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Right now when you setup a configurable product, you choose attributes to assign to that configurable product which determine how to relate simple products to it.

I have a situation where there are a lot of simple products to assign to one configurable product, however some configurable attributes need to be optional. The optional configurable attributes would just come last in the sort ordering on the configurable product page. So if the next attribute is not assigned to that associated simple product, it wouldn't show -- only those configurable attributes of those with values would show.

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    Look into using the Simple Configurable Products extension. – Axel Feb 23 '15 at 2:21
  • I've used it already - it's outdated and doesn't do what I explained above. Moved to Simple Product Pricing, which works great, but also doesn't do what I explained above. – Mark Shust Feb 23 '15 at 15:02
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Sounds like you have a problem that can be solved in UX by showing the products in a grid rather than a confusing set of drop-down. You can also put event observers in the frontend javascript to make it so that when a drop-down only has one option, e.g. 'ONE SIZE', then you select it and hide the option. In that way you can run size/colour options on every product automatically hiding drop-downs that are not created.

  • Let me dwell on these two suggestions and I'll let you know. I think your second suggestion may work well without too much effort. – Mark Shust Feb 24 '15 at 0:47

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