We've been racking our brains the last couple of days about how to do the setup we're trying to acheive. We've got a client who sells artworks and each product requires several selectable options. We're upgrading from a custom ecommerce store we did to Magento.
Here's the mockup of our product page options
Our first thought was configurable products. However, there's just too many options. The sheer number of variations/simple products that would be required for configurable products would be in the hundreds of thoustands so isn't a viable option.
Here's how this form works:
So we have two main goals:
Thanks in advance!
I have the same problem and never really found anything that would work better than configurable products. I wrote a script that generates all the simple products programmatically. The down side is that whenever the options need to change I usually delete everything and recreate them all by re-running the script the new options. It creates hundreds of thousands of products and takes a long time to run since Magento is painfully slow when it comes to programmatically creating products.
I would love it if there was a "custom product" or "product builder" feature in Magento for products that have many options where the administrator does not need to manage an inventory.