I run an e-commerce site and I want a word or very short phrase that convey the meaning of quantity limited that's easy to understand and also convey a sense of urgency.

This word or phrase will display over the product image.

However, I cannot display actual number quantities due to site performance reason.

Thanks in advance.

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it advertises a product. Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 22:23
  • @EdwinAshworth you mean the example I showed advertises a product? Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 22:23
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    Only a few left
    – ermanen
    Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 22:30
  • Thanks for the edit, I was trying to clarify with the example image, did not intend to advertise anything. Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 22:30
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    I just checked, and I definitely don't see anything that says that questions about advertising language are "off-topic."
    – phenry
    Commented Jul 24, 2014 at 16:01

3 Answers 3


I think that you can add:

last item --- last items ---last few items

to the product image to inform potential clients that only one or just a few pieces of that specific product are left.

  • Last item would indicate 1 left in stock. I want the message to show when stock is low (10 or less). Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 22:38
  • 'Last items' would work in that case.
    – user66974
    Commented Jul 23, 2014 at 22:39

I would probably choose scarce or scant.

From Merriam Webster online dictionary,


very small in amount or number : not plentiful



very small in size or amount


Elliot's "scarce" fits your criteria quite nicely, but I will also offer an alternative.

For a value labeled "Availability" you could display, "Available", "Limited", "None"

For more of a sense of urgency you might replace "Limited" with "Hurry"

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