$product_sku = $mpn; 
        $obj = Mage::getModel('catalog/product');
        $product_id = $obj->getIdBySku( $product_sku );
        $_product = $obj->load($product_id); // this is the problematic line

The above code is in a ajax controller. I am attempting to pull in the short description using the. The sku is fine and the product id is fine. The problem occurs when we get to $obj->load($product_id). The page load times out when I include this line though I have read numerous tutorials which instruct you to use this same sequence of methods. I thought that it might be because some of the products don't have a short description?? The next stage would be to use $_product->getShortDescription() but I can't get any further. I have tried everything I can think of. Has anybody got any ideas on why this is wrong?

2 Answers 2


You could also try simply loading the attribute raw value. Firstly you need the class Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Product, then you need to get the product id from the sku and then you can load the store specific value.

$resourceModel = Mage::getResourceModel('catalog/product');
$productId = $resourceModel->getIdBySku('your-product-sku');
$attributeValue = Mage::getResourceModel('catalog/product')->getAttributeRawValue($productId, 'attribute_code', $storeId);

Load the product directly by the attribute:

$_product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->loadByAttribute('sku', 'my-product-sku');
  • enzo - $_product = Mage::getModel('catalog/product')->loadByAttribute('sku', 'my-product-sku'); worked successfully. $_product->getShortDescription() just returns a boolean so i just did $_product->shortDescription which worked. thanks for the help.
    – jonnjo2005
    Oct 2, 2014 at 14:28

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