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Mastering Magento 2 - Second Edition by Jonathan Bownds, Bret Williams

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Managing products the customer focused way

The heart of any online store is the selection of products offered to visiting customers. Yet, as simple as that may sound, creating online stores to present the vast array of products and product types has proven to be one of the most challenging quests for platform programmers.

If all stores sold each product as an individual item without different colors, sizes, or add-ons, e-commerce would be much simpler. But that's not how the real world works. If you sell t-shirts (the classic example for this discussion), you might sell each color as a separate item, especially if you only offer a few shirts. However, it would make shopping very cumbersome to your customers if you also had each size of each color ...

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