Tuesday 7. Feb 2012 : Documentation , Shopping API , Trading API

759 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Russell Hall
API Tech Docs

Posted by Russell Hall | Permanent Link

Thursday 1. Dec 2011 : Documentation

747 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Russell Hall
API Tech Docs

Posted by Russell Hall | Permanent Link

Monday 31. Oct 2011

Best Practices for eBay Shopping Cart

In addition to Auction-style listings that give buyers the option to bid on items, eBay also offers the Buy It Now option, which lets buyers purchase an item immediately. With the launch of the eBay Shopping Cart, we’re giving buyers another way to shop on eBay. With the eBay Shopping Cart, buyers can now add items to their cart, consider and compare various items, and purchase one or several items from several sellers with a single checkout.

Today's online buyers are accustomed to using a shopping cart to save and compare items in their shopping session, and pay for all of their items in one easy checkout. A shopping cart can encourage buyers to consider other items before checking out and buy more items with each visit. The eBay Shopping Cart is different because it allows buyers to pay for items from both Auction-style and Fixed Price listings.

For sellers, the eBay Shopping Cart offers several benefits. Unpaid items are significantly reduced when the buyer uses the eBay Shopping Cart because items are only removed from the seller’s inventory AFTER the buyer has checked out and paid for the item. When a buyer puts an item from a Buy It Now listing in their eBay Shopping Cart, it is not reserved for that buyer and it is not removed from the seller’s inventory until the item is purchased. 

For items that are listed as both Auction-style listings and Buy It Now, buyers can add the item to their eBay Shopping Cart, but that does not stop other buyers from buying it or placing a bid.

Sellers don’t need to take any special steps to prepare their listings for the eBay Shopping Cart. 

However, here are some best practices that will help sellers make the most of the eBay Shopping Cart. 

  • Specify combined shipping rules in My eBay (not just in the item description) to make checkout more efficient for buyers. When you specify combined shipping discounts, they will be prominently displayed in the eBay Shopping Cart. This will encourage buyers to buy more items to get the shipping discount. This will save time for both buyers and sellers because it eliminates the need to request an invoice or combined shipping estimate prior to checkout.
  • Require “Immediate pay” for your Fixed Price items. This will reduce unpaid item incidences when buyers opt to Buy It Now instead of adding the item and paying for the item via the eBay Shopping Cart. 
  • Use eBay’s GetOrders API. This consolidates multiple-purchase orders and helps sellers ship items together in one box to save on shipping fees.
  • Specify shipping fees in your listings. Specifying shipping for key export countries becomes an even greater advantage in the eBay Shopping Cart. (It’s also required for sellers’ listings to be eligible to appear in the main search results in Canada, UK and Australia.) Buyers can check out faster when the shipping fees and options for their items are provided upfront, which eliminates the need to contact the seller. As always, sellers are encouraged to offer a range of domestic shipping options. If sellers do not specify shipping fees, buyers will still be able to request their total shipping fees from the seller via the eBay Shopping Cart.
  • Offer free shipping where it makes sense to do so. This is especially critical when buyers add and compare several similar items to their eBay Shopping Cart, since items that offer free shipping are often chosen over similar items that do not offer free shipping.



Posted by JoAnn Peach | Permanent Link

Tuesday 25. Oct 2011 : Documentation

743 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Russell Hall
API Tech Docs

Posted by Russell Hall | Permanent Link

Friday 7. Oct 2011 : Documentation

741 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Russell Hall
API Tech Docs

Posted by Russell Hall | Permanent Link

Thursday 29. Sep 2011

Reminder: eBay Developer site migration

Hi folks!

Just a reminder that on September 29th, the eBay developer site will become part of X.commerce and the x.com web site.

All of the information on the current eBay developer site including forums, product information, API downloads, etc. will be migrated over to x.com including your login and profile.

To prepare for the migration, developer.ebay.com will be read-only on September 21-28th. You'll be able to search for information on the site — but no content will be able to be updated or added.

We're excited for the migration of the eBay developer site as we combine our developer communities. We hope you enjoy it. If you have any questions, feedback, or concerns let us know by sending an email to feedback@x.com.

Thanks,
JoAnn Peach
eBay Developer Program

Posted by JoAnn Peach | Permanent Link

Wednesday 28. Sep 2011 : Documentation

739 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Russell Hall
API Tech Docs

Posted by Russell Hall | Permanent Link

Tuesday 20. Sep 2011

Change in UK Parts & Accessories - Selling parts that fit specific vehicles

Parts compatibility allows sellers to show all the cars that are compatible with a part or accessory in a single listing, helping to save time and money and giving buyers an easy way to find the right parts for their vehicle. Starting mid October 2011, parts compatibility will be available for use by eBay sellers.

