iBuyz uses inkFrog to streamline the eBay listing process:
"I started selling on eBay as a business (as opposed to just as a hobby) in 2009. I started a formal business called iBuyz Liquidation, Inc. in Feb. 2009. inkFrog quickly became our preferred method for hosting images, templates, and managing listings.... including doing the listings.
inkFrog has streamlined the listing process. It allows us to have, host and utilize a few iBuyz templates to be available for use at at time. It allows us to cost effectively host images and have access to these images whether we used the images 2 days ago..... or going back 2 years ago..... they are there for us!
inkFrog has allowed us to easily monitor information about our listings.... we use it to see and calculate statistics such as # of watchers...... # of sales..... time that the listing has been out there, etc. With this information we make decisions on what the edit, what to Relist, what the Sell Similar and more. We also use tools from within inkFrog Open to populate listings that we've created on other platforms, like a Shopify website directly into eBay. This app allows us to seamlessly use the photos, titles, descriptions, pricing information, shipping weights and more right from one platform to another (i.e. eBay) with just a few clicks on a mouse!"
- Daniel Riley
iBuyz has hundreds of active eBay listings and over 84,000 positive reviews on eBay:
You can visit iBuyz here:
Posted on November 27, 2018
iBuyz uses inkFrog to efficiently list thousands of products on eBay, read their story!
Many inkFrog sellers have stores on multiple platforms—for example, a store on eBay, a store on Shopify, and a store on Amazon.com.
If this is you, ask yourself whether you've done what you can to brand your stores similarly across each marketplace or platform. Though at first glance branding consistency across all of your stores might seem like a ticky-tack issue, it's not a hard thing to accomplish.
eBay gives basic store subscribers two images and a text area to customize. Use them!
Why Consistent Branding Matters
Here are just a few of the reasons why consistent branding across each of your storefronts can benefit you:
Gift cards and marketplace loyalty. More and more shoppers are ending up with gift cards in their wallet, and eBay and Amazon gift cards can only be used on eBay and Amazon. Consistent branding enables a shopper to easily locate you on another platform and buy your products, whether the reason is gift cards or simple marketplace loyalty.
Authority, trust, and brand-building. Having stores on each major shopping platform, branded in similar ways, shows that your business is well-established and has a reality that goes beyond your merely being present on eBay, or on Amazon. This increases shopper trust, which can increase sales while enhancing the value of your brand.
With a basic Amazon store you get one image and a text area—but it can be enough!
More contact options and better customer service. Shoppers' ability to contact sellers varies from marketplace to marketplace, but there's no doubt that in some cases (say, on eBay) it's limited. When shoppers can find and identify you elsewhere, you can offer them more contact options—like a phone number or direct email.
Profit from marketplace promotions. From time to time, each marketplace runs promotions that offer significant discounts to shoppers, driving sales without affecting sellers' bottom lines. Being present and identifiable on multiple marketplaces means that shoppers can follow the discounts and buy from you on any marketplace—enabling you to benefit from these promotions.
On Shopify you have more control—but remember to echo your eBay and Amazon branding.
Repeat sales. By being present and clearly recognizable on multiple marketplaces, you're more likely to earn repeat sales from buyers as they navigate all of these factors—gift cards, promotions, convenience factors, and their own evolving preferences. If shoppers can find you wherever they happen to be shopping, you won't lose them as their shopping needs or preferences change.
It Only Takes a Few Minutes
Look at the examples above and consider—there are only two images used. Together, they took just a few minutes to assemble. It took just a few more minutes longer to insert them into an eBay storefront, an Amazon storefront, and a Shopify storefront.
If you're still muddling along with storefronts that use default or missing images or templates, you're missing a chance—every time a shopper visits you—to build your brand and the future of your business.
If that's you, take a few minutes today to bring your storefronts into sync!
Posted on November 27, 2018
There are real benefits that accrue to sellers who take the time to brand their eBay, Amazon, and Shopify stores in the same way.
Poetry in Power uses inkFrog to easily manage their eBay and Amazon inventory through a central location by using inkFrog to connect Amazon to eBay for them:
"I've been selling since 1999.
inkFrog helps in at least two important ways: 1. managing drafts of listings; 2. preventing oversells.
Drafting listings for collectible books and antiques requires that the seller provide accurate and complete data for discerning collectors. inkFrog allows me to correct information or add details that collectors want.
