Would you like to discover which eBay sellers are selling more than you and see exactly how they are doing it?
Well now you can! Today we are excited to announce the release of inkFrog Analytics.
This isn't just a statistics program, it's a market research tool, competitive analyzer, and marketing tool all in one perfect little bundle. You will be able to take your eBay business to a whole new level with inkFrog Analytics. But we want to show you exactly what this new feature set includes so here is a rundown of just some of the amazing things you will be able to do with it.
See Who The Top Sellers Are
Let's say we want to start selling shoes on eBay, but we would like to make sure there is a market for it. So we click onto Competitors in the analytics tool and run a query for shoes:
With just one quick search we were able to see that the shoe market is massive on eBay. We can see what the top sellers are selling and how many units and at what price they are selling them at over the last 30 days. Not only that, but we can see the exact item and pull it up on eBay:
You can draw inspiration from their photos, title, description, and policies to enhance your own listings. This will increase your chances of ranking higher and getting more sales!
See What's Hot on eBay
Let's take this a step further - suppose you aren't sure what to sell on eBay and are just looking for ideas, that's where the Hot Products tool comes in handy:
This report shows you the top selling products on eBay over the last 30 days. Right now it's telling us that screen protectors, shoes, and animal vacuums are trending well on eBay (animal vacuums...who would have guessed?).
But let's take this another step further - let's say I'm interested in selling a particular type of product but I'm not sure what specifically to start with. Let's say I want to sell phone cases, as we can see above they are a very popular item. So I narrow down the hot product search to phone cases:
There we go, the top selling phone cases from the last 30 days. It's quite evident to me from this report that iPhone XS cases are in very high demand. Let's go one step further and look at iPhone XS cases:
This looks fantastic, we can see there are a large number of styles and models selling really well on eBay. Now we just need to find one that looks promising, create a listing, and start selling!
Save and Track Your Data
We've also built in a save/track feature where you can save your market research. This lets you retain a history of everything you are considering selling and can revisit in the future:
Analyze Your Sales
We couldn't really call it an analytics platform if we didn't include the ability to analyze your own sales could we? inkFrog Analytics will collect information from your account and break down your sales into some interesting reports such as this one:
You can use this information to really refine your eBay business. In the above report we can see that second largest country to ship to is the UK for this account. That suggests it might be worthwhile to list more on eBay UK as only a fraction of listings are currently listed there compared to the US.
The analytics reports offer a range of reporting like this which you can use to drill into various elements of your business and perhaps spot new opportunities.
How Do You Get inkFrog Analytics?
inkFrog Analytics is our first ever addon feature. It is not included with any subscription, rather you have to add it to your account. But we are giving you a free 14 day trial of it on your account:
Posted on January 17, 2019
See how inkFrog is now giving you market research smarter and work less
Oberlo is a popular tool to make drop-shipping from overseas suppliers on AliExpress fast and easy.
But Oberlo is designed to work with Shopify—no eBay version is available—meaning that eBay sellers who drop-ship are left looking on with envy at the easy drop-shipping workflows available to Shopify sellers.
This doesn't have to be you! If you're an eBay seller that uses drop-shipping for some or all of your products, you can take advantage of Oberlo too, so long as you have an inkFrog account.
Start by creating a Shopify store if you don't already have one. Later you'll connect it to inkFrog.
1. Create a Shopify store.
Don't panic yet. You don't have to make Shopify the core of your selling business, or even spend much time refining and promoting it, though if you're going to own a Shopify store, one school of thought says you may as well leverage it for additional sales.
Still, the main reason to create a Shopify store is to leverage Oberlo's compatibility with Shopify, and in turn to leverage Shopify's compatibility with inkFrog. To begin:
Follow this link to create a new Shopify store.
Click "Skip" during signup to skip the questions Shopify asks about your store.
Enter your address information when prompted.
You'll now find yourself in the Shopify application, where you can customize your Shopify store and add products to sell.
Find and install the Oberlo app in your Shopify account. Optionally also install the Oberlo toolbar for Chrome.
2. Install the Oberlo app.
Now it's time to install Oberlo in your Shopify account. Follow these steps:
Without logging out, visit apps.shopify.com to visit the Shopify app store.
