Custom Stock Availability
Actually there is two stock possibility : "in stock" or "out of stock"... It really miss to be able to add a date of new availability or some customs value like "in stock at the supplier", "usually ships in 1 week"... Almost all shop on internet have this option, but not in Magento...
Parsys Media commented
Ya even i agree that, magento team should add Custom Stock Availability in next version.. http://parsysmedia.com/magento-ecommerce-development.html
Doesn't work with backorder and can't display actual items in stock.
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It's a suitable one for out of stock notification. http://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/out-of-stock-notification-1.html
I also use Custom stock status by Amasty now, it works good for me.
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For my store I use this extension, it works. http://amasty.com/custom-stock-status.html
Here's the tool to check for items availability and it also can check items descriptions and much more: http://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/shopping-cart-deep-diagnostics-6157.html
Backorder extension should work for you : http://www.magentocommerce.com/magento-connect/backorder-7697.html or here http://www.mageplace.com/catalog/magento-backorder-status.html
I've found extension that show custom stock availability, called Product Labels: http://www.sprinnet.com/magento/product-labels
I would say give the option to preorder...
This can be done by a bit of hacking but it would be much better if it was included by default.
Added a couple new features to the extension:
- Ability to display custom statuses only for out of stock products
- Custom statuses for out of stock options of configurable products are shown right in the dropdown
Thomas VJ commented
@ Amasty: Your solution is a nice step in the right direction. However I need a solution that shows one stock status for quantity-in-stock > 0 and another for quantity-in-stock =< 0 per product.
Fortunately a "Custom Stock Status" extension is available at the magento connect
Also Like Ships in 2-3 days,Ships in 2-3 weeks, different options like this plus what the others have posted!
Pre order / in stock soon / reserve your products...
As a temporary solution you can add a custom attribute to the product and display it to clarify "Out of Stock" status
Jimmy Jørgensen commented
I was quite stunned when i found out rater late in the process that there isn't enough options to manage in stokc/not in stock/ will be in stock etc. this options isn't there . my guess is that a lot of people will need this option.. Now how can there be a shop system like this without i don't get it??. WE NEED THIS NOW!!!