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I have Magento 1.7 and whenever I add a configurable product to cart it instead adds the simple parent product with the simple product price as well. I've read a bunch of posts with people doing the opposite if possible I would want to do this without an extension. Anyone else have a similar problem?

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There might be a misunderstanding, there is no such thing as a "simple parent product" . If you don't use any extensions for configurable products (like "Simple Configurable Products" or "Better Configurable Products"), adding configurables to cart works like this:

  • technically, two items are added to the cart:

    1. the configurable product itself, as parent item
      • the configuration is saved as custom option
      • the price is determined based on configurable product price + option price
      • this is the item you see in the cart
    2. the selected simple product, as child item
      • this item is not visible in the cart
  • when placing the order, stock is decreased for the child item.

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