If you are an Etsy shop owner with at least a couple of pages of items, the thought of opening a Shopify shop and transferring all of your products over may feel like an overwhelming task. There is a much easier way to do this other than entering all the data one listing at a time. You can easily import them with just a few steps!
BACKING UP YOUR INFORMATION
Whether or not you are happy with your current Etsy listing photos and descriptions, it is still valuable and helpful to backup your information into a CSV file. If something were to happen to your shop, either your choice or not, this file will collect all your information as a backup and the process only takes a few minutes.
I suggest that you do this a couple of times a year even if you don't intend to transfer them. You've invested a lot of time in creating your listings so this will ensure that you don't lose any of this valuable information.
HOW TO CREATE A CSV FILE FROM ETSY
You’ve probably stumbled upon the page where this is found and not even known it. There are several resources available in the back end of our Etsy shop that get overlooked. Clicking around and taking a look at some of them may answer some questions you've had for a long time.
To find the download location simply click on your Shop Icon for the drop down menu to appear. Click on SHOP SETTINGS > OPTIONS > DOWNLOAD DATA tab. Easy peasy!
Referring to the “Currently for Sale Listings” box, click on the blue download button and click OK when the download prompt box appears.
IMPORT YOUR CSV FILE INTO SHOPIFYThe navigation menu for Shopify is fairly easy to understand. Since this import file is for your products, you will find the link in the PRODUCT section of your Admin Page.
Once on your product page you’ll notice three choices in the top right corner - Export, Import, Add a Product. You’ll need to click the IMPORT button and a box will pop up asking you to browse for the file that you want to import.
As I walked through these steps myself for the first time I kept wondering if I was really doing things right. I was comforted to know that Shopify understands that. Once I clicked on the Etsy file for downloading another box popped up and asked if this file (showing me a preview) looked familiar. Phew…..I did it right!!
EDITING YOUR IMPORTED INFORMATION
Another thing I was hesitant about was showing all my Etsy information on this brand new website without double checking that it all looked good. Well Shopify makes that easy too. While you are still on the PRODUCT page you can check the box of all the newly imported products. This will then activate a menu with a “bulk actions” option. By clicking “hide selected products” your customers will not be able to see any of these listings until you are ready to make them available.
I appreciate finding out tips that are time saving and make it easier for me to handle the daily tasks of keeping my business running smoothly. If you are have a shop on Etsy & Shopfiy and have any business tips that help you I'd love to hear about them!