My sister has been selling pottery and clothing on Etsy for a while, but wanted to list her products on her own site (on Shopify) as well as on other marketplaces like Ebay, Amazon and Google Shopping. Right now she has been managing her inventory (~200 skus) with a spreadsheet (Google spreadsheets) and just copies it into Etsy every day based on order information.
I have a few questions about this:
1. Are other people using these marketplace sales channels and do they find the incremental sales to be worth the effort of managing listings?
2. Are there any tools that can help with automatically listing and managing items on those marketplaces using the values she enters in her spreadsheet? I feel like there are nuances to adjusting pricing for each market that would get difficult to manage. Iíve heard of products like Linnworks but that would require her to manage all of her products in their system. Is it worth the extra cost and complexity?
3. If I wrote something to send her product listings from the spreadsheet to these other services and update product listings (say an hourly cron job or Google appscript trigger) - would other people find it useful? What else would it need to do besides list the products and update inventory based on order reports?
What else am I missing? Iím not really an ecommerce expert as most of my work has been SAAS web and mobile applications.