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Default Out of stock item - can I change item completely?

I've sold 300 of item XYZ.
Now out of stock.
Category is womens clothing.
(No sale in many weeks - but still have 300 sold showing)

Can I change the item to something COMPLETELY different?
Like a cart part?? LOL

Yes: I know I have to keep variations that got sold.
But I thought I'd change title and add new variations.
And put the womens item variations all out of stock.

New variations:

- Size 8 womens bra (Not available)
- Gear shift part for Ford Mustang

Is this AGAINST eBay laws?

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Default Re: Out of stock item - can I change item completely?

It's search & browse manipulation and can get you in trouble if you're caught. I believe auto parts are category limited so this could be seen as trying to circumvent category limits. Either way it's a no-no.
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erm... thanks for letting me know!
i won't even go there.
i dont mind bending rules and doing 'border line' - but will always stay on the right side.
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Default Re: Out of stock item - can I change item completely?

In any case a substantial change to title, pictures, and description means the listing is re-ranked as new, so you don't get any real benefit from the sales history, which is what you probably were thinking.
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Default Re: Out of stock item - can I change item completely?

@dallis... no... all that didn't matter. there have been no sales for many weeks (it was a summer product).

the ONLY thing i was interested was using the listing and have 300 sales - nothing else.
my thinking is, this is a small factor that might influence a buyer.

substantial changes in pictures and description does nothing as far as m aware?
is this wrong? would like to know if my assumption is wrong.

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Default Re: Out of stock item - can I change item completely?

I've done this for similar reasons but my items were in same category.
Also if you change the variations you could loose all your 300 sales.
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@Dufus, i think u might be wrong there. i don't see how u can lose sales.
if u sold on size:20 colorink, then u can't actually remove that.
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Well it happened to me. Had around 60 sales then edited variations and lost all sold numbers. Very surprising!
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aaah i see!
so might be a useless excersise!!
thanks for the heads up
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Default Re: Out of stock item - can I change item completely?

it doesn't matter, i have done this most of the time when that item was out of stock.
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Default Re: Out of stock item - can I change item completely?

It used to be able to sell a pin lets say 99p get 100s of sales then change it to a Charger or whatever and still have 100s sales be top.I just tried to do what you want to do for a slight description change and you cant change it once its sold on the variation etc.
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