Your product's Advanced Tab will contain additional product-specific settings which can be configured for the product's specific listing. Below is a listing and summary of the different settings available.
The first section of the Advanced Tab has the heading of General Options. The settings available here are:
Do not use Category Options
This check box will override any options specified in the product's parent category.*
Category specific options can be set by going to Products > Categories and clicking Options for any given category. Once you are in the category's option panel, click on Advanced to set the category's options.
Similar to setting product options on individual products, you can also specify options for all products in a specific category. For example, let's say you're selling jewelry and all the products in your "Necklaces" category come in either silver or gold. Rather than configuring the options onto each and every one of your necklace items individually, you can simply add the option sets to the category and have them apply to the products - as long as they are in that category.
Taking this example a step further, let's say you have one particular necklace that is not available in silver and therefore cannot use the category's global options. In this case, you would place a checkmark in this box to override the global option sets.
Within your global store settings (Settings > General > Store Settings), you have the option of sorting your "Home Special" products by newest or oldest on the home page. Also available within the store settings is the option to display your newest items along the left banner of your site under the heading "New Releases." You can specify the "age" of your products for these two functions by using the Date Available feature here.
Here you can specify the product listing template that is used to display the item. Each of your products is assigned a default display template (listing_0.html) upon its creation that controls the way the item is laid out on the listing page. You can add your own listing templates to your Theme folder in order to have additional listing Styles by uploading your own listing_#.html files to the theme folder.
Within your store's general settings (Settings > General > Store Settings), you can limit your product line's accessibility so that products are only available to customers when they log into your store. The setting in the Store Settings area is global for your entire store whereas this setting - in the Advanced Tab - applies the rules to individual products. Your options within this setting are:
Follow whatever rules are specified in global settings
Product is accessible to anyone without logging in
Customer can see the product but must be logged in to add the item to their cart
To View Price
Customer can see the product but must be logged in to see the product's price
To View Product
Customer cannot see the product until they log into their account
For the login requirements listed above, a customer needs to first log into their account in order to view the product or its pricing information. By default, if the customer is not logged in at the time, they will be directed to the account login pages. However, you may want to direct them to a different page altogether. For example, you may want to take them to a page explaining why they are being asked to log in to view/buy the product. If this is the case, then you would use the "Redirect To" option here to specify where they will be taken.
Include as a Top Seller
Here, you can control the product's relation to the Top Sellers Module. You can manually mark a product as a Top Seller or choose never to include it in that list. Your Options for this setting are:
Observe the default behavior of the module
This will manually mark this product as a top seller regardless of sales history
This product will never be tagged as a top seller
When using customer groups where special pricing and availability options are considered, you can limit your products to be accessible only to those groups. For example, you may have a wholesale customer group and want specific products only available to these customers. In this case, you would set the "Allow Access" option to this group.
RMA Max Period
When using the RMA (Returned Merchandise Authorization) functionality, you can set the maximum number of days allowed before an RMA is no longer accepted. This setting is specified globally for your store in the Store Modules section. However, you may want to set a specific RMA period on individual products as well. For example, Your global RMA Max period can be 30 days, but a particular product has a shorter shelf-life. Therefore, you need to limit this product's RMA to 15 days. In this case, you would set the RMA Max Period to 15 in the product's Advanced Tab. (Marking the "Default" checkbox will follow the global RMA settings.)
Price and Quantity Options
As explained in the Tax article, you can set different tax rates on individual products depending on local laws. For example, in some areas clothing may require a certain tax amount while food items require a different tax altogether. When this applies, you can specify your applicable tax codes here in the individual product's Advanced Tab.
Here you can specify what is shown for the product's price - in case it needs to be different than the actual dollar amount specified in the product's Information Tab.
Min. Qty.: Allows you to specify the minimum amount of product a customer must order before they can add the product to their cart. This is useful when you need to sell a minimum amount of product in order to make a profit or the product itself (while priced individually) is only available in sets.
Allow only Multiples: This check box works alongside the Min. Qty. options by limiting the item to only be ordered in multiples of the Minimum Quantity. For example, a product with a minimum quantity of 2 required for purchase can only be ordered in multiples of 2 thereafter. (2, 4, 6, 8, etc)
Max. Qty.: This setting allows you to specify the maximum amount of products you want to allow customers to purchase at one time. In order to purchase more than this quantity, the customer would need to first check out their current cart, and shop again to buy more. This is useful when you want to limit the amount of products a customer purchases from you and allows you to have enough products for all customers.
Allow fractional qty: This option allows you to let your shoppers select fractional quantities of the product rather than whole numbers. For example, fabric lengths or measures can be bought in specific size measures. More information on this function can be found here.
Qty Options: When used, this setting will allow you to specify the amount of items your customers can order. Rather than using the default method of providing a text box, where your customer can manually input their number of items; this setting will provide a drop-down menu with the order amounts you specify. Number configurations should be written with commas and no spaces. (i.e. 10,15,20,25)
Price Level 1 through 10
With Customer Groups, you have the ability to assign your customers to different pricing groups. For example, a wholesale customer group with a different pricing structure than your regular retail customers. The Price Levels area of your product's advanced tab is where you will specify the individual product prices for your customer groups. For more details on creating customer groups, please review our Customer Group tutorial download.
Buy Button/Link to this Product codes
The "Buy Button" can be used in case you have an external site or would like to place a buy now button that links directly to your product. The coding in this section is generated randomly for each product and will contain the image path for a buy.gif image to be used as your button's graphic. Please note, however, that you will still need to upload an actual buy.gif file of your own to use the button correctly.
Link to this Product
Similar to the buy button, this option allows you to have a link directly to the product. This can be useful when including a link to your product in an email or social network posting. As with the "Buy Button," each product has a link created specifically for it.