Map different product variants into one product

To map product variants is to combine variants from different products into one product. If multiple suppliers offer the same AliExpress product in different variants, then you can map them into one Shopify product. This lets you provide all possible variants to your customers on one Shopify product.

For example, you find a shirt to sell from a supplier that's available in small, medium, and large. A different supplier offers the same shirt in extra large. Using variant mapping you can map variants from different products into one Shopify product that has the shirt in small, medium, large, and extra large.

You can also use variant mapping to replace a variant if your current supplier runs out of inventory. You can find the same product variant from a different supplier. This lets you change variants that are out of stock with a new ones, without deleting the whole product.

Map product variants

You can have a maximum of 100 variants for your Shopify product. If a product doesn't have any variants, then variant mapping isn't available.

Steps:

  1. From your Oberlo dashboard, go to Products.
  2. Click the product that you want to add more variants to.
  3. In the AliExpress Products section, click Manage Variants.
  4. Click Add Product.
  5. In the AliExpress Products field, paste the URL of the product that you want to connect with your existing product.
  6. For each variant that you want to add, complete the following steps:
    1. Click Add Variant.
    2. Name each variant option.
    3. Click Create Variants.
    4. In the AliExpress product drop-down menu, choose the product that you want.
    5. In the AliExpress variant (cost) drop-down menu, choose the variant that you want.
  7. After you add the variants that you want, click Save.

Disconnect a product and its variants

If you want to disconnect an AliExpress product from your Shopify product, then you need to unmap all of its variants from your Shopify product.

Steps:

  1. From your Oberlo dashboard, go to Products.
  2. Click the product that you want to remove variants from.
  3. In the AliExpress Products section, click Manage Variants.
  4. In the AliExpress product and AliExpress variant (cost) columns change the product and its variants that you want to remove to another product and product variants.
  5. In the AliExpress Products section, click the x next to the product that you want to remove.

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