I'm working on a site that will have many products with similar options/attributes that a user would have to choose when adding to cart... think of an add to cart form for a t-shirt where you choose a color and size. This site does not need to manage stock/inventory.
The options I can imagine are:
- Create simple products with custom options one at a time.
- Create simple products with common custom options, but duplicate them to create good starting points.
- Configurable products with attribute sets, which implies the user would have to create associated products for all the attributes they want to show up.
- Your brilliant suggestion
2 is my best guess and 3 and 1 would be very time consuming. So what's number 4?