You might have noticed that at times when you are looking for an item you will get a page that says ‘Item No Longer Available’. This usually happens when the item you are looking for is no longer available for sale or was disabled by our staff.
Our hard disabled items pass a 404 header response and looks like this.
We are running a test, to see we see a positive impact on sales by sending visitors to the nearest category. With this test, you will not be seeing the ‘Item No Longer Available’ page. We will redirect you to the nearest category / sub-category.
eg: If we hard disabled an item belonging to the WordPress >> Creative >> Portfolio category. We will redirect users to the WordPress Portfolio subcategory. Please note that we will also redirect the related URLs for that item eg /comments , /support , /faq , /screenshots/ , /full_screen_preview/, etc.
We will also show a warning message to users, telling them why we are redirecting them to the category page.
Here is a live example : http://themeforest.net/item/garden-multipurpose-wordpress-theme/12139087
Q) Should authors do something for this change?
A) Nope, we handle this internally.
Q) Will all disabled item work this way?
A) Nope, this only happens if your item is hard disabled.