Linking Existing eBay listings

Existing eBay listings can be managed by Codisto LINQ but they need to be ‘mapped’ to your ecommerce platform products first. 

Codisto LINQ doesn’t create products on your ecommerce platform for you but you may be able to use an import app, which may be found on the app marketplaces for the supported ecommerce platforms.

Once the products exist in your ecommerce platform, navigate to the the 'Link eBay Listing' view to map the products.  
 
Sales history and ‘best match’ is retained when mapping existing listings.  Once mapped, products are “enabled” and linked. Any changes to these products will change eBay listings automatically.  (All changes to eBay listings for enabled products must be done in Codisto LINQ because any changes made to listings directly on eBay will get overwritten with the settings in Codisto LINQ!)

To map:

1) Navigate to the 'Link eBay Listing' view

2) You will then be presented with a grid that contains your current active eBay listings that are currently not managed by Codisto LINQ

3) Browse or filter by a column to select listings you would like to map. You can then click the "Map" button on a single listing, or select two or more rows to multi-edit and map multiple listings.

Once you have selected item(s) to map, you can choose a product in your catalogue that will be used to control the listing:

Search or browse to choose a product to map.

You can then choose whether to use Codisto's grid settings (controlled in the "Manage Listings" section) or the current settings against the eBay listing in the next dropdown.

NOTE: if you want to continue to use any setting from the eBay listing e.g. Shipping, Returns, Description, Price, Quantity, Title, Category, Item Specifics you MUST choose "current listing configuration".  That will set the values in the Codisto grid to those values but UNLINKED from your ecommerce platform i.e. not synced.  You can then set any values you want to be linked e.g. Price, Inventory, Title etc. and synced to your ecommerce platform values by bulk editing in the grid.  (see Important considerations after linking below).  You cannot 'Link eBay Listings' with a mixture of existing eBay settings AND Codisto settings in one go - you must do it is 2 stages, using "current listing configuration" first.

Use the "Result" column to review what will happen before committing your changes at the top of the XpressGrid.

You will then be presented with a screen outlining the results of your import.

Choose to either import more listings by clicking OK or jump to the Manage Listings XpressGrid.

Important considerations after linking

After linking, you need to think about what to do with Price, Title and Description once your listings have been linked.

If you chose "current listing configuration" when linking (which is useful for keeping Shipping/returns/categories etc. values on the eBay listings) then Price, Title and Description are set as constant or 'hard-coded values'.  They are not initially set to be synced with your ecommerce platform.  (We do this because you have chosen 'current listing configuration' and we can't be sure that the values on eBay and your ecommerce platform are the same.  If we simply assumed they were the correct values then we would inadvertently overwrite values on eBay that some merchants may want to keep in place.  Hence you are required to set them to sync with your ecommerce platform after linking (with your ecommerce platform acting as the source of truth). 

eBay Price

If you want the eBay price to be driven from your website, you need to bulk edit the eBay price to use the operator "web price".

eBay Title

If you want to have your product name from your ecommerce platform synced to your eBay title then you need to bulk edit the title field to: {name}  (you can see the result by clicking customize grid and adding the eBay title result column to the grid).

eBay Description

If you chose Use current listing configuration when mapping the listing, the following will have happened:

1) The full eBay description of the listing will load into the Description field
2) The template is set to imported, which tells Codisto LINQ to render the description as is

If you want to have your description field from your ecommerce platform synced to your eBay description then you need to bulk edit the description field to {description} then set the Template column to default (read on for information about preserving your design).

You can filter the Template column on imported to find all the listings that have yet to be updated.

eBay hasn't done a good job of architecting their description field and doing this will use our default template with your written product description from your ecommerce platform.  Unfortunately, it is not possible to use your existing eBay template, if you have one, with your ecommerce platform description in this way (due to the combined HTML way eBay serves it to us via API).

There is a way to achieve linking existing eBay listings, using your ecommerce platform description with a custom template:

Use your website description (per above bulk edit method of {description}) and edit your template using our guidelines (requires your template in HTML and our 'tags' to be used - see Template editing Magento or Template editing Shopify or Template editing WooCommerce