When sellers assign compatible cars to a listing, buyers will find the parts they are looking for more quickly, and be more confident that they are buying a part that fits their model. This should help result in fewer queries and returns. Sellers can choose compatible cars from a Master Vehicle List (MVL) of more than 16,000 models.

Want to know more? Read the eBay’s seller release information which shows all the seller benefits, categories, and timeline here.

The eBay’s seller help page includes the Master Vehicle List (MVL) and how to create and modify listings using the MVL.

Want to plan for this addition?

Find the API documentation and Sandbox here and be prepared for the scheduled launch mid October.

Have questions? Feel free to contact me at jpeach@ebay.com!

Posted by JoAnn Peach | Permanent Link

Tuesday 13. Sep 2011 : Documentation

737 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Russell Hall
API Tech Docs

Posted by Russell Hall | Permanent Link

Tuesday 13. Sep 2011

Heads up! Upcoming changes to your eBay Developer site

Hi All!

We wanted to let you know that on September 29th, the eBay developer site will become part of X.commerce and the x.com web site. You may have recently heard that the leaders of commerce: eBay, PayPal, and Magento, have joined together to create a new company, X.commerce. The eBay Developer Program will be an important part of redefining the marketplace with X.commerce.

All of the information on the current eBay developer site including forums, product information, API downloads, etc. will be migrated over to x.com including your login and profile.

A few important items to note:

To prepare for the migration, developer.ebay.com will be in read-only mode a few days before September 29th. You'll be able to search for information on the site — but no content will be able to be updated or added. Please check http://developer.ebay.com/ for more details on the migration during this time.

When the site goes live on September 29th, you will have the ability to log in with either your eBay or PayPal login credentials at x.com. If you have both accounts, you will be able to choose which credentials you wish to make your primary account. Once selected, your community activity and forum history from both accounts will be merged to create one new account and user profile on x.com. If you only have an eBay account, your current account and user profile will not change.

We're excited for the migration of the eBay developer site as we bring our developer communities together. We hope you enjoy it. If you have any questions, feedback, or concerns let us know by sending an email to feedback@x.com or email me directly at jpeach@ebay.com.

Posted by JoAnn Peach | Permanent Link

Sunday 11. Sep 2011

80 character Title API Call details

We at eBay understand that sometimes 55 characters is just not enough to get your message across. Sellers have long complained about this and we are pleased to announce that as of September 6th we enabled the use of up to 80 characters in titles.

What is the change:

Previously sellers were limited to only 55 characters for their item titles. Now sellers can use up to 80 characters. All eBay listings flows and tools have been updated. This applies to all sites globally.

Why is this change an improvement and what other efforts does it support:

Sellers have for years been asking for longer titles to allow a more complete and differentiated explanation of what they are selling. Not only does this change bring us more in-line with competitors but the longer title space will help us:

1)      Allow more complete support of our catalog titles. Many product titles are over 55 characters in order to distinguish one product/model from another and previously sellers had to edit those title and carefully choose the words needed to succinctly describe their item.

2)    Following our removal of duplicate items, sellers struggled with how to distinguish their truly different listings which are currently being flagged as policy violations. Giving sellers 45% more title space allows them to more accurately differentiate their inventory.

3)      By allowing more terms in the title we better allow search engines off eBay to surface our most relevant items.

Posted by JoAnn Peach | Permanent Link

Tuesday 30. Aug 2011

New Versions of eBay SDKs for Java and .NET

New versions of eBay's .NET SDK and Java SDK are now available. These SDKs are updated with features and fields available in version 735 of the Trading WSDL.

Posted by Bradburn Young | Permanent Link

Tuesday 30. Aug 2011

Last days of Early Bird pricing for Innovate and thoughts from the Geek

It's literally buzzing with excitment and activity here at Developer Central! We're not only on a bus tour but we're also gearing up to bring all our developers the best developers conference to date yet -- Innovate 2011! If you haven't registered and plan on going, you can still register now until Wednesday, August 31 for $200 off.

Want to know what you're getting into? Check out the details, straight from the Bald Geek's mouth!

Posted by JoAnn Peach | Permanent Link

Monday 22. Aug 2011

eBay Developer Profile: Bernd Ustorf, Outright

We are happy to be starting a new series of short profiles of eBay Developers, starting with Outright's Senior Web Developer. Do you want to apply to be profiled? Contact me at jpeach@ebay.com. 


Bernd-ustorf Who are you? Bernd Ustorf

Title: Senior Web Developer

Company: Outright

How long have you been an eBay Developer?  

I started working with the eBay Trading API and integrating Outright with Open eBay Apps in May, 2009.

Describe your business/App:

Outright is a bookkeeping application which can be installed as an Open eBay app.  It tracks sellers' sales, expenses, sales tax and customer information, synchronizing nightly with data from the eBay Trading API and from the PayPal API.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to try developing on an eBay API?

