Definition of overstock in English:



  • 1 Supply with more of something than is necessary or required.

    ‘do not overstock the kitchen with food’
    • ‘The retailer saved millions in distribution and warehousing costs as improved sales and order forecasts reduced the need to overstock in-house supplies.’
    • ‘Sapient advised that there was no need to overstock commodity items like office supplies that can be obtained easily anywhere.’
    • ‘There are, indeed, evidences that the market has become overstocked and that a considerable. number who are willing and anxious to work are unable to get occupation.’
    • ‘In anticipation of higher sales, and due to poor forecasting, a gallery may overstock a particular item or resource.’
    • ‘Don't overstock your pantry with grain products.’
    • ‘You see, it was her final request that Ralph should perform in a circus company, besides which all the zoos have indicated that they are presently overstocked with African elephants (of which Ralph is one).’
    • ‘The consultant finds that designer in-store shops ‘do a great job,’ but she adds that department stores still have too much inventory, and many times in-store units are also overstocked.’
    • ‘Producers would sell coupons one or two months before the Mid-autumn Festival and, based on the sales volume of the coupons, they could produce just enough mooncakes to avoid overstocking.’
    • ‘In early 1999 the company suffered a setback following the discovery that its Glenmorangie Single Highland Malt brand had been overstocked in the UK distribution chain.’
    • ‘But it is not the interest of merchants and manufacturers… that the home market should be overstocked with their goods, an event which a bounty upon production might sometimes occasion.’
    • ‘I looked forlornly past the celebratory bottle of champagne, consoling myself that it could be saved for New Years, and selected a bottle of Barbados dark rum from my disturbingly overstocked bar.’
    • ‘There would be penalties - today it is voluntary - where there would be penalties for failing to comply when they overstock the transmission lines with excessive electricity.’
    • ‘But soon the rack was so overstocked that customers couldn't move the merchandise to see what was available.’
    • ‘One of the items everybody got overstocked with is rubber-tired backhoes.’
    • ‘A few years later, British supermarkets were overstocked with green products that the same consumers later qualified as too expensive.’
    • ‘Chilling: Don't overstock your fridge or freezer.’
    • ‘It means the warehouse is perpetually overstocked.’
    • ‘The black topped bar stretched the length of the right wall overstocked with enough alcohol to satisfy anyone's needs.’
    • ‘Did they overstock at the seaside tat warehouse then?’
    • ‘All the cake, chocs, biscuits and other fattening foodstuffs we tend to overstock on for Christmas.’
    1. 1.1Put more animals in (an area) than it is capable of supporting.
      ‘overstocking in the UK uplands’
      • ‘Overgrazing, caused by gross overstocking of sheep, has been singled out as one of the biggest threats to habitats and nature conservation.’
      • ‘In the case of stock farming and game ranching care can be taken not to overstock and nesting areas of ground nesting bees and wasps can be protected from trampling.’
      • ‘Pepper could not sell his animals and that led to overstocking on the farm.’
      • ‘Though intensive farms are cleaning up their act, overstocking is still a problem.’
      • ‘People can go into farming with insufficient capital, skip investment in dams and water conservation, and overstock their farms, safe in the knowledge that the government will bail them out when there is a drought.’
      • ‘The effect of the virus became especially acute in Britain when swine fever and restrictions on animal movement meant overstocking and overcrowding.’
      • ‘Anderson suggests this was the case because, although the Baringo lowlands had too many livestock for the available land, the lands were not overstocked in terms of Tugen subsistence requirements.’
      • ‘The care of livestock required those who shared common rights to act together to provide supervision for their beasts and to prevent overstocking.’
      • ‘Producers who are overstocked have been grazing silage ground and will be forced to buy a large percentage of the winter feed this year, unless they can move out stock this month and target for a good cut of silage early in Autumn.’
      • ‘A major cause of the dwindling numbers has been degradation of habitat through overstocking of sheep, bush encroachment, cultivation, erosion and alien invaders.’
      • ‘Uncommercial use of cattle caused overstocking, soil erosion, and ‘desert’ conditions.’
      • ‘‘He could not sell the sheep and the farm got overstocked,’ Mr McDonald stated.’
      • ‘Where the total grazing rights available on the common do not lead to the potential for overstocking it will be open to the common owner, who must also be a farmer, to claim entitlements on the surplus grazing.’
      • ‘He questioned why there was not enough grazing land for the sheep and if the Curragh was overstocked.’


  • [mass noun] A supply or quantity in excess of demand or requirement.

    ‘factory overstock’
    [count noun] ‘publishers' overstocks and remainders’
    • ‘What it says there, in the ‘model’ contract between publisher and author, is that, one year after a book has appeared, the publisher shall have the right to dispose of copies as a remainder or overstock.’
    • ‘In fact some manufacturers are selling surplus or overstock through eBay to open other channels of revenue without inflicting channel conflict.’
    • ‘The answer, then, to keeping our second-hand bookshops in new stock is for our book distributors and publishers to let second-hand book dealers have access to their overstock.’
    • ‘Be on the lookout for warehouse sales on discontinued styles, samples and overstocks.’
    • ‘Some 78 brand name stores offer overstock, out-of-season and even slightly faulty items at bargain prices.’
    • ‘While book sales did not reach the level of the reader option, and the level of overstock was higher than in the author option (indicating a greater level of waste), the publisher's strategy maximized their overall profit.’
    • ‘Today, of course, the concept of selling remainder books has expanded to where you now have whole bookstores comprised entirely of overstock.’
    • ‘We've struggled to keep up and cleared out most of our overstock.’
    • ‘Toward the end of a book's life, before it goes into paperback, you end up with some overstock.’
    • ‘They carry overstock and clearance, so the same brand might even be available…’
    • ‘But when it came to matching Saskatchewan's contribution of beef overstock to food banks, the province considered it for two seconds before delivering an unceremonious, ‘We're not getting involved.’’
    • ‘We found some good values at quite a few sites, sometimes at prices that look like the retailer is trying to get rid of some overstock.’
    • ‘Anyway, it's a really nice quality guitar, brand new (part of an overstock from a music fair, by all accounts), and it's great for noodling around on; just pick it up - no worries about leads and amplifiers and effects or whatever - and play.’
    • ‘I think she should take a very limited amount so she doesn't have a huge overstock on hand.’
    • ‘Vendors also move many ‘remainders,’ publisher overstocks they obtain at 80 percent off the retail price, then sell to customers as half-price off bargains.’
    • ‘Check stores that carry overstocks, closeouts and slightly dented items for great deals on storage racks and freestanding units.’
    • ‘This has allowed the company to handle overstock from key suppliers internationally and supply specific packages of music products to non-traditional outlets such as bars, restaurants and clothes retailers.’
    • ‘By buying overstock and, since 1996, repressing classic recordings, the company has firmly occupied what remains a lucrative niche.’
    • ‘Did some mascara factory accidentally make a batch too much and invent Goth to sell the overstock?’
    • ‘Far from speculating on a price rise when demand picks up in the future, our retailer will put his overstock on sale when demand is weak.’