To save group price for the products, the following works for me.

$product->setData('group_price', $group_pricing_data);

However, it takes a while for mass updating products. The faster way to save only attributes via saveAttribute() does not seem to work on group price.

$product->setData('group_price', $group_pricing_data);
$product->getResource()->saveAttribute($product, 'group_price');

Is it because group_price is not EAV like the other attributes, and if so, is there any other way to just save only group pricing?

  • did you get this to work @zhenming ?
    – Robin
    Commented Sep 17, 2015 at 5:30

3 Answers 3


As far as I know, you can't simply update group price data using saveAttribute because it has a custom backend model, catalog/product_attribute_backend_groupprice.

When you load and save a product object, group price's custom resource mode does the work to load and save the data accordingly. If you look at Mage_Catalog_Model_Resource_Product_Attribute_Backend_Groupprice_Abstract, you will see the methods Magento uses to load and save group price data.

Specifically, savePriceData shows how to save the data properly. If you want a fast group price update, you can mimic what's done here. Check how $data looks like, and you have a good place to start.

  • can you show an example with the above code? I can't get it to work
    – Robin
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 13:21

You can speed up saving group_price attribute like this:

$prices = $product->getData('group_price');

above code return array, next step is to modify this array and last inject as parameter to below:


5k products 45 ~ 60 sec on docker local environment.

Happy coding, Adam

  • I cannot get this to work have you any ideas? "Got error 'PHP message: PHP Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Call to a member function getBackend() on boolean "
    – harri
    Commented Jan 29, 2019 at 14:28

try to: var_dump($product->setGroupPrice($prices) ->getResource() ->getAttribute('group_price')); and post here

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