For my clients who only sell on eBay, we like to use SixBit Software. Although it has its advantages and disadvantages which will be explained later, I want to give you my unbiased review on the software as a first hand user. Before SixBit, I was an avid Blackthorne user for 8 years.
Product Type: eBay Listing Tool
eBay Sites: US, UK, AU, US eBay Motors, UK eBay Motors
Marketplaces: eBay & Bid Start
Free Trial: 30 Days
Platform: Desktop Based, Windows only
Company Web site: SixBitsoftware.com
Pros: Faster than web based software, allows excel import and upload, great reporting feature and inventory update through flat file. Software is SQL based and is capable of customization for your business. Great Inventory management features. There is also a drop ship add on module that allows you to send your drop ship orders directly to your supplier.
Cons: Can only be accessed via your desktop computer.
The Bottom Line: If you’re strictly selling on eBay and are looking for a reliable software where you can upload items via excel, this is the software for you. It is very affordable and has almost all the same functions as enterprise software such as Channel Advisor at an affordable price.
SixBit Software Review
If you’re a previous Blackthorne user, then you’ll like SixBit. The creator of SixBit is John Slocum who is the orignal creator of eBay Blackthorne. He’s taken the orignal Blackthorne Platform and has created a feature riched eBay listing software tool.
What’s so great about SixBit eBay Listing Software?
AD Templates - SixBit Utilizes eBay Ad Templates that enables you to change the look of your listings with each template. This is an advantage if you have multiple eBay stores and you want to use the same listing with a different eBay store ID. Ex. If you decide to change your listing design, all you would need to do is update your AD template and all of your listings with that template will update to the new design.
Bulk Import/Export - The Bulk Import and Export feature works really well with SixBit. If you are dealing with thousands of products and your supplier provides you with an excel spreadsheet, SixBit will be your new best friend. You can basically take this spreadsheet with all of that data, optimize all of your data directly into excel and import that data directly into SixBit! This saves you hundreds of hours in listing time. Best of all, you can even import item specifics into SixBit!
SixBit has a neat feature called an “allocation plan”. Basically an allocation plan handles the managing of your live listings inventory count automatically. For example, you can set a listing to have an allocation plan of “Keep all uncommitted inventory listed”. This will keep all inventory listed on eBay at all times. If an item sells out or inventory becomes zero, the listing will automatically end.
There are many options you can set with allocation plans:
- SixBit can automatically revise fixed price listings to maintain a constant quantity on each site
- SixB can automatically keep all your uncommitted inventory listed by splitting your it across multiple sites
- SixBit can automatically keep all of your uncommitted inventory listed on all/any sites
- SixBit can automatically relist fixed price items when they end including automatically lowering the price on unsold items until a floor price is reached
- SixBit can automatically relist auctions when they end
- SixBit can automatically end listings when you no longer have uncommitted inventory
SixBit can handle multi-variations pretty well. It also supports multi-variations vix CSV import, which is great if you’re working with thousands of products. It also has a neat feature so you can automatically name your SKU’s based on criteria you set.
SixBit makes order processing a breeze. You can process your eBay orders directly from SixBit from printing invoices all the way to shipping the order and adding tracking numbers.
SixBit also has an additional module called “Drop Shipping” for sellers who have a drop shipping business model. SixBit is able to automatically send an email directly to your drop ship supplier for faster order processing!
SixBit is a great for sellers who sell on eBay Motors. It’s one of the few softwares that actually support eBay motors. Below is a screen shot of what the compatibility function looks like. It’s much faster creating a motors listing through SixBit in comparison to eBay’s online listing tool. If you’re working with hundreds of products, I would definitely consider using SixBit to grow your eBay motors parts business.
I would have to say the support at SixBit is very fast to respond and knows what they’re talking about. They will go out of their way to help you and solve your issues. They also have a very active community on their forums where you can ask for help as well. You may even get a chance to speak to John Solcum himself, the man behind the software also interacts with his users. This is hard to say for other software companies in the same space, you’ll most likely be talking to a customer service rep. With SixBit, the creator stands behind his software and his users.
|Bulk Edit Item Data|
|Batch Change with Search/Replace/Math|
|Administer Employee Accounts||up to 5||unlimited|
|Schedule Listings On eBay||eBay fees apply||free w/ SixBit Scheduling||free w/ SixBit Scheduling|
|Email Buyers with Editable Templates|
|Create New Email Templates||up to 10|
|Leave eBay Feedback|
|Automatic Randomized Feedback|
|Watermarking of images|
|Answer Buyer Questions|
|Print Pick List and Customizable Packing Lists|
|Print Postage/Carrier Labels|
|Inventory Tracking/Purchase History|
|Profit and Loss Report|
|Sales Tax Report|
|Analysis Tools Suite|
|Advanced Database Automation|
|Support||Support Ticketing System||Support Ticketing System||Priority Response in Ticketing System|
|Import from CSV Flat File|
|Drop Shipper Module Available||$24.99/mon.||$24.99/mon.|
|Consignment Module Available||$24.99/mon.||$24.99/mon.|
|Supports eBay Motors (Parts and Acc. only)|
|Works with eBay US, UK, CA and AU|
|Integration with bidStart US|
|Base Price (addon modules not included)||$19.99/month||$34.99/month||$69.99/month|
SixBit Software Review in 4 Minutes!
Have you used SixBit before? If so what are your thoughts on it? Please comment below. If you haven’t used it before, give it a try and who knows it might be the best solution for your business!