Inventory rules are a way to limit how much of your stock is visible on each sales channel. Using inventory rules is a powerful way to get a competitive advantage. You can learn more about Inventory Rules by watching this video, or continue reading below.
Inventory rules are calculated from the "Available" quantities you have to sell. Each channel allows you to set 3 kinds of inventory rules:
Percentage of Available
The percentage of available inventory rule lets you send only a percentage of your available quantities to that channel. This is a great option for merchants who like to keep some units in reserve for offline orders.
The rule works by rounding down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you have a rule of 90%, and you only have 1 unit remaining, Sellbrite will update your listing to 0 (rounded down from 0.9).
If you have a rule of 40%, and you have 2 units remaining, Sellbrite will again update your listing to 0 (40% of 2 is 0.8).
The maximum quantity rule is very powerful. Setting a maximum quantity means that no matter how many units you have in stock, Sellbrite will show a maximum of X units on your listings for this channel. In the example below, your listings would show 2 units, even if you had 10 units in stock.
Once you dip below your maximum, your actual available quantity will show. So if you have a maximum rule of 5, and you have 3 units available, your listings will show 3 units.
The maximum quantity rule is a great way to show scarcity on your listings, hide how many you truly have from other sellers, and circumvent selling limits imposed by some channels, like eBay.
The minimum quantity rule has a very specific application. Setting a minimum quantity means that no matter how few you have, Sellbrite will show a minimum of X units.
This means that if your available quantity goes to 0, but you have a minimum quantity rule of 1, Sellbrite will keep your listing at 1. You ONLY want to use this setting if your products never run out of stock.