I'm currently setting up an online shop whose main products are lamps.

Lamps are available in different colors/materials. So basically I have a configurable product with several simple products associated for each color/material.

Also, if you buy a lamp, you'll get 2 illuminants for free. There are 4 (or even more) light color types available. These illuminants don't affect the price and are always in stock.

Now, if I would create simple products for each color/illuminant combination, this would be an administrative disaster. I would end up with about 100 simple products for a single configurable product.

My question is, how is it possible to setup the light color attribute dropdown in the product view without actually being associated to a simple product?

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    you can try custom options. please tell me if it helps you Aug 25, 2016 at 9:25

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If you dont want to create Attribute and associate simple Product then you can create Custom Options for that particular product it provide same dropdown at frontend.

Follow below url for tutorial


  • Thank you @murtuza. This is a much better approach. I'll wait a view hours if someone has a more central (global) solution, otherwise I'll accept your answer!
    – user35673
    Aug 25, 2016 at 10:01

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