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Mystery Supply Co. was a "passion project" that started out with an Etsy shop during the pandemic, but there were obvious limitations that compelled them to additionally set up a Shopify store so that they could have more control over sales, bundles, and their list of customers.
The majority of their products are print reproductions of old sci-fi and horror movie posters, and some comics and pulp magazines. Their goal is to relay on print on demand services to expand into offering other products such as mugs, apparel, stickers, home decor items, and more.
There were many things about Etsy that made Mystery Supply Co. want to also set up a Shopify store. The biggest issues were the following:
Mystery Supply's presence on Etsy would help drive people over to the Shopify store for better deals, one-of-a-kind original pieces, personalized products or product versions that will only live on the Shopify side.
The Shopify store solves the issues Mystery Supply Co. has with Etsy.
In the move to Shopify, we saved Mystery Supply many hours of tedious data entry by importing product information into Shopify from CSV files.
Mystery Supply is maintaining a presence on Etsy because it's hard for a younger store to beat the built-in traffic and buyers that are already searching products in a large well-known marketplace, and it's hard to do one's own marketing through Facebook or Google that would be as effective. The idea is that items can be sold in both places, but eventually more custom items would be sold only through the Shopify channel, and Mystery Supply's presence on Etsy would help drive people over to the Shopify store for better deals, one-of-a-kind original pieces, personalized products or product versions that will only live on the Shopify side.
To make the most of their Etsy listings, Mystery Supply Co. creates 15 second long (Etsy's video duration limit) Ken Burns-style videos, panning over the prints. Those videos are then uploaded to Mystery Supply's YouTube channel, with the description containing a link back to the Etsy listing, driving extra traffic to the shop.
We thought they should show those videos on the Shopify product pages, too, so the product templates are customized to show the YouTube video if the YouTube video ID is entered in a custom Metafield on the product entry. The YouTube embed is set so that suggested videos that display at the end are only from the Mystery Supply YouTube channel.
The Etsy shop features numerous sizes for each print, and the option to add a white border around the image, as opposed to the default of printing the image all the way to the edges. The white border option meant that if a single print had 10 different sizes, it effectively had 20 variants, because there would be a "border" and "no border" version at each size.
There was no need to have that many SKUs, so we utilized a Shopify app to give the customer a simple checkbox if they wanted to order a print and have a border added (and this option shows only on print product pages). We further modified the cart, checkout, and relevant email templates to show this option. We were forward-thinking in the app we selected because we knew Mystery Supply may want to do personalized products in the future, and there are custom field options that will work for the purpose of collecting a name or a phrase.
The default theme had a somewhat weak speed score out of the gate. The modified theme is kept in a code repository so we can see changes and updates (and easily revert them if necessary), and this allowed us to see there was code left over from Shopify apps that had been installed and supposedly removed. Removing those code blocks reduced page requests to scripts that were no longer needed. We continue to run speed tests periodically and look for ways to further improve the site speed.
Future updates may include more automated product syncing between Etsy and Shopify, and ways to build a community, through referral or rewards programs.
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