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...
If your product is configurable product, I suggest you the extension Configurable Product Tab Table View to display stock number for each product.
In addition, you can notify your customers via email whenever product is back available with Out of stock Notification Extension
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!!!