It's easy to have ChannelReply deliver all your eBay buyer messages, order data, and notifications to your helpdesk. Simply follow our eBay integration instructions. If you already connected an account and are missing notifications, skip to "How to Enable or Disable ChannelReply eBay Notifications."
If you prefer, it’s also possible to send all eBay notifications directly to your helpdesk by email. This can be a good choice if you want to keep your message count low and only use ChannelReply for things like buyer messages. It's just way more complicated! We'll explain how this works below.
There are three ways to get your eBay notifications. The first option is to simply follow our eBay integration instructions and then enable or disable notifications as desired. That's all you need to know if you want to keep things simple.
If you're interested in trying an advanced setup, you should first understand the difference between API and email notifications. All three setups use ChannelReply’s API notifications. Classic and Alternative Setup use both API notifications and eBay’s email notifications.
ChannelReply’s API notifications include all eBay notifications that are useful for sellers. They're broken up into the following categories:
API notifications come with order data in the ChannelReply app. In most helpdesks, you’ll often have the option to take actions in the app, like cancelling orders or issuing refunds.
Above: Rejecting an eBay cancellation request on a ChannelReply API notification in Zendesk.
Some API notifications count toward your message limit in ChannelReply. Customer messages and feedback, Best Offer, and Resolution Center notifications all count. In good news, though, New Order, cancellation, payment dispute, and system notifications are free and are not counted.
All API notifications are optional, and you can disable any type you don’t want. We'll explain how at the end of this article.
If you're happy with API notifications, simply follow our eBay integration instructions. This is the easiest option and will not create any technical issues. (If you've already integrated with eBay, jump down to "How to Enable or Disable ChannelReply eBay Notifications" for help.)
However, you might want to choose Classic or Alternative Setup if you prefer saving money over having additional features. They can be good choices for Gorgias and Help Scout users, since these two helpdesks don't support in-app actions anyway. Just be warned that these setups are much more complicated.
eBay's email notifications will not count toward your message limits. They do have drawbacks, though:
We recommend getting all notifications through ChannelReply. Just follow our standard eBay integration instructions. Or, if you've already integrated with eBay and need help with notifications, jump down to "How to Enable or Disable ChannelReply eBay Notifications."
If you want to receive eBay email notifications to keep your message volume down, try Classic Setup first. It completely solves most of the problems with eBay email notifications. However, eBay has disabled the options that Classic Setup requires on many seller accounts, so it may not work for you.
If you try Classic Setup and it doesn’t work, Alternative Setup is the last-ditch option. This requires a more complicated setup and is only recommended for advanced users. It will work for any seller, though.
Pros: You can use this system to get your one-way eBay notifications for free.
Cons: Required settings are no longer available in most eBay accounts. Many sellers are therefore unable to finish this setup. Email notifications delivered using this system do not include data or actions.
Follow along with the video below and then skip to step 5. Or, continue following along with the written instructions below the video.
To import email notifications from eBay without getting duplicates of customer messages, you only need to do two things:
This is pretty simple in theory, but there's one major challenge. Not all accounts have the “Receive messages from other members” setting. Even if yours does have it, eBay will hide it if it matches your contact email. So, updating both your contact email and “Receive” email can get pretty complicated!
We've laid out a step-by-step process below. If you are able to get the “Receive messages” setting to appear, you’ll be able to use Classic Setup to get all your eBay notifications free. If not, you'll need to use Alternative Setup.
Start by logging in to eBay. Next, mouse over your name in the upper-left corner and select "Account settings." Click “Communication Preferences."
You will arrive at the screen shown below. Click "Edit" in the "Delivery Options" section.
You may or may not see two settings: "Send messages to other members" and "Receive messages from other members."
Enter an email address that does not forward to your helpdesk in the "Receive messages from other members" field. It is very important to make sure this email is secure, but not connected to your helpdesk in any way. You do not want to receive emails of buyer messages in your helpdesk if you use ChannelReply.
You may not be able to complete this setup, so you may want to switch to Alternative Setup. If you still want to try, continue to follow these instructions. The “Receive messages” option may appear after you complete the remaining steps.
Open the "Personal Info" dropdown. Choose "Business info." (If you don't see "Business info," click "Personal information.")
Sign back in to your eBay account if prompted. Once you arrive at the screen shown below, find the "Contact info" section. Click "Edit" next to the "Email address" field.
You've finished configuring your email settings! You will now receive buyer messages only through ChannelReply. At the same time, eBay will deliver all your other email notifications directly to your helpdesk. Skip ahead now.
Make sure you have finished changing the contact email to a new address. If you did not change the contact email address, you must change it now. You can change it back right after you fix your "Receive messages from other members" setting.
