Processing of background tasks when Wonder Lister is running in a networked environment

Background tasks are important to keep the data within Wonder Lister database up to date. Besides fetching periodic updates from eBay, background tasks also submit listings scheduled within Wonder Lister.

Wonder Lister is designed such that no configuration is needed to be done by a user as to which workstation should process the background tasks. The first workstation that starts Wonder Lister automatically becomes the “master” computer as far as processing of background tasks is concerned. If for any reason, the “master” workstation goes down, then, one of the remaining workstations will assume the role of the “master”. No user intervention is needed for this to work.

However, there may be times when you need to “Pause” this background processing for a while. You can “Pause” (and “Continue”) using the main menu option:

Tools -> Options -> Manage status of background tasks

“Pausing” all the background tasks should be done only when absolutely needed because not just the synchronization of data with eBay is impacted but also any pending Wonder Lister scheduled listings won’t be processed.


How does eBay Duplicate Listing Policy impacts you

eBay’s Duplicate Listings Policy states

“The duplicate listings policy is designed to help you list in a way that makes it easy for buyers to find and compare items that interest them.

You can’t have more than one fixed price listing of an identical item at the same time. 

You can have more than one auction-style listing for identical items. However, only one duplicate auction-style listing without bids appears on eBay at a time. Separate listings may be created for the same item on different eBay sites, as long as the international shipping options don’t result in the listings cluttering the search results of any individual site.”

For full article, please see eBay’s Duplicate Listings Policy

At the same time, long time eBay sellers have reported duplicate listings getting created automatically due to eBay’s system glitches. Please see:

and there are many other such posts on eBay seller discussion forums.

So, how does Wonder Lister helps you?

In Wonder Lister, there is a system folder called “Potential Duplicates” which displays those active listings that APPEARS to be duplicate. You can look at each such listing to confirm if they really are duplicate and take appropriate action (may be End potentially duplicated listings). This would go a long way in ensuring that your account does not get suspended by eBay.



eBay error: Auth token is hard expired, user needs to generate a new token for this application

This error indicates that the authorization you gave Wonder Lister to talk to eBay on your behalf has expired. Therefore, Wonder Lister is no longer able to communicate with eBay.

To resolve this, please go to the main menu option:

Tools -> Options -. eBay Accounts

Select each of your accounts one by one and do Reauthorize.

Once all accounts have been (re)authorized, restart Wonder Lister.


Difference between Bulk duplicate and Mass duplicate

In Wonder Lister, you have two options to duplicate multiple existing eBay listing at once. They are:

  • Bulk Duplicate
  • Mass Duplicate

Bulk Duplicate:

In this case, you select ONE listing and duplicate it ‘N’ times. ‘N’ new listings identical to the one you started with are created.

Mass Duplicate:

In this case, you select ‘N’ listings and duplicate each one of them once. Thus, you still land up with ‘N’ new listings.

What is an AD Template and how to create and use it?

So, what is an AD Template?

An AD Template as the wording itself implies is just a template to define how your eBay listing description should look like. The simplest example would be say you wish some/all of your eBay listing’s description to have a blue background. Now, you can edit each individual listing to have the blue background. Of course, if you have to edit say 500 times (one edit per listing), this would be quite cumbersome. The other option is to create an AD template and in that template, specify that the background color to be blue. Once, you have created the AD template, all you need to do is to APPLY that AD template to all/some of your listings.

How to Create an AD Template?

From the main menu, go to Tools -> Options. A new tab would get added to your main view. The view would look like as follows:



Click on “AD Templates” link. A new window would open as shown below:


Manage AD Templates

Enter the details as shown above and click on “Save AD Template” button at the bottom. In our example case, we named our AD Template as “Background color set to blue”. Now that we have created an AD Template, how do we use it in a specific listing?

Using an AD Template in a specific listing?

  • Open Manage Listings view. If not already open, you can use the main menu option, Listings -> Manage…
  • Find the listing you wish to use in the Listings Grid.
  • Double-Click on that Listing to start the editing process. This will open up the selected listing in the Listing Editor.
  • Select the AD Template just created and click on the any of the two Submit buttons as shown below

Applying AD Template in Listing Editor

But, what if there are dozens or even hundreds or more listings to which you wish to apply this AD Template?

There could be two cases in this situation.

First, listings that ALREADY have the AD Template set to “Background color set to blue”. But subsequently, we edited the AD Template itself. In this situation, the changes you made to the AD Template are NOT automatically applied to those listings that are already using it. So, what you need to do is to re-apply the AD Template onto those listings again. For this, first we need to find those listings that are already using our AD Template. In Wonder Lister, in Manage Listings, you can do a search by AD Template. Once, you do this search, all such listings matching the AD Template you searched for will be displayed in the Listings Grid. Select one/many/all listings in the Grid. Right-Click to see the available options. The absolute last option is to “More…”. Hover your mouse over that option and you will see more options. One of them is “Reapply AD Template” Please see screenshot below.


