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    My feed is broken into these categories:
    manufactor name, product name, primary category, sku
    Primary category is like this:
    Bird>The_Cockatiel_n_Lovebird_Shop>Cage_Accessories

    I was thinking 3 tier, primary category, product name, sku.
    Should I even bother with a tier for manufactorer name?

    I was also thinking of breaking down primary category into sub categories, but it looks like an awful lot of work for a huge feed. (there's dog, cat, bird, fish, reptile and small pets all together)

    Any suggestions or opinions?

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    Well, a few days of experimenting and I've figured it out.
    Webmerge rocks!

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    Another factor one might want to consider is the number of records in the feed. I have had feeds (usually new ones) that have had upwards of 10,000 records - and only 10 or 15 categories - with no subcategories !

    Let's see, that works out to 800 to 1000 products per index page - cool huh?

    I am glad you were able to work out the problem.

    Fred

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    Hi Fred, this was a huge one with only ONE category! (primary category only.) I got a little creative, I don't know if it's right but so far it works ok.

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    I broke down this feed into a 5 tier.

    Primary category, Secondary category, Department, product name, SKU

    Bird>The_Cockatiel_n_Lovebird_Shop>Cage_Accessories

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    It's not a lot of fun when you have a huge feed, with only one category field name. It sounds like you've gotten creative

    Some ways to break down the feed without going nuts with search/replace, text to columns etc. You CAN use brand as a sub-category (Ms. Woodtick) also, look for patterns in the different field names (columns), you might find some consistencies that you can "pull off" (by removing only those items). That's a bit tricky, but practice and experimentation with Excel helps a lot.

    Fred

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