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In your opinion what's better? When you have a product that comes in say, 4 different sizes - is it better just list that product and have options for the user to select the size OR should I list 4 different pages for each size product? Keep in mind that each size is packaged differently (e.g. jug, box, can, etc...) and they each look different. I would list this different packaging on each individual listing. As for the title of the product instead of being Blue Widget - it would be more specific like, Blue Widget 1.1 lbs.
If there's no difference in the items other than size/colour, then normally they should be listed on one page together.
I have however recently been going back on this a bit, as I've been introducing additional filtering on my category page. E.g. 'Filter by Size' would only show items in a particular size at the category level. Doing this filtering, doesn't work so well if the sizes are on one page.
Perhaps if they are listed separately, then each product page should show 'other sizes' and link to those pages.
We have products like this, say, a statue that comes in various sizes. It's **almost** identical but slightly different. Each of these are presented as different items.
Then we have items, say, clothing, that are identical in every aspect except that they have different sizes, colors, and "adornments" (example, gold trim or silver trim.) These are presented as a single item with options. The product page has multiple pictures displaying each color/option combination.
Really it boils down to this: what's the easiest way for your customer to identify, choose, and compare with the least number of navigations (clicks)?
But I would NEVER use a select-option field for the different sizes. That looks dillettantic, IMHO.
As for internal search function: If it throws out a set of widgets differing in size and one or two other attributes, I would present only one of each category and attach a link "view whole category/other sizes" or something similar.
But I would NEVER use a select-option field for the different sizes.
So you have a dress that is identical in every way except size and comes in child 6-8, child 9-14, small, medium, large, extra large, and humongous, you would do exactly what? Create a page for each? Stack one atop each other and have the user scroll into oblivion, seeing the same picture all the way down the page? How would anyone ever find anything?
What about shoes? Would have a page for every size from 4 narrow to 22 quadruple wide, or list them down the page, even though they are exactly the same?
Navigation nightmare, ugh!
For example: perfume in small spray bottle versus large refill size. Small fancy decanters will often sell for a higher price per ounce over a bulk smooth-sided bottle even though the contents may be exactly the same. It's consumer perception of value. But if the fancy decanter comes in 1oz, 3oz and 6oz sizes. I say they should be options on one product page.