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Devious Trick or Super Smart

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You try to email them and ask for the sale price? A lot of places warrant that request within certain time of purchase. It would be interesting to see what they say.

 

 

I just bought an item (actually from a shop running Magento I think, but that's unimportant) that
was the last one in stock.

As soon as I bought it and confirmed Paypal, I went back to the shop and looked at the product.

The product is now marked "OUT OF STOCK", and has a special price of approx 25% lower than
I paid, along with "let me know when this product is back in stock".

I've no doubt that people searching will see this, sign up and be notified when back in stock. But at that time I suspect the price will be the same as I paid or higher.

In other words, the special price is only on there to get people to sign up for notifications.

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Devious Trick or Super Smart ?

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I've been asked to look at bumping prices at low stock for someone selling on eBay. This is actively to prevent anyone buying the last item and so keep the listing active until more stock is available. Good till cancelled listings don't renew at zero stock and then you lose all the purchase history, watches and other search juice associated with it and have to create a new listing when they're back in stock.

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Raising the price on low inventory in order to discourage buying runs contrary to all good business practices, but I suppose that something like eBay not having a good system in the first place (to maintain a listing even with 0 inventory) could justify it. What if inventory was falsely bumped up instead, to keep the listing active? Will it be physically replenished in time that some shipments won't be excessively delayed? What are the consequences if it isn't? If a brick-and-mortar store runs out of stock on an item, they'll issue you a rain check if they want to keep your business.

 

Better yet, suggest to eBay that they modify their system to preserve the state on 0 inventory, and not purge everything, as you'll be replenishing soon. How did we get to discussing eBay techniques?

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I guess it's the same (concept) as reducing a price when you can't shift the stock or it is end-of-line or whatever?

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about Ebay, they have got an out of stock feature, you just need to enable a setting to your account, to enable it, so it keeps a listing when you have temporary ran out of stock,  which they had for a few years now, which i use myself.

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