It’s the first article in our series of M2E Pro user guide in which we will show you how to import your live eBay listing correctly and things to take care while doing so.
Before migrating to M2e Pro or listing new products directly from Magento with M2E PRO module, it becomes necessary to first import the existing eBay listing from your account which you might have listed manually or with use of any other third-party tool.
Two reasons why you should import existing live listing
First, your old listings have purchase history and customer feedback which is extremely important to maintain the future sales and In order to not to lose those listing, it is mandatory that you import those listing instead of creating a new one.
Second, in order to manage the stock and orders from Magento for imported listing, it is necessary to first import the live listing and map it with the actual product in Magento, which is explained later in detail.
- Import the live listing
- Map the eBay listing with Magento Products keep in mind all the information mentioned as key requirement below
- Create M2E PRO Listings that have original eBay Shipping, payment, return policy and eBay categories & item specifies.
- Move the Imported listing to M2E PRO Listing and revise the original listing
Key Requirement of Importing the eBay Listing Successfully
Your eBay SKU Should Match with Product SKU in Magento
As you know, each of your eBay listings will have unique SKU which works as an identifier of the item so you can ship the right item purchased by the customer.
Once you import your eBay listing to M2E PRO as third party listing, you require mapping each listing with the similar product in Magento. For that, you need to specify eBay SKU in product SKU field of the Magneto.
If you have limited products say 40 to 50, you can actually map the eBay listing with Magento product manually by selecting from the list.
eBay Listing & Magento Product Must Be Same
One thing you need to take care that the product you are mapping with your eBay listing should be ideal.
For example, if you have eBay listing of HP 14” black laptop with model no HPPV124, there should be a matching Magento product which you are supposed to map.
If you would map the wrong product, there will be conflict and you would list or revise the product which will be different from original eBay listing.
Special Care for Variation Style Listing
If you have variation style listing on eBay, there should be a similar configurable product in Magento.
In other words, the product attribute in a configurable product in Magento must match with the eBay listing and should have the same associate product which is present as variation in original eBay listing including the variation name as well.
For example, if you have an eBay listing of cotton Socks with yellow, black and white color as a variation, there should be a configurable product in Magneto which should have Yellow, Black and White color socks as an associated product.
Furthermore, product SKU of a configurable product must match with custom SKU of each variation in eBay.
Taking Care of eBay Product Description
Once you map the eBay listing with Magento product, by default the product description in Magento will be exported to eBay listing on next revise or as a result of synchronization.
If you want to keep existing eBay description that you have added manually on eBay, you need to copy that description from live eBay listing and store it on some product attribute In Magento.
In other words, you need to create an additional Magento attribute and store the original product description HTML from eBay into this attribute and in description policy, retrieve the data from this attribute instead of original
product description. This will also help in keeping different product description for Magento and your eBay listing.
If you won’t store the original eBay description, on next revise, the product description from Magento will be displayed in your eBay listing by default.
In our next series, we will explain how to set-up custom product description into M2E PRO for your eBay listing.
Create Shipping, Payment, Return, Description and Price, quantity and format policy same as used in live eBay listing
If you want to keep the same policies used in your original eBay listing, you need to create different policies that match with policies used in your eBay listing.
As M2E PRO doesn’t import the existing eBay policies, first we need to create the policies and use those policies for revising the product.
We will explain this in detail in our third series of M2E PRO user guide “Creating eBay Policies from M2E PRO”.
Creating a M2E PRO Listing Using Policies Used In above step
For synchronizing the live eBay listing with your Magento product, you need to move the imported listing into M2E
PRO listing and need to revise the listing from M2E PRO for final synchronization of stock and other information.
So, once you create all the M2E PRO listing according to the type or eBay listing you have ( Fixed price or Auction Price), eBay Categories and other item specifics, you can move the imported listing to these new M2E PRO listing and revise the items.
In our next article, we will explain each step in detail with necessary screenshots so have an exact idea of what requires to be done.
Stay tuned with us for next article in the series.