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Category Attributes and Mapping Custom Attributes to Item Specifics
Alex Lockey
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January 26, 2014 - 9:34 pm
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Hi,

I’ve set up attributes for eBay and store categories. When I move on from the category selection screen within M2EPro I hit the Specifics entry page. Instead of having suggestions from M2EPro, I don’t have anything as I’ve assigned a custom attribute for the eBay category;

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Does anyone know how I would then map my custom attributes to my item specifics?

Thanks!

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Matthew Ogborne

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January 27, 2014 - 8:41 am
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Hi Alex,

That screen looks odd as you don’t have a category assigned on the left. I’m guessing this is because it’s come from a Magento attribute?

If that’s the case I think that M2E Pro has not picked up the value and you’ll need to use the “Add Custom Specific” button in the bottom right and add them in manually.

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Alex Lockey
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January 27, 2014 - 9:12 am
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Hi Matt,

I thought that was what was happening. So does that mean that is no way to import custom attributes for both category and item specifics? Or, should I say you can but then the item specifics become redundant due to M2EPro not picking up the category IDs from your attribute?

Cheers

Alex

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Matthew Ogborne

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January 27, 2014 - 9:24 am
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Hi Alex,

It looks like M2EPro isn’t picking up the category ID, which would explain the blank screen. Maybe worth making sure that the category ID is correct (no spaces and is the same as it no eBay) and trying again?

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Alex Lockey
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January 27, 2014 - 10:27 am
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Hi Matt,

I’ve just tried a few different categories (with different item specific ranges, e.g. archery>arrows (36097) and american football>helmets (21222)) with the same result?

Alex

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Matthew Ogborne

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January 27, 2014 - 11:07 am
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Hi Alex,

Ah it is the case then. That would be a feature request over to M2E and for the interim (assuming that they add it) you’ll need to set the eBay item specifics using the add custom item specifics button.

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Alex Lockey
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January 27, 2014 - 11:25 am
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OK great thanks for looking at it anyway!

In your opinion, in the interim, better to add category or item specifics via Magmi import? Just wondering if the exacting nature of item specifics makes them a better option to add to a locked spreadsheet rather than entering via custom value every time?

Cheers

Alex

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Matthew Ogborne

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January 28, 2014 - 9:12 am
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Hi Alex,

Personally I’d go with the spreadsheet approach, it’s easier to manage updates then (for me anyway).

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Alex Lockey
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February 3, 2014 - 3:36 pm
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Hi Matt,

Definitely using a spreadsheet to list, my question was more whether to use the import to load categories or item specifics?

M2E Pro just confirmed that item specifics will not be shown if you set the category from an attribute. You have to specify the item specifics manually if you set the category from attribute. Not sure whether or not it will be a future improvement.

Cheers

Alex

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Matthew Ogborne

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February 3, 2014 - 5:31 pm
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Howdy Alex,

That’s a tricky one to answer, as there are benefits to both ways.

For example, if you load up using their categories, then adding in the item specifics is easy as it’ll be a drop down list, however loading them from the product without M2E Pro checking back and looking at the category number means you’ll need to manually add in the item specifics.

Basically you have to do the same task, just one route means you don’t know what the suggested eBay Item Specifics are and relies on you more to know what to add.

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