eBay is one of the largest online shopping platforms and day by day it revealed new features to compete with other online platforms like Amazon, Walmart, etc. Last year, eBay introduced a new Out-of-Stock (OOS) option for sellers to use on their Good ‘Til Cancelled (GTC) listings. This function is free for all the eBay sellers, and probably the real deal behind the GTC. But most of the eBay sellers are not aware or don’t know how to use this feature properly and its benefits. In this article, we will show you how to enable the Out-of-Stock (OOS) option on eBay.
On eBay, if you listed an item to GTC, it will show up to the buyers until you sell out all of them. After that, your listing will end and you will need to pay fees again to relist it. Once you relist the ended item, the purchase and search history will be gone. that’s a huge loss for you.
In this example, you can see the item has ended and it shows how many were sold and how many buyers view your product.
And see what happened when you relisted the product. All your sales history has gone!
So, if you want to keep your out-of-stock items alive, you can turn on eBay’s Out-of-Stock option. It’s simple and easy.
eBay Out-of-Stock Feature
By turning on this option, your items will be still alive even if the quantity is zero. Items will be hidden from the search result in eBay and appear as sold out, so you will not get any sales by accident. The item will not be shown in the search results until it is back in stock. Once you enable it, the search and purchase history will be shown with your listing which is very important in terms of product SEO as well as will boost your conversion.
This OOS feature is perfect for those sellers who often replenish the stock for specific items. eBay charges you the usual listing fees for each 30-days billing cycle. If your listing remains with zero-quantity over 3 entire billing cycles (90 days), it will automatically be terminated by eBay, and you will be eligible for an insertion fee credit.
Okay, let’s dive into the process to enable out-of-stock features to keep your listing alive.
Step 1: Go to My eBay > Selling
Step 2: Find Site Preference under the Shortcuts.
Seller Hub > Overview > Shortcuts > Site Preference
Step 3: This will redirect you to the Selling Preference page.
Step 4: Scroll down to find out the Multi-quantity listings and enable the Listings stay active when you’re out of stock option to complete the process.
To sum up, instead of ending the item and then relisting it again while waiting for the inventory, simply turn this feature on. It will save your time and also allow you to keep the history intact. We hope that this article will guide you to enable this eBay Out-of-Stock feature. If you like our discussion please comment, share, and subscribe to our blog. Also, do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the eBay marketplace. We will be glad to help you with that.