The Stock Options settings determine if items are removed from stock when an order is placed,
and returned to stock if an order is canceled. The Stock Options determine if out-of-stock
products are included in the catalog, and control the display of the “In Stock,” “Out of Stock,”
and “Only x left” messages.
To configure stock options:
1. On the Admin menu, select System > Configuration. Then in the panel on the left, under
Catalog, select Inventory.
2. Click to expand the Stock Options section. Then, do the following:
a. To return items to stock if an order is cancelled, Set Items Status to be in Stock When
Order in Cancelled to “Yes.”
b. To adjust the quantity on hand when an order is placed, set Decrease Stock When Order
is Placed to “Yes.”
c. Set Display Out of Stock Products to “Yes” to continue to display products in the catalog
that are no longer in stock.
If price alerts are enabled, customers can sign up to be notified when the product is back in
d. To display the message, “Only x left,” enter the number in the Display X left Threshold
The message begins to appear when the quantity in stock reaches the threshold. For
example, if set to 3, the message “Only 3 left” appears when the quantity in stock reaches
3. The message adjusts to reflect the quantity in stock, until the quantity reaches zero.
e. To display an “In Stock” or “Out of Stock” message on the product page, set Display
products availability in stock in the frontend to “Yes.”
3. When complete, click the Save Config button.