Etsy has a range of different features that can be used to track quantity levels of product inventory. In this blog post, we'll discuss how these features work and how they can be best utilised to ensure that you are always on top of your product stock.
Quantities can be set for listings to indicate how many of this product you have for sale. In 2017, Etsy released some long awaited enhancements to allow for the ability to manage quantity at the variation level also. For listings, you can set available quantity on add or edit form, or alternatively using the Quick Edit mode.
Tip: In general, it's a good idea to list the quantity you have available to sell when you create a listing. If you're selling made-to-order items, make sure you only list a quantity that allows for a feasible production time to ensure that you don't disappoint your customers.
SKU tracking is also possible for listings and variations. This allows you to set a unique code for each of your products that can then be cross-referenced to your own internal inventory tracking systems if need be. SKUs now also appear on order invoices, so you'll want to ensure that your codes are appropriate for the customer to see also.
Unfortunately, unlike other channels like Woocommerce and Square, Etsy does not provide functionality to be able to set low stock limits and alerts for products and variations. Handmade inventory management software like Craftybase can provide this missing feature and imports seamlessly from Etsy.