Get the perspective of sellers who use eBay every day. Take advantage of the available documentation and tech support resources while prototyping and developing your application.
Be ready for large volume, both in number of users and depth of information. 

What APIs have you played with?

  • The Trading API, i.e., GetSellerTransactions, GetAccounts and GetOrders, 
  • Open eBay Apps (OpenSocial), 
  • Our app also uses the PayPal APIs, so I work with those regularly.

What’s your secret superhero power?

TDD, but that's no secret.

 

Posted by JoAnn Peach | Permanent Link

Friday 19. Aug 2011 : Documentation

735 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Russell Hall
API Tech Docs

Posted by Russell Hall | Permanent Link

Wednesday 10. Aug 2011 : Documentation

733 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Russell Hall
API Tech Docs

Posted by Russell Hall | Permanent Link

Tuesday 2. Aug 2011

Attn: New Guidelines and Options for Return Policy

 

Developers:

Starting in late August, GeteBayDetails and the AddItem family of calls will be changed in the following ways to support the new guidelines:

RefundOption: A money back refund choice will be required for all returns. To support this:

  • In late August 2011, GeteBayDetails will start returning a new "Money Back or Exchange" option in production and the sandbox. This option indicates that the buyer will have the choice to ask for either money back or exchange for the item they wish to return. Consider using this option when you have the depth of inventory to support an exchange for a different size, color, or undamaged unit. Otherwise, use the existing MoneyBack option if you have limited inventory.
  • In early 2012, the MerchandiseCredit and Exchange options will be deprecated as separate options, and GeteBayDetails will stop returning these options in production. To help you with early testing, GeteBayDetails will stop returning them in the sandbox in late August 2011.

ReturnsWithinOption: In early 2012, the 3-day and 7-day choices will be deprecated, and GeteBayDetails will stop returning these options in production. To help you with early testing, GeteBayDetails will stop returning them in the sandbox in late August 2011.

Of course, we'll continue to support ReturnsNotAccepted as a policy. As always, even if you specify ReturnsNotAccepted, buyers may still return items if they don't match the item description and the buyer files an eBay Buyer Protection (dispute resolution) case.

In early 2012, we will block all AddItem, AddFixedPriceItem, RelistItem, and RelistFixedPriceItem calls for listings with deprecated refund and returns within options.  To help you with early testing, these calls will be blocked in the sandbox before they're blocked in production. (Keep an eye on the developer blog for the timing.)

For more details of the API changes, see the API Release Notes: http://developer.ebay.com/DevZone/XML/docs/WebHelp/ReleaseNotes.html#729CmngSnNwGdlnsndOp

For general information about these changes, see this 2011 Fall Seller Update:  http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/news/returnsupdate.html

For all other questions, please contact: Yibing Shi at yibshi@ebay.com.

Posted by JoAnn Peach | Permanent Link

Friday 29. Jul 2011

731 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Russell Hall
API Tech Docs

via ruhall.typepad.com

Posted by Russell Hall | Permanent Link

Wednesday 27. Jul 2011

Registration now open for Innovate 2011!

Hi All!

As you might have seen, registration for Innovate opened today. Innovate 2011 will mark the opening of the X.commerce platform to the developers, partners and systems integrators who will be driving new, innovative solutions that stand at the forefront of the future of commerce.

We're looking to seeing eBay DevCon alumni as well as developers new to the eBay Platform. If you register for the conference before August 31, you get $200 off. But really, you'll be getting two days full of the best sessions, hands-on labs, access to product and program managers and a deeper dive into the x.Commerce platform.

Have questions? Contact me at jpeach@x.com!

...And see you in October!

~J

Posted by JoAnn Peach | Permanent Link

Tuesday 26. Jul 2011

How can we serve you?

Hi All!

What a busy weekend! I landed back in SFO late Sunday last night after a busy and conversation filled weekend in Portland where I was attending the Community Leadership Summit. For two full days, community leaders (like yours truly!) met to discuss best practices and challenges of managing communities in tech startups, enterprise companies, non profits, agencies, etc.

I’m now armed with a new arsenal of ideas for you guys and am very excited to start working on bringing them to life within the eBay Developer Community. But first, I wanted to ask you, what do you want more of in our community? Is it more how-to sessions on our APIs? It is more online events where you can ask questions live? Do you want more swag? J

Speak up! I’d love to hear your thoughts here or by email at jpeach@x.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

J

 

Posted by JoAnn Peach | Permanent Link

Tuesday 14. Jun 2011 : Documentation

725 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Russell Hall
API Tech Docs

Posted by Russell Hall | Permanent Link

Thursday 9. Jun 2011 : Best Practices , Business News , Categories and Item Specifics , Certified Provider , Critical Notes from Tech Support , Documentation , Product News , Seller Releases , Trading API

Item Specifics Updates in June and July for Clothing, Shoes & Accessories

(Updated June 26, 2011 -- Color will not be required, but it is strongly recommended. Note that support for ID-based attributes in these categories has been extended to July 20, 2011. Also, GetCategorySpecifics returns required custom item specifics for applicable categories as of early June 2011.)

