Amazon Temporarily Out Of Stock: What Is It And How Long It Takes To Arrive

Chances are that you’ve come across an item listed as temporarily out of stock f you use Amazon regularly. You may be wondering what this means or when the item will be back in stock. I answer these questions and more in this article. 

Temporarily out of stock on Amazon means the item is currently not in stock but it is available for ordering. Amazon will send you an email that informs you of the expected delivery date as soon as the supplier provides that information. 

It’s quite common to find hot products temporarily out of stock. These are products that have a very high demand rate that the inventory gets exhausted in no time. The current Covid-19 pandemic is another reason why you may encounter temporarily out of stock on Amazon as the pandemic may have disrupted supply lines from manufacturers to retailers. Also, Amazon prioritized essential items during the thick of the pandemic. 

What does temporarily out of stock mean on Amazon?

As I said above, temporarily out of stock on Amazon means the product is currently out of stock but can still be ordered. So you can palace an order and Amazon will fulfill the order and charge you when the item is back in stock. I’ve placed orders for many items that are temporarily out of stock, especially from sellers that offer good discounts. And my order gets fulfilled most times. 

After placing your order, an email informing you of the expected time that the item will be back in stock will be sent to you. And Amazon will update you if there are any changes to this date. 

How do I know when Amazon will restock?

Amazon automatically lets you know when new inventory will arrive when you place an order for items that are temporarily out of stock. You have the option to cancel your order if you can’t wait for the items to be restocked. Even without placing an order, you can always set up an “alert” for when the listing is active again. Follow the steps below to set up an alert for when an item will be restocked on Amazon. 

  • First, head over to the listing which is “out of stock”.
  • You’ll find an “Alert me” box on the right-hand side of the product page where you’ll normally find the “Buy now” or “add to cart” button. Click on the alert me button. 
  • You’ll be prompted to enter your email address here you’ll receive a notification when the item is back in stock. 

Note that this doesn’t reserve the product for you. You’ll only be informed that the product has been restocked. If you want the item reserved for you, then you’ll have to place an order. Your order will be fulfilled when the product is back in stock as you’ll be charged after which your product will be shipped out. 

How long is Amazon temporarily out of stock?

The answer is that there’s no specific time frame for how long an item will be temporarily out of stock. Typically, items will be restocked in 2-3 weeks and you can expect shipping and delivery within a month. But the truth is that each item will have its individual eta (estimated time of arrival).

However, If your item is sold and fulfilled by Amazon, then there’s no way you can find out a “back in stock date”. On the other hand, if the item is sold by an Amazon marketplace seller and fulfilled by the sellers or Amazon themselves, you can always send them a private message regarding when the item is expected to be back in stock. You’ll receive a response to your message and be given a rough estimate of when the product is expected to be back in stock. If you don’t have a pressing need for the item, you can wait for the item to be restocked especially when the seller offers good discounts. If you can’t wait, you can always find a different seller. 

Why does Amazon show out of stock items?

It’s not uncommon for Amazon to go completely out of stock from time to time. Sometimes, even 3rd party sellers also go out of stock. Typically, when a product is out of stock on Amazon, the product will not be shown on customer search results. Since Amazon is all about providing the best customer experience, showing sold-out products is not actually the best way to make customers. I see an out of stock product and I’m frustrated that I can’t buy the product. My frustration increases if I need the product urgently. 

You can, of course, view out of stock products on search result pages. You can do this by choosing the filter for your search results and click the button for “Include Out of Stock.”

You can now scroll through the results again and see the items that are both in and out of stock. The out of stock items will not have a price listed with the image. You might find what you are looking for. And that’s how easy it s to see sold-out products in search results on Amazon.

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