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Managing Stock

Each product in your catalog has both a short and long version of the Inventory options, depending on whether you need to manage inventory for the product. To take full advantage of Magento’s advanced inventory management capabilities, Manage Stock must be enabled.

To set up a simple catalog without stock management, complete the Inventory short form. For full inventory management, complete the long form. The initial values reflect the default Product Stock Options set in the configuration.

Inventory (Short Form)
  • Field Descriptions




    Manage Stock


    Determines if you use full inventory control to manage the items in your catalog. Options include:


    Activates full inventory control to keep track of the number of items currently in stock. (To change the setting, clear the Use Config Settings checkbox and select “Yes.”)


    Does not keep track of the number of items currently in stock. (This is the default setting.)



    (Required) The quantity of the item in stock.

    Qty For Item’s Status to become Out of Stock


    Determines the stock level at which a product is considered to be out of stock.

    Minimum Qty Allowed in Shopping Cart


    Determines the minimum amount of this item that is available for purchase. By default, the minimum quantity is set to 1.

    Maximum Qty Allowed in Shopping Cart


    Determines the maximum number of this item that can be purchased in a single order. By default, the maximum quantity is set to 10,000.

    Qty Uses Decimals


    Determines if customers can use a decimal value rather than a whole number when entering the quantity ordered. Options include:


    Permits values to be entered as decimals, rather than whole numbers, which is suitable for products sold by weight, volume or length.


    Quantity values must be entered as whole numbers.

    Can be divided into Multiple Boxes for Shipping


    Determines if parts of the product can shipped separately. Options include: Yes /  No



    Determines how your store manages backorders. A backorder does not change the processing status of the order. Funds are still authorized or captured immediately when the order is placed, regardless of whether the product is in stock. When the product becomes available, it will be shipped. Options include:

    No Backorders

    Does not accept backorders when product is out of stock

    Allow Qty Below 0

    Accepts backorders when the quantity falls below zero.

    Allow Qty Below 0 and Notify Customer

    Accepts backorders when the quantity falls below zero, but notifies customers that orders can still be placed.

    Notify for Quantity Below


    Determines the stock level at which notification is sent that the inventory has fallen below the threshold.

    Enable Qty Increments


    Determines if the product can be sold in quantity increments. Options include: Yes / No

    Qty Increments


    Establishes the number of products that make up a quantity increment.

    Stock Availability


    Determines the current availability of the product. Options include:

    In Stock

    Makes the product available for purchase.

    Out of Stock

    Unless Backorders are activated, prevents the product from being available for purchase and removes the listing from the catalog.