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Old November 8th, 2020, 07:00
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Does "In Stock" Mean Anything Anymore?

Within the last month I had two separate orders cancelled from two separate vendors because they did not have in stock that which they showed as having in stock.

Morris 4x4 did not have the Borla header they claimed to have.

Rock Auto did not have either of the two Walker catalytic converters they claimed to have.

I am not buying the idea that it is related to Covid. If Covid has taught us anything it is that computers work while lazy humans don't.

I don't know if it is their own ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) shortcomings or that they don't actually maintain their own inventory and are depending on someone else's ERP. And if depending on someone else's ERP are not bothering to do a reality check more than once a year.

Regardless of the reason, they need to figure out how to fix it because Amazon sure seems to have this figured out and is going to eat everyone else's lunch. And I am no fan of Amazon. I much prefer a marketplace with lots of competitors. One giant tends to turn into a monopoly.

So Morris 4x4 and Rock Auto, get your act together. And if you don't stock it be clear about that.
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Old November 9th, 2020, 12:24
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Re: Does "In Stock" Mean Anything Anymore?

A similar thing happened to me last year with a Flowmaster muffler, the supplier was a eBay trader in the UK. I bought the muffler on a buy-it-now as an eBay shop item and 3-days later I got a message saying it was out of stock. The customer service rep said that their computer says stock was there, but the warehouse says it isn't. In the old days before internet eCommerce this was usually understood to be either human error or theft. I ended up buying a Walker Dynomax muffler from RockAuto. It arrived in a few days without fuss.
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Old November 9th, 2020, 12:50
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Re: Does "In Stock" Mean Anything Anymore?

We used to run into this problem from time to time at the Napa stores I worked at showed in stock but couldn't find it talk about pissed off customers in 35 years I worked at 4 different locations for them had this problem at all of them.
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Old November 9th, 2020, 13:42
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Re: Does "In Stock" Mean Anything Anymore?

Same thing could be said about shipping times. I've seen as high as 8 weeks shipping lead time for certain items. How? If you're limited to what's in-stock then how does it take 2 months to get something in a box and out the door? Amazon and other retailers figured it out pretty quickly.
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Old April 7th, 2021, 08:07
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Re: Does "In Stock" Mean Anything Anymore?

Happens to me every week. Its infuriating.

Listed as 'in stock'. buy it. Get a tracking number in email 5 minutes later. 15 days later call them asking where the f my stuff is (tracking shows 'label printed") and "oh, its on backorder..."
I'm not a complete idiot - there are parts missing.
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