12/10/2016 at 11:01 am #7760Brandon@HTCOParticipant
I am considering trying out some type of listing software. I have a friend that uses Auction Wizard 2000 and they talk about how easy it is to list with this program. I have found several others that range in price and function.
Is there anyone who uses this type of software and if so what are your suggestions/experiences?
I know this has been discussed before, but after searching through the topics I cannot find a thread with any information.
12/10/2016 at 12:07 pm #7763
I use Inkfrog. I’ve been with them forever, so I’m grandfathered into a plan that’s only $10 a month. Not even sure what the going rate is currently. They have two tiers and I’m in the Inkfrog Classic one. It’s been so long since I listed through Ebay that I can’t comment on whether or not it’s markedly easier to do a listing. What I love about it is that I can have an unlimited number of listing “profiles” with pre-filled information. I have one for just about every category I list in. Also, if you save your listing to the “library” after launching, it’s saved forever. I have library folders for each year. You can also stow listings in a library folder to bring out seasonally. Right now, all my spring/summer listings that didn’t sell this past season are stored to easily launch next spring.
You can also list with multiple ID’s on the same account. I have another ID that I use to list stuff that I personally owned and didn’t buy for resale as well as the few items I list here and there for friends. Basically, stuff that doesn’t need to be included in my income for taxes.
12/11/2016 at 6:36 am #7787
So I understand correctly, Inkfrog lets you list on different stores? plus you could make accounts for an employee to list without access to all your important info?
12/11/2016 at 7:25 am #7791
Yes, you can list in different stores from one account. I actually thought about suggesting that you guys look into this when Ryanne was discussing trying to consolidate your two stores into one without redoing all the listings, but I’m not positive that it would do what you needed it to do. I have to head out right now, but when I return I can give some more information on how I think it would work in that situation.
No first-hand knowledge regarding your second question, although I read here recently that it worked for that.
12/11/2016 at 9:24 am #7802
Okay, I’m back and did a little research. The Inkfrog Classic plan isn’t open to new registrants anymore as they’re trying to phase it out at some point, so the only thing now available is Inkfrog Open.
The Inkfrog Open Professional plan ($18 month) limits you to 1,500 listings and two store ID’s. Jay, since you guys have so many listings, you’d need to do the unlimited plan ($29 month) which gives you an unlimited number of listings and an unlimited number of stores. It also offers “Staff Accounts”, which looks like what you’d use for employees.
After researching, it looks like Inkfrog would definitely be able to handle combining both your store listings into one store, although you’d have to bulk end all of your listings on the second store before being able to bulk relaunch them under the new ID. There’s a global tool (similar to Ebay’s bulk listing) and one of the tool’s options is “Ebay ID”.
The Inkfrog subscription is month to month, so if you haven’t come up with another method to combine your stores, it might be worthwhile to pay the $29 for one month, even if it’s solely for the purpose of combining all your listings into one store, though there’d be a learning curve, of course. I’d be happy to help Ryanne any way I can, although since I’m still using Classic, I can’t guarantee that I’d have all the answers. Maybe another one of your listeners is already an Inkfrog Open user.
On the rare occasion when I’ve had an issue with Inkfrog, their email customer service has been knowledgeable and quick to respond. There’s also a help forum. There is no phone support, though.
12/12/2016 at 5:48 am #7832
I really appreciate the info. It’s especially good to hear that you’re a user and enjoy the software. That’s most important to know it works.
I’m going to look into it and see if it would be worth the $29/month.
12/12/2016 at 8:56 am #7841
Jay, I have posted numerous times to this type of topic over the last year. Please go to the WonderLister.com web site and check them out. If you have any questions shoot an email to them and you will get an answers within a very short time. I did a post [will see if I bookmarked it] earler this year or end of last year which outlined everything I do with WonderLister. Tons of reports, financials, listings, everything Ebay allows and more. My wife works in the Template area I created for her downstairs while I work on other listings and submissions to ebay and photos upstairs. On the Wonderlister.com web site there is a chart that shows what all it can do. But I invite you to check it out. Plus they have a Trial period, everything in your stores will import into the program. Give it a look see. mike at MDC Galleries in Atlanta
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12/12/2016 at 9:23 am #7844
Jay: Found some of my old posts on WonderLister from back around May of 2016. So to make some of that data available to new members and also searchable in this new forum format I am posting so spliced information from a much longer thread and follow-up discussions on listing software.
I spent over 3 years using TurboLister and all that while was always looking for something better. tried several through the years and WL just blows all of them away. It took years to find. These are the same management team that built BlackThorn for Ebay. They were on Ebay’s Payroll for years. Then Ebay left TurboLister long ago, then several years ago, stopped there financial interest in BlackThorn [which Ebay offered prior to SMP] and abandoned the Blackthorn team. I found them by chance about a year and a half ago and they had formed this new company and built WonderLister. It is TurboLister and Blacktorn all rolled into one then shot up with Steroids.
There are just so many good things that WonderLister does that I would do it an injustice to try to remember them all and list here, but here is a bullet list.
Why Wonder Lister?
Save money by preparing and saving your listings in advance, then, submit to eBay during free listing promotions
Customizable data export is suitable for import into any eCommerce website around the world such as Amazon, Etsy, etc.
