How to Mark a Product as "Sold Out" in Shopify

Not sure what the best approach is to sold-out items in Shopify? This guide will teach you how to mark an item as "sold out" in Shopify.

Brody Hall
By Brody Hall
Romi Hector
Edited by Romi Hector

Updated July 11, 2023.

There are a few factors that you need to take into account when making the decision to mark an item as "sold out" in Shopify.

Sold Out vs. Out of Stock

The first aspect you need to consider when marking a product as "sold out" is understanding the difference between sold out and out of stock.

  • Sold-out items: All the inventory has been purchased and is no longer available for sale.
  • Out-of-stock items: There is still some inventory left, but not enough to meet customer demand.

» Discover how to make a product "out of stock" in Shopify

Keep an Eye on Your Out-of-Stock Items

Out-of-Stock Police gives you real-time access to low-stock and out-of-stock product data across all of your store's collections.

  • Avoid losing organic traffic by strategically hiding out-of-stock items.
  • Export and download low-stock and out-of-stock products for restocking planning.
  • Get alerts sent to your inbox or the app when supplies run low or out.

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Managing Sold-Out Items

Another factor to keep in mind is learning how to manage sold-out items. In light of this information, here are three ways to handle a sold-out product in your Shopify store:

  1. Hide the items from your shop Hiding a sold-out item is a good option if you want to keep it in your inventory but now show it to your customers.
  2. Inform your customers Using Shopify's "sold out" badge is a convenient way to let customers know that a specific product is currently unavailable for purchase.
  3. Make the items available for pre-order The ability to pre-order a product is a great way to keep selling even after you've run out of your regular supply. As a result, you can keep your profits steady while waiting for restocking.

» Discover more tips on how to efficiently manage your Shopify inventory

Keep Track of Your Inventory

Knowing how to properly mark your products is directly related to maintaining an organized inventory. Not only will this process save you time, but it will also ensure that your customers are informed regarding your restocking plans.

Discover more about how using the Out-of-Stock Police app can help you improve your inventory tracking:

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