Search for "Oberlo" using the app store search bar.
Click on the "Oberlo" tile to open the Oberlo application page.
Click "Add app" to add Oberlo to your Shopify store.
Click "Install app" when asked to confirm that you want to install Oberlo.
After following these steps, Oberlo is installed and ready to use!
Optional: If you use Chrome, you can now also install the Oberlo toolbar extension for Chrome to find products to sell directly from your web browser.
Once you link your Shopify store to your inkFrog account, you're ready to find products with Oberlo for listing on eBay.
3. Link your Shopify store to inkFrog.
If you don't have inkFrog yet, get it now. During the signup process, you'll link your eBay account to inkFrog.
Once your inkFrog account has been created, or inside the inkFrog account that you already use, follow these steps:
Click "Store connector" in inkFrog's left sidebar.
Click "Add a Store" to begin the linking process.
Select "Shopify" to indicate that you plan to link a Shopify store to your inkFrog account.
Go back to your Shopify account and look at the URL bar in your browser. Highlight the part of the URL between "//" and the first "." and copy it.
Paste this into the "Add a store" dialog in inkFrog, then click "Continue."
Click "Continue setup" when prompted to add inkFrog Open. Your Shopify account will appear in a new tab.
Click "Install app" to confirm the link between Shopify and inkFrog.
Here's What You've Accomplished So Far
After following the steps above, you'll find that you're back in your inkFrog account. Several things are now true:
You have a Shopify store.
You have Oberlo installed in your Shopify store.
You have your new Shopify store linked to your inkFrog account.
Your inkFrog account is linked to your eBay account.
There is now a path in place to use Oberlo to create eBay listings:
Oberlo → Shopify → inkFrog → eBay
Now find products to sell on Oberlo and add them to your Shopify store. Then, import them into inkFrog for listing on eBay.
All that's left is to find products to sell and import them to inkFrog.
4. Find Products to Sell and Import Them
Either visit AliExpress using the Oberlo toolbar or log in to your Shopify store to begin using Oberlo. Use Oberlo just as you would if you were a Shopify-first seller:
Browse through available products
Add products you believe you can sell to your Shopify store
inkFrog will then help you to add these products into your eBay store.
Once you've finished adding products to your Shopify store using Oberlo, you're ready to import them into inkFrog just as you would any other Shopify products. This blog post walks you through the steps to import them and to configure synchronization for the future.
Oberlo and eBay!
That's all there is to it. You can now use Oberlo to quickly find and save drop-shipping products that you'd like to sell—and list the products that you've saved on eBay without much additional work.
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Financing qualification is possible by seamlessly connecting eBay and online selling accounts.
E-commerce sellers typically use Bitbond to bridge liquidity gaps and try new product lines. Many enjoy a dedicated account manager and instant funding options.
Posted on January 14, 2019
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eBay moved nearly $90 billion in merchandise volume in 2017, and will probably move even more than that in 2018. There are a lot of sellers on eBay and a lot of new sellers joining every day.
Things are always changing in eBay's giant universe, and you may be due for an audit. What's an eBay audit? Read on to find out.
What this means is that eBay's inventory levels and competition levels are always in flux. Whatever you sell, there are either more or fewer of them on eBay today than there were when you began, being sold by either more or fewer sellers.
Why does this matter? Because you're in this to make as much money as you can, and you won't if your business isn't aligned with current marketplace conditions, shopper expectations, and eBay practices.
In short, when's the last time you did an audit of your eBay business?
What's an eBay audit?
In an eBay audit, you examine every part of your eBay business to see how well you're leveraging the opportunities that exist now—and avoiding the risks and threats that exist now—as opposed to those that were in evidence when you began.
In an eBay audit, you'll go over your eBay listings, account, and activity to evaluate your:
You're making sales—but could you be making more of them? Charging more for them? Are you at risk of being blindsided by declines over the coming year? Better find out.
Inventory. Are you offering products in oversaturated areas with no hope of being seen? Are you failing to offer products for which unmet demand exists? Are you pricing yourself out of the market or leaving money on the table?
Strategy. Do you stand apart from your competitors or blend in invisibly? What strategies are you using to differentiate yourself? Are they effective? Are there others you could or should adopt?
