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How to Add Variations for Your Listings

If you offer different options for an item within the same listing, you can add those options as variations. You can offer up to two types of variations for each listing.

For example, if you sell a dress with different sizes and colours, you can specify these options in that dress listing’s variations.

How to add variations to a listing

You can add variations for up to two item attributes while creating or editing a listing:

  1. Hover over on the product, click Edit or Add New Product to create the listing you’re interested in on the Products page.
  2. Select Variable on next to the Product Type and then one or more options from the Category dropdown.
  3. Scroll down to Attribute and Variation. Or you can follow this with screen shot to learn more How to create a Variable Product
  4. A list of relevant attributes will automatically appear below those categories. To include variations, select either Colour or Size or both from the dropdown Custom Attribute for the attribute you want to vary (such as size, colour, or dimension). Set the correct value you want to set up, Certain attributes, such as Celebration or Occasion, can’t have variations.
  5. Make sure checked both Visible on the product page and Used for variation , Click Save Attribute.
  6. Then on Variation section and click Add variation and Press Go.
  7. Click Choose variation for Default value colour and size that will be pre-selected on the frontend and select the type of variation you offer.
  8. If you want to vary the price, quantity, or SKU numbers for your variation, check the box for that option under your variation type.
  9. Click Save Variations.
  10. Once you’re done, click Save Product.
  11. The variations you select will appear under Variations. If you chose to vary on price, quantity, or SKU, those options appear next to the variation.

To change the order of your options, click Edit and drag the option to the preferred order. Then click Save Product.

Varying on price

The price you set for each option is the total price for each version of the item, not an additional cost.

Varying on size

For measurement variations, such as length or size, choose a sizing scale. Once you select a unit of measurement, specify the options you offer.

Custom variations

For variations without suggested options, or variations you have added yourself, you can provide your own options.

I don’t see the type of variation I want to offer

You can create a new variation type by clicking Create a new variation from the Add or Edit variations popup window. However, buyers won’t be able to filter their Osbisy search results based on custom variations.

How to hide a variation

Each variation will be shown on the listing page if it has an available quantity.

To hide a variation:

  1. Hover over on the product, click Edit to hide the listing you’re interested in on the Products page.
  2. Scroll down, select Simple from the Product Type dropdown.
  3. Once you’re done,  Click Save Product.

If you set the quantity for one of your options to “0”, it will appear on the listing page as Sold out.

How to add photos for your variations

If this listing varies on a visible attribute, such as colour, you can add photos to show that variation.

To add photos for your variations:

  1. Click or create the listing you’re interested in on the Listings page.
  2. Scroll down to Attribute and Variation.
  3. Select the variation you want to add photos for. You can choose one variation to link photos to. If you have more than 5 variations, you can only add photos for five of these variations.
  4. Click Upload an Image at the top of the listing and select the photo you want to link to that variation.
  5. Click Set variation image
  6. Click each variation and select the photo you want to link to that variation.
  7. Once you’re done, click Save Variations.
  8. Finally, click Save Product

Your photos will appear next to the variations you linked them to.

When a buyer selects a variation, the photo you linked will appear on the listing page.

How variations work for buyers

If you have variations on a listing, buyers must select the options they want before adding your item to their cart.

If a buyer happened to add your item to their basket before you added variations to the item, they won’t be prompted to select your options when they check out.

When a buyer purchases from you, you’ll see the variations they selected in your Sold Orders, receipts, and transaction notification emails.

Using Osbisy, shoppers can request an email notification for when a sold out item is back in stock. Learn more about restock requests.


I get an error when I preview a listing with variations

If you preview a listing with variations, you may see the error “Listing preview doesn’t accurately reflect price and quantity on variations”. This is normal, and you’ll see the variations and price differences you added when you publish your listing.


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