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How to put item on sale that uses Product Options?

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  • How to put item on sale that uses Product Options?

    Curious what everyone is doing to put an item on sale that uses PRODUCT OPTIONS. Example, I have a product that is available in quart, gallon, and drum sizes. I know I can create 3 different skus but that's time consuming, not user or google friendly.

    I know I can set a base price, put it on sale, and then have the product options adjust to get to the final total. And we have tested this work around but the results are horrible.. high bounce rate, no conversions.

    I know this is on the product wish list (think its #2 from the top) so hoping 3dcart is working on it. But for the time being, does anyone know of a user friendly workaround ?

  • #2
    no response to this at all? crickets chirping...

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    • #3
      I think you answered your own question, there is no ON SALE checkbox for options, so, right now the only workaround would be to create a product for the size that's on sale, and put it on sale.
      The other thing you could do if its just 1 of the sizes on sale is to have that pre-selected, so, when the customer lands on the page, they will be looking at the lowest price, so that should help with bounces if the issue is that they are seeing a larger than expected price.
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      Gonzalo Gil
      3dCart Support
      800-828-6650 x111

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      • #4
        Sad to hear this as it presents a mess to the end user, is not Google friendly at all. A simple workaround would be able to show an ON SALE graphic for the item but your design team wants a hefty minimum for something that should take minutes to complete.

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        • #5
          It's actually a better practice for SEO, Google Shopping and UX to have them listed as separate items even though it is a bit more work. Just group them on each page using related products.

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          • #6
            We have over 250 items that ship in 3 different quantities.. that's weeks of work that would require acquiring a temp worker and a few bottles of tylenol. it would make the category practically unbrowsable and look very messy. Any Home Depot or Lowes site doesn't do it that way. Certainly Amazon does not do it that way when you go to buy a pair or jeans.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
              We have over 250 items that ship in 3 different quantities.. that's weeks of work that would require acquiring a temp worker and a few bottles of tylenol. it would make the category practically unbrowsable and look very messy. Any Home Depot or Lowes site doesn't do it that way. Certainly Amazon does not do it that way when you go to buy a pair or jeans.
              A pair of jeans is certainly better with just using advanced options for the sizes and colors. I thought you were talking about unique products that were priced differently. I would just use the options with values. I guess it's hard to talk about these things without seeing each others product listings. Sorry. Post an example of what you are trying to do.

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              • #8
                ISGMe, thanks for your reply. See
                https://www.american-niagara.com/QCM_c_162.html

                Currently updating the prices via excel (export/import) is impossible because the name of the item (or the sku) is NOT in the product options file. There is only a catalog ID. So I know a solution is possible via excel but I have not yet found an excel ninja that can do the work for the budget we have. So anytime I get price changes from my manager (because we live in a highly competitive online world), it takes days to update just this section via the admin. And that's on good days when there is no latency on either end.

                I realize I can place each ink qty in a unique sku but then the customer is going to be presented with a mess which will increase the bounce rate as we have tested it. Our competitors who are on other e-commerce platforms can and do change prices daily. We need the same ability.

                To make matters worse, the fact that you can't put any item with advanced product options on sale is also a huge problem that should have been resolved by 3dcart years ago. There are messy workarounds such as a base price but then the customer has to do math and when they realize our website is complicated they go elsewhere. So what you see in the link above is the best for sales conversions but a nightmare for price changes/sales.
                Last edited by [email protected]; 11-01-2019, 03:37 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
                  We have over 250 items that ship in 3 different quantities.. that's weeks of work that would require acquiring a temp worker and a few bottles of tylenol. it would make the category practically unbrowsable and look very messy. Any Home Depot or Lowes site doesn't do it that way. Certainly Amazon does not do it that way when you go to buy a pair or jeans.
                  Actually, Amazon's search seems to show single items which then link to the product with all the options. I was just buying some pants there the other day and noticed this. :)

                  Anyway, we sell items with a lot of options and we have found much better success by splitting them into separate listings as much as possible. It seems that customers are less and less willing to actually read descriptions nor even scroll down and see a list of options and prefer to click on the red one and buy that with minimal clicks.

                  DaveW

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                  • #10
                    Respectfully, yer telling me Home Depot and Lowe’s got this wrong and your advise is to create a unique sku for each option which we already know produces high bounce rates?

                    I don’t think so...

                    https://www.ecospaints.net/Semi-Glos...%7C%20%2424.95

                    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Valspar-Pro...-fl-oz/4780007

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by [email protected] View Post
                      Respectfully, yer telling me Home Depot and Lowe’s got this wrong and your advise is to create a unique sku for each option which we already know produces high bounce rates?

                      I don’t think so...

                      https://www.ecospaints.net/Semi-Glos...%7C%20%2424.95

                      https://www.lowes.com/pd/Valspar-Pro...-fl-oz/4780007
                      Was just relaying our experience on our particular products. We also found that splitting the listings on commodity products helps with shopping/comparison engines. That doesn't make either of us wrong.

                      DaveW

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                      • #12
                        According to 3dcart support, the SKU was recently added to the product options file in column B - without any fanfare or notice to customers. So now there IS a workaround.. change your SKUs to reference the first few letters of the manufacturer. I'm also told you can delete the rows in excel that aren't related to the SKUs you want to price change without breaking the cart (choose the import updated records option only at import). So now there is a viable workaround but I have not tested it yet. In progress of changing the SKUs I need price changes on most urgently first.

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