Currently, I’m still on M1 and I’m looking at all the options to make my life easier when listing to Amazon and eBay (minefield)
For Amazon, I did a product file upload months ago and have slowly just been removing items as they have changed rather than updating them. (I really find Amazon data sheets tedious). For eBay, I use Inkfrog which is a great little platform for the price
As of right now I sell high ticket items, average cart value is £700, BUT I seriously want to expand (or at least have the option to) the product range in future, maybe into selling a lot of lower ticket items
To try and simplify the whole process, so far I’ve used:
Expandly – (awful) apparently they are a little better lately and I tried them maybe 18 months ago, but the platform was unusable.
‘boostmyshop’ – extension which didn’t work at all, just threw up a load of errors and didn’t even update ‘matched’ products already on Amazon and the support just shrugged their shoulders and said ‘they had no idea of the reason why’
Channel Advisor and the higher prices options are out of my league, as is maybe M2Epro as turn over is at around £500-600K per year so it takes it to silly pricing
I’m not trying to do things on the cheap just I think some of the big boys that offer the POS, the multi-warehouse, the shipping API’s and all the rest seem to think that because you sell on more than one platform you must be ‘rolling in it’ or a big player. I’m looking for a good option for a small business that’s looking to expand
Linnworks is one I’m really interested in and have heard good things about
I’ve also now heard that M2 will have the integration built into it natively soon as well. I spent thousands on M1 and extensions and development, (why oh why cant it be like wordpress and just have a rolling update?)
Features I need are:
Product sync and bulk upload to platforms – update
Possible different pricing on platforms (Amazon commissions is a bitch)
One thing Linnworks (i believe is to automaticaly update stock from a dropbox location) this would be good as we get these from our dropship suppliers. You just have to ‘map’ the fields – the shipping service API might be good also
So I have the dilemma of,
A) do I go to Linnworks and stick with M1
B) Migrate to M2 and hope the native solution is good
C) Migrate to M2 and use one of the 3rd party solutions that might be better
D) pay a freelancer to take care of the product sheet, the upkeep and the stock levels from the dropship suppliers?
E) a combination of the above
Any help on all the abouve would be great as I’mm really lost on this and as you know you need to put so much effort into any of the above directions I need to get it right first time
Every expert was once a beginner
I’ve gone with Linnworks and so far so good………. Still in the process of setting things up but the deeper I go the more it looks like the one, which is great as on the face of it, its not the most complex tool, even though its not the easiest to set up (UI is not very intuitive) but what at first looks simple is actually quite capable.
It is still expensive but cheaper than M2E for the what we do, as we have higher ticket priced items
I did try one of the extensions from boostmyshop and although the support team where great it is just never going to be the best solution if you are serious
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