06/30/2020 at 7:54 pm #78940TooMuchCoffeeParticipant
- Location: MI
I did a search and saw that Jay and Ryanne use InkFrog to backup their eBay listings and I thought about doing the same thing. I am currently at 700 listings and worry about eBay some how losing them. How many of you use some sort of backup/cloud system to save your eBay listings?
I looked into SixBit, but I use a Mac, which doesn’t appear to be compatible.
Thanks for your feedback!
06/30/2020 at 8:41 pm #78941
Be interested what other people say.
I know a handful here use Sixbit, but as you say, its PC only. Sixbit also requires you to host your own database locally.
We use macs so Inkfrog seemed the only choice. But it also hosts the database in the cloud which is nice. Our eBay store sync automatically so we always have a backup. Its worth the $10 or so we pay each month.
06/30/2020 at 8:49 pm #78942TooMuchCoffeeParticipant
- Location: MI
Thanks for the reply Jay! It appears it will cost me about $19 a month to get the service, if I am reading it correctly. I will most likely get the service. Losing 700 listings would be devastating.
06/30/2020 at 9:25 pm #78943
We’ve sold for ten years and haven’t lost listings, let alone our entire store. But I guess like insurance, it’s worth it if it helps you sleep at night.
We originally did it so we could merge two stores together (it worked well).
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06/30/2020 at 10:07 pm #78945soniaParticipant
- Location: Northeast US
Does InkFrog serve as a back up for photos as well?
07/01/2020 at 8:04 am #78949
Yes, it imports and saves everything including the photos.
10/03/2021 at 1:28 am #93354JoeParticipant
Hi, Jay, are you guys still using inkfrog? I’m giving it a try just for listings backup for $30 seems a little steep, yet again if anything goes haywire with eBay (which does so more than not) it would actually be a very small price to pay for a backup. We currently have 5100 listings up.
10/03/2021 at 8:48 am #93357
Yes, we still use Inkfrog and love it since it backs up all our listings in real time. It’s a small price to pay for security. Its pretty user friendly. We like it because its cloud based, vs other systems that make you maintain a database on your own computer.
10/03/2021 at 8:11 am #93355Mark SParticipant
I use Wonderlister. Probably not as good as Sixbit, but it is much cheaper. I pay $10 a month and could not do without it. It has all of my ebay data since March 2017. I use it for my weekly, monthly and annual numbers. I also use it for my taxes. I have also written custom SQL server code for the database that helps.
10/03/2021 at 4:55 pm #93366ZachParticipant
- Location: Kansas City
I use SixBit with the Enterprise Duo plan ($120/month). This plan allows me to cross-post to both eBay and Etsy, and then it manages that inventory on both platforms (if an item sells on one platform, it automatically ends it on the other). It doesn’t take a ton of extra work to cross-post items and by adding Etsy to the mix, I don’t have all my eggs in the eBay basket. My sales on Etsy have more than paid for my SixBit subscription.
Beyond just having a backup of my listings and photos, Sixbit also has inventory tracking features that have really helped my efficiency. I input the storage location of each item in Sixbit when I create the listing. When I’m ready to ship out sold items, I can print a “Pick List” that shows me exactly where to find each item that sold. I used to try to do the same thing with an Excel spreadsheet, and this is way easier.
The main downsides of SixBit: 1) It’s Windows only. 2) It’s not a cloud-based system. It is all run from your PC 3) It takes a bit to get used to the program and make any customizations you need (for example, for the way I track inventory, I had to create some custom fields).
If all you are looking for is having your listings and photos backed up on another service, you might just put them on Bonanza or Truegether for free rather than paying for something. I would only pay for a service if it provides other useful features beyond backup.
SixBit does have a 30 day trial. If you decide to try it out, here’s my referral link: https://www.sixbitsoftware.com/clients/aff.php?aff=369
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