Also, inkFrog has great photo management so that my books look great and collectors have the best perspective on my inventory as they make their decisions.
The inkFrog system helps me manage both eBay and Amazon marketplaces with one fully editable system. Keying on my store's SKU, inkFrog keeps me from re-listing an item that I've already sold. That's absolutely critical when selling one of a kind items.
Here’s the thing….people want to answer a simple question these days: "If I put in the time to learn, will it be worth it to me in the end?"
That was the question with the inkFrog Open launch, and I can say with confidence that yes, it was worth it."
- Andrew R Foster
Poetry in Power has over 22,000 active eBay listings:
You can visit Poetry in Power here:
Posted on November 23, 2018
Poetry in Power uses inkFrog to easily manage their eBay and Amazon inventory through a central location by using inkFrog to connect Amazon to eBay for them
iPowerResale uses inkFrog to streamline their listing and product updates on eBay:
"We have been selling on eBay for nearly 20 years!
We started using inkFrog about 3 years ago - it made it much more possible to streamline listings and update product."
- Christina Prins
iPowerResale sells hundreds of computer accessories:
You can visit iPowerResale here:
Posted on November 20, 2018
inkFrog Streamlines Listings and Updates for iPowerResale
GSMemorabilia uses inkFrog automatically list and sync Shopify inventory onto eBay:
"inkFrog helps keep my inventory in sync between eBay and GSMemorabilia.com that and it allows me to display a user friendly template on my GSMemorabilia eBay store to allow people to easily shop for autographed sports memorabilia"
- Ben Beeri
GSMemorabilia sells a large variety of sports memborabilia:
You can visit GSMemorabilia here:
Posted on November 20, 2018
inkFrog Helps GSMemorabilia Sync Inventory Between Shopify and eBay
Paint Access has been using inkFrog since 2015 as a tool to make selling on eBay easier and automatically list Shopify inventory onto eBay:
"We started selling on eBay in 2009, around the same time we started our online business and website. We knew that selling on eBay is a must-do to start gaining traction and sales as an online retailer. It was always a no-brainer to sell on eBay as it was/is still the world's biggest online marketplace and definitely is the biggest online marketplace in Australia, still. The main problem with eBay was always its basic layout yet non-intuitive controls. I actually don't know when exactly we started using inkFrog but it has made live a lot easier. I know we signed up to inkFrog Open in March 2015.
Our whole ebay selling experience is simplified with inkFrog. inkFrog is very intuitive and has a similar look to the back end system we use on our website (Shopify), which is nice. I love how organised all of our listings and sales records are on inkFrog. It saves all of our listings in the library, whether it be live, ended, unsold, or synced from Shopify. Although we don't utilize the function to sync sales into Shopify, it's nice to have that option. And even nicer is being able to pull products from Shopify into inkFrog to create new listings fast. Another plus in inkFrog is being able to save the listing template for the layout of the description. Also, the printing template allowed us to have the same layout of our invoices as our online store. Consistency is a big win across multiple sales channels.
PaintAccess is actually Australia's first online paint accessories brand and store. We are very happy to have had the support of Inkfrog to help us on our journey and support us while we grow. That's why it was a no-brainer to sign up for the early adopter's unlimited plan when inkFrog naturally ended up monetizing their amazing service."
- Daniel Dorofeev
Paint Access has hundreds of painting accessories for sale on eBay Australia:
You can visit Paint Access here:
Posted on November 20, 2018
inkFrog Simplifies the Sales Process for Paint Access
We've previously shown how to efficiently manage very large image libraries efficiently using inkFrog, but we thought it might be nice to also provide help to users who:
If you're tired of scrolling through lists and lists of items in inkFrog, it's time to start using folders.
Need a simpler way to organize a moderate number of inkFrog images
Are looking for a way to keep their inkFrog listing library organized
Would like to be more organized about their eBay messages
inkFrog offers a simple, effective tool that can be used to manage your images, listings, and messages, all in the same way. In fact, it's one that most users are familiar with from their everyday computing life: folders!
What You Can Do with Folders in inkFrog
Using inkFrog folders, you can:
Create and name folders to hold images, listings, or messages
Move images, listings, or messages into or out of folders, in bulk
View and use one folder of images, listings, or messages at a time
Search within folders to further narrow your view images, listings, or messages view
Happily, folders are very easy to use in inkFrog and make for a quick, ideal organization system for any seller with more than a dozen or two items in their inkFrog libraries. Here's how to do it.
