There’s a TLDR at the bottom if you don’t have time to read this 🙂
Our system does not automatically delete expired or out-of-stock coupons, it has to be done manually. If those expired or sold-out listings are not removed from the system they eventually pile up and create problems for the site.
Since most vendors don’t remember to delete expired or out-of-stock listings, I do it – manually – two or three times a week.
BUT – if I just delete these listings I have no way of knowing if you still need them for some reason. Maybe you got more stock. Maybe you still have orders to fill. (Once a listing is put into Draft or deleted, that item won’t show up on the order and you’ll have no way of knowing what the customer ordered.)
SO – I use the OOS tag to designate those listings that are either out of stock or they’ll expire within the next 5-7 days. I look at every listing, give the OOS tag to those that apply, and then I DELETE those OOS listings 24-48 hours later. This gives YOU time to decide if you want to keep that listing for any reason and edit it before I delete it.
If YOU are using the OOS tag on your listings – and you put that tag there yourself – then those listings are going to be deleted right along with all the listings that I tag with OOS even if they NEVER expire and even if you have – an unlimited amount of stock.
No, I do NOT look at the expiration dates or stock levels before I hit ‘Delete’. I look at those things BEFORE I give the listing the OOS tag. Since I’m the only one who’s supposed to be using the OOS tag, I don’t feel it’s necessary to look at expiration dates or stock levels a second time.
TLDR – Don’t use the OOS tag unless you want me to delete your listings. If you ARE using that tag, and you put it there yourself – you need to remove it by 5 am tomorrow morning (5/15/18) or your listings will be deleted.