Intuits direction on making sub items is correct

BUT they will NOT solve your problems, so the directions are wrong as an answer

Items are unique in QB
Sub items are ONLY used to organize the list
all items must be purchased, stocked if inventory, and sold

A sub item has no relationship to the […]

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