In Magneto, Are you confused between simple product with custom options or configurable products?
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When adding products to a Magento store, if you’re creating a product that is customizable or comes in variations, you can accomplish this by either using custom options, or by creating a configurable product.
In my views, both the approaches cater to different kinds of products: physical products and virtual products. They are both methods of creating customizable products in your web store. They help you create a core product with certain customizable characteristics that customers would want to configure or select themselves.
Let’s say you have a Product X that comes in different colors. Your stock of Product X in red is different to your stock of Product X in blue and in other words each one is really a distinct product that needs to be tracked separately. In this scenario Product X should be created as configurable product with each color product as associated simple product having a unique SKU. This way it will be more convenient for the customer as they will view it as a just Product X and have options choosing the color option they wish to purchase.
While, if your Product Y is virtual with no “stock”, for example a coffee mug with name printed on it for extra charges. Because it’s impossible to predict what his customer’s name will be, the printing is done after the order is placed. You will certainly want to manage mug inventory and just needs a way to offer the field to customers to input their customizations. In such scenario Product Y should be created as simple product with custom option that includes a text field for the customer to input their name.
I hope this should give a better idea of both options available to add your products in Magento.