Listings. Are your listings up to current quality standards, or are you falling behind? Are you using best practices for product images, item descriptions, and other things that affect both search placement and the ability to convert sales?
Compliance. Are you in compliance with recent eBay policy changes, or are you at risk for being dinged by eBay, either in search or in your ability to sell, for violations of policies that you don't even know about?
Workflow. Are you making use of the best tools available to you, or are you missing out on tools that could significantly reduce your labor investment or enhance your sales and productivity over time?
In the eBay universe products, competitors, policies, strategies, and tools enter and exit every day. You could be missing something. The last time most sellers sat down and looked at these things holistically was when they first started selling. How long has it been for you?
How do you do an eBay audit?
The most effective sellers know better than to let their business run for years on autopilot; they periodically stop to consider all of the items above, making a careful SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) list:
The SWOT analysis is a classic business tool—that can help your eBay business to thrive if properly done. (Image: Xhienne / CC-by-SA-2.5)
Strengths. What are you and your business best at, most effective with right now, or able to offer that others can't? These are your foundations—the things that you can double-down on and build upon.
Weaknesses. What are you not keeping up with that you already know you should? These are your areas for improvement—the things that you can do to raise the ceiling on your growth and revenue.
Threats. What forces and realities are emerging now that could affect the way that you do business or your ability to do business at all, and how will you monitor them and adapt?
Opportunities. What new things can you start doing, or what new products or niches can you adopt, to add a new dimension, a new level of effectiveness, new customers, or new revenue to your business?
Practically speaking, making this list takes time and attention. Get out your favorite note-taking program, personal database, word processor, or even just a spiral notebook, make sections for each of the items above, and then begin, one step at a time.
Make notes—things that need to be updated, changed, ended, or adopted. Keep your eyes on the categories outlined earlier as you do this and stay organized so that you'll be able to read through and make sense of these notes later on.
Once you're done, read through the notes—a couple of times—and put together a mission statement for the year and lists of urgent tasks, things to stop doing, investments to make, inventory to add or discontinue, unsolved problems to solve, and new things to try.
Professionals like Day to Day eBay audit your eBay business for you, providing an in-depth, objective SWOT analysis—so that you can focus on running and improving your business.
Um, isn't there an easier way?
Of course, eBay sellers are busy people (we don't have to tell you this), so all of this may sound just a bit pie-in-the-sky, as in:
"Yeah, sure, just as soon as I catch up on my fulfillment backlog, get my latest 200 products listed so they're not sitting there depreciating, manage to reconcile my bookkeeping, and get my one hour a day of sleep."
Happily, you can also pay someone else to do an audit of your eBay business for you. eBay specialists and coaches abound online and are often happy to consult. Even better, consider using an eBay audit specialist.
Specialists like Day to Day eBay go over your business in detail, then provide you with a professional SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis and matching consultation via Skype to understand what your next steps ought to be.
Just as importantly, as an objective third party that specializes in understanding eBay businesses, a team of auditors like those at Day to Day eBay can often spot things that even highly detail-oriented sellers miss about their businesses.
For this reason, an external auditor is often a sound investment for any eBay seller looking to continue to grow and thrive in the massive eBay universe.
Whether you do it yourself or invest in the help of a seasoned professional, take the time today to ask yourself two important questions:
When's the last time I really understood my eBay business?
How much more success could I achieve this year by coming to understand it once again?
Looking for ways to spice up your listings, promotions, or inventory now that the holiday season is over?
Sell housewares or anything like them? It's white sale time for you.
Here are five ideas that you can incorporate into themed templates or your promotion or inventory strategy that will resonate with January shoppers.
1. White Sale
If you have home products that are compatible with the idea of a white sale, which is traditionally about linens, housewares, and home decor, then you're in luck—because January is white sale month.
Dress your listings down and get back to basics for a white sale; traditional visuals and colors are neutral and simple following the technicolor explosion of the holiday season, and consumers are drawn to this simplicity as they stock up on housewares for the months ahead.
2. Valentine's Day
You may have noticed that brick-and-mortar retail is already transitioning to the Valentine's Day inventory in the promotional aisles, and there's no reason to be left behind if you sell:
A wide variety of pink and red products can be marketed with a Valentine's Day theme.