Reapply AD Template to Selected Listings

Second situation could be that our existing listings are not using any AD Template at all and we wish to apply our newly created AD Template to some/all of them. In this situation, again, select listings from the Listings Grid, you wish to apply our AD Template. Then, we need to do Bulk Change those selected listings. Click on the “Edit…” button above the Listings Grid. A new window opens up where you can select the AD Template to be applied. Please see screenshot below.


Bulk change AD Template

Bulk change AD Template

How to specify shipping costs for an eBay listing overriding what is in your shipping profile?

A shipping profile contains information on:

  • The currency used for the shipping costs
  • Countries you wish to ship to and/or exclude countries you do not wish to ship to
  • Domestic shipping details including services and costs
  • International shipping details including services and costs

How to use a shipping profile but change the shipping costs for a listing?

In the Listing Editor, select a shipping profile you wish to use. All the options as specified in the shipping profile will be used as they are including the shipping costs. However, you do have the option to override the shipping costs specified in the shipping profile but continue to use everything else specified in that shipping profile.

To override shipping costs, follow these steps:

In the Listing Editor, click on the link labelled “Edit Shipping Costs” just alongside the dropdown labelled “Shipping:” as shown below.


A new window opens up where you can select/change the profile selected, edit the shipping costs and then save the changes you made. Refer to the screenshot below. Please note that if you haven’t changed the shipping costs previously, then, the default costs as specified in the profile are displayed.



How to remove shipping overrides from your eBay listings?

In Wonder Lister version 01.03.0146, a new feature was added that allows you to remove the shipping cost overrides and you can do that in bulk.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Manage Listing by clicking on main menu option Listings -> Manage
  2. Click on the folder of your choice on the left so that you have displayed (in the Listings Grid) the listings you want to edit
  3. Select one/more listings inside the Listings Grid
  4. Click on “Edit…” button just above the Listings Grid
  5. A new window will be displayed where you can specify which field(s) you wish to edit
  6. Check the option that says “Remove overridden shipping costs?” and ALSO check the box next to it
  7. Click on “Submit revisions” button at the top



Product identifiers can boost your eBay sales

Starting fall 2015, eBay is now recommending (and will soon be requiring) that all new listing for branded items have a product identifier like UPC. EAN, ISBN or Manufacturer’s part number (Brand and MPN).

A listing that has a Product identifier will have greater visibility when buyers search on eBay. In addition, a listing having product identifier will have better placement in search engines like google and Bing.

While it is a recommendation by eBay as of now, eBay would mandate this starting 2016.

So, therefore, it is highly recommended that all eBay sellers start including these product identifiers in their listings.

How do I do this in Wonder Lister?

The easiest way to enter product identifier is by editing your live listing right inside the Listings Grid. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Click on the main menu option, Listings -> Manage. This will open a new tab labelled “Manage Listings” displaying your listings based on the last selected folder.
  • If the currently selected folder is not the “Active” listings folder, then, click on the “Active” folder on the left hand side to display your current active listings.
  • If the listings grid does not contain the product identifier column (say UPC), include it by creating a new view. To do this, click on the “Manage Views” link above the Listings Grid on the right hand side
  • Once the product identifier has been added to the Listings Grid, then, you can simply enter a value in the corresponding cell against the listing.

Is it time to say “Goodbye” to eBay Turbo Lister?

eBay listing tool called Turbo Lister is a very basic, nonetheless, quite popular with small eBay sellers. And the best is it's FREE!

So, the question why would you ever need to use any other listing tool other than eBay's own tool?

The answer to this question depends on who you ask. If you happen to be a small eBay seller and are satisfied with the small listing volumes and can live with occasional and not so infrequent crashes , probably you have no reason to look beyond. No doubt Turbo Lister has been around for quite a while, but, sellers who have used it for many years now, will confirm that it is not being maintained. Hardly any new features worth the name has been added to Turbo Lister for years. After eBay decided to shutdown Blackthorne, a lot of eBay sellers fear Turbo Lister may be next.

So, what next?

As an alternative to Turbo Lister, you could easily switch over to Wonder Lister. Wonder Lister is also a windows based desktop application like Turbo Lister. But the comparison ends here.

Wonder Lister...

  • Has everything Turbo Lister has plus a lot more
  • build to scale as your volumes grow over time
  • Highly reliable
  • World class support at no cost to you (unlike SixBit!)
  • Offers a variety of subscription levels (from just $10 to $125 per month) so you can choose the best level
  • Consignment module
  • Reporting
  • Integration with Twitter
  • Export your data to Amazon, Shopify, Magento and others
  • User interface customization
  • Single page listing editor with built-in HTML builder
  • Very advanced Bulk Editing
  • Bulk Duplicate & Relist with Simple Editor to list quickly

For more details, please visit:

Wonder Lister