From April through July 2011, eBay is making changes in fashion categories for fashion enthusiasts. Here’s what developers need to know to support these changes. (These changes will affect eBay US and international sites.)

No ID-Based Attributes in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories

When we enabled custom item specifics for Clothing, Shoes & Accessories in 2009, we announced that the ID-based attributes in these categories would be deprecated in about a year. Support for ID-based attributes (Item.AttributeSetArray) is ending soon (late July) in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories. Use custom item specifics (Item.ItemSpecifics) in AddItem and related calls instead.  (All areas of Clothing, Shoes & Accessories have supported the new custom item specifics format for the past year or more.)

If you still had Clothing, Shoes & Accessories listings with ID-based attributes as of April 2011, eBay converted those existing listings to custom item specifics for you. However, as the item specifics have changed since April, these conversions will no longer occur.

Category Structure Changes in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories

A number of changes have been made to the Clothing, Shoes & Accessories category structure. Category structure changes eliminate redundancies, improve coverage, and meet buyers’ shopping experience expectations.  Your (or your sellers') listings falling under impacted categories may have been moved to new categories based on existing category ID and item specifics. The category structure updates were effective on April 5th. Please revise your GTC listings if you feel a different category is a better fit.

In addition to the category structure changes, we have tailored custom item specific values in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories.  The values were improved to meet sellers’ needs and to help with item specifics relevance. For example, some subcategories moved out of the Clothing, Shoes & Accessories category structure and into item specifics instead. (Some new categories are being added, as well.) 

GetCategorySpecifics identifies the available custom item specifics for leaf categories, as well as dependencies between item specifics. After the metadata changes are available in the system, see NameRecommendation.ValidationRules.MinValues to identify required item specifics, and NameRecommendation.ValidationRules.Relationship for any dependencies. GetItemRecommendations will also be updated.

Note: Although GetCategory2CS and GetAttributesCS may still return ID-based attribute data for these categories, avoid using these calls for Clothing, Shoes & Accessories. As a general rule, if GetCategoryFeatures shows that a category supports custom item specifics (ItemSpecificsEnabled) or a category has been converted from ID-based attributes to custom item specifics (AttributeConversionEnabled), you should use custom item specifics instead of ID-based attributes.

Required Item Specifics Coming in June and July in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories

Starting July 20, 2011 all new and revised listings in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories categories must include the following item specifics: Brand, Size Type, Size, and Style in the ItemSpecifics (name/value) format. Required item specifics may vary by category.

Color is not required (updated from original announcement, based on community feedback), but both Color and Shade help establish consistent color across categories. Sellers are highly encouraged to provide details on both aspects. Specifying Color will enable buyers find your items when searching for items by color.

As of the end of June 2011, eBay is giving more visibility to these refinements in Fashion categories, so we recommend that you start using custom item specifics now if you don't already.

These calls will fail for listings that are missing required item specifics:

  • AddItem and AddFixedPriceItem
  • RelistItem and RelistFixedPriceItem
  • ReviseItem and ReviseFixedPriceItem (even if your revision does not touch the item specifics)

The following cases will not be blocked for now. However, we recommend that sellers include the required item specifics in these listings in order to benefit from the new buyer experience:

  • ReviseInventoryStatus (for changing price and quantity) won't be blocked regardless of whether existing listings in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories categories have the required item specifics.
  • Good 'Til Canceled (GTC) listings that you don't revise; they will continue to renew automatically for the next several months even if they are missing required item specifics.

Early Access Info: Starting in June 2011, GetCategorySpecifics and GetItemRecommendations will identify the required item specifics for leaf categories, before they become mandated on July 20. (Alternatively, see the lookup table for developers (link below) to view the mandated item specifics).

In general, if ValidationRules.MinValues is set to 1, it means the item specific is required for that category. For Clothing, Shoes & Accessories categories, it means that the item specific will be required after July 20.

AddItem and related calls will not enforce these required item specifics in fashion categories until July 20. However, we encourage you to start using the required item specifics as early as possible.

Also note that if ValidationRules.SelectionMode is set to "SelectionOnly", it means you must choose from eBay's recommended values, instead of specifying you own custom value. (This occurs for Style, Occasion, and Color in some categories.) This requirement is already in effect. However, if your application does not yet support using SelectionOnly values in GetCategorySpecifics, you can omit the item specific entirely in the short term while you adjust your application. AddItem and related calls will not block fashion listings that omit item specifics, until July 20.

