Should You Migrate From Etsy to Shopify?

Should You Migrate From Etsy to Shopify?

I get it, on 13/03 Etsy sent an email to the store owners asking them to start having "Saturday & Sunday" to their processing schedule, and it is irking some store owners and they are asking if they should Migrate from Shopify to Etsy. I have an answer that may be a possibles solution.

And for Etsy, this is nothing new actually. They have been doing it for a long time. The question arises if you should just move to Shopify instead? Let's discuss it for a bit.

Why should you move from Etsy to Shopify?

There are a lot of reasons actually, but here are the top 4 reasons why you need to move from Etsy to Shopify

  1. You get the control of your own customer list.

  2. You get the freedom of having your own Shipping times.

  3. You pay less fees and have more freedom.

  4. Less competition for star seller or any badge.

It's too good to be true Nikhil, what's the catch? The catch is having a Shopify store and running it is a bit complicated.. you get to take take care of a lot of things!

Shopify vs Etsy (cons)

Shopify is an awesome platform, but with great power comes great responsibility. It's not an easy task if you are coming from a non-techy background as Shopify is a lot of work.

  1. You bring traffic by yourself. (unlike Etsy)

  2. You take care of payment gateways, disputes. (unlike Etsy)

  3. You take care of the sales, the discounts and the store design.

  4. Shopify needs a good theme, and design to convert better

How to Migrate from Etsy to Shopify?

I get asked this alot: Can you import Etsy listings to Shopify? The answer is yes, you can absolutely import Etsy Listing to Shopify and there are three ways you can Migrate from Etsy to Shopify, the best way to Migrate from Etsy to Shopify is to export the CSV from Etsy and import it to Shopify.

1) Manual data copy pasteCopy and Paste data manually
2) CSV import (see below)Import the CSV file to Your Shopify
3) Hire Vetted Shopify ExpertsHire Shopify Migration Experts

How to Migrate from Etsy to Shopify using CSV import?

  1. Login to Etsy

  2. From your Shop Manager, click Settings > Options.

    Settings navigation image from Etsy platform with Options highlighted in a red box.

  3. Click the Download Data tab.

    Image from Options in Etsy platform settings with the Download Data tab highlighted in a red box

  4. In the Currently for Sale Listings section, click Download CSV.

    Image from the Download Shop Data page on Etsy platform with the Download CSV button highlighted in a red box

  5. Save the file named EtsyListingsDownload.csv to your computer.

Once you have done exporting the listings, you have to import them Shopify.

Importing Etsy Listings to Shopify

After you have the file you have to follow these steps to import them to Shopify.

  1. Go to Shopify Admin > Products

  2. Click Import

  3. Click add file and then select the EtsyListingsDownload.csv

  4. Click upload and preview and hit import

After you have them published, you have to make them available on your sales channels.

Have an expert Migrate from Etsy to Shopify for you

I have a list of Vetted Shopify Professionals which you can use to hire experts to create, design and migrate your Etsy store to Shopify. The professionals are hand-picked by me and they are best in class that can help you in your Etsy to Shopify migration process.

Next Steps: After Moving from Etsy to Shopify

Inform Your Past Customers About the Store

After you have moved your Etsy to Shopify the first thing you should do is to let your old customers know about your Shopify store. You can either send them a letter, or an email with the information of your store.

Bringing Traffic to Your Store after Migration

Since the store is new and nobody knows about it really, you need to have some traffic on it (basically having people that buy) - you can have traffic using multiple ways, the best option is to run Facebook & Google ads for your store, they are easy to setup and can get you a good return on ad spend, I have covered detailed steps on a case study article that I wrote for Ella.

Is Shopify Store more Successful than Etsy?

It depends on how you market your store, if you do the marketing correctly and the product that you're selling has good demand which you think you can fulfil, then you should make it successful compared to Etsy.