Multiple shops

Discussion in 'Shapeways Shops' started by tebee, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. tebee
    tebee Well-Known Member
    Is it possible to have more that one Shapeways shop?

    Some of my product ranges are getting quite extensive and shop maintenance is getting to be a time consuming chore.

    In particular the product inventory screen takes a long long time to load and a long time to respond when ever you change anything.

    As certain of my products are not likely to be of interest to the majority of people using my store I was wondering whether it might be better to hive them of into a separate store rather dilute the content in my main store.

    Last edited: Apr 27, 2011
  2. mctrivia
    mctrivia New Member
    i also would like to have sub virtual shops. for the same reasons.
  3. CadMonkey
    CadMonkey New Member
    Haha I just logged in to specifically ask this question. I think the ability to have multiple shops as opposed to sub categories within a shop would be a huge advantage when it comes to product branding.

    The very fact that most 3d modelers have the ability to turn their hand to a number of different tasks be it miniatures, jewelry, art pieces, spare parts, etc. will lead to people including extremely varied items within their shops. For instance I have a shop that sells war gaming accessories, now if I was to include within that shop say, women's jewelry, I think having frangipani pendants dancing among the machine guns may tend to have a detrimental effect on the warlike overtones of the shop!!

    I guess what I am getting at is that for users to have the ability to create strongly themed shops will help strengthen product branding and reduce customer confusion. Hopefully making e-manufacturing a simpler choice for the consumer and one step closer to world domination!!!

  4. ErkDemon
    ErkDemon New Member
    I was wondering about this, too.

    I suppose that the current workaround would be to have a different Shapeways account for each shop?

    It'd probably be a bit of a pain logging in and out to access files stored on the different accounts, though. :(
  5. Sol3
    Sol3 Member
    I'd love this, too!

    Another suggestion might be to show the creator of a model as the store name, instead of individual user names.

    But multiple stores would be absolutely awesome. :)
  6. dymihail
    dymihail New Member
    I agree. I don't really want people throwing my username out there. I want them to use my shop name. Also, I'd like both sub-categories and extra shops. Really we need a better way of organizing/displaying models.
  7. mctrivia
    mctrivia New Member
    take a look at my shop

    not ideal but at least it is organized now.
    I do have 2 accounts now though. propmodule for my normal stuff icc for my auto generated stuff as there is no delete, or use of hidden items through API.
  8. daytonatim
    daytonatim New Member
    I would still like to hear some input from a Shapeways Rep. on this subject.

    I am on the verge of launching a shop.....or a series of shops and would really like to know if it is OK to have multiple shops.

    We produce model car kits and some parts are highly specialized to one specific kit. While other parts are more general and would work nicely in a general item shop.

    When we develop a highly specialized kit with very specific parts, I would like to offer them exclusively in one particular store. That way they will not be mixed in with parts from our next specialized kit.

    Then I would like to have another store where I can just offer engines and trannies. Then maybe another store where I can offer generic suspension systems.

    This way the customer can go where he needs to go to shop for the parts he is looking for. If he is wanting a blower.....he goes to the engine shop. If he wants a disk brake system then he goes to the suspension shop. If he wants racing seats then he goes in the interior shop.........

    I currently have over 150 multiple part kits ready to be listed, with more on the way. It would be really nice knowing now, before any shop work starts, what approach I have to take in setting up my shop(s)

    Thank you
  9. mctrivia
    mctrivia New Member
  10. gangwarminiatures
    gangwarminiatures New Member
    I agree, I would love shapeways to respond to this. Most of my models are 28mm skirmish game miniatures and I'd like a seperate shop to put other 3d model ideas. I don't want to clutter up my miniature shop with other stuff or confuse new customers with a bunch of post apocalyptic miniatures
  11. mkroeker
    mkroeker Well-Known Member
    Not unusual for a designer to have separate shops here for exactly the reason you mentioned - note the thread you replied to is five years old.
  12. MitchellJetten
    MitchellJetten Shapeways Employee CS Team
    Right now we don't support it.
    But feel free to create multiple accounts and start multiple shops (you are able to add the same paypal address to those shops)
  13. MrNibbles
    MrNibbles Well-Known Member
    Wouldn't it be nice if you could spin-off select models and products over to a new store and keep all the information contained therein including print histories?

  14. DoctorOctoroc
    DoctorOctoroc Well-Known Member
    I'd like to echo this idea but I think minimal modifications to the current shop sections should suffice - sub section would be just fine for me. It's not only a pain to organize lots of products (don't get me started on the numbering system) but we also need to have a specific order to the products so they look at least somewhat organized within each section.

    If we could create a sub sections for each section then we could separate main sections more sensibly instead of having something like mctrivia has goodness, that's a ton of shop sections. Maybe it works for him but having that many sections in my shop, I might as well have no sections and just let people browse the pretty pictures. Instead of doing that, they could be organized much better with more general sections - maybe even with a custom thumbnail or a 'featured product' from that section shown instead of text - then each link to those section brings up the sub sections on the left side, sort of akin to the view we get now for the default shop view (all sections view).

    And that gives me another idea that could be implemented either on its own or as part of shop sections. A 'featured product' option would be pretty useful, so we could show off a product from each shop on the 'all sections' screen. Or perhaps the home link for our shop would be one product from each (main) section that we choose to represent that section, and each of those could be displayed where we currently see the slew of all products in the shop. Sort of like how Flickr does photo albums. I never really liked how the default view was just showing everything at once (of course in my shop it just shows all my miniature city blocks).

    Otherwise, as it currently is, browsing a shop is kind of haphazard. If I didn't link directly to specific shop sections or products from social media and linked to the main shop instead, people would never be able to find my stuff.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2016