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 Author: Sadler_Bricks View Messages Posted By Sadler_Bricks
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 04:43
 Subject: Retain after sold out?
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Can I get the exact meaning of

Retain after sold out???
 Author: yorbrick View Messages Posted By yorbrick
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 04:54
 Subject: Re: Retain after sold out?
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In Selling, Sadler_Bricks writes:
  Can I get the exact meaning of

Retain after sold out???

It keeps the item in your inventory but with qty 0, so you can keep details such
as pricing, when last sold, etc.
 Author: nologolego View Messages Posted By nologolego
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 06:54
 Subject: Re: Retain after sold out?
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In Selling, yorbrick writes:
  In Selling, Sadler_Bricks writes:
  Can I get the exact meaning of

Retain after sold out???

It keeps the item in your inventory but with qty 0, so you can keep details such
as pricing, when last sold, etc.

I also have been curious about this feature. I have used it for some common
parts so that I don't have to reprice when I have more to put into inventory.
But on seeing Yorbrick's mention of "last sold, etc" I am wondering if there
are other ways I could be using this feature. How else do some of you sellers
out there use the Retain After Sold feature?
 Author: calsbricks View Messages Posted By calsbricks
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 07:37
 Subject: Re: Retain after sold out?
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In Selling, nologolego writes:
  In Selling, yorbrick writes:
  In Selling, Sadler_Bricks writes:
  Can I get the exact meaning of

Retain after sold out???

It keeps the item in your inventory but with qty 0, so you can keep details such
as pricing, when last sold, etc.

I also have been curious about this feature. I have used it for some common
parts so that I don't have to reprice when I have more to put into inventory.
But on seeing Yorbrick's mention of "last sold, etc" I am wondering if there
are other ways I could be using this feature. How else do some of you sellers
out there use the Retain After Sold feature?

HI there - I think you will find an awful lot of stores don't use it due
to its effect on new lot notifications. If you retain it as 0 quantity and then
add some stock that does not go down as a notify.

Thee entire way BL handles inventory needs a rethink - but that isn't really
going to happen - we do not use it and keep all our stats offline. That eliminates
the issues with BL attempting to do it and also allows us to replace standard
items with new quantities and get a notify out for that.
 Author: nologolego View Messages Posted By nologolego
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 07:56
 Subject: Re: Retain after sold out?
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nologolego (249)

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In Selling, calsbricks writes:
  In Selling, nologolego writes:
  In Selling, yorbrick writes:
  In Selling, Sadler_Bricks writes:
  Can I get the exact meaning of

Retain after sold out???

It keeps the item in your inventory but with qty 0, so you can keep details such
as pricing, when last sold, etc.

I also have been curious about this feature. I have used it for some common
parts so that I don't have to reprice when I have more to put into inventory.
But on seeing Yorbrick's mention of "last sold, etc" I am wondering if there
are other ways I could be using this feature. How else do some of you sellers
out there use the Retain After Sold feature?

HI there - I think you will find an awful lot of stores don't use it due
to its effect on new lot notifications. If you retain it as 0 quantity and then
add some stock that does not go down as a notify.

Thee entire way BL handles inventory needs a rethink - but that isn't really
going to happen - we do not use it and keep all our stats offline. That eliminates
the issues with BL attempting to do it and also allows us to replace standard
items with new quantities and get a notify out for that.

Thanks for your reply. Your answer brings up another question I have been curious
about - the notification feature. How do other sellers use it and is it helpful?
I generally add some parts every day and I do not send out notifications until
I get a fairly large number of items built up. My thinking is that a buyer will
be more inclined to take a look if there are more items on the notification.
Also I don't want to spam my fellow Bricklinkers. Not sure if this approach
is effective or not. I would be interested to hear how other sellers use notifications
and to what effect.
 Author: calsbricks View Messages Posted By calsbricks
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 08:34
 Subject: Re: Retain after sold out?
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calsbricks (5826)

Location:  United Kingdom, England
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Store: CalsBricks
In Selling, nologolego writes:
  In Selling, calsbricks writes:
  In Selling, nologolego writes:
  In Selling, yorbrick writes:
  In Selling, Sadler_Bricks writes:
  Can I get the exact meaning of

Retain after sold out???

It keeps the item in your inventory but with qty 0, so you can keep details such
as pricing, when last sold, etc.

I also have been curious about this feature. I have used it for some common
parts so that I don't have to reprice when I have more to put into inventory.
But on seeing Yorbrick's mention of "last sold, etc" I am wondering if there
are other ways I could be using this feature. How else do some of you sellers
out there use the Retain After Sold feature?

