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October 22, 2012

Benefits and basics of feeds

If you are on the Professional selling plan, you can use feeds in your seller account. As promised last month, here are some benefits and basics of using feeds:

One of the benefits of using feeds is that I can add and update multiple listings with one upload.

Another is that I can download order information in bulk.

Yet another is that I can confirm multiple shipments at the same time.

And, for me, best of all are inventory feeds. Uploading your product and listing data might sound intimidating if you've never done it before, but this is really all it amounts to:  

  1. Download a template (first time only). "Template" is just a fancy name for an Excel spreadsheet with preset column titles.
  2. Put your product and listing information into the various columns. (The Instructions and Data Definitions tabs in the templates have detailed information, but the column titles make the data entry pretty intuitive.)
  3. Save and upload your filled-out copy of the file using an upload button in your seller account or in the file itself in some cases.
  4. Check the processing report to make sure you entered the correct information. If you missed something, all you have to do is correct it in the file and upload again.

To learn more about feeds, search on "feed processing" and "template" in seller Help.

If you are on the Individual selling plan but would like to use feeds, search on "selling plan" in seller Help to learn about switching to the Professional selling plan.

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