Dropshipping on eBay with a Non-API tool is a powerful trend these days, and a lot of dropshippers are using a Non-API solution for their stores.
Thus why, in AutoDS, we created the Non-AP version, so AutoDS users can have the option to choose if they want to work with API or Non-API solution – we provide a solution for every dropshipper. Here are the 6 tips when you are working with the Non-API solution.
1. Install The AutoDS Manual Dropshipping Extension
The first thing to do to dropship on eBay with the Non-API solution of AutoDS is to install the AutoDS eBay Manual Dropshipping Extension.
To install it, type in “AutoDS eBay Manual Dropshipping Extension” in Google search and click through the first result.
The AutoDS eBay Non-API Chrome extension page will open.
Now you will have just to click the Add to Chrome Button, and the extension will be installed in your browser.
2. Configure The Extension
Before we can start dropshipping on eBay with AutoDS Non-API extension, we first have to know how it works and how to configure it correctly to get the most out of it.
To configure it, go to your AutoDS account settings and copy the token.
Open the AutoDS Non-API extension, past the token, and click save settings.
The important thing to know before you begin dropshipping on eBay with a Non-API extension is that it works with eBay directly while your browser is open. It doesn’t have any external connection with eBay, no servers, no API.
That is why you need to keep the browser open for the extension to run in the background and do the tasks.
The good thing is that you don’t have to keep eBay and AutoDS open for the extension to work.
3. Keep an Eye on The Error Logs
To ensure that the extension is doing its job without problems, you need to check the error logs regularly.
You can access the error records by clicking the bell icon at the top right corner of the extension window. Once you do that, this page will open.
Here you can see all the errors that are preventing the extension from being fully functional. Most of the time, it will be an error that asks you to sign in again to your eBay account.
Another common error is eBay file exchange failure. eBay file exchange is simply a system that allows you to manage all of your eBay store using CSV files.
You can learn more about it in our article about eBay File Exchange.
So what happens when the eBay file exchange fails? The extension is then stuck because there is no response from eBay.
The best thing to do in this case when you are dropshipping on eBay using the Non-API solution is to check eBay’s file exchange status page, wait until the service is back online, get back to your extension, and see if it’s working.
If it is not, all you have to do to get the extension to function is to remove it from Google Chrome and reinstall it again.
This last error is widespread with the eBay file exchange; that is why you need to pay attention to the error notifications and regularly check them.
4. Turning Off the Computer
When the computer is off the extension is not working. But once you turn on the computer and start using the Chrome browser, the extension will start working by updating listings, monitoring prices, etc.
The only thing that the extension won’t sync would be the new orders if you got new sales on eBay while the extension is offline.
To sync new orders, you will simply need to open the extension window and click Run Orders Sync Now (Last 7 Days).
After you click the sync button, the extension will sync all your new orders.
5. Turn On The Keep Me Signed In Feature
To avoid the problem of your eBay account getting disconnected from the extension, you will have to activate this keep me signed-in feature on eBay.
To do that, open eBay and go to account settings, then site preferences under account preferences, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Check the yes mark in front of the keep me signed in on this computer option then click apply.
If you don’t activate this option, your eBay account will always get disconnected after you turn off the computer. Then you would have to sign in every time you turn on the laptop for the extension to work.
6. Using Virtual Servers
This is an advanced yet critical tip about dropshipping on eBay with Non-API extension.
A virtual server is basically a remote computer that you can control using your own computer through an RDP connection.
The advantage of these servers is that you can keep them running remotely without keeping your personal computer on. So you can install the extension on these remote desktops, and it will keep running 24/7.
Then you can just control your eBay account through AutoDS, and the extension will do everything through the remote desktop.
The most used virtual server providers in the dropshipping community are AWS and Kamatera. With prices ranging between $10 and $20, you can get a good server with specs that will smoothly run your extension without problems.
The virtual server is highly recommended if you don’t want to keep your personal computer running all the time.
At The End
If you prefer dropshipping on eBay with a Non-API solution, this article will show you all the things you should do to get the most out of the Non-API connection with eBay.
If you find this article helpful, please share it with those who are interested in the Non-API solution. It can help!