SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) Pronounced “Skew”. First of all, do I even need to know…
Well if you sell on Etsy, or Amazon or really, anywhere, you do need to know.
Let’s just talk about Etsy today. I reopened my Etsy shop in late July (2020, while in lockdown, another story.
Never in my wildest dreams would I have believe locating a particular item in my store would be hard. Today its February 11, 2021 only 211 days later or 6 months and 27 days.
I now have 132 designs in my store. Not so many. However I can’t tell you how many times I needed to know, which designs are selling in a list. Etsy does not provide this especially crossing from 1 year into another.
So as of yesterday, I decided to resolve this little problem. First of all I needed a spreadsheet. Not my thing so I purchased one from Emily, it’s her thing.
My downloads from Etsy populated the spreadsheet, but because I did not have SKU’s I still could not tell how many of what did I sell crossing years.
One message to Emily…and the answer was SKU’s.
Here is how I created mine.
In Etsy, we use Sections to categorize our items. You have seen this before.
I use the section name then a number then a description. So for the hearts as an example I used. SectionName |number |short description Which ended up being. IJS05_HeartBundle_12/27/2020
IJS = the name of the section “I’m Just Sayen”
05 = the fifth design in the section
Heartbundle = short description
12/27/2020 = The date I listed this item….would you believe Esty does not give this to you either?
Just to go through 132 items, has taken hours. I probably will finish by Monday. Maybe 8 hours? Hey, I’m old it’s just taking that long.
The reward, I can now search here. This is in the upper right hand corner of your screen when you are on your listing tab.
I can now get meaningful reports!
Well break is over back to assigning SKU number and you can bet your bottom dollar every new listing will be done correct!
Praying I will save you some time, telling you about my mistakes.