Would appreciate some advice.

I created the configurable product in the image but it won't allow you to leave the price for the configurable part blank and to just choose the prices for each of the simple products. Is there a way round this please? When the page loads I would like a default item with it's price to be displayed. In the dropdown list I need to have the price for each next to the option and for that price to be displayed when chosen.

I don't understand the way magento works in this respect. It doesn't seem intuitive to me to have an abstract base price whether that be zero as in my example then for the options to be + or - that. Each of my products is not related in price at all but it seemed the obvious choice to make them configurable as they share the same specifiations except width.

Many thanks for any help.

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  • you need the select the default option in product view page right? Jul 16, 2015 at 17:13
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    No one knows why Varien made configurables work this way.
    – benmarks
    Jul 16, 2015 at 17:31
  • I selected a default option when i was setting up the attribute for the product but 'choose an option' is highlighted instead of the default product.
    – PeterC
    Jul 16, 2015 at 18:14
  • Check the answer Jul 17, 2015 at 11:37

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To choose the default configurable options in product view page, try the below script in app\design\frontend\package\theme\template\catalog\product\view\type\options\configurable.phtml it works,

<script type="text/javascript">

 function fireEvent(element,event)
    if (document.createEventObject)
        // dispatch for IE
        var evt = document.createEventObject();
        return element.fireEvent('on'+event,evt);
        // dispatch for firefox + others
        var evt = document.createEvent("HTMLEvents");
        evt.initEvent(event, true, true );
        return !element.dispatchEvent(evt);

function setDefaultConfigOptions()

    if (spConfigIndex >= spConfig.settings.length)
        return; // stop

    spConfig.settings[spConfigIndex].selectedIndex = 1;
    var obj = spConfig.settings[spConfigIndex];


    window.setTimeout("setDefaultConfigOptions()", 1); // Add a small delay before moving onto the next option

var spConfigIndex = 0;
Event.observe(window, 'load', function() {
  • Thank You so much saravanavelu, it works great, I really appreciate your time.
    – PeterC
    Jul 17, 2015 at 23:47

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