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  • #10605
    Rachel Biel
    Participant

    Hi! I run a collective of around 50 shops, most of which are on Etsy, http://www.artizanmade.com. I would like to add a shop to our site with our member products, but I don’t want to handle the financial side of their transactions. I’ve been looking for something where the buy button becomes a link to wherever their cart is (ex: their etsy shop).

    I was actually hoping to find something that would import all of their products, keep all of the info and then I could delete or manage from the back end. I found a site that is doing something similar to what I want to do, but don’t know how they did it: http://heartfulvillage.com/ Like us, they have participating shops but their buy buttons link to the products on the other sites.

    Would you be able to adapt your plugin to what I want to do?

    Thank you!

    Rachel

    #10660
    WC Vendors Support
    Participant

    Hi Rachel,

    I’m pretty sure that WooCommerce’s “External” or “Affiliate” product type is what you’re looking for. Both of them already supported in WC Vendors Free, and WC Vendors Pro. 🙂 Install and give it a try!

    Ben

    #10684
    Rachel Biel
    Participant

    Thank you, Ben. I looked at some tutorials and videos and now understand the External/Affiliate product type. So, if I have this straight, I would get your plugin which would allow me to set up different vendors on the site. I can either allow them to upload their own info or I can do it myself.

    Now, the next question is: is there a way to import listings into those vendor accounts through Etsy’s api? I don’t really like using csv files, but could do that, too, I suppose. I looked at different plugins and they all had a lot of complaints about things not working properly…

    Finally, if I use the external/affiliate option with your plugin and the item sells on Etsy, what happens on our site? Do I need to manually delete it from the inventory? I looked for info on this through WooCommerce searches but couldn’t find anything.

    #10694
    WC Vendors Support
    Participant

    Hi Rachel,

    Yup, that’s correct! When a user is registered as a vendor on your site they can begin listing products.

    As for importing products, you can certainly import to Woocommerce. However, that’s beyond the scope of WC Vendors of course. You’d want to use a CSV import tool for importing (see our KnowledgeBase and the Compatible Plugins article for a new free one!). Importing from Etsy is also possible, using this plugin: ( http://codecanyon.net/item/woocommerce-etsy-importer-v205/9163945 ) however, once the products are imported you probably would still have to manually edit the product and change the imported product to the correct vendor. I’ve never used the plugin, just did a google search for WooCommerce Etsy Importer and that came up at the top.

    When a product sells from Etsy that you referred to from your site, WooCommerce has no way of knowing a sale occurred, because the buyer did not complete any checkout on your site. At least, I believe this is how it works. All it really does is link them to the page to buy something. Consider it more of a referral link than a sale that can be counted. As such, you have no way of knowing when something sells, and no way to manage your inventory. I may be wrong on this point, since this is new territory to me, so we’ll have to use you as a guinea pig to test this out and see if there’s something we should be doing that we are not. I’d say I’m probably 80% certain I’m right, so your mileage may vary. 🙂

    #10695
    Rachel Biel
    Participant

    OK, thank you. That was helpful. I’m going to change the theme first and then I will work on this. 🙂

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