“Temporarily out of stock” items on Amazon are a common occurrence. If you’re an Amazon shopper, you may have come across this phrase and wondered what it means. This article will answer those questions and more.
“Temporarily out of stock” on Amazon means the item is currently unavailable, but you can still place an order. Amazon will send you an email with the expected delivery date once they receive it from the supplier.
Hot products are often temporarily out of stock due to high demand causing the inventory to quickly sell out. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic can also cause temporary stock shortages on Amazon, as supply chain disruptions from manufacturers to retailers may occur. Additionally, during the height of the pandemic, Amazon prioritized essential items.
What does temporarily out of stock mean on Amazon?
As stated earlier, “temporarily out of stock” on Amazon means the item is currently unavailable, but you can still place an order. Amazon will fulfill the order and charge you when the item is back in stock. I have placed orders for several temporarily out of stock items, especially when they have good discounts from sellers. Most of the time, my orders have been fulfilled.
You will receive an email with the expected restock date after placing your order. Amazon will keep you informed of any updates to this date.
How do I know when Amazon will restock?
When you order a temporarily out of stock item on Amazon, the website will notify you of the new inventory’s arrival date. You have the option to cancel your order if you don’t want to wait for the item to be restocked. If you don’t place an order, you can still set up an alert for when the item is back in stock. Here’s how:
- Go to the out of stock item’s listing.
- On the right side of the product page, you’ll see an “Alert me” box where the “Buy now” or “Add to cart” button usually is. Click the “Alert me” button.
- Enter your email address to receive a notification when the item is restocked.
Please note that setting up an alert does not reserve the product for you. You will only be informed that it has been restocked. To reserve the item, you must place an order. Your order will be fulfilled and shipped out when the item is back in stock, and you will be charged at that time.
How long is Amazon temporarily out of stock?
There is no set time frame for how long an item will be temporarily out of stock on Amazon. Generally, items are restocked within 2-3 weeks and can be delivered within a month. However, each item may have its own estimated restock date.
If the item is sold and fulfilled by Amazon, you won’t be able to find a “back in stock” date. But if it’s sold by an Amazon marketplace seller and fulfilled by the seller or Amazon, you can message the seller to inquire about the expected restock date. You’ll receive a response with a rough estimate. If you don’t need the item urgently, you can wait for it to be restocked, especially if the seller offers discounts. If you can’t wait, you can find a different seller.
Why does Amazon show out of stock items?
It’s normal for Amazon to occasionally run out of stock for some items. Third-party sellers may also sell out. When a product is out of stock on Amazon, it won’t appear in customer search results to provide the best shopping experience.
However, you can view out-of-stock products by adjusting your search results to “Include Out of Stock.” This way, you can still see both in-stock and out-of-stock items in your search results, even though the out-of-stock items won’t show a price. This makes it easy to see sold-out products on Amazon.