Personal care goods of any kind
Jewelry or watches
Unique gifts or curios
Anything that might be considered a gift for a partner, romantic interest, or good friend
The visual and inventory cues for Valentines day don't need to be explained. Pink and red are your colors and starry-eyed love and affection are your language to reach shoppers for this seasonal shopping event, which is one of the largest of the year.
3. Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year occurs on Tuesday, February 5th this year, when the Year of the Pig begins.
This year, pig products are Chinese New Year products. Asian goods too, as always.
Don't be fooled by the previous sentence—Chinese New Year is a pan-Asian holiday, not just a Chinese one, the audience is sizable, and the pig is no less auspicious than any other animal. People born in the Year of the Pig are said to have beautiful personalities and to be blessed with good fortune.
If you stock Asian cultural goods of any kind, from chopsticks to Anime and comics, or anything having to do with pigs, you may stand to make extra sales by mentioning Chinese New Year and the Year of the Pig in your titles or listings.
4. Winter Sports or Preparedness Goods
The holiday season may be over, but the winter sports season is just hitting its stride in January, so if you stock winter-oriented goods—whether along survival-and-preparedness lines or along outdoor sports lines, now is the time to foreground them.
Bang your listings into shape by showcasing cold weather and snow, either as a source of fun or as a source of risk that your goods can help to mitigate.
Sell anything that's winter-specific? Time to hold a winter-themed sale.
Consider having a winter fun sale to move more goods and really get shoppers in the mood as they view your listings.
5. New Year's Resolutions
Early winter is also the time to include language and promotional material relevant to New Year's resolutions if you carry goods that:
Encourage personal wellness
Encourage health or fitness
Encourage or are relevant to maintaining a healthy diet
Have to do with habit tracking, habit changing, or planning of any kind
Are designed to help with the cessation of particular bad habits or the development of particular good ones
January shoppers are looking for tools to help them achieve their resolutions for the new year.
Think of creative ways to bundle or to represent the idea of personal improvement and personal change, both in your listings and in your fulfillment. Seize the brief moment when shoppers are fully committed to making personal changes and use it to make sales that will help them to achieve these changes by showing that you're in their court to help.
It's Never the Off-Season
If none of the themes above quite works for you, take an hour to sit down and figure out what seasonal theme you can come up with that will match the goods that you sell. Then, act on it.
Remember, in e-commerce, it's never the "off season." Each new month just brings a new opportunity to show shoppers how and why your products remain relevant and desirable—so find out what yours is and update your listings, online inventory, and promotions to match!
Posted on January 08, 2019
Never let any season be your "off season" in e-commerce. Find a theme that will resonate with shoppers and your inventory. Here are five suggestions for January.
Operate an online store using BigCommerce? Many of our subscribers do. Why do sellers pay two different e-commerce platforms as they run their online business? Let's count the ways.
Here are five things inkFrog can help you to do to grow your BigCommerce business.
Manage your eBay sales from inside BigCommerce using the inkFrog Open app.
1. Get your products up for sale on eBay.
eBay is one of the world's largest online marketplaces and boasts hundreds of millions of active shoppers—a good many of which are eBay-first or eBay-only shoppers.
It's true that eBay is its own universe, with tools, workflows, and policies that don't always translate easily to other e-commerce venues, but with inkFrog, the path to eBay sales is a lot shorter. Get an inkFrog subscription and install the inkFrog Open app for BigCommerce to begin listing your eBay products to BigCommerce in minutes.
2. Match your BigCommerce store style on eBay.
Thanks to inkFrog's hundreds of point-click-edit designer templates, you can quickly match your BigCommerce store style in your eBay listings—even as you tweak your store with holiday and promotional decor.
This capability enables you to remove a huge amount of the legwork from maintaining an eBay selling presence, turning what might be hundreds or thousands of listing-by-listing clicks and saves into an operation where a single click updates hundreds of your eBay listings.
Synchronize your inventory and orders between BigCommerce and eBay using inkFrog.
3. Synchronize your listings and inventory levels with eBay.
More than just getting your listings live on eBay and enabling you to brand them visually to match your BigCommerce store with ease, inkFrog enables you to automate key selling tasks related inventory management.
