[ic] Shopping Cart Question...

Rick Bragg lists at gmnet.net
Sat May 22 04:47:20 UTC 2010

On Sat, 2010-05-22 at 16:37 +1200, Peter wrote:
> On 22/05/10 16:20, Rick Bragg wrote:
> > Before you dive into coding, one thing to think about here is if you
> > want these to be trackable in some way (i.e. inventory) or not.  If so,
> > you should think about using variants table, if not then simple options
> > would do the trick.  For example, I have a site "www.freeridesports.com"
> > and the items in the complete bikes category i.e.
> > "http://www.freeridesports.com/department/FXBICO.html" are variants.
> > (matrix items) where the matrix base item (product) is not directly
> > ordered.  This way each variant can be tracked via inventory etc.  I
> > think this is the way you want to go.  An example of using simple
> > "options" would be if something is totally not tracked.   i.e. order
> > item XYZ coffee bean and for an additional $# we can grind it super
> > fine. 
> > 
> > That said, I would take a look at using variants for the item and make
> > the "package" into a matrix base and the only thing they can order
> > should be the variants.  This way each variant could be tracked to a
> > particular coach or whatever.
> Simple options are much easier to set up and can always be converted to
> Matrix options if the situation calls for it.  Also Matrix options was
> horribly broken in 5.0 and so an upgrade would be required before using
> them (upgrade recommended anyways, though for reasons already stated).
> Peter

You're totally right Peter, simple ops are much easier.  I did a lot of
customizations to get these variants working the way they are on
Freeride. Plus it seems you don't need to track anything unless you want
in the future for each coach to manage their own clients maybe as
affiliates ;)  Also, even with lots of customizations, upgrading IC is
very strait forward thanks to the separate IC service tier.


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