Return to Account preferences > Communication Preferences. Click "Edit” in the “Delivery Options” section.
If you still do not see “Receive messages from other members,” then you will not be able to use Classic Setup. Switch to Alternative Setup.
If you see "Receive messages from other members," click "Edit" next to it.
Change the "Receive messages from other members" address to an email that does not forward to your helpdesk. It should be a secure email address, but it must not be connected to your helpdesk in any way.
Congratulations—email configuration is complete!
By default, ChannelReply will deliver the following notifications to your helpdesk:
ChannelReply can also deliver the following, but will not deliver them by default:
There are two ways to avoid duplicates:
You can choose to receive our API notifications and auto-close duplicates from eBay. This lets you use the full power of all ChannelReply features for eBay, but takes a bit of extra work. Here’s what to do:
Our support team will then give you instructions on auto-closing your unwanted notifications.
You can disable Service Messages, Best Offers, Inquiries, Cases, Returns, and Cancel Order notifications. That will prevent any issues with duplicate messages. It can also save you money, as all of these except Service Messages and Cancel Order notifications count toward your monthly message limit.
However, without these notifications, you will not be able to view order data related to these important events in your helpdesk. You will also miss out on actions like Resolution Center Support and managing cancellations.
To learn how to disable API notifications, jump to "How to Enable or Disable ChannelReply eBay Notifications."
Pros: You can use this system to get your one-way eBay notifications for free. It can work in any eBay account and in any helpdesk supported by ChannelReply.
Cons: Difficult setup requiring some research, help from ChannelReply staff, and use of automations. Email notifications delivered with this setup do not include data or actions.
Important Note: eBay does not allow your billing email address to be different from your contact email. If you use this setup, eBay will automatically send your billing emails to your helpdesk.
If you want to get your one-way eBay notifications for free, and Classic Setup doesn’t work for you, then this is the last-ditch option. Here’s what to do:
To update your advanced eBay notification preferences, log in to ChannelReply and click “eBay.”
Then click “EDIT” under your eBay account.
Scroll down and you’ll see a section labeled “NOTIFICATION PREFERENCES.”
If a slider is moved to the right and green, it’s enabled. If it’s moved to the left and grey, it’s disabled.
Changes to the sliders are auto-saved. Just wait for the save confirmation to appear in the lower right to make sure the auto-save has succeeded.
All notifications listed here come with data in the ChannelReply app and custom fields. Depending on your helpdesk, actions like issuing refunds may also be available.
Above: An eBay message in Gorgias with ChannelReply data on the right.
This setting controls eBay customer message delivery. Disabling this will prevent ChannelReply from delivering customer messages to your helpdesk.
These count toward your monthly message limit.
Service messages are all helpful eBay notifications not included in other categories. For example, eBay invoice request notifications are a type of service message.
Our service message notifications are automatically tagged “servicemessage.”
Free: Service message notifications do not count toward your monthly message limit.
Above: An eBay Negative Feedback notification in Zendesk.
All three types of eBay feedback notifications are enabled by default. Each type comes with its own tag to help you tell them apart from regular eBay messages:
Feedback notifications come with related order data in the ChannelReply app and custom fields. This makes them fantastic for building advanced reports in your helpdesk.
You can leave public replies to feedback using the ChannelReply app in Zendesk, Freshdesk, Re:amaze or Zoho Desk. Opening the "Reply to Feedback" dropdown menu will allow you to write and post a public response.
This works exactly like using the "Reply to feedback" action on eBay:
Once you hit "Send Feedback" in the ChannelReply app, your response will be published as a public response on eBay.
By default, you cannot reply to feedback notifications directly. This is to prevent autoresponders from sending unwanted messages in delicate feedback situations. However, you can change this by enabling "Reply to feedback notifications" under Reply Settings.
Feedback notifications count toward your monthly message limit.
Above: Sending a counter-offer on an eBay Best Offer notification in Zoho Desk.
Our Best Offer notifications will inform you anytime someone makes a Best Offer on one of your listings. If you have Zendesk, Freshdesk, Re:amaze or Zoho Desk, you'll be able to accept, reject or counter the offer in the ChannelReply app. You'll also be able to send a message while taking any of these actions by filling in the Reply Text field.
In all helpdesks, you can reply to our Best Offer notifications directly (without using the in-app actions) if the customer has ever messaged you before. Your message will then be delivered to the customer. If they have never messaged you before, though, then we will immediately notify you that we could not deliver your reply in a private note on the ticket.
All Best Offer notifications also include a link to where you can respond to the offer on eBay. If none of the options above work for you, follow the link to make a quick reply.
Our Best Offer tickets are tagged "bestoffer" for easy identification and sorting.
These count toward your monthly message limit.