More Information On These Fashion Category Changes

Item Specifics Lookup Table (All Categories) for Developers
http://developer.ebay.com/DevZone/itemspecificslookup/

Site changes for Fashion Pages - April 2011
http://pages.ebay.com/categorychanges/CSA-2011.html

Item specifics required in Fashion categories
http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/news/clothingshoesaccessories.html

Required Item Specifics Lookup Table for Sellers
http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/increaseyoursales/csalookup.html

Review the category, catalog and item specific updates coming April and May
http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/news/CategoryUpdatesSpring2011.html

 

Posted by Lisa Tesler | Permanent Link

Thursday 9. Jun 2011

eBP SOA services now available for developers

The Resolutions/ eBay Buyer Protection (eBP) team is excited to announce the completion of the three-phased approach to delivering a better seller experience via eBP SOA Services for our Business and Enterprise sellers who manage and resolve eBP claims.  Now eBay developers can start using them to build tools for sellers to manage and respond to eBP cases.

By incorporating these eBP SOA services into their tools, our partners and developers will enable their sellers to be more efficient and responsive to the Item Not Received (INR) and Significantly Not As Described (SNAD) issues that their buyers report to eBay.  This will help sellers to meet or exceed eBay’s seller performance standards (and possibly be included in eBay’s Top-rated seller program) as case resolution is now a criterion in the overall performance.  Our buyers, likewise, will benefit from a getting a faster and desired resolution of their issues and thereby increase our Buyer NPS score even further.

“eCommSource by Cloud Conversion, winner of the 2010 eBay Star Developer ‘DSR Rockstar’ Award, was the first to leverage the new Resolution APIs.  Cloud Conversion integrates Salesforce.com CRM with eBay, PayPal, ChannelAdvisor and Magento to help online retailers streamline key customer service and support operations." said Jon Jessup of Cloud Conversion, one of our early third-party developer partners and adopters. 

"Users greatly benefit by having eBay transactions, messages, resolutions, feedback, best offers, PayPal payments, Magento customers/orders all from a single console to streamline customer inquiries, disputes, chargebacks, RMAs, exchanges, replacements, etc." he said.

Posted by JoAnn Peach | Permanent Link

Friday 3. Jun 2011 : Documentation

723 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Russell Hall
API Tech Docs

Posted by John Darrow | Permanent Link

Tuesday 17. May 2011 : Developer Education , Documentation , Merchandising API , Trading API

721 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Bradburn Young
API Tech Docs

Posted by Bradburn Young | Permanent Link

Monday 9. May 2011

Announcement: Item Specifics Lookup Tool

The Item Specifics Lookup Tool is a web application that sellers can use to retrieve item specifics for their category selection. Item specifics will be returned only if the selected category supports eBay's name-value pair custom item specifics model.

The tool allows the user to retrieve item specifics for a specific leaf category or for  all the leaf categories under a meta. The item specifics data is returned in a tab separated file, which can be opened in Excel for easy consumption of the data.

Posted by Sarika Paralkar | Permanent Link

Friday 29. Apr 2011 : Documentation

719 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

John Darrow
API Tech Docs and Tools

Posted by John Darrow | Permanent Link

Monday 18. Apr 2011 : Developer Community , Documentation , Finding API , Trading API

Search Call Deprecations and the Java and .NET SDKs

The deprecation of GetSearchResults and GetCategoryListings will affect users of the Java and .NET SDKs. Users of current versions of these SDKs will continue to have access to the deprecated calls and types until October 11, 2011. Users who adopt newer versions of these SDKs, starting with the April 28, 2011, point release, will not have access to the deprecated types. The April 28 release will include samples that show how to access the search functions in the Finding API from the Trading SDKs.

Posted by Bradburn Young | Permanent Link

Monday 18. Apr 2011 : Developer Website , Documentation , Shopping API , Trading API

717 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Bradburn Young
API Tech Docs

Posted by Bradburn Young | Permanent Link

Thursday 7. Apr 2011 : Affiliates , Critical Notes from Tech Support , Developer Website , Documentation , Finding API , Shopping API , Trading API

Finding API Migration

The Developers Program launched the Finding API in July 2009. Today Finding API is successfully serving over 130 millions of requests daily. We are ready for our next critical milestone – support all developers to fully migrate to Finding API to take advantage of the eBay’s next generation search technology used to power the eBay site search ; and deprecate Trading APIs: GetSearchResults and GetCategoryListings, and Shopping APIs: FindItemsAdvanced and FindItems. These APIs will stop working after October 2011.

To better support developers’ migration, asks and needs, we have been focusing on Finding API for new and enhanced features, as well as technical support. Meanwhile the deprecation of Trading and Shopping Search APIs has started since January 2011. Although those four API calls are still working till October, developers should have noticed that the deprecated API calls and related schema have been removed from the public WSDL and XSD files. Related documentation has also been removed. These calls are also being removed from SDKs.  For adoption of newer version SDKs after April 2011, the deprecated types will no longer be accessible. A warning message will be returned by these API calls after June 2011, indicating the API is scheduled to be removed. Your application might be broken if it doesn’t follow eBay requirements for error handling. The search capabilities provided by these calls are supported in the Finding API. If you're building new search applications, start with the Finding API. If you have applications that use these calls, please migrate your item search functions to the Finding API.

