HRoth - 3:03 pm on Nov 28, 2009 (gmt 0)
Yes, I would not like to keep checking back on something that was actually discontinued. When I discontinue something, I write "Discontinued" where the add to cart button used to be and often try to give a reason why (became too difficult to get, was dangerous, price rose into stratosphere, quality dropped, whatever). But I keep the page up to keep the links in and put it outside of my normal prev > next series and take its link off my index page(s). You can then find the page with a search or be drawn to my site by finding the page on search engines, but you can't just shop on the site and find it. Long time ago I tore down some pages for discontinued items and I still get 404s for them, so now I leave everything up.