Show out of stock variants
Please show out of stock variants instead of removing them from the available variants. An out of stock message would be great to show the customer the status. On the variant grid display, there needs to be a stock indicator as well.
You can show the out-of-stock variants by adding an availability date. In Gold R12, there is a new feature so customers can signup to be notified when the itme is back in stock.
I’m leaving the status of this request as “under review” because we would like to add a store option to show out-of-stock variants without the dependancy on the availability date.
In current versions of Gold, you can set an Availability Date field which will appear if your products or variants are out of stock. However, you must use this in conjunction with the Allow Backorder setting being unchecked.
In the future, we can include some additional inventory display settings so you will have some options to show items that are not available for purchase.
David O'Leary commented
Something to keep in mind, One of my clients, who's a manufacturer, needs to be able to allow users to order out of stock items and just display the "lead time" for out of stock items. We were able to tweak the code in 7.0.7 to do what we needed in combination with the Allow Backorder flag. I haven't looked into it on Gold yet but will be soon.
Ryan's idea is solid. We should always show the products we sell to the customer, with an easy to see notice that it is out of stock.
Ryan A. commented
Showing the option but disabling selecting that option with css/js would be a good compromise between the people not wanting to confuse their customers and the people wanting to show their customers all of the options for product x