Tuesday, September 29, 2015

How to Easily Import Your Etsy Items Into Shopify

How to Easily Import Your Etsy Items Into Shopify | MamaBleu.com

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! 

Today I'll be walking you through the process, one step at a time. 

1 | BACK UP YOUR INFORMATION FIRST


You've worked hard to create your current Etsy listing photos and descriptions so it's important 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. 


2 | 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 Manager Icon at the top right of your shop page. Click on 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.



3 | IMPORT YOUR CSV FILE INTO SHOPIFY 


The 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!!


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4 | 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 open 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. 

Tutorial on how to easy import your etsy items into your shopify shop

I've heard from so may Etsy sellers who feel that opening a shop on Shopify is too overwhelming. Actually, I think the THOUGHT of it is much more overwhelming than anything else.

What questions or concerns do you have about creating your own shop on Shopify?

14 comments:

  1. Nice post. I learned some new information. Thanks for sharing.


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  2. Thank you! I'm just setting up my new Shopify page and working on importing my etsy items.

    Also, your work is really pretty!

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    1. Thank you Jenny. I'm glad you found it helpful. Good luck with your shop setup!

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  3. so, so, so helpful!! thank you kindly :)

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    1. I'm so glad this post was helpful for you Lisa!

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  4. Thank you! Saved me tons of time. I appreciated your post immensely!

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    1. Thank you for your feedback! I'm glad this helped you!!

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  5. Great article, Laura! I'm wondering if all your Etsy tags populated correctly, or did you have to go in and re-do them? What about any drop-down menus (ex, color or size)? Did they configure correctly? I'm still quite hesitant to try this for fear I'll have so much cleanup to do and it will actually take me longer to list than it would have if I had just started fresh.

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    1. These are great questions Gloria. Since I have chosen not to add all of my listings from Etsy to Shopify, I have not experienced the things you are concerned about (drop down menus, etc). I made the personal choice to add fresh photos and descriptions to my Shopify listings but I've heard back from so many readers that this process has saved them so much time. I hope that helps.

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    2. Thanks so much for your reply! I'm still on the fence about doing this and would love to hear more from your readers about their process, but as you said, I'm glad that Shopify gives us the opportunity to hide these until we're ready to publish. Good to know! :)

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  6. Hi There,

    Do you keep your items listed on both shops, or keep them separate? I'd love to have all items available in both places, but imagine that could lead to some tricky sales issues....

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    1. Thanks a great question! If your items are custom listings it is easy to list them in both shops. For those one-of-a-kind items it would be best to make a choice as to where you want to sell them....preferably where you get the most traffic. I hope that answers your question!

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