 

Why Finding API?

The Finding API leverages eBay’s next generation search technology and have been designed to provide greater flexibility, better performance and scalability. Increased search relevancy and parity with the eBay site search features are some of the highlights of the new API. The latest Best Match and Fitment algorithms are available in Finding API. A series of benchmark testing has been conducted that shows on par performance of Finding API to the Shopping API (FindItemsAdvanced & FindItems); and significant improvement over the Trading API (GetSearchResults & GetCategoryListings).

The following are the functionalities and features added by Finding API for item searches:

1.       Retrieve aspect histograms and filter by aspects and/or domains – supply data by item attributes which enables eBay site alike left navigation as well as search refinement by applying constraints aligned with eBay search classification.

2.       Support new search capabilities:

  • Item Condition histogram and filters
  • Restrict searches to as many as 3 categories at a time
  • Expedited Shipping filters
  • Top-Rated Sellers Only filter
  • Returns Accepted Only filter

 

3.       Image Search API (findItemsByImage): expend eBay’s capabilities in fashion to developers for the “More Like This” functionality.

4.       Three sizes of gallery image: 140x140, 96x96, 80x80 that users can choose to use based on their application’s needs.

As our commitment to the Developer Community, we are always working continuously and diligently to enable the latest, high performance, world-class eBay search technology and features to Finding API. Enhancements to picture URL, Multi-variations, LocatedIn etc. filters and more will be released in May.

 

How to Migrate to Finding API?

The following migration guides map input and output fields for GetSearchResults in the Trading API and FindItemsAdvanced in the Shopping API to the corresponding input and output fields in findItemsAdvanced in the Finding API:

Please contact us for questions or more information on Finding API or migration.

 

 

Posted by Rakha Patel | Permanent Link

Tuesday 5. Apr 2011 : Developer Community , Developer Website , Documentation , Shopping API , Trading API

715 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Bradburn Young
API Tech Docs

Posted by Bradburn Young | Permanent Link

Tuesday 5. Apr 2011

Trading and Shopping Search API deprecation: New Deprecation Date

In June, we announced that the deprecation deadline was to be extended. We are now anouncing the following deprecated API calls have a new deprecation date of October 2011: FindItemsAdvanced, FindItems, GetSearchResults and GetCategoryListings.

We strongly encourage all developers to prioritize and expedite their efforts in upgrading to Finding API. The Finding API leverages eBay's next generation search technology and have been designed to provide greater flexibility, better performance and scalability. For more information on Finding APIs, please visit  http://developer.ebay.com/products/finding/

The following migration guides map input and output fields for GetSearchResults in the Trading API and FindItemsAdvanced in the Shopping API to the corresponding input and output fields in findItemsAdvanced in the Finding API:

§  Migration Guide for FindItemsAdvanced to findItemsAdvanced

§  Migration Guide for GetSearchResults to findItemsAdvanced

 

Please contact us for questions or more information on Finding API or migration.

Posted by JoAnn Peach | Permanent Link

Monday 4. Apr 2011 : Best Practices , Categories and Item Specifics , Large Merchant Services , Product News , Seller Releases , Trading API

Item Specifics Updates for Clothing, Shoes & Accessories

(Updated June 7, 2011 -- Note that support for ID-based attributes in these categories has been extended to July 20, 2011. Also, GetCategorySpecifics returns required custom item specifics for applicable categories as of early June 2011.)

From April through July 2011, eBay is making changes in fashion categories for fashion enthusiasts. Here’s what developers need to know to support these changes. (These changes will affect eBay US and international sites.)

No ID-Based Attributes in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories

Support for ID-based attributes (Item.AttributeSetArray) is ending soon (late July) in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories. Use custom item specifics (Item.ItemSpecifics) in AddItem and related calls instead.  (All areas of Clothing, Shoes & Accessories have supported the new custom item specifics format for the past year or more.)

If you still have Clothing, Shoes & Accessories listings with ID-based attributes, eBay will convert those existing listings to custom item specifics for you.

Category Structure Changes in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories

A number of changes have been made to the Clothing, Shoes & Accessories category structure. Category structure changes will eliminate redundancies, improve coverage, and meet buyers’ shopping experience expectations.  Your (or your sellers') listings falling under impacted categories may have been moved to new categories based on existing category ID and item specifics. After the category structure updates are effective (on April 5th), please revise your listings if you feel a different category is a better fit.

In addition to the category structure changes, we are tailoring custom item specific values in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories.  The values are being improved to meet sellers’ needs and to help with item specifics relevance. For example, some subcategories are moving out of the Clothing, Shoes & Accessories category structure and into item specifics instead. (Some new categories are being added, as well.)