With the inkFrog Open app for BigCommerce, you'll be able to configure synchronization between eBay and BigCommerce so that inventory levels stay up-to-date on both platforms, taking a key headache-inducing task out of your hands and automating it.
4. Make day-to-day operations on eBay easier to cope with.
inkFrog's better messaging tools, automated feedback tools, and eBay profile tools, many of the most irritating eBay tasks that might otherwise cause you to think twice about adding eBay as a channel are solved.
If you'd love to add all of the sales that eBay can bring without adding all of the extra labor that's typically associated with eBay, inkFrog is as close to a no-overhead eBay integration as you'll find in the BigCommerce world.
Use inkFrog analytics to study your eBay marketplace competition and refine your eBay strategies for maximum ROI.
5. Understand your eBay potential and ROI.
With powerful analytics tools that help you to map your sales and competitors on eBay, inkFrog helps you to quickly make the most of the channel you've added to your business.
Use inkFrog analytics to understand what eBay strategies to adopt, how much return eBay is providing on your investment of time and dollars, and where new opportunities lie.
inkFrog Expands Your E-Commerce World
If you've been waiting for the right time to add eBay to your list of sales channels, don't wait any longer—you're leaving sales on the table.
With inkFrog in your toolbox, you'll be up and running on eBay rapidly, without adding countless hours of new tasks and marketplace maintenance to your daily workflow. There's no reason not to make the leap today!
Posted on January 08, 2019
Thinking of adding eBay as a sales channel to your BigCommerce business? You need inkFrog.
If you're not yet selling on Amazon, now may be a good time to start.
But Amazon has recently notified third-party sellers that it's reducing fees in a number of areas on its site, to incentivize third-party sellers to expand their Amazon offerings and add more inventory, which will increase selection for Amazon shoppers.
If it's been a while since you sold on Amazon, the new reductions in fees may be a good reason to return. (Image: © Ifeelstock / Dreamstime)
The changes are significant:
Most listing fees down to $0.30. For sellers in most Amazon categories, listing fees will come down to $0.30 from $1 (or from $2 in jewelry categories).
Baby, beauty, and health: Referral fees reduced to 8%. Referral fees for baby, beauty, and health items will come down to 8% for products costing less than $10, while products costing more than that will remain at 15%.
Furniture: Referral fees reduced to 10%. Furniture sales over $200 will see the referral fee for the portion of the sale beyond $200 reduced to 10% from 15%. The first $200 will still be assessed at 15%.
Jewelry: Referral fees also reduced to 5%. Jewelry sales over $250 will see the referral fee for the portion of the sale beyond $250 reduced to 5% from 20%. The first $250 will still be assessed at 20%.
Grocery and gourmet: Referral fees reduced to 8%. Referral fees for grocery and gourmet items will come down to 8% for products costing less than $15.00.
Take a look at those numbers again—fees are being reduced for affected sellers by double-digit percentages, and listing fees are once again low enough that many sellers will be able to enter the game even with lower sell-through rates.
Making Amazon Affordable Again
Amazon may be feeling a bit of heat both from a resurgent eBay marketplace and from an up-and-coming Walmart marketplace, and that's good for sellers.
These changes should help Amazon to accomplish exactly what they're hoping to accomplish—bringing independent and third-party sellers back around to the idea of selling on Amazon, and getting them to rush to list more Amazon inventory.
If you're an inkFrog user that has backed away from Amazon in favor of eBay or Shopify in recent months or years, now may be a good time to find your footing again on Amazon and generate some sales while fees are still low.
Posted on December 21, 2018
Amazon's fees have been creeping higher for years. Now, they're being slashed.
Everybody loves cake! So it's not surprising that people are selling cake decor on eBay - like Sydney Cake Art which sells cake decor on eBay Australia using inkFrog:
"I started selling on eBay approx 3 years ago and started using inkFrog earlier this year.
It is super easy and if I want to add bulk listings I can get all the listings on in minutes.
I can't wait until inkFrog integrates with the other AU platforms!"