Creating a Folder
Folders exist inside your inkFrog image, listing, or message library. So before following the steps below, open one of these areas of inkFrog. Once you've chosen and opened one of these areas, the steps to using folders are easy:
- Open your list of folders. Click on the folder icon, then on "Manage Folders" (or, in your messages area, just click directly on "Manage Folders") to open the folder management tool.
Click "Manage Folders" to open your list of folders for editing.
- Click "Add new folder" to create a folder. In this dialog, you either can delete existing custom folders or add new folders. Click on "Add new folder" to create a new folder. When prompted, enter a name for your folder.
Click "Add new" to add a new folder. Use the trash can icons on the right to delete folders.
- Select items to move into your new folder. Select the items you'd like to move into your new folder, then click "Bulk Actions" → "Move to folder" (or "Bulk Actions" → "Library Actions" → "Move to folder" in the listings area) to begin the move process.
Select multiple items, then click "Move to folder" to move them to a new folder.
- Select a destination folder. In the "Move to folder" dialog, select the folder you just created from the drop-down list, then click the "Move" button to move the items you selected into the folder.
Select the destination folder for your move from the drop-down list.
- View the new contents of your new folder. To open your new folder for work and see the items you just moved there, click the folder icon and then select your new folder from the drop-down list. Your view will be updated to show the just contents of the folder you selected. Note the "Is in..." label above your items, which tells you which folder you're viewing. To exit the folder, click the 'X' on this label.
When you view your new folder, all of the items you moved are there.
Folders That Synchronize
One quick caveat bears mentioning.
The items and folders in your images and listings libraries are local to inkFrog, meaning that when you create folders and move images or listings into them, these activities do not affect your listings or images on eBay. The folder tools in these areas are there purely to help you to keep your inkFrog life organized.
The messages and folders in your messages area, however do synchronize back to eBay, since eBay's messaging system also supports folders.
We suspect that most inkFrog users will find inkFrog's messaging tools far superior to those on eBay, and as a result, won't ever even notice—but it's worth a mention that if you create a new folder, then move messages into it, you'll see these changes also reflected in your eBay messaging area.
It's That Easy
And there you have it—folders in inkFrog. There really is nothing else to it!
This simple technique only takes seconds to learn, but can save you gobs of time down the road as you build up libraries of images, listings, and messages—eliminating the need for you to scroll or search through endless lists to find the items you're looking for.
Posted on November 19, 2018
You can end up with a lot of images, listings, and messages in your inkFrog account. Happily, inkFrog folders give you a way to keep them all organized with ease.
If you're an Amazon seller who's new to eBay, yet ready to start listing your inventory there, you'll soon find out that there's a difference between the two platforms that Amazon sellers often find uncomfortable.
When selling on Amazon, just by entering a product identifier you're often able to sell your product on an existing page that contains:
When you're used to a listing form that can be this simple, eBay's selling process can seem a bit overwhelming.
Product description and marketing data
On eBay, however, you need to enter these things yourself, for each product you sell, and it's often the last item that is the most challenging. Many Amazon sellers simply haven't had practice at writing marketing material about their inventory, and aren't sure what to say.
Is it really necessary to provide anything substantial in the eBay "Item Description" area? And if so, what on earth is left to be said after you've already provided photos, a product name or title, and detailed specifications in the item specifics area?
Yes—Do Spend Time On Your eBay Listings and Item Descriptions
Item descriptions aren't as essential as they once were for achieving any eBay success at all, but they still influence a significant number of sales. Listings with good item descriptions:
Are more likely to sell
Mean more informed purchasing decisions (and thus fewer returns and support issues)
Are one of the few ways to cross-promote your other products and listings on eBay
For these reasons, it's still always a good idea to create eBay item descriptions whenever you list product(s) for sale. In fact, it's always a good idea to pay attention to every part your your eBay listing—the title, item specifics, policies, and so on—even if you're in a hurry to just get your products listed.
After all, why put in all the time and effort to list your inventory on eBay just to earn fewer sales than you could have?
Yes, you are actually required to put something in this big, empty item description box.