HI there - I think you will find an awful lot of stores don't use it due
to its effect on new lot notifications. If you retain it as 0 quantity and then
add some stock that does not go down as a notify.

Thee entire way BL handles inventory needs a rethink - but that isn't really
going to happen - we do not use it and keep all our stats offline. That eliminates
the issues with BL attempting to do it and also allows us to replace standard
items with new quantities and get a notify out for that.

Thanks for your reply. Your answer brings up another question I have been curious
about - the notification feature. How do other sellers use it and is it helpful?
I generally add some parts every day and I do not send out notifications until
I get a fairly large number of items built up. My thinking is that a buyer will
be more inclined to take a look if there are more items on the notification.
Also I don't want to spam my fellow Bricklinkers. Not sure if this approach
is effective or not. I would be interested to hear how other sellers use notifications
and to what effect.

We wait till we have over 100 new lots before we send out notifies. Over our
8.5 years here we have achieved about an 8% return on the notifies to visitors
to orders basis, so we feel it is worthwhile, despite the system being flawed
in how it works. But not going to go into that here.
 Author: Huskers1236 View Messages Posted By Huskers1236
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 08:19
 Subject: Re: Retain after sold out?
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In Selling, calsbricks writes:
  In Selling, nologolego writes:
  In Selling, yorbrick writes:
  In Selling, Sadler_Bricks writes:
  Can I get the exact meaning of

Retain after sold out???

It keeps the item in your inventory but with qty 0, so you can keep details such
as pricing, when last sold, etc.

I also have been curious about this feature. I have used it for some common
parts so that I don't have to reprice when I have more to put into inventory.
But on seeing Yorbrick's mention of "last sold, etc" I am wondering if there
are other ways I could be using this feature. How else do some of you sellers
out there use the Retain After Sold feature?

HI there - I think you will find an awful lot of stores don't use it due
to its effect on new lot notifications. If you retain it as 0 quantity and then
add some stock that does not go down as a notify.

Thee entire way BL handles inventory needs a rethink - but that isn't really
going to happen - we do not use it and keep all our stats offline. That eliminates
the issues with BL attempting to do it and also allows us to replace standard
items with new quantities and get a notify out for that.

The loss of notification is my biggest issue with it. I use the feature on any
parts that I think are going to be a staple in my inventory. Searching through
my inventory to re-list parts is a lot quicker than going through the entire
library of parts on Bricklink.
 Author: calsbricks View Messages Posted By calsbricks
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 08:39
 Subject: Re: Retain after sold out?
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In Selling, Huskers1236 writes:
  In Selling, calsbricks writes:
  In Selling, nologolego writes:
  In Selling, yorbrick writes:
  In Selling, Sadler_Bricks writes:
  Can I get the exact meaning of

Retain after sold out???

It keeps the item in your inventory but with qty 0, so you can keep details such
as pricing, when last sold, etc.

I also have been curious about this feature. I have used it for some common
parts so that I don't have to reprice when I have more to put into inventory.
But on seeing Yorbrick's mention of "last sold, etc" I am wondering if there
are other ways I could be using this feature. How else do some of you sellers
out there use the Retain After Sold feature?

HI there - I think you will find an awful lot of stores don't use it due
to its effect on new lot notifications. If you retain it as 0 quantity and then
add some stock that does not go down as a notify.

Thee entire way BL handles inventory needs a rethink - but that isn't really
going to happen - we do not use it and keep all our stats offline. That eliminates
the issues with BL attempting to do it and also allows us to replace standard
items with new quantities and get a notify out for that.

The loss of notification is my biggest issue with it. I use the feature on any
parts that I think are going to be a staple in my inventory. Searching through
my inventory to re-list parts is a lot quicker than going through the entire
library of parts on Bricklink.

Agreed but we rarely use Bricklink when listing - everything we do is in Brickstock
and that is much, much easier for adding/altering inventory. As we said this
part of the system is functional but needs re-thinking. I don't really know
why I keep saying that as BL are not going to make changes to the classic site
- we were advised of that at Brickwold by their head of development Marvin Park,
who also acts as the CEO.

Brickstock, also needs work but it is far eaeier to use than Bricklink for adding
inventory and making adjustments.
 Author: Teup View Messages Posted By Teup
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 08:34
 Subject: Re: Retain after sold out?
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In Selling, calsbricks writes:
  In Selling, nologolego writes:
  In Selling, yorbrick writes:
  In Selling, Sadler_Bricks writes:
  Can I get the exact meaning of

Retain after sold out???

