I have one store installed Easy Populate and Master Products. Both contributions work correctly without problem. As far as I can see, there are some feature I couldn't achieve without some modification of codes:
1. I need to be able to assign master product id in Easy Populate. Currently, I need to setup the master products through my admin first. Then I can use Easy Populate to setup the slaves.
In another word, in the v_products_master column for slaves, I will specify the master products id. And the only way to get this id is to setup the master in the Admin and use a test slave product to view the drop down selection menu of available master products so it spits out that master products id in the box next to it. Then I take this number and copy it into Easy Populate v_products_maste field to make the slave match up with the master.
2. Buyer should be able to search and view slave product by searching slave model number. Currently, I hide all the slave products so they can only be seen when viewing master products. However, if buyer search slave model number (v_products_model, first column in Easy Populate), they couldn't find it.
Only bid if you have experience in Master Product contribution. Please make sure you can finish it within your quoted time frame. I am not looking to heavily modify the codes. Issue 2 is the one that must be done.
Thank you for your interest in this project. If you have some better idea of using Master Product, you can suggest in PM.
You might want to know the following to better understand my requirements.
About my products, same product with different colors & size will have different model number (v_products_model, first column in Easy Populate). I create a dummy product and put it as master product, making this dummy master product with 0 in price. Then link related products under this dummy master product.
AA010100 Photo Printer Blue Color $49.99
AA010101 Photo Printer White Color $49.99
AA010102 Photo Printer Yellow Color $49.99
I would create a dummy master product
AA0101 Photo Printer
Notice the model number AA0101 is only dummy one I created for dummy master product "Photo Printer". When buyer click and view this dummy master product, they can see the above three slave products below the page.
I believe there might be a better way displaying products like above. If you have an existing modified contribution which can achieve the goal, we can discuss it as well.
This does not require heavy modification of codes. Keep in mind, both contributions are working. So my budget is below $50.