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forum on Magento is down and I am not sure what to do exactly (I know how to crate categories, I need advice, how to organize categories):

I have Magento 1.9.0.1, I am preparing shop, where I will sell only few products at a time, but I want also show products, which are after sale, without possibility to buy, just as gallery. Shall I create one category for active products and another for gallery of products and move products manually? ...or there is also possibility to create 2 stores with these views and one store will be for selling and another just as gallery and move products between stores manually - is that possible? ...is it possible to set, that all products in store are not for sale? ...they should by just as catalogue, without possibility to buy it...

Thank you for help PeterB

  • Is your intended want to not mix not salable and salable items in one category? – ProxiBlue Oct 14 '14 at 15:38
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Multiple websites (or stores) would be overkill, and also comes with a heap of additional complexity.

But to answer your question in that regards, yes you can move products between stores easily.

In admin of product, you can set the website a product belongs to, by simply selecting the check-box of that website. then save.

set prduct websites

Using categories would be your best, and easiest way. You can achieve the 'not saleable' of products in two ways:

  1. Use the built in 'out of stock' option in product inventory. If a product is out of stock, it will not be able to sell. You can then edit the related .phtml files to not display 'out of stock' message, but rather a custom message, or nothing if you so prefer.

  2. If however your saleable items can also go out of stock, but still stay in the saleable category, you'd need to add a custom product attribute to the system, which you can use to denote the item as not saleable. Then in the related .phtml files you'd place a conditional to not display the add to cart buttons.

In option 2 you retain the ability to still have saleable items that is also out of stock.

In regards to managing the items in your categories, you would need to do it manually (lots and lots of potential work there)

OR (and now for some blatant self extension promotion)

you can use my Dynamic Category Products Extension

This extension woudl allow you to automate the process. You can set rules to automatically place products in either category, depending on their attribute information. In either examples you can use the 'is in stock' rule, or just configure a rule using your custom attribute.

Once the rules are done, the process will be 100% automated.

dynamic rule based on stock

Hope that helps.

  • Hi, that is really what I need. Thank you very much, solution with OutOfStock and Dynamic Category Product is best, thank you very much. – PeterB Oct 14 '14 at 16:39

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