It keeps the item in your inventory but with qty 0, so you can keep details such
as pricing, when last sold, etc.

I also have been curious about this feature. I have used it for some common
parts so that I don't have to reprice when I have more to put into inventory.
But on seeing Yorbrick's mention of "last sold, etc" I am wondering if there
are other ways I could be using this feature. How else do some of you sellers
out there use the Retain After Sold feature?

HI there - I think you will find an awful lot of stores don't use it due
to its effect on new lot notifications. If you retain it as 0 quantity and then
add some stock that does not go down as a notify.

Thee entire way BL handles inventory needs a rethink - but that isn't really
going to happen - we do not use it and keep all our stats offline. That eliminates
the issues with BL attempting to do it and also allows us to replace standard
items with new quantities and get a notify out for that.

Unfortunately, stores that sell across platforms need to retain, in order to
sync their inventory. So I'm pretty much stuck with not having notifications.
Not really fair, so I'm considering deleting and reuploading my inventory
sometime, but I'm not entirely sure that lets me keep my lot IDs.
 Author: calsbricks View Messages Posted By calsbricks
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 08:40
 Subject: Re: Retain after sold out?
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Location:  United Kingdom, England
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Store: CalsBricks
In Selling, Teup writes:
  In Selling, calsbricks writes:
  In Selling, nologolego writes:
  In Selling, yorbrick writes:
  In Selling, Sadler_Bricks writes:
  Can I get the exact meaning of

Retain after sold out???

It keeps the item in your inventory but with qty 0, so you can keep details such
as pricing, when last sold, etc.

I also have been curious about this feature. I have used it for some common
parts so that I don't have to reprice when I have more to put into inventory.
But on seeing Yorbrick's mention of "last sold, etc" I am wondering if there
are other ways I could be using this feature. How else do some of you sellers
out there use the Retain After Sold feature?

HI there - I think you will find an awful lot of stores don't use it due
to its effect on new lot notifications. If you retain it as 0 quantity and then
add some stock that does not go down as a notify.

Thee entire way BL handles inventory needs a rethink - but that isn't really
going to happen - we do not use it and keep all our stats offline. That eliminates
the issues with BL attempting to do it and also allows us to replace standard
items with new quantities and get a notify out for that.

Unfortunately, stores that sell across platforms need to retain, in order to
sync their inventory. So I'm pretty much stuck with not having notifications.
Not really fair, so I'm considering deleting and reuploading my inventory
sometime, but I'm not entirely sure that lets me keep my lot IDs.

It absolutely does not. Lot id's are unique to part/colour/condition and
if that is removed and then recreated it is a new lot id. That is an absolute.
 Author: yorbrick View Messages Posted By yorbrick
 Posted: Sep 10, 2019 08:49
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  Unfortunately, stores that sell across platforms need to retain, in order to
sync their inventory. So I'm pretty much stuck with not having notifications.
Not really fair, so I'm considering deleting and reuploading my inventory
sometime, but I'm not entirely sure that lets me keep my lot IDs.

For bricksync, the retain lots is not needed for syncing between bricklink and
brickowl aside from (I think) where there are unknown BLIDs.


Although as a buyer, I have notifications turned off for most common parts, it
is only on really hard to find parts that I ask for notifications. Otherwise
I get way too much spam.
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In Selling, calsbricks writes:
  It absolutely does not. Lot id's are unique to part/colour/condition and
if that is removed and then recreated it is a new lot id. That is an absolute.

Clear, thanks!

In Selling, yorbrick writes:
  
  Unfortunately, stores that sell across platforms need to retain, in order to
sync their inventory. So I'm pretty much stuck with not having notifications.
Not really fair, so I'm considering deleting and reuploading my inventory
sometime, but I'm not entirely sure that lets me keep my lot IDs.

For bricksync, the retain lots is not needed for syncing between bricklink and
brickowl aside from (I think) where there are unknown BLIDs.

I don't really know how BricksSync exactly works. I'm guessing then that
it applies the Bricklink orders to the BrickOwl inventory? Instead of
matching the Bricklink inventory to the BrickOwl inventory? (Because when
a lot goes out of stock, only the order contains information that a substraction
is needed, there's no record left of it in the inventory). Or, maybe not
a new order but an inventory change triggers an update for BrickOwl, but then
if BrickSync is off or something is down, it misses that cue, so probably not..

Actually, now that I think about it..... it's not that big a deal When
all syncing is finished and up to date, no matter what kind of sync you use,
you can simply delete the 0 qty lots. They've served their purpose then.
I just have to make sure that before each new part out, everything is synced
and the 0 qty lots have been removed