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    Just wonder what's the skinny on this..here. I've been doing my little corner of ebay search strings for about 4 years, and it works for my visitors, but I don't even know what an "api" is.

    Anybody that can tell me 'bout this stuff....it'd be appreciated!

    Thanks!!
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    Why not start w/the pdfs you can download from CJ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OTProf
    Why not start w/the pdfs you can download from CJ?
    I don't trust them and what they may put in their code. I only trust the stuff I make myself.
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    Not for the sample codes, for a run down 'bout this stuff...

    Have you looked at it?

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    Thanks for responding, but no I haven't gone to far, but very briefly looked at a few things. Thought I'd get some opinions here before spending a lot of effort to learn something completely unfamilier.

    I'm in the middle of a major project and trying to do a few other things at the same time.
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    IMO, if you're an eBay regular and haven't gotten to the eBay API yet, then CJ's API may not be a priority for you.

    The eBay API is better supported and has a test platform for you to start your testing on. Though it seems complicated, there's only a couple of calls (out of dozens) which you'll need to learn/use.

    Tuan

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    That IS the type info I'm looking for. My visitors are looking for specific auto and motorcycle parts, which I build search strings for. It's very specific.
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    If you're going to work with any web service, you need to be fairly technical and you'll need to spend quite a bit of time playing around with it, seeing what packages are available for your development platform, digging through documentation and sample code, learning the calls available, figuring out how to parse XML, and figuring out the peculiarities of the data. It's not for the faint at heart.
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    Yes, that was the conclusion I was coming to....not sure if I've got the time to put into it at the moment. I had look and tested some of the ebay api and other code. I didn't think it was up to the specifics that I'm after.


    Thanks!
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    Funny you mentioned the word "specifics", there's powerful part of the eBay API call "item/category specifics" which are (different) characteristic sets applicable to (different) categories.

    For example, if you're looking for a set of cams for your Harley, with item specifics you can also filter by condition (used,refurb,new).

    I believe you had a link to your site, either here or on the eBay board, and IMO it is very well done for your niche, on the level of Bill and his comics site.

    If you have specifics you're looking for and don't mind posting it, I can confirm whether its do-able at this time.

    Tuan

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    This is an example of the urls that my searches go to: In this search, I only wanted certain years. 1st body model...

    Code:
    
    


    I don't know why the whole link doesn't show in the code block (too long), but it goes where it's 'spose to.

    ebays flex tool work for this easily, it's just finding the correct search that takes time.
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    Give me a day to look into this example. At least then, you can weigh whether your time is worth it in pursuing this.

    Tuan

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    Thanks Tuan! I appreciate that.
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    Hello,

    Below is a rundown of your example, with references to the exact eBay pages in regards to this.

    Just a quick note before starting, Michael is very correct in the complexity and required investment in this type of project. I do want to do my part in contributing to ABW, especially if it also ads to the eBay community, and will always try to help out w/ eBay related issues.

    On the other hand, php/.net are not my native language(s) so I will not be able to help much on the implementation side. My objective here is to help you decide whether you should pursue this and to confirm the possibilities w/ eBay's platform.

    Tuan

    *******************************

    Your example was a multi year (through search string) search in the Transmission & Drivetrain category (cat #24208). This is a child of Vintage car & Truck Parts, which is under the Parts & Accessories (cat #6028) in eBay Motors.

    The Transmission & Drive train category only has one set of item specifics/attribute, Item Condition:

    Characteristic Set ID: 2953
    Attribute: Item Condition: New/Used/Remanufactured


    The Vintage car & Truck Parts doesn't have any item specifics, though Parts & Accessories has the main Characteristics Set (a group of item specifics), the Parts Finder charac set has four important attributes.

    Characteristic Set ID: 1152
    Attribute: Model Year/Date of Reg
    Attribute: Manufacturer
    Attribute: Model
    Attribute: Engine Type


    I've emailed you the output to 1152 since the lists are lengthy.

    In summary, you would use the model year & manu attributes and you could also use the Item Condition attribute to enhance your results.

    For more information and the complete documentation:

    This page gives a general outline to item specifics:
    http://developer.ebay.com/DevZone/XML/docs/WebHelp/AttrCatlgOverview-The_Attributes_(Item_Specifics__Return_Policy)_API.html

    This page gives a good outline of extending searches from what you're doing now (w/ basic queries) to using item specifics:
    http://developer.ebay.com/DevZone/XM...g_a_Query.html

    This page gives the specifics as to eBay Motors' structure:
    http://developer.ebay.com/DevZone/XM...ors_Items.html

    Good Luck

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    I certainly appreciate your time and effort, as do others I'm sure. I did try a year or two ago to use the cat#s in the editor kit....and maybe some other setup, but they didn't seem to funtion correctly, and there were lots of places I was aiming that didn't even have catogory "numbers".

    It's realtively simple for me to convert my searches into url thru the flexible destination tool, though it does require time to find the right search...whittling it down to the best variables........

    I think I'll stick with the way I'm doing it, I mean heck, it works!

    Thanks for your time, Tuan! You probably save me a week or more of frustration.
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    Absolutely, and my pleasure.

    BTW, in a year or so, it's likely that the flexibility of the API will be available/extended to the flex dest and other affiliate tools. eBay is doing alot of work in this direction.

    Tuan

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    I'll keep my eye out. This "major project" I'm in the middle of is actually going to last at least 4 years. Most of the time I'll be hard pressed to spend a lot of time learning new stuff if it's very complex. Fortunately, the work I've done with my site, now works with almost no input from me, except when I want to expand, or attempt to make new avenues. I get to have fun though. Like doing a 0-80 video on board my Supersport
    (http://www.salocal.com/sohc/836-video.htm)
    and posting it various places to bring in new traffic....once they find my search strings they use them for years.

    So the only real problems I have is when CJ does things like LMI or other things that'll make my links invalid. The rover change made me work a bit, but not all that much.
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