- Gillian Sturevski
Sydney Cake Art has over 300 active eBay AU listing:
You can visit Sydney Cake Art:
Posted on December 20, 2018
Read what Sydney Cake Art has to say about selling on eBay with inkFrog
When it comes to success stories with inkFrog, a truly spectacular one comes from Direct Tool Source who uses inkFrog to easily synchronize their inventory from Shopify to eBay:
"The key notables for me using inkFrog for 2 years now was most noticeable in 2017 with a 2710% increase in sales and yet again with YTD a increase of 228% and on pace to hit a DTS Milestone of $750,000 yearly sales in 2018.
The ease of listing and tracking sales was a huge windfall for us and our small business of 2 making swift changes and allowing for quick reaction to changes in market trends."
- Joseph Kincade
Direct Tool Source sells thousands of automotive tools on Shopify and eBay:
You can visit Direct Tool Source here:
Posted on December 20, 2018
Direct Tool Source has seen a massive growth in sales since starting to use inkFrog
The last days of Turbo Lister are finally here, and this time eBay means it.
If you're a seller who has a large body of listings stored in Turbo Lister, this can inspire a kind of panic, even if you long ago switched to inkFrog for most of your day-to-day selling.
Turbo Lister has reached the end of it's life. It's time to get that data into inkFrog. Here's how.
Happily, it is possible to move much of your Turbo Lister data and listings to inkFrog. Because Turbo Lister is a very old tool hasn't been supported for a long time, the process is a little more involved than many are accustomed to in 2018—but it's possible.
Here are the steps involved!
1. Export Turbo Lister Data
Your first job is to export listings from Turbo Lister to a CSV file. There are some caveats to understand before you begin:
You can only import up to 250 listings at a time into inkFrog, so it makes sense to process one folder of listings at a time, rather than try to get them all in one go. Repeat these steps for each of your inventory listings folders.
You can only export inventory listings from inkFrog—not active listings. For active listings, the export option is grayed out. Don't worry, this isn't a limitation for you—as an inkFrog user, all of your active listings are already imported into inkFrog for you.
Here are the steps to follow to export listings to a CSV file:
Select a range of listings to export. Open a listings folder, click on the first listing in the folder, then scroll to the bottom of the list, hold down your "Shift" key, and click on the last listing in the folder while still holding the key. You should see all of the listings highlighted.
In the "Inventory" area, select a range of Turbo Lister listings to export.
Click "Export Selected Items" in the "File" menu. This step starts the Turbo Lister export tool for the listings you've selected.
Choose the "Turbo Lister Format (CSV file)" option. In the export dialog, select the middle option, which exports your listings to CSV format with as much data as can be preserved. Don't choose the "File Exchange Format" option, as this will omit all listing images.
Opt to export in "Turbo Lister Format" and then click "Export" to continue.
Click "Export" to begin the export. After clicking, you'll be asked to provide a location to save your CSV file. Select a location and give it a name, then save it.
Now you have a CSV file containing as much data from the listings you selected as Turbo Lister is able to preserve and export. If necessary, now is the time to move your CSV file to a different computer, if you're now using a newer machine to manage your eBay business.
2. Copy Data to inkFrog's Template
Now for the hardest step in the process—moving data from the Turbo Lister file into inkFrog's CSV template. To complete this job, follow these steps:
Download the inkFrog CSV template. Click here to download a copy of inkFrog's CSV import template. This is the file into which you'll copy Turbo Lister data.
Open the Turbo Lister CSV file in one window, the inkFrog CSV template in another. You'll need to have both files open because you're going to copy and paste between them. Note that the inkFrog template has sample data in it; erase this sample data before you begin and leave just the headers in place in the inkFrog template file.
There are a lot of columns in the Turbo Lister file. Find those listed below and copy them to inkFrog's CSV template.
Copy Turbo Lister "Title" data to the inkFrog "title" column. Copy all of the data (except the header) from the Turbo Lister "Title" column to the column labeled "title" in the inkFrog CSV template.
Copy "Description" data to the "description" column. Copy the data from the Turbo Lister "Description" column to the column labeled "description" in the inkFrog CSV template.
Copy "Quantity" data to the "quantity" column. Copy the data from the Turbo Lister "Quantity" column to the column labeled "quantity" in the inkFrog CSV template.