We refer to these as Resolution Center Support notifications. They come with a wide variety of actions in Zendesk, Freshdesk, Re:amaze and Zoho Desk.
Above: Issuing a refund on an eBay return notification in Freshdesk.
Resolution Center Support (RCS for short) is enabled by default. While this is active, we send you our own notifications about your eBay Resolution Center inquiries, cases and returns.
Zendesk, Freshdesk, Re:amaze and Zoho Desk users can perform actions on RCS notifications. For example, they can approve returns, issue RMAs and provide info required by eBay.
All ChannelReply users can also reply to RCS notifications directly. Your reply will go to the Resolution Center if possible. If the Resolution Center refuses to accept the message, we will deliver it straight to the buyer.
We recommend that you use Add Advanced Token if you plan on using RCS actions. Some RCS actions may not always work if you do not have the advanced token enabled.
See our article on Resolution Center Support for more info on these advanced notifications.
These count toward your monthly message limit.
Above: A New Order notification and an agent reply in Zendesk.
ChannelReply’s New Order notifications work a lot like eBay’s, but you can reply to them. That means you can message any eBay buyer who purchases from you, even if they haven't sent you a message. These notifications also show data in the ChannelReply app and support custom fields.
Our New Order notifications are automatically tagged with “neworder” to set them apart from other message types.
Free: New Order notifications do not count toward your monthly message limit.
Please note that this feature is turned off by default.
Above: Approving a cancellation in Help Scout.
ChannelReply can generate Cancel Order notifications whenever customers submit official cancellation requests.
You can use these notifications to approve or decline cancellations in Zendesk, Freshdesk, Re:amaze or Zoho Desk. Help Scout users have the option to approve cancellations, but not decline them.
These notifications also show data in the app and support custom fields. Plus, you can reply to them directly in any helpdesk. Your response will go straight to the customer.
Our Cancel Order notifications are auto-tagged with “CancelOrder” to set them apart.
This feature is enabled by default.
These are critical notifications, and they do not count toward your monthly limit. We strongly recommend enabling them if you get all your eBay notifications through ChannelReply.
Payment dispute tickets display order info, but do not include actions at this time.
This action is disabled and greyed out by default. You must use Add Advanced Token (discussed below) to authorize us to deliver your payment dispute notifications.
The advanced token allows ChannelReply to deliver Payment Dispute notifications. Adding it can also fix problems with Resolution Center Support actions, so we recommend it for most RCS users.
Adding an advanced token works just like authorizing ChannelReply during the initial integration. Simply click “Add Advanced Token.”
Sign in to your eBay account again when prompted. Then click “I agree” on the Grant Application Access page.
You’ll be returned to your ChannelReply dashboard. All your eBay notifications will now be automatically enabled, so be sure to return to eBay > EDIT and change your settings if desired.
If you have Returns enabled, you'll see a "RETURN NOTIFICATION SETTINGS" dropdown. Opening this will give you a very long list of options for which kinds of eBay return notifications you want to get. Please note that all names and descriptions here are pulled directly from eBay's API documentation.
eBay accounts that were integrated before February 14, 2022 have almost all options enabled by default. All accounts integrated afterwards will have our recommended settings.
If you are getting too many eBay return notifications through ChannelReply, you may want to check these settings. We now recommend disabling the following options:
All of the settings in the list above are disabled by default on accounts integrated after February 14, 2022.
If you have New Order or Cancel Order enabled, you will see "MESSAGE THREADING" below Notification Preferences.
This section gives you the options to thread buyer messages into New Order and/or Cancel Order tickets. These options are disabled by default.
Normally, if you have a New or Cancel Order notification and the buyer messages you, it will create a new ticket. You'll then have one ticket for the notification and another for your conversation with the buyer.
If you enable one of these options, buyer messages will thread into the ticket with the related notification instead.
If you enable both, Cancel Order tickets will be considered higher priority. So, if one order has both a New Order and a Cancel Order notification, messages from the buyer will thread with the Cancel Order ticket. They will not appear on the New Order ticket.
Note that if you respond directly to a New or Cancel Order ticket, this will override most settings. The customer's response will thread into the same conversation with your reply.
For example, say you have Cancel Order threading turned off. If you respond to a Cancel Order notification and the customer replies, their response will still thread into the Cancel Order ticket.
Experiment to find out what works best for you and your team. If you prefer to keep New Order notifications separated from buyer messages, for example, leave threading off. But if you prefer having fewer tickets, try turning it on instead.
If anything is unclear or something isn't working as desired, please contact us.
Otherwise, congratulations on setting up eBay notification importing for your helpdesk! If you're looking to take your eBay support up another level, check out our other eBay advanced setup guides. You can learn powerful tricks like building autoresponders, using order data in canned replies and more. It's well worth the extra effort!