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    To me, the categories in data feeds are very important. As the number of products increase, the category information becomes even more important.

    I strongly prefer a detailed category hierarchy (like "Electronics>TV & Video>DVD Players>Single Disc") rather than just a general category (like "Electronics") or a single specific category (like "Single Disc DVD Players"). This gives the maximum amount of flexibility.

    I'm running across several merchants who refuse to modify their feeds to provide more detailed information. Some tell me that I'm the only one asking for it, and that they have hundreds of people using their feeds just as they are.

    I'm not the only one, am I?

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    On a scale of 1-10 catagories are an 11. If the merchant doesn't have half way decent categories I simply don't use them no matter how bad I want to.

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    I totaly agree with Heyder
    no categories = no Gordon selling the stuff

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    I dont think I've ever agreed with Heyder but I do totally agree with Gordon - .

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    What Heyder said.

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    I agree with you all. Now let's go find women and buy lots of vodka.

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    I disagree with all of you

    I'm making a category-based site right now, and boy is it a PITA compared to just listing all the stuff.

    So many merchants have 3 or 4 things in a category that it makes the index pages look absolutely barren and pathetic. The categories are too finely split--it's the equivalent of giving 100-watt light bulbs a shelf of their own instead of putting them in with the 60-watters. This tendency is repeated with many merchants.

    If they all did their categories right (having a more general category instead of just the ultra-specific one) I might have a higher opinion of categories. But for now, one categorized site is plenty enough for me.

    And then there's the merchant who was a bit too blunt and labeled their unsaleable stuff category plainly as "DOGS!" It was fun to go into Google and see who ran that feed and put it live without looking at the results, though...

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    I like categories. It let's you organize the products in different ways. For example you can sort collectibles by artist or type of collectible (plates, figurines etc...)

    I'm not crazy about multiple child/parent messes. It can get a little too granular as Leader said.

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    The more specific the categories the better.
    More detail makes it more flexible to work with.

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    Concur with poon.

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    I totally agree with FFoc!

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    More info good. I refuse to agree with any of you though.

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    and add manufacturer field on top of that and you get a winner


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    TY, iucpxleps -- that's something I forgot

    Category, subcategory (etc) AND manufacturer -- give us all the opportunities possible to make custom sorts..

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    I DON'T agree with anyone, but Categories, Subcats and Manufacturer is the way to go! :P

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    I'm feeling agreeable so I will agree to agree with what TJ, FFoc, iucpxleps, ssanf, buddha, connie, et al, and especially KtoEto agreed to but I'm not agreeing with their agreement to disagree on agreeing with each other.
    If that doesn't kill this thread then nothing will

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    I second the motion to agree with the Dawgfather who agreed with everyone else in spite of the fact that he is not agreeing with their agreement to disagree on agreeing with each other.

    Now do we have a consensus???

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    I don't know about a consensus, but I am getting a whopper of a headache

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    I agree that this thread SHOULD allow HTML in people's signatures

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    well, I can't really say anything more than what has already been said. So.....Ditto.

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    Even I like the Manufacturer field.

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    I always look for a CATEGORY and SUBCATEGORY field in the datafeeds. If those are present, then I know the feed is worth looking at.

    Sometimes, however, I find that I have to "massage" the datafeed a bit to create a new Category field.

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    Yes and No... I love seeing the categories and do use them. I also try to customize some however so they aren't always 'critical' to me. What I do hate is when the feed has good categories and then things change. I have had this happen a couple of times and if I am relying heavily on their categories, I end up doing more work then if I had spent the time up front to take another approach anyway!


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