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when products go out of stock or are unavailable for some reason the store pages don't just 404 but then again heavy use of 301's can't be good for seo, but that's not my problem
The developer you used is very misinformed about SEO. An out of stock product 301'ing? What happens when that product comes back in stock, and all your users browsers, and all the search engines have cached that product as moved permanently?
Isn't it? It's your site, right?
Do you have many products that routinely go in and out of stock for long periods of time?
Think of the desired human interaction first, and then code to match. Not the other way around!
Is your scroll intended to show only the products you have in stock right now? Or everything you sell in the course of a year? Or something in between?
If it's okay I'll post a link to my test site