How to exclude out of stock products from your Shopify collections

April 4, 2017 How to exclude out of stock products from your Shopify collections

Last week, we talked about how to get your slow moving products selling faster on Shopify.

To refresh your memory, we talked about how you may need to offer an incentive to your customers to get them to buy some of the slower moving products in your store.

Providing the right incentive is a great way to get your slow moving products selling faster and increase your sales.

Since then, I received a great follow-up question from Mark who asked:

Is it possible to tag slow-moving products only if they’re in stock? I have 1000+ products in the store, and any that are out of stock will automatically be marked as slow moving. Since I don’t have any of those in stock, I don’t really care about them.

Mark makes an excellent point.

There is a big different between a product that doesn’t sell because it has no inventory and one that doesn’t sell because it is just a slow mover.

You don’t want to waste any time or energy promoting products that are out of stock within your Shopify store.

Unless you are drop shipping or creating the products on demand, you can’t sell a product if you don’t have the inventory for it.

How to stop promoting out of stock products in your Shopify store

The good news is Shopify has built-in support for excluding products that are out of stock.

You can setup any of your automatic Shopify Collections (also known as Smart collections) to exclude any products based on their available inventory.

Let’s take a look at this in action, shall we?

Collection in stock

You see, in the above example, I added the condition of Inventory Stock is greater than 0. This means that any items that have no inventory will not be included within this collection.

You can apply this same condition to any of your Shopify collections to make sure you are only promoting products that have inventory.

Furthermore, this condition can be combined with other conditions, such as using an on-sale tag to promote your slow moving Shopify products as we discussed last week.

Summary

To make sure you are only promoting products that have inventory, you can use Shopify’s built-in support for adding in stock inventory conditions to your collections.

Unless you are selling drop shipped or on demand products, you may want to consider adding a condition to your Shopify collections to only promote products that are in stock.

By only promoting your in stock products, you will not be wasting any time or money promoting products that can’t sell within your store.