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  • Resolved Fiona

    (@feesplacegooglemailcom)


    This e-book is available currently in only PDF download format – but people have been asking me if I can make it available in a printed format too which involves adding postage costs on for posting it. How can I add the variation without having to add it as another product? Can you have a product variation on the one listing for both physical and downloadable product?

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  • Plugin Support Austin M – A11n

    (@apmwebdev)

    Hi there! Yes, you can have a variable product that contains both physical and virtual/downloadable variations. Changing a simple product to a variable product is not always a good idea, though, and can have unintended consequences. If possible, I would recommend creating a new variable product rather than changing your existing product from simple to variable.

    Thread Starter Fiona

    (@feesplacegooglemailcom)

    I can’t create a new product or I will lose all of the reviews I’ve gathered on the product listing. What kind of problems do you mean when you say it can be problematic to amend the listing?

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by Fiona.
    Thread Starter Fiona

    (@feesplacegooglemailcom)

    Hi @apmwebdev – can you let me know what you mean by ‘unintended consequences’? I’m not able to create a new listing as I’d lose the product reviews on the existing one I want to change.

    Plugin Support Austin M – A11n

    (@apmwebdev)

    Hi Fiona! As far as unintended consequences with changing product type, there are just some corner cases that can potentially make this awkward, where something expects the product to be the previous product type and breaks as a result. I want to emphasize that these are corner cases, and they tend to happen more with complex product types like subscriptions and bookings, so you might not run into any problems at all. If you have a good reason to change the existing product (which it sounds like you do), and the product is not one of these more complex product types (which it’s not), you’re probably fine to just change it. We just caution people against doing this as a general rule because it is not as safe as creating an entirely new product.

    Plugin Support Austin M – A11n

    (@apmwebdev)

    We haven’t heard back from you in a while, so I’m going to mark this as resolved. Feel free to start a new thread if you have any further questions!

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