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Adding & Managing products

Product Types

  • Simple – Covers the vast majority of any products you may sell. Simple products are shipped and have no other options. For example, a fishing book.
  • Grouped – A collection of related products that can be purchased individually and only consist of simple products. For example, a set of six fishing floats.
  • Variable – A product with variations, each of which may have a different SKU, price, stock option, etc. For example, a rod in different lengths or test curves.
  • Virtual – A product that doesn’t require shipping. For example, a service. Enabling this, disables all delivery related fields such as shipping dimensions. A virtual product will also not trigger the delivery calculator in the basket and the checkout.
  • Downloadable – This activates additional fields where you can provide a downloadable file. After a successful purchase, customers are given a downloadable file as a link in the order notification email. This is suitable, for example, for a digital album, PDF magazine, or photo.


Adding simple product from your seller dashboard

Follow these simple steps to add your first product on eTackle.

  1. Click on ‘Add product’ at the top of your dashboard or under the product manager tab.

2. Either type a product a name in the search box if you wish to see if any other products are listed of the same type or click on ‘Create new product’ 

3. Select the category and then the sub category that you wish to list your product in and then click on ‘Select’

4. Insert your product title, the short description and then a full description if required. The short description typically appears next to product imagery on the listing page, and the full description appears in the Product Description tab.

5. On the right hand side of the screen (desktop version) click on ‘click to upload image’ to select the main image related to your product and then on  ‘Add product gallery images’ to add further images.

6. If the product that you are about to add is to be available virtually or only after download, then check the boxes for Virtual or Downloadable as required.

7. If “Downloadable” is checked “Downloadable Options” tab is added. Here you can add your files that will be available after purchase. “Download Limit” and “Download Expiry” is to be set here. Click on the “+” icon to add more files for download.

8. Under the ‘General tab’ enter the regular price and then any sale price for your product. You can also click on the ‘schedule’ link to determine the date range you would like a sale price to appear. Outside of this range the sale price will be removed from your listing and the regular price will then show.

9. Under the ‘inventory’ tab enter a SKU number if required, check the manage stock box and enter how many you have to sell of this product in the stock quantity box.  n.b – this is a required field otherwise your item will list as ‘out of stock’.  Select whether or not you will allow back orders, the threshold for notification of low stock and whether or not you will only allow one item of this product sold at a time.

10. Under the ‘delivery’ tab enter weight and dimensions if required.

11. The next tab is called ‘Linked products’ In this tab there are 2 options called ‘Up-sells & ‘Cross-sells’.  Up-sells are displayed on the product details page. These are products that you may wish to encourage users to upgrade, based on the product they are currently viewing. For example, if the user is viewing a certain type of reel, you may want to display the upgraded larger version on that same page as an up-sell. Cross-sells are products that are displayed within the basket and related to the user’s basket contents. As an example, if the user adds a certain Reel to their basket, you may want to suggest they purchase some fishing line when they arrive at the basket page. Both up-sells & cross-sells require these products to already be listed within your shop.

12. Under the ‘Attributes’ tab you can add any attributes that the product may have e.g. colour. Click on add then type the name of the attribute you wish to add followed by the attributes names under the value box. If more than one attribute is required to be listed ensure you separate this with a verticle line as highlighted in the picture below:

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13. Under the ‘advanced’ tab you can add the following:

Purchase note – Enter an optional note to send the customer after they purchase the product.

Menu order – Custom ordering position for this item.

Enable Reviews – Enable/Disable customer reviews for this item.

14. In the policies tab, enter any unique policies for this item that would be different to and therefore supercede the policies you set in your store settings.

15. At the bottom of the screen select the brand of the product if applicable as the product will then appear if a user decides to filter products by brand.

16. If you have a premium shop you will see a section at the bottom called Product SEO information. This enables you to enter a SEO title, keyword and meta description which would appear in a web browser search if a potential customer typed your seo title in e.g. Google. This will assist in increasing your products exposure and as a result sales.

17. Finally click on ‘Publish’ at the top of the page (desktop version) to list your item on the eTackle site.


Adding a grouped product

A grouped product is created in much the same way as a Simple product. The only difference is you select Grouped from the Product Type dropdown.