Copy "Starting Price" data to the "price" column. Copy the data from the Turbo Lister "Starting Price" column to the column labeled "price" in the inkFrog CSV template.
Copy "PhotoOneURL" data to the "images" column. Copy the data from the Turbo Lister "PhotoOneURL" column to the column labeled "images" in the inkFrog CSV template.
Copy data from either "UPC" or "EPID" to the "product_identifier" column. Depending on whether you use UPC or EPID numbers for your eBay products, copy either the UPC or EPID column data to the column labeled "product_identifier" in the inkFrog CSV template.
Whew! Glad that's done. Remember as you copy not to change the headers or the order of the columns in the inkFrog template.
Now, save the inkFrog CSV file template containing the data copied from your Turbo Lister export file.
3. Upload the CSV File
Now it's time to import the CSV file you just created into inkFrog as new listings. Don't worry—these won't go live on eBay unless you specifically push them live later. Right now we're just going to create them in your inkFrog library.
If you're not already logged in to inkFrog, log in now, then follow these steps:
Open your listings library. Click "Listings" → "Library" to open your inkFrog listings library.
Click "Import" → "From CSV" to start the import tool. The "Import" option is located at the upper-right of your inkFrog window.
Click "Import" → "From CSV" in your listings library to start the import process.
Click "Choose File" and select your CSV file. Click the "Choose File" button, then browse to the saved copy of the inkFrog CSV template that you just filled with Turbo Lister data.
Click "Upload" then "Start Import" to import listings. After you click "Upload" to begin, inkFrog will tell you how many listings it thinks it has found in the CSV file you created. If the number seems right, click "Start Import" to actually begin importing listings. A progress bar will be displayed as data is being imported.
Select the listings to create. Now you're shown a list of all the listings that inkFrog found in your CSV file. Select each listing that you'd like to create, or click the check box in the header row to select all of the listings found in the file. Click "Next" when your selections are made.
Select the listings you'd like to create, then click "Next" to continue.
4. Select or Create Profiles for Each Listing
After another brief progress bar is displayed, you'll be shown a long list of your newly imported listings.
Go through each of these listings, following these steps in each case:
Choose to create a listing or map to a listing. Since your goal here is to import data from Turbo Lister, in most cases you'll want to create a new listing—and this tab should generally be selected for you. You may opt to map a Turbo Lister listing to an existing inkFrog listing, however, if in some cases you want to overwrite the data in your inkFrog library with the data from a Turbo Lister listing.
Select profiles or create new profiles. For each listing, select an existing inkFrog listing, shipping, return, or payment profile if you already have one that's appropriate for the listing, or click the "plus" icon next to each option to create a new profile on the fly.
For each listing, either select existing listing, shipping, return, and payment profiles or create new ones.
Once you've selected or created profiles for each of the listings shown, click the "Import Products" button to have inkFrog create new listings in your library for each old Turbo Lister item.
Again, don't worry about this step—these listings won't go live on eBay; they're just being created in your inkFrog listings library.
5. Add More Data to Each Listing and Organize
Now it's time for more cleanup work.
The listings you've imported from Turbo Lister are now in inkFrog, but you may still wish to perform additional maintenance work:
Organizing your newly imported listings into inkFrog folders
Updating profiles or customizing listings that don't precisely match your profiles
Adding new images, since only one image for each Turbo Lister item is made available when Turbo lister exports data
Yes, this can be a time consuming step, but in most cases you've still saved a ton of time by exporting from Turbo Lister, then importing into inkFrog—particularly if you have hundreds or thousands of listings with hand-crafted item descriptions.
Repeat as Necessary and For More Information
Now you've imported your first batch of up to 250 Turbo Lister listings into inkFrog.
If you have more listings in other Turbo Lister folders, repeat the process—and keep doing so until your entire Turbo Lister library has been moved to inkFrog.
Then, breathe a sigh of relief that you've finally taken that step you've been meaning to take for years now—and moved your library of old listings from an old tool—Turbo Lister—that's scheduled to disappear forever in just a few weeks into a new tool—inkFrog—that'll be around for as long as e-commerce happens.
Posted on December 18, 2018
It's time. Turbo Lister is finally reaching end of life, so let's get your listing archive into inkFrog.
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