2 seasons versions, BUT my ERP Styleman is syncing with Shopify twice a day, so if it see two products with the same UPC/Barcode, it might not update stock for both files, so my inventory inside Shopify is all messed up. So I need to edit all my 'Off Season' UPC with an X at the end so they dont get synced instead of the "On Season" ones.

 

Simply have the option Active or Draft for each Variant would be awesome...

 

 

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ogessel
Tourist
4 0 2

This would be very helpful indeed. Hope they will listen 🙄

paulbackman
Shopify Partner
1 0 2

Upvote from me. Would be very useful.

atomix
Tourist
3 0 6

UPVOTE HERE. This is BASIC functionality. Large (giving Shopify lots of money) customers NEED the ability to do this. 

 

A lot of our processes are automated. When we have a new product, we have teams who mark it as ready to go and it gets sent to the site, but there's no way to add it to shopify without it showing on the page... like it's not AVAILABLE to buy yet until the 1st of the month. However, the Shopify team wants to have the product on the site ready to launch. We should have a draft to set via the API.

 

Also, when a SKU gets discontinued, why can't I archive that particular SKU not the entire product.

 

Of course, there's the case of hiding 0 stock products. Lots of plugins/workarounds do this. 

 

How about a promo item, like a bonus size... or a themed seasonal SKU. Having two identical products with a identical SKUs is just NOT a good option, because now your URL changes or you have to to manually set and reset them. 

 

This is BASIC functionality that seems more like a grievous oversight on Shopify's side.

Iansz
Excursionist
15 0 10

Upvote from me too, this is such a basic feature I can't understand why it's not already active "without" a plugin

gr_trading
Shopify Partner
1689 141 176

Hi @MichelPlante 

 

You can mark your seasonal product out of stock and custom-code your theme for these kinds of products where out-of-stock variants will be hidden on frontend.

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Iansz
Excursionist
15 0 10

Why does this have to need custom code, why not just a "Draft" button?

gr_trading
Shopify Partner
1689 141 176

@Iansz I'm providing the workflow which can be implemented in the current Shopify store, whereas you are talking about a feature to be built in Shopify.

 

Of course, it will best if the Shopify platform provides this feature.

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Zachsquatch
Visitor
1 0 0

@gr_trading Can you provide the workflow I'm not seeing it?Thanks!!

gr_trading
Shopify Partner
1689 141 176

@Zachsquatch 

 

There is no upfront workflow in Shopify.

 

We have to custom code to hide your out of stock products from search and visibility.

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samuel_webster_
Shopify Partner
5 0 1

You can have a product you still want to show to customers that is out of stock, as it may still be a relevant seasonal item, you're just currently out of stock. Making the product disappear can be confusing.

 

You would probably be better solving this by adding variant meta called "out of season" and make it a boolean. You still need custom code in your theme, but it'd be more flexible than using the stock mechanism to hide products.

SharCosmetics
Visitor
2 0 0

I agree … i want to add new scents for my body butter but they are not available and i don’t want to just 0 the inventory as i don’t want people to see the new scents until launch. 

gr_trading
Shopify Partner
1689 141 176

Hi @SharCosmetics 

 

You can upload the product and update other things and remove the availablity of product from online store.

 

Product will be removed from the store listing.

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SharCosmetics
Visitor
2 0 0

I’m not wanting to remove the product . I’m just adding new scents to the same product, but i don’t want those scents to show with the currents scents at the moment until ready for launch. I want to keep the product available just not the new scents yet… 

gr_trading
Shopify Partner
1689 141 176

If you don't have combination of variants then upcoming variants can be put hidden using custom code.

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DavidWard1
Excursionist
35 1 8

Agreed, we need this also. We have products with variants, that new variants will be added at a later date. I have all the variant info and images, but I cannot make the variant until the day of launch.  We have hundreds of products like this and it would save us a huge headache and acute stress if we could make the new variants weeks in advance and set them to "Draft" until launch.

Rosa9
Visitor
1 0 0

Agreed this is a necessary feature... a bit disappointed that this isn't there yet!