In October 2015 Etsy has launched the Sell on Etsy App with a new feature: Etsy Shop Updates. The new Etsy Shop Updates feature has been designed to “make it easier to drive traffic from social media back to your Etsy shop.”
In other words, sellers should help Etsy to get more traffic from their own social media. The feature is also supposed to keep the (past and future) buyers and followers updated of the shop news. So far so good.
After 2 months I decided to give this app a try. The reason to wait was that every new software might have some bugs and ‘child disease’ problems which are probably going to be fixed during the first few months of operation. At least, I thought so.
And yet two months later Etsy Shop Updates is not functioning properly.
Here are just a few ‘bugs’
- Impossible to edit the uploaded photo. Pinch and zoom function does not work. While the app requires the minimum size of the uploaded picture to be at least 800×800 pixels, the app picks only a part of the image. I tried this function with different picture formats and sources, it worked nowhere
- Shop Updates only supports tagging one listing per photo. It means that a seller must tie the update picture to one product only. Doesn’t matter whether the picture shows the atelier as a whole or working on future projects. No tag to an existing product, no upload.
- It is impossible to tag the update to a newly listed item. I tried to do it for an item that has been published for 5 hours and it could not be found.
- And if you think you’ve done all the steps OK, still the whole App can crash at the last moment.