GetCategorySpecifics identifies the available custom item specifics for leaf categories, as well as dependencies between item specifics. After the metadata changes are available in the system, see NameRecommendation.ValidationRules.MinValues to identify required item specifics, and NameRecommendation.ValidationRules.Relationship for any dependencies. GetItemRecommendations will also be updated.

Note: Although GetCategory2CS and GetAttributesCS may still return ID-based attribute data for these categories, we recommend that you avoid using these calls for Clothing, Shoes & Accessories. As a general rule, if GetCategoryFeatures shows that a category supports custom item specifics (ItemSpecificsEnabled) or a category has been converted from ID-based attributes to custom item specifics (AttributeConversionEnabled), you should use custom item specifics instead of ID-based attributes.

Required Item Specifics Coming in June and July in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories

Starting July 20, 2011 all new and revised listings in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories categories must include the following custom item specifics: Brand, Size Type, Size, Style, and Color. Required item specifics may vary by category.

These calls will fail if listings in the above categories are missing required item specifics:

  • AddItem and AddFixedPriceItem
  • RelistItem and RelistFixedPriceItem
  • ReviseItem and ReviseFixedPriceItem (even if your revision does not touch the item specifics)

The following cases will not be blocked for now. However, we recommend that sellers include the required item specifics in these listings in order to benefit from the new buyer experience:

  • ReviseInventoryStatus (for changing price and quantity) won't be blocked regardless of whether existing listings in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories categories have the required item specifics.
  • Good 'Til Canceled (GTC) listings that you don't revise, they will continue to renew automatically for the next several months even if they are missing required item specifics.

Early Access Info: Starting in June 2011, GetCategorySpecifics and GetItemRecommendations will identify the required custom item specifics for leaf categories, before they become mandated on July 20. (Alternatively, see the lookup table for developers (link below) to view the mandated item specifics).

In general, if ValidationRules.MinValues is set to 1, it means the item specific is required for that category. For Clothing, Shoes & Accessories categories, it means that the item specific will be required after July 20.

AddItem and related calls will not enforce these required item specifics in fashion categories until July 20. However, we encourage you to start using the required item specifics as early as possible.

More Information On These Fashion Category Changes

Site changes for Fashion Pages - April 2011
http://pages.ebay.com/categorychanges/CSA-2011.html

Item specifics required in Fashion categories
http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/news/clothingshoesaccessories.html

Required Item Specifics Lookup Table for Sellers
http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/increaseyoursales/csalookup.html

Review the category, catalog and item specific updates coming April and May
http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/news/CategoryUpdatesSpring2011.html

Item Specifics Lookup Table (All Categories) for Developers
http://developer.ebay.com/DevZone/itemspecificslookup/

 

Posted by Lisa Tesler | Permanent Link

Monday 4. Apr 2011 : Best Practices , Critical Notes from Tech Support , Large Merchant Services

Upload properly formatted payload files for Large Merchant Services (LMS) jobs

LMS jobs would hang or take too long if the uploaded payload file contained the requests on very few lines. Such jobs also negatively impacted the execution times of other jobs that were being processed.

In order to avoid this situation, the LMS team has implemented a feature to proactively detect and reject payload files that do not have line breaks (>20000 chars on a single line). This feature will be turned on in production during the week of 4th of April 2011.

Call for action: Please ensure that you incorporate line breaks between requests to avoid this situation. Also make sure that individual requests are properly formatted and are not on a single line.

Posted by Sarika Paralkar | Permanent Link

Sunday 3. Apr 2011 : Best Practices , eBay Motors , Product News , Seller Releases , Trading API

Motors Parts & Accessories: Required Return Policy, Handling Time, Item Condition

Beginning May 9, 2011, AddItem, AddFixedPriceItem, RelistItem, and RelistFixedPriceItem must include ReturnPolicy, DispatchTimeMax (handling time), and ConditionID for all US eBay (site 100) Motors Parts & Accessories items that are newly listed or relisted.

We encourage you to also start adding this information to existing Good 'Til Cancelled (GTC) listings, which will require these changes in early 2012.

In GetCategoryFeatures, see ReturnPolicyEnabled, HandlingTimeEnabled, ConditionEnabled (and ConditionValues) to determine which categories require these fields. For a list of the handling time values allowed for each site, use DispatchTimeMaxDetails in GeteBayDetails.

For general information about these changes, see this 2011 Spring Seller Update:

Return policy, handling time and item condition required for all new listings and relistings
http://pages.ebay.com/sellerinformation/news/motorspaupdate.html

Also, as previously announced in the Trading API release notes, Parts & Accessories categories on the US eBay Motors site support the ability to allow buyers to return Parts & Accessories items within 60 days, and the ability for the seller to choose whether the seller or buyer pays return shipping costs.

