The idea behind the tutorials is to get you started with the concepts behind the products so that you can then use them with your own database structure.
They are intended as a starting point.
The free MySQL eCommerce database can be used for a store that offers product with options. but again, it is a starting point. You may need to add columns to the database.
The product options tutorial was created around the MySQL eCommerce database.
There are 2 concepts:
1) Simple Options, these are options that do not effect price.
2) Advanced Options. These are options that _do_ effect price (you may want to charge more for an Extra Large Sweatshirt than a Small)
the first part of the Product options tutorial goes through Simple options (in the tutorial this is the color option). the second part (Sizer options) deals with the advanced options concept.
If there are specific parts of the tutorial you need help with, please let us know.