Modifiers are used to configure an inventory item so when you sell it you can specify item-specific options (for example, a 2-seat or 3-seat couch, it's color and type of wood trim or various cell phone/air time plans).
You can have additional costs associated with specific options and specific options can have their own part number. You can link inventory items that have the same modifier options so if you need to change an option you do so once and it applies to all linked items. (Use caution when linking items; the only way to break the link is to delete linked inventory items and re-create them).You can also copy modifier configurations from another item which then appends that configuration to the current item (you can also modify appended configurations).
Modifiers are commonly used for parts such as furniture that you may stock a demonstrator model of but you would special order the exact item with the options the customer specifies. Modifiers are useful for items that you manufacture. It is also commonly used for cell phone/air time packages.
Setup Wizard > Inventory Options 1 > Enable Modifier Check Box
In this example we set up a couch with the following options:
You can approach the creation of the modifier option hierarchy in a vertical or horizontal approach. In a vertical approach, you create the modifier and associate all options/sub-options to the modifier before moving on to the next modifier (Mod a = seats, options = 2-seat or 3-seat). In a horizontal approach, you create all the modifiers first and then add the options/sub-options to each modifier in turn (Mod a = seats, Mod b = wood trim, Mod c = color). For this example, a horizontal approach is demonstrated.
Note: You cannot modify the order of the sub-options in the modifier group nor the order of the modifiers so ensure you create the modifiers in the order you wish them to appear at Point of Sale