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    Variable Pricing within Datafeed
    Hey everyone, Marty Marion with Deluxe Corp here.

    I am hoping to get some advice or ideas around how to improve our datafeed. Our program is a bit unique in that our pricing is defined by order quantity, see the link below for an example:

    3-on-a-Page Home Accountant Deskbook Check - by Deluxe

    We are currently using column 16 of our ShareASale datafeed to list out all of the quantities and prices at each level.

    Ex) (Qty,Price,Qty,Price,Qty,Price,Qty,Price...etc.)
    200,59.50,400,95.50,800,146.95,1600,249.50,3200,388.50

    However, we have heard that this isnít compatible with all datafeed/affiliate software solutions. I just wanted to get some feedback on if any of you have come across this type of datafeed with other merchants or had any suggestions on how to make it more affiliate friendly. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Marty

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    Marty my friend...I still have some of the english butter toffee left that you gave me at the TT. I haven't run into this problem, but if I was you I would simply use other delimiters besides commas.

    How about the @ and the hyphen (and extra space couldn't hurt either)
    200@59.50 -400@95.50- 800@146.95- 1600@249.50- 3200@388.50

    or better yet just a space instead of the hyphen
    200@59.50 400@95.50 800@146.95 1600@249.50 3200@388.50

    any coder will be able to handle this quite easily.

    You can also have a different listing for each quantity. I have seen this quite often with dress sizes (which I don't like but it is done all the time)
    So the title of the product is Cow Check qty 400 and the price field is 95.50
    Cow Check qty 800 and the price field is 146.95
    simply each quantity is considered a different product

    if you do it this way you should have a record without the quantity and in the description add the line, discounts for larger quantities or some such statement.
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    Thank you Oranges! Nice to hear you still have some butter toffee leftover from TT.

    I appreciate the feedback and solutions detailed out so nicely. Do you know how datafeed software will interact with those special characters? I understand some savvy affiliates can easily manipulate our datafeed to their liking but it is the datafeed software (tailored more for retail consumer programs) and the other affiliate portals that seem to be running into difficulty with our datafeed. Any additional input is very much appreciated. Thank you.

    MartyM

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    Quote Originally Posted by oranges View Post
    you can also have a different listing for each quantity. I have seen this quite often with dress sizes (which i don't like but it is done all the time)
    so the title of the product is cow check qty 400 and the price field is 95.50
    cow check qty 800 and the price field is 146.95
    simply each quantity is considered a different product
    +1
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    simply each quantity is considered a different product
    +1 here as well

    Have spent half my day cleaning up datafeeds that have changed (2k products missing categories), so it might be an idea to alert publishers when the change happens. Advance notice is always appreciated, but I'm usually happy just to be alerted.

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