I’m trying to figure out the “proper” way that the import/export features are supposed to be used. From my understanding:
1. Import all product data into Magento.
When you want to make changes to your data:
1. Export product data
2. Edit CSV file
3. Import changed CSV file
This seems to work fine except for images. If you export a spreadsheet of the current data on your site you get image paths relative to the actual live image (example = /i/t/item2.jpg). So when you re-import a spreadsheet with that path, it sets all the products to use the default graphic when no image is present. If I set the spreadsheet back to the original filename I used when initially importing the images (in my example it would be /item2.jpg) the system just duplicates the image and now the product has 2 of the same image associated with it.
So what is the proper way to export and import when making changes to an already established set of product data? Do we delete the image columns, make them blank, change the paths?? Has anyone figured out a way to do this?