Has anyone figured out a work around on how to add vehicle compatibility in BULK to M2E Pro?
Going to each individual listing and selecting years makes and models is inefficient, especially for anyone selling on Ebay motors. When you have 10,000 listings, it’s pretty impossible to do it this way.
I’ve reached out to M2E on this, but they just don’t seem to get that the way they are doing this is ridiculous and makes this solution not workable for larger Ebay sellers in the motors category.
Our competitors using Channel Advisor are killing us right now because they can send their compatibilities in bulk by simply including year make model in their item specifics. Formatted properly, Ebay takes this data and automatically converts it to a compatibility chart in the product listing.
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Channel Advisor uses DCI data which is hopelessly faulty and DCI charges an additional sales % on sales generated via Channel Advisor for the same data you can get from them for free (with manufacturer permission). Part of the problem is that eBay’s system is not 100% adherent to industry standards, so manufacturer data, DCI data, or SEMA Co-Op data which is in the ACES standard doesn’t match 100% to eBay’s system. It is much much better now then 2 years ago but will never be 100% because eBay for expediency will put a lot of important ACES information (such as engine codes, emissions standards, etc.) into “Notes”, which is often not read by buyers. To be on the real safe side, on eBay you almost have to put any exceptions or notes into the body of the listing, which if you are doing big bulk uploads can get very difficult.
You can establish a text area in Magento to bring into M2E Pro the EPID codes from the the eBay MVL (Master vehicle list). To some extend I believe you are better off keeping an offline database with the current eBay MVL and try to match manufacturer data to that MVL. The you export the EPID numbers from your offline database into Magento using the SKUs it matched. I had started to work on this process and had basic system working until we decided to stick more to engine parts which do not require the use of compatibility for eBay sales. For a couple of the other brands we just use the eBay provided compatibility for those parts, even if there are mistakes. You can export the eBay compatibility codes (ironically called EPID too and not to be confused with vehicle EPIDs….) from a parts lookup they have and then import that EPID number into Magento to pass to M2E Pro to update your listings with those compatibilities. That is the fast, easy, and least accurate method, but if you are looking for quantity vs quality on product lines you sell that are represented in the eBay catalog, it works.
Here are some eBay resources if you are not aware:
I don’t caps are required, but aren’t they all numbers anyway, at least in automotive they are. Text Area is what you need to be able to have enough space, otherwise the text length will cut you off pretty quickly.
Thanks again for helping.
I was wondering about the field name itself if it needed to be EPID or epid or ePID to get it over.
I don’t seem to be able to pass the epid text field over. M2E gives me an error that I’m over the 65 character limit (the attribute is setup as a text area) when I attempt to include the field into the item specifics.
Let me know what you think I might be doing wrong here.
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