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2.2. Bonanza Variations Listings


Listing variations can be used to create one listing for a product that has a choice of options. You can create a single listing that includes all of the variations that you offer for that product. For example, if you are selling a shirt that comes in multiple different colors and sizes, you can create one listing with variations for the different options. The buyer can then select which variation they would like to purchase from the single listing.

On Bonanza's listing form, variations must be initiated by selecting the "Many [Trait]s" value for a trait. (For example, the trait "Color" has a value called "Many Colors".) On our form, this value is not shown an option for any traits. Instead, variations are set up directly within the Variations section of our form.

How to Create a Listing with Variations:

If the Category you select for your listing supports variations, a Variations section will appear below the Traits section on our form.

IMAGE: A large blue plus sign is shown under the Variations section heading.

Under the Variations heading, click on the large blue plus sign (+) to set up the variations for your traits. A box containing two option lists will appear. After you select a trait from the first options list, you will be able to select its values from the second options list. As you select values, possible variations will be added to the Variations table.

IMAGE: A trait has been selected from the first options list. Click the second options list to begin selecting values. This list can be searched by typing.

Bonanza allows up to two (2) traits to be used for variations. To add another trait, click on the large blue plus sign (+) again. To remove a trait, click the red X in the top left of the box. To change a trait, simply select a different trait from the first option list. To remove a value, click the gray X to its right.

IMAGE: A trait and some values have been selected. Click the blue plus sign to set up another trait. Decide on trait(s) before entering data, or data may be lost when traits are changed.

Important: You should decide which one or two traits you want to use for the Variations section before entering quantities and prices for their values. If you add, remove, or change a trait in the Variations section, quantities and prices will be cleared for all values. (Adding or removing a value, however, will not clear other information.)

Once you've selected your trait(s) and at least one value, you can start entering the quantity and price for each variation.

IMAGE: The variations table, with data entered. Quantity should be 1 or more if for items in stock, or 0 for items sold out. Price must be more than 0. UPC and SKU are not required.

Quantity: Variations with a quantity of at least one (1) are "in stock" and available for purchase. Variations with a quantity of zero (0) are treated as "SOLD OUT".

Price: If you entered a base price near the top of the form, before setting up variations, that price will be pre-filled for each variation. If you did not enter a base price, the price for each variation will be listed as $0.00. Be sure to change this, as price must be greater than $0.00. If you try to launch a listing with any price set to $0.00, you will receive an error. (Note: Bonanza's form offers a special price option to separately mark an item as a "freebie". However, our form does not yet support this feature.)

Saving a variation for later: You can set a quantity of zero for variations that aren't currently in stock, but will be made available later. For example, if your shirt of Color Green will be available in Size XL, but you have not obtained or produced it yet, you can give the Green XL variation a quantity of zero, to mark it as sold out.

Removing unwanted variations: If a variation's quantity or price is left blank, that variation will not be included when the listing is launched. You can use this to drop any variations you do not offer. For example, if Color Red is not available in Size XXL, leave quantity and price blank for Red XXL, and that variation will be dropped upon launch.

UPC (optional): Many commercial items have a UPC (Universal Product Code) number. If you know the UPC for a variation, you may enter it in this field. Including a UPC is optional, as some items do not have UPC codes (e.g. handmade items, items made prior to UPCs being established, etc.). However, items without UPC codes will not be advertised by Google.

SKU (optional): A SKU (stock-keeping unit) is a code or number used to keep track of inventory. Including a SKU is optional, as not every seller keeps track of their inventory this way. If you use SKUs for your own inventory, enter the relevant SKU here.

Before you launch your listing: Review your variations to make sure you've entered quantities and prices for all variations offered. A listing can still be launched with all quantities set to zero, so be sure to set a quantity for each variation you intend to offer. When your listing is ready to launch, click Launch Now.

[ ! ] If a variation's quantity is left blank or its price is invalid, you will be shown a warning message when you try to launch your listing. In this dialog box, you may click OK to launch anyway, or CANCEL to go back and edit your listing. If a variation's quantity and/or price is left blank upon launch, that variation will be dropped from the listing.

Differences between Bonanza's listing form and ours:

On Bonanza's listing form, variations must be initiated by selecting the "Many [Trait]s" value from a trait's options list (e.g. for Color, "Many Colors"; for Size, "Many Sizes"). Then, below the traits section, you can select different values and set quantities and prices for each variation. Each variation (Red Small, Red Medium, Blue Large, etc.) must be added manually.

On SSB's Bonanza Listing Launcher form, the "Many [Trait]s" value is not present in the options list for any traits. Instead, variations are set up directly in the Variations section of the form (you select a trait, then its values). As values are selected, all possible variations are loaded automatically. Any variation not offered (e.g. if a shirt of the Color Red is not available in Size Large) can be removed upon launch by leaving its quantity and price blank.

Note: If you select a value for a trait in the Traits section, then set up variations using that trait in the Variations section, the value selected in the Traits section will be ignored in favor of the value(s) selected in the Variations section. If you set up variations first, any trait selected in the Variations section will have its option list in the Traits section disabled.

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