The key word here being “API”, meaning a way to do this programatically like every other online storefront site on the internet. Probably should have made that clearer in the title.
With the current Tindie API I can pull all my orders for day via a script. It will then use the Shipstation API to purchase and print postage for all the days shipments. The Shipstation API then allows me to export the resulting tracking numbers for each order. What we’re missing is a way for a script to take that information and send it back to Tindie, to mark each shipment as “shipped”, and to fill in the tracking info if available.
The current process is manual which is fine if you’re low-volume or not lazy. I’m not selling crazy amounts of stuff, but I’m super lazy, and clicking around in a web UI is driving me nuts. My code is currently at the state where paid postage labels print out of my printer automatically as orders come in. The last step is feeding that info back into Tindie and which would result in a fully hands-off process.