This leads us to the more complicated question for many sellers new to eBay. How do you come up with good item descriptions—and good enhancements to the rest of your eBay listings, for that matter?
Here are some tips.
First, Start With inkFrog
First off, rather than simply typing unformatted text into an empty box on the eBay listing form, do yourself a favor and get inkFrog. This way, you'll:
Be able to bulk-import your Amazon inventory to save all the work of starting dozens of eBay listings, so that you can just focus on completing them by doing things like adding item descriptions
Have access to hundreds of designer eBay templates that make cross-promotion easy and turn the work that you do in creating item descriptions into a far nicer final result
Use Amazon Q&A items for item description topic and bullet inspiration.
You can customize inkFrog templates quickly and easily to brand them for your business and create holiday promotions, eliminating essentially all of the item description work beyond just figuring out to say in them.
Then, Use Your Amazon Product Pages for Inspiration
Once you've selected and customized inkFrog templates for your business, review a list of the things that make great eBay item descriptions so that you know more or less what you're shooting for in the end.
Then, scroll through the Amazon page for your product and use the following parts of the page as resources for creating your eBay item descriptions and for enhancing other parts of your eBay listings.
"From the manufacturer" area, if present. Amazon products can have informative, brochure-like areas as well in a few cases. Use these for ideas on some of the ways that brands have chosen to represent their products. You can't simply take their content and use it for your eBay listings, but you can piggyback on the market research that they've already done by emulating some of their talking points.
Customer questions and answers. If customers have asked questions on the Amazon product page, read through these and the answers that have been provided about them, particularly in the case of questions and/or answers that have been upvoted. Your eBay shoppers will likely have questions, too—and you can preemptively answer them in your item descriptions.
Use the "keyword cloud" above reviews in the same way.
Product reviews. Visit the reviews part of the page for the product and scan the top four- and five-star reviews. Enthusiastic customers are often great sources for positive product talking points that even manufacturers haven't considered.
Product reviews keyword cloud. Products that have been reviewed more frequently also include a "keyword cloud" that lists topics that have been mentioned in multiple reviews. These are key points that more than one customer has seen fit to mention—so it's a good idea to read through them and select key points or topics to mention in your eBay descriptions.
"Frequently bought together" and "Customers...also bought" lists. These areas on the Amazon product page make it easy to find cross-selling ideas for your eBay listings. If you have items like these in your inventory, use the cross-promotion areas in your inkFrog templates to link to them. If you don't have items like these in your inventory, now may be a great time to add them.
Product information. This "specs" area of the Amazon product page lists things like dimensions, weight, and basic features that are also generally included in the "item specifics" portion of the eBay listing form. It's often true, however, that the list of specifications shown on Amazon is larger and more detailed than the list of specifications that eBay generates as you select and list a product. If the Amazon list is more comprehensive, use the data in it to either add custom item specifics details to your listing or to create additional points for your item description content.
Use the "customers also..." lists to inform your cross-promotion efforts.
Best sellers rank. Amazon products that see a lot of sales also show sales rank information for the product—often for multiple categories. This useful information can provide hints about which eBay categories to use to sell the product, if it can potentially fit in multiple eBay categories. If the Amazon product is a top-ten seller in one category but only a top 200 seller in another category, take this information onboard and categorize your listing in similar ways on eBay.
Finally, once you've gone through all of this information, edit your eBay listing title and subtitle, if there's room, to mention one or two top highlights from the information you gathered—since on eBay you can include this kind of extra, most relevant marketing information in your titles.
Don't Copy Verbatim, Do Have Fun
As you step through the process outlined above, remember that you're never copying text or images verbatim from Amazon's product pages—that's a big no-no. Instead, you're using them as a guide for what to include, and as a resource to help you to create new text and images that covers similar ground.
Finally, flip the script on how you think about eBay item descriptions.
Coming from an Amazon background, it may at first seem onerous to have to create your own listings from scratch for every product you sell. But with inkFrog templates to remove the grunt work and Amazon product pages to help with research, try to instead see the opportunity involved.
eBay listings and item descriptions give you far more flexibility than Amazon does to stretch your legs and provide rich, compelling marketing to your customers.
So take advantage—and start to enjoy the sense that on eBay, you're able to speak to them in ways that you never have before—as well as the sense that your own efforts can now provide a far bigger competitive advantage than you've been accustomed to as an Amazon seller.
