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I'm trying to create a database where when 3 dependent drop down list selections are combined, information is displayed.

I've tried VLOOKUP and INDEX/MATCH but to no avail.

Attached is the spreadsheet and what I am trying to accomplish. On the first sheet ("budget form") is a table named "Event Costs - room hire". I have created three drop down lists that interact based on what you select. Some rooms offer different services and so are dependent on the selection.

However, I want the final box to display the price depending on what is selected in the previous 3 lists. The amounts and a table I have created is in the "Product Database" sheet and the table is labelled, "Room Hire Control C".

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Please see attached file

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