Thank you for expressing your feedback, and use cases for how adding this feature would impact your business. I've gotten your feedback added to our existing ballot, so our teams are aware!
Please, please, pretty please! This would be such a godsend.
I am an artist and there are limited runs for each item. Having a way to archive these items instead of deleting them and breaking the SEO would be absolutely terrific! Please count my vote, and if the Shopify Overlords hear our plebeian prayers and bring forth product archival to the begging masses, it will be a splendiferous day for all—king and labourer alike. Sorry for being dramatic but I have to emphasize how useful a feature like this would be. I'm sure a lot of people don't even know they want this feature yet. ;)
Bless, & have a good day!
Thank you for providing a detail explanation on why this would be important to you and your business. I've added your votes the existing feature request.
I don't have any updates at this time, however; if this is something we're able to add in the future, we'll update our Changelog with further information.