Does anyone else think that the mad dash alerts like that would cause might also be a problem?
For example, you've got Fun Factory's Sinnflut Benjamin Bond in black, which is discontinued
but a lot of people wanted it. Even long after it's gone, 116 people have the black one (and 41 for the blue) on their wishlist.
Now, say when Eden's stock drops to 15 in the warehouse, they call Fun Factory up and ask for a new shipment, but Fun Factory says "sorry, we took those out of production."
EF has only 15 left. If they sent out an email to all 116 people, you'd have a sad situation where lots of people would log in as fast as they could and purchase it, so maybe 35 people make the purchase that day, and walk away happy, but when Eden's warehouse people go to pack the orders, now 20 people have to get emails saying "sorry that you thought you got that, but we actually ran out too quickly."
Also, with an alert, people for whom the item was further down on their list will leap and buy it before they would have otherwise, and maybe someone who wanted it much more had it as the next thing on their list, but someone got it before them because they checked their email more quickly. I think by not letting us play god and see what's happening in advance, the people who want the toys more are the ones that get them.
For example, I got a Jollies Bandito several months after the company went out of business. It is one of my favorite toys *ever* and if there had been a mass mailing and all the 85 users who had it on their wishlist as a "meh, maybe" item would have snapped it up, I would have missed out on what is a perfect toy for me.
All that, of course, is if it was even in Eden's power to know in advance what's being discontinued, which they don't. The only thing we really can do is watch the pulse of manufacturers. If you see something on Eden that's no longer on the manufacturer's own catalogue, odds are it won't be coming back!
I think it's good to have reviews for discontinued items still around, too. I think the current system, where they show up when you search reviews, but not when you search products, is ideal.