Linked Products allow sellers on your store to specify different pricing of the same product. Linked Products share the same tags or categories as the current product but with different sellers and features.
Linked products are displayed on one page with all the sellers that are selling that particular product with the respective price, variant, and availability. The user can simply compare on the basis of price, seller rating etc and choose the seller he wants to make a purchase from.
A product, when linked by a seller would go to the pending approval list of linked products in admin. Only when admin approves the product it will be visible on the storefront. The Linked Products section consists of the following tabs:
To make your products appear at the storefront, you need to publish your products. This section contains those products that are visible to the customers by the store admin or have been published.
In a case, when you temporarily do not want to sell a product or the product is out of stock and might take time in sourcing it again, you can use this functionality. You can hide a product from your store at your convenience.
Products added by the seller which need admin’s approval are listed under pending approval list. The products remain on the list until the admin approves/rejects the products.
Admin can reject product added by a seller if he doesn’t want that product to be listed at frontend. To reject a product, go to the published/unpublished/pending approval tab under products and select the reject option from the drop-down menu.
You can directly search the desired product for fast access under this option. This allows searching for your product by the Product name.
Click on the Add New button to add new products to your linked products. The following window appears:
Select the product for which you want to add linked products.
Enter the specified price of your product.
Compare price can be used to specify the list price of the product which could be the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), or the recommended retail price (RRP). On Storefront, if the price is lower than the compare price then compare price is shown as stricken off.
This field allows the admin to make his product visible to the customers.
Enter the shipping cost for the product. It is the cost associated with the shipment of the product to its end-user.
Inventory is the quantity of a particular product that is available for sale. Inventory Management can help you manage products that have run out of stock or let you know when you need to order or make more of your product.
Select the Inventory Allow Out Of Stock checkbox to display out of stock on a website when your inventory turns zero.
Sort Order field is used to set the specific sort order of your product.
Select the name of the seller among different sellers selling the same product.
Select the approval status for the product from the drop-down. It can be pending, approved and rejected.
Select the substores if you want this linked product to be visible only for those substores. Leave blank to show it for all substores.
After filling the details click on the Save Button. Your Product will be successfully added to the list of linked products.
You can also define custom fields to add "Linked Products" to another product. Generally, if you don't make any custom selections of fields, then while adding a new linked product, then all the fields available will be shown. Like in the image shown below.
This is because no fields were selected in a custom manner, like in the image shown below :
If you want to define custom fields to add 'Linked Products', then you should go to Settings and then choose 'Seller Settings'. You can easily find 'Linked Products Fields' field there. It contains options as shown in image below:
Select whichever field you want to make your work convenient. Just for a demonstration, here we take Price, Inventory Management, Inventory Quantity, Shipping Cost as fields. Hit the 'Save & Continue' button on top corner.
Now we go back to the 'Linked Products' under the 'Products' section and see the changes.
You can see that only the selected fields are reflected here. This is how you customize these fields. You can use various other combinations of fields as per your choice.
Note: These newly defined fields will be reflected as the same for both the 'Seller' and the 'Admin'.