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M2E specifics mapping when

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October 2, 2015 - 8:32 pm
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Just getting setup with M2E for the first time. I’m having a bit of trouble with assigning specifcs. If anyone could clarify this issue for me it’d be much appreciated :-)

What I want to acheive:
1) Staff create products (I have ~30 attribute sets created with 1:1 relationship to eBay categories)
a) designate the eBay category via an attribute
2) Assign the products the ‘Completed – Awaiting Upload’ Magento category once they’ve been checked over
3) I use a single M2E listing group to add products…
a) Use auto-rule to add items from the ‘Completed – Awaiting Upload’ category
b) At the same time have the auto-rule set the eBay category (and store categories) using the attribute
c) Have M2E pro automatically map the specifics using the right scheme for that item type (attribute set)

I’m a bit unsure about what to do at stage 3c). Having instructed M2E to take the eBay category from the attribute, the specifics page that comes next is blank (first attached image). This seems fair enough since the eBay category is variable (based on a variable value attribute) so there will be multiple specifics mappings, one for each eBay category that is used by at least one item added to the listing group.

But I’m unsure then how/where too I do the mapping in the first place. If I create another listing group and manually assign it a single, specific category I can map the specifcs to my attributes for that category. Furthermore this mapping is saved and can be viewed/edited in the M2E configuration.

does this then mean I have to create 30 or so reduntant listing groups just to establish the mapping for each eBay category in the first palce? If so, will M2E continue to remember these mappings even if I subsequently delete the dummy listing groups used to create them? And is this going to successfully match the right specifics to my products even though I’m seeing the empty mapping at the time of adding them to the listing group? Alternatively is there some menu I’m missing (outside of the listing group creation/addition stage) where you can tell M2E what categories you intend to use and how they should map specifics to attributes?

Many thanks,



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October 3, 2015 - 6:46 pm
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Okay I’ve spent the day trying to do this. I’ve come to the conclusion that…

Not possible [as far I can tell]
Add products from a single Magento category to a single M2E listing which auto splits them over different eBay categories (as per their ‘Category #’ attribute) getting the specifics mapping right each time.

Possible [and essentially the method shown in the ‘Automatic Actions with M2E Pro Part 1/2′ videos]
Add products from multiple Magento categories (mirroring the eBay categories) to a single M2E listing which auto splits them over different eBay categories (as per their Magento category) getting the specifics mapping right each time.

The reason this second approach initally seemed unappealing is that I don’t want items to be auto listed purely when they are dropping into a monitored eBay-mirroring magento category as I need to look them over first. However I have found that when you tick multiple Magento categories as part of the same auto add to listing rule, it uses AND logic rather than OR (which I assumed was the case). So its possible to ensure that an item has been checked by adding a requirement that it be in a ‘Checked – All Good To Go’ category as well as a relevant item type category.

Worth knowing! Thanks guys for the vids, doing a great job.


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