Twitter Integration boosts your sales as your listings receive extra exposure through social networking websites
Stores all your data on your local network for as long as you want
World class technical support – at absolutely no cost to you!
Subscriptions start at just $10 per month!
Cassini friendly, which results in greater visibility of your listings in eBay searches
Covers every aspect of your online business – from creating listings to managing orders to leaving feedback
Ultra fast performance – 300,000 listings show up in the grid in under 10 seconds! Competitive products take as much as 28 minutes on the same hardware.
Works on most Windows platforms – Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 / 2012, Windows 10,
Features you don’t get on eBay
Social media marketing and submission to Twitter automatically from WonderLister
Handle Multiple stores [accounts] and automatically synch between them.
State by state tax information for tax time
Permanent emaill, home address and phone numbers of every one of your customers
Reach additional buyers using social networks. Wonder Lister is fully integrated with Twitter, so, you can tweet your eBay listing on your twitter account(s).
Create listing, listing templates and sales views to display focussed information. For example, an active listing view, an ended listing view, an ended – unsold listings view, etc.
Create a master listing and bulk duplicate, edit each duplicated listing in Simple Editor and submit all at once to eBay!
Powerful Search Capability
While eBay allows you to search by a few pre-defined fields, Wonder Lister allows you to choose one and more fields to search.
Export your data to Amazon/Etsy
Export your templates and listings as a flat file. All columns as well as their names are fully customizable. Thus, you can create your export data files such that they can be directly imported in Amazon, Etsy, and other merchant sites.
Allows you to define your own fields for Listings and Sales. The values entered in such fields can also be used in creating eBay’s description!
Customizable Invoice Template
Customize how you want your invoice to look, and use custom fields in the template, if you’d like.
Multiple eBay accounts
Add as many eBay User IDs to Wonder Lister as you wish. Wonder Lister’s is capable of showing all your listings and sales for all user IDs together or by a specific User ID.
Keep your data on your computer for as long as you want! One year, two years, however long, it’s your call.
Excel style editing
Edit your listing inside the grid they are displayed in, similar to an Excel spreadsheet.
User defined folders
Create your own folders and sub folders at any level. Define your own criteria for which listings (or sales) should automatically be displayed when you click on the folder.
I can create as many templates for as many different categories as I want and save for as long as I want
I can create as many drafts as I want and again they will save for as long as you want.
You can create different named folders to store your templates and drafts in like Women’s Shoees, Men’s Jewelry, clocks, plates, you just have no limits with this database with regards to drafts and templates and their storage.
Customize different views so you can see your data in many different ways. Save and name those views so at the click of a button you can view your sales, inventory, fees, COGS, Active, sold listings any way you want and with as many various columns as you want..
So, WonderLister can do a ton of stuff and if you want things a little different, shoot an email to tech support and they will change or add your suggestions very quickly. I have had them make changes to their program to accomodate us Ebay Unique, One of Kind Sellers and they have done it in a quick time frame. Sort of like they customized the program to fit my needs.
Here is their web site. You can also call these guys, they list a contact phone number which is darn near impossible on other venues. http://www.wonderlister.com/
Their phone number: (1) 408-471-6886
So now hopefully all this data will be searchable and available to members who are interested in using more powerful listings tools.
Hope this provides some alternatives to those members interested in such.
Mike at MDC Galleries in Atlanta
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12/12/2016 at 9:54 am #7852shortandstoutParticipant
- Location: Central Pennsylvania
Mike – Is this just Windows based or is the download Mac friendly as well?
12/12/2016 at 10:02 pm #7942
It is a Windows based program. It is a very powerful relational database and runs on MicroSoft’s SQL [Structured Query Language .. SQL stands for Structured Query Language. SQL is used to communicate with a database. According to ANSI (American National Standards Institute), it is the standard language for relational database management systems.] This and other good information is on their web site’s FAQ page along with other Tabs and Screen Shots. This program can do so much it is just hard to cover everything in any type of synopsis.
At $25 per month I believe it is the most powerful, flexible, comprehensive program out there for the price. I have previewed programs that can do what WonderLister does but at a cost of over $100 and even more per month. I have learned how to program it by setting up my own rules to create my own inventory system like I used to have in Turbo Lister. And ways to handle all of my templates [about 75 different templates] in various category specific folders. I can sort filter, view any way want and it also handles financal matters also. but it is not an accounting program like our Quickbooks and Quicken programs. mike in Atlanta
12/13/2016 at 5:52 am #7959
Oh, Wonderlister is just a PC based program? That’s another reason why it wouldn’t work for us.
12/12/2016 at 3:01 pm #7896
Thanks Mike. Yes, I know you’re a big advocate of Worldister. When I researched it, the level we would need is $50/month. Since we’re price sensitive, we’re still looking at other services.
12/12/2016 at 3:02 pm #7897
12/12/2016 at 9:34 pm #7941
Guess now that you hit the 5,000 level you would need the GOLD Plan. We use the Silver Plan at $25 per month which allows for up to 5,000 listings which gives me and many others plenty of room to grow. Currently with about 700 current listings we can have about 4,300 more.
mike in Atl
12/12/2016 at 9:50 am #7851Brandon@HTCOParticipant
Mike- Thanks for this information. I knew it had been covered at some point, but I could not find the information anywhere.
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