Create the Grouped product

  1. Add a new product as you would with a simple product and in the product title enter the name of the group e.g. “Fishing starter set”
  2. This time select ‘grouped product’ in the product type dropdown. The price and several other fields disappear. This is normal because a Grouped Product is a collection of ‘child products’, which is where you add this information.
  3. Publish.

The Grouped product is still an empty group. To this Grouped product, you need to:

  • Create products and add them
  • Add existing child products

Having the choice to first create Simple products and add them to a Grouped product later; or first create a Grouped product and add Simple products later gives you flexibility to add Simple products to more than one Grouped product.


Add products to the Group

  1. Once the above has been completed click on the ‘Linked Products.’ tab.
  3. Scroll down to Product Data and go to Linked Products.
  4. Click in the Grouped Products box and search for the product by typing
  5. Click the products you wish to add.
  6. Click on Update or publish
  7. You can drag and drop to reorder the Grouped Products. Once you press Update, the new order will be shown on the product page.


Adding a virtual product

When adding a Simple product, you can tick the Virtual checkbox box in the product type panel.

With Variable products this checkbox is moved to each variation.

Enabling this option, disables all shipping related fields such as delivery dimensions & weight. A virtual product will also not trigger the shipping calculator in the basket and the checkout.


Adding a downloadable product

When adding a simple product, you can tick the Downloadable checkbox box in the product type drop down. This adds two new fields:

  • File path — Path or url to your downloadable file.
  • Download limit – Limit on number of times the customer can download file. Left blank for unlimited downloads.
For maximum flexibility, downloadable products also incur a shipping cost (if, for example, you were offering both a packaged and a downloadable version of a product, this would be ideal). You can also check the Virtual box if the downloadable product is not shippable.

Adding a variable product

Variable products are arguably the most complex of product types. They let you define variations of a single product where each variation may have a different SKU, price or stock level.

1. Start adding a product as you would with a simple product above but this time select ‘Variable product’ from the product type drop down menu.

2. The inventory, linked products, advanced & policies tabs all remain the same as the simple product instructions above however the ‘attributes’ tab is slightly different and you will see a new tab called ‘Variations’ as per the diagram below.

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Add attributes to use for variations

In the Attributes section, add attributes before creating variations.

1. Select Add next to custom product attribute.

2. Name the attribute (e.g. Size),

3. Set values separated by a vertical pipe (e.g., small | medium | large)

4. Enable the Used for variations checkbox.

5. Click on Save attributes.


Adding variations

(to add variations, you must setup some attributes, as per instructions above, first)

1. Select the ‘Variations’ tab

2. Select Add variation from the drop down menu, and click Go

3. Select attributes for your variation. To add or edit additional data, click the expand link to the right of the page. As per diagram below:

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4. Edit any available data. The only required field is Regular Price.

5. Click on Save Changes.

Editing Many Variations

If you have more than 10 variations, use the buttons to navigate forward and backward through the list. Each time you navigate to a new set of variations, the previous set are saved. This ensures that all data is saved.

Setting Defaults

We recommend setting defaults you prefer on variations. In the example below, we have no defaults set, so users can pick any colour and size right away from the product page.

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If you want a certain variation already selected when a user visits the product page, you can set those. This also enables the Add to Basket button to appear automatically on variable product pages.

You can only set defaults after at least one variation has been created.

Add an image for the variation

  1. Expand the variation.
  2. Click the blue image placeholder (screenshot below).

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3. Select the image you wish to use.

4. Click Save.

Bulk editing

You can bulk-edit variations by selecting the specific piece of data you want from the drop down. In this example, I want to edit prices for all variations.

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Linking possible variations

You can select Create variations from all attributes to have eTackle create every possible combination of variations.


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If for example you had two attributes – colour (with values blue and green) and size (with values large and small), it creates the following variations:

  • Large Blue
  • Large Green
  • Small Blue
  • Small Green
If you later add additional attributes, it may require the variables to be redefined for the variation combinations to work correctly.

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