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    Question Are datafeeds uniform across merchants of the same type?
    If I have two shirt affiliates, for example, do they have the same CSV database columns? Or are they different for each CJ datafeed (that I have to pay the one-time $200 for)?

    Thanks for any help.

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    The column headers (field names) are standardized.

    But, what's in 'em is only semi-standardized (like, there'll be a "name" field but what the merchant names their stuff is up to them).

    For instance, one merchant may say (in the "name" field), "Light Blue Oxford Shirt." Whereas the next one may say "Arrow Button-Down." (Note how merchant 2 also doesn't say what color it is...)

    Whether this kind of thing is a problem, depends on what you're trying to do with your site. It's fairly easy to import multiple feeds into a database table. And it's easy to make standard product pages. But if you want a site with nice, neat categories it's problematic, because merchants tend to use slightly different names for their categories. One may have "shirts." Another, "tops." Yet another has "dress shirts." Etc.

    For me it works out very well, but I've seen more than one complaint from those who want concise categories, or who want to do comparison engines.
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    And when you come to categories, expect absolutely no standardization.

    One merchant will use "Apparel > Shirts" for every single product. Another will have a variety of categories like "Shirts :: Men's :: Long Sleeve :: Blue". Another will use categories like "Blue".
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    Wasn't there a post on these boards somewhere on datafeed standarization, and how affiliates would like to see it? I've been looking for it but can't find it...
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    perhaps have been some comments like how those at Performics are consistent and how those at shareasale require you reading the help files.

    and many many comments about "why should we pay at LS and CJ?"

    like that?

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    A ha! That's the one. Thank you.
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