Posted on November 16, 2018
Listing your Amazon products on eBay and feeling daunted by eBay's listing complexity? Here are some tips to help.
When you sign up for inkFrog, you link an eBay account to your inkFrog account as a part of the registration process. But did you know that you can link several eBay accounts to a single inkFrog Professional, Unlimited, or Designer account?
You can! Inside your inkFrog account, visit "Settings" → "eBay accounts" and click the "Add eBay Account" button to begin the linking process.
Use "Settings" → "eBay accounts" → "Add eBay Account" to link additional eBay seller accounts.
You'll soon find that inkFrog is every bit as easy to use with several eBay accounts as it was with one eBay account.
The Benefits From Using Several eBay Accounts with One inkFrog Account
Why would anyone do this? Because it's a great option for many eBay businesses. Here are five of the most important benefits.
It makes running your eBay business much easier. Selling across several eBay accounts without inkFrog is a massive headache, requiring you to log in and out of each of your eBay accounts constantly in order to list, ship, create or edit policies, and so on.
Link all of your eBay accounts to one inkFrog account and you can suddenly do anything related to your eBay business, for any of your eBay IDs, in a single application. The savings in time and headaches are immense.
You can easily move products and listings between accounts. Many sellers use each eBay account as its own brand, and this means sometimes shifting listings from one account to another as strategies evolve. This is a huge, error-prone time sink; moving a single listing can take minutes. Moving ten can ruin a weekend.
With all of your eBay accounts connected to inkFrog, this becomes a simple task. End the listing under one account, then opt to relist it under another. It takes a few seconds to move one listing, and it also takes a few seconds to move a hundred or a thousand listings.
With inkFrog, moving listings between accounts—whether one at a time or in bulk—is a rapid process.
You can re-use your library of images, templates, and listings. Every image, template, or listing that you create or customize inside inkFrog can be quickly reused with any of the eBay accounts connected to your inkFrog account.
This means that all of the creative and marketing work that you do is multiplied—rather than having to do or upload your work again and again for each eBay login, you do it once and re-use it forever, right away, with any of your accounts.
Incoming orders and messages are each handled in a unified list. Without inkFrog, it's hard to stay up-to-minute on incoming orders and customer messages. If you're logged into and working on one account, you're not seeing what's happening on all the rest. You have to constantly visit them all, round-robin style, to stay current.
Link your accounts to inkFrog and you'll see all of your incoming orders in one list incorporating all of your eBay IDs. Messages, too—you can read and reply to all of your messages chronologically and seamlessly.
Imagine all of your messages and your metrics, for all of your accounts, in one place.
Better metrics that give you full totals. When you have multiple eBay accounts, it normally takes additional legwork to understand how your sales are going overall. You literally have to log into each account, pull out numbers, and then tally them yourself.
With inkFrog, you can see dashboard activity or analytics for all of your eBay accounts together, to get a clear picture of how your business is performing overall, without extra manual labor.
With this list of benefits, it's easy to see why most inkFrog users with several eBay accounts choose to link them all to inkFrog.
But How Does eBay Feel About It?
Every now and then we hear from a seller who wonders how eBay feels about sellers that have multiple eBay accounts and that link them all to inkFrog.
If you're one such seller, here are some facts to help clear the air:
eBay policies allow sellers to have and use multiple eBay seller accounts
For each account, you are expected to follow eBay rules and keep fee payments current
eBay wants sellers to succeed, and embraces tools that enable policy-compliant success
By linking multiple eBay accounts to your inkFrog Professional, Unlimited, or Designer subscription, you'll improve your ability to market and sell efficiently while also boosting your ability to provide timely and accurate customer service and order fulfillment.
What's not to love? If you're struggling to answer that question, it's probably time to get inkFrog now if you haven't already.
Posted on November 16, 2018
Have several eBay seller accounts? Have you linked them all to inkFrog? If not, you're missing out on serious advantages.
Bike Spares Australia has been using inkFrog for the last three years:
"We have been selling on eBay since 2006. We started using inkFrog around 3 years ago with great results. inkFrog has stream lined the listing process for us, making it quick and hassle free."
- Mark Tyck
Bike Spares Australia has almost 6,000 bike parts and accessories listed on eBay:
You can visit Bike Spares Australia here:
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