I have a shop with lots of products. They sync from POSIM, my POS. I also do a lot of special orders, many of them come in quickly, so I'd like to set all my products so they can be sold, even if out of stock. I don't see any way to do this in Shopify. Does anyone know of a solution? I want this to be the default for any new items I add. Thanks so much!
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I'm Miles from the Social Care team at Shopify.
At this stage, there is no option to allow overselling as a default setting, however, you are absolutely able to select this option for new and existing products.
For New Products
When creating your product, under inventory, ensure "Track Inventory" is ticked. This is generally ticked by default. Underneath that checkbox, you'll see another option to "Continue selling when out of stock". Once this is ticked, the product will be available for overselling when out of stock.
Bulk Updates for Existing Products
For existing products, you're able to edit them in bulk, so you can make the change once for all existing products. To allow overselling for these products, follow these steps:
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I can absolutely pass on this feedback to our product team for you. It's a great idea to have this is a default option, or, as you suggested, being able to edit specific collections to oversell.
Thanks again for reaching out!
This is a great option, although I'd love my customers to KNOW that this is a backorder and the chances that the get the item is slim. Is there a way to communicate that? Right now it just says "Available Now!" which is not technically correct.
It's a good idea if you have ten products, but checking the boxes of several hundreds of them... It's misleading to even call this operation "bulk" in a very technical sense. Because it definitely isn't.
I hope you can assist me. This solution works temporarily on one of my products (on the rest it works fine). I set the product to continue selling when out of stock, only when I have a look at it after a hour or so the product shows as Out of stock on the site again. I then make the same change, save it again and before you know it the product again shows as out of stock. Can you please advise why this is happening? As mentioned several of my other products are marked the same and they do not default to Sold Out?
I actually have been experiencing the same thing as Karlien in our staging instance where I set an item to continue to sell when out of stock. I come back shortly after and its unchecked. I did it the bulk update the variants, we as well as manually from the variants. Trying to work on setting up to take Pre-orders. I am on my 7th app since most are not well thought out or are missing key components or don't work. We are about to just write our own custom app for it.