Products and Product Groups
Gateway breaks down your inventory into product groups and products. Put in simple terms, a product group refers to your deal listing on the Groupon Goods website, while a product refers to all available variations of that listing available on your deal page within a product group.
For example, let’s say you’re selling a “Plain Solid Color T-Shirt”, which comes in 3 different sizes and 3 different colors.
Product Group would refer to your listing for a “Plain Solid Color T-Shirt”.
Product would refer to each specific combination of size and color available for your listing, such as “Plain Solid Color T-Shirt (Small/Red)” or “Plain Solid Color T-Shirt (Large/White).
In more technical terms, products are individual SKUs in a product group (i.e. deal). When products are created, unique attribute sets are provided to define them. For example, 4 products in a product group may have the attribute sets:
Though Gateway knows that they are separate products because they have unique SKUs, the unique attribute sets allow them to be listed on the deal page as separate purchasable options.