What Are Multipacks?
A multipack is any product with several individual components, or where there are multiples of one product sold together.
Let’s look at the first example
Say you sell a bundle online which consists of a shirt, a pair of trousers and a tie.
All 3 of these items are sold on their own, but you also sell them together. This is where you would create a multipack. This ensures that when you sell that bundle online. One of each item is taken from your stock to ensure that your stock stays correct on all listings.
Say you have 10 shirts, 10 pairs of trousers and 10 ties. They are all sold on their own as well as in a bundle. The stock level for the bundle would be 10. If someone buys the bundle listing, the multipack in CCP would take 1 from each of the products in the pack and you would now have 9 of each in stock.
If someone bought a shirt on it’s own. You can now only sell 8 bundles, as this is the most of all 3 that you can sell together.
The other example is similar but slightly different
If you sell a product on it’s own but you also sell it as a pack of 5. This multipack would contain 5 of the single product.
Say you have 10 shirts. They are all sold on their own as well as in the pack of 5. The stock level for the bundle would be 2. If someone buys the bundle listing, the multipack in CCP would take 5 from the stock and there would be 5. If you then sell 1 shirt on it’s own, the stock of the multipack will now be 0 as you only have 4 shirts in stock.
What not to do
Never create a pack which contains itself
Sometimes you may create a multipack which is a single product with an additional product added to it. For instance you may add a free tie with any purchase of a shirt. In this instance, you cannot use the original shirt as the multipack and must create a new product for the multipack and choose a different SKU.
Never create a multipack within a multipack
All products in multipacks MUST be the single products. You may sell a pack of 5 shirts and 5 ties. If this is the case, you cannot add the multipacks of 5 shirts and 5 ties to this new multipack. You need to add 5 of the single shirts and 5 of the single ties.
Do not create multipacks for products that are only sold as bundles
If you sell a shirt trousers and tie bundle, but you do not sell these items on their own. This does not need to be a multipack. If the item is always sold as a set. Then it is a single product.