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What is the difference between item options and item modifiers?

What is the difference between item options and item modifiers?

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Re: item options

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Great question @Rp3!

 

You can use item variations/options and modifiers to strategically display your items on your website, making them easy to shop for based on what your buyers need. Below I'll explain what the two are typically used for, and how they differ. 

 

Item Variations/Options:


Selling shirts in four different sizes? A gift basket with “standard” and “deluxe” versions? Item options allow you to add variants to a single item, and are directly tied to your item stock.

 

To add variations/options to an item, go to your dashboard > Items > Item Library > select an Item > scroll down until you see Variations/Options.

 

Item Modifiers:


Item modifiers allow you to sell items that are customizable, or offer additional choices, and are not directly tied to your item stock. There are two types of item modifiers: a text input box for custom requests, and a list of options for pre-determined requests. You can use modifiers with item variations/options to create products with a wide range of options.

 

For example, say you’re selling an engravable bracelet that comes in multiple sizes. Your item variations/options would be the sizes (e.g. small, medium, large, etc.), and your modifier would be the custom text to engrave (e.g. the customer’s name/initials).

 

To add modifiers to an item, go to your dashboard > Items > Item Library > select an Item > scroll down until you see Modifiers.

 

I hope this helps clear things up. Let me know if not. 

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Re: item options

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Great question @Rp3!

 

You can use item variations/options and modifiers to strategically display your items on your website, making them easy to shop for based on what your buyers need. Below I'll explain what the two are typically used for, and how they differ. 

 

Item Variations/Options:


Selling shirts in four different sizes? A gift basket with “standard” and “deluxe” versions? Item options allow you to add variants to a single item, and are directly tied to your item stock.

 

To add variations/options to an item, go to your dashboard > Items > Item Library > select an Item > scroll down until you see Variations/Options.

 

Item Modifiers:


Item modifiers allow you to sell items that are customizable, or offer additional choices, and are not directly tied to your item stock. There are two types of item modifiers: a text input box for custom requests, and a list of options for pre-determined requests. You can use modifiers with item variations/options to create products with a wide range of options.

 

For example, say you’re selling an engravable bracelet that comes in multiple sizes. Your item variations/options would be the sizes (e.g. small, medium, large, etc.), and your modifier would be the custom text to engrave (e.g. the customer’s name/initials).

 

To add modifiers to an item, go to your dashboard > Items > Item Library > select an Item > scroll down until you see Modifiers.

 

I hope this helps clear things up. Let me know if not. 

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I would like to add options with variations for each option, but when I add an item to my online store, I do not have the ability to add options - I can only add variations. Do I have something set up incorrectly?

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Re: item options

Hey @CornsilkCrafts- I'm a little confused by your question. What do you mean by "options"? Are you wanting to add a subset of options under each variable? Can you give me an example?

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I would like to list an option/variation for color and then list red, green, blue, yellow, etc. under that. I would also like to list an option/variation for size and then list small, medium, large, XL, etc. under that. I can add "variations" but I can't add anything else so I have items listed on my site as red small, red medium, red large, red XL, green small, green medium, and so on, which is less than efficient.

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I see @CornsilkCrafts. If you really want to have the colors separated from the sizes, you could modifiers for one or the other. It'll create a separate section aside from the variables where your customers can choose size (or color). Otherwise, it sounds like you have it set up in the way that our system allows at this time which is size and color both combined as a variable. Ex: BLUE-SM, BLUE-MED, etc.

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First time here, so forgive me if this is answered elsewhere. I searched but can'd find exactly what I'm looking for.

 

So I am setting up a friends POS system at the deli he bought a year and a half ago. It's been done one way and one way only, which is hand written tickets, a manual cash register, a Square terminal, a separate receipt printer and then their UBEReats terminal. I've convinced him to let me get him on the tech side of things (we're in our 30s so you'd think this is a no-brainer).

 

Anyways.

 

I've got all the menu items in the POS system... there are only 30'ish sandwiches and most of them share a lot of the same toppings. 

 

I've created a list of modifiers, but as you can see from the screen grabs below, you have to click edit and then have to click the price to get to A) the modifiers and B) the option for half or full sandwiches. 

 

That doesn't seem very intuitive to me and I was hoping I am just missing something and that these can be added to 'sub menus' on each button.

 

In this instance, I click Roast Pork... but nothing comes up on the main screen for addons, I have to click thru like I've shown below.

 

Am I missing something? 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Modifier and Option Question

Hey @MonteBarrow!

 

Welcome to the Seller Community! 

 

This is totally not a no-brainer. I had to think this one through too 🤓

 

I think that the half or full sandwich should actually be a Variation and the toppings should be a Modifier.  I go over the difference and how they are typically used here. Does that help? Let me know! 

 

 

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Re: Modifier and Option Question

Thanks for the reply... I realized what I did wrong. I had the option selected to 'automatically add item to check'. Now when I click any of the items, the modifier menu comes up. I just need to modify those so the relevant ones show up on the right sandwiches instead of 50 modifiers.

 

Thanks!! 🙂

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Re: Modifier and Option Question

Thanks for letting us know you were able to get this one figured out, @MonteBarrow 🎉

 

If anything else comes up, we're here!

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