Return Policy Updates for Motors Parts & Accessories (API Release Notes)
http://developer.ebay.com/DevZone/XML/docs/WebHelp/ReleaseNotes.html#709RtrnPlcyMtrsPnA

 

Posted by Lisa Tesler | Permanent Link

Wednesday 23. Mar 2011 : Seller Releases

2011 Spring Seller Release: Shipping Changes

Starting in June 2011, you'll be able to specify carriers and costs for more international buyers. Adding this information helps set buyers' expectations regarding shipping costs when ordering from another country, and it will reduce the number of buyer questions around international shipping costs.

Starting in August 2011, only items containing an international shipping cost to Australia, Canada, or the UK will be visible to buyers on those sites. If you want your item to be visible to buyers on those sites, you need to add the appropriate international shipping details with AddItem.

More Shipping Services Available

Starting in February 2011, FedEx domestic and international shipping services were added, as well as new USPS domestic and international shipping services. Other new shipping services were added for Germany and UK.

Posted by Bert McMeen | Permanent Link

Wednesday 23. Mar 2011

2011 Spring Seller Release: Electronics and Technology

To improve the finding experience for buyers, eBay is requiring sellers to list with the eBay catalog in selected categories. If the seller's item matches a product in the eBay catalog, the seller must list with the product by using the ProductListingDetails container, with a supported product ID (e.g. an ePID, UPC, or ProductID) that corresponds to the catalog product. Not listing with a product may result in the listing being taken off the site.

 

Posted by Bert McMeen | Permanent Link

Tuesday 22. Mar 2011

We're co-hosting a Tweetbyte!

Are you a new developer to eBay's platform? Or have you had a burning question you've been wanting to get answered? Well TOMORROW IS YOUR CHANCE!

Together with PayPal, we are co-hosting a Tweetbyte tomorrow, March 23, at 11 am PST.

You’ll get first-hand knowledge on how to integrate eBay and PayPal APIs. You will learn how to monetize your apps using PayPal and with eBay APIs you will learn about the eBay API suite and get recommendations about the right API to use to build your next killer eCommerce App.

Learn more here.

Got questions on this event? Leave them in the comments section!

 

 

 

Posted by JoAnn Peach | Permanent Link

Monday 21. Mar 2011 : Developer Community , Documentation , Large Merchant Services , Shopping API , Trading API

713 Trading, Shopping, Merchant Data API Docs Now Available

Please remember to use a test environment when updating applications to use a new schema version.

To find out when a version of the API will be available, see the table at the top of the Release Notes for that API.

You can find the latest API documentation at the eBay Developer Documentation Center.

Trading

Trading Release Notes

Release Highlights

See the Trading API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Shopping

Shopping Release Notes

See the Shopping API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Merchant Data

Merchant Data Release Notes

See the Large Merchant Services API System Announcements for bug fixes included in this release.

Bradburn Young
API Tech Docs

Posted by Bradburn Young | Permanent Link

Monday 21. Mar 2011

2011 Spring Seller Release: eBay Shopping Cart

The new eBay Shopping Cart is already available to some buyers, and will become the standard way for buyers to purchase items later this year. The new Shopping Cart will make it easier for sellers to up-sell and cross-sell their products and will virtually eliminate all unpaid items in fixed-price listings, since the listing (or inventory in multi-quantity, fixed-price listings) remains active until the buyer actually pays for the item(s). Sellers are not required to alter their auction or fixed-price listings to accommodate the new eBay Shopping Cart. However, eBay is recommending the following.

Use GetOrders for Order Management

Use the GetOrders call exclusively for order management. This call can be used to track and process all single and multiple line item orders. In the past GetItemTransactions and GetSellerTransactions were used to retrieve single line item orders (transactions), and GetOrders was used to retrieve multiple line item (Combined Payment) orders. Starting with the 705 release, GetOrders returns all single and multiple line item orders, making the initial calls to GetItemTransactions and GetSellerTransactions unnecessary. Sellers who use GetItemTransactions, GetSellerTransactions, and GetOrders should switch to GetOrders exclusively, since further enhancements may only be added to GetOrders.

Specify PayPal as a payment method

Specify PayPal as a payment method. Until Summer of 2011, PayPal is the only supported payment method for the Shopping Cart.

Specify multiple shipping service options

Specify multiple domestic and international shipping service options, and possibly offer free shipping when it makes business sense. Shipping service options and combined shipping discount rules will be displayed prominently for each item in the buyer's cart. Clearly defined and multiple shipping options and discounts may accomplish two things: encourage multiple purchases; eliminate the buyer's need to contact the seller to find out more about shipping options and details.

Confirm Other Settings

Make sure that the Combined Payments feature is turned on and that Flat, Calculated and/or Promotional shipping discount rules are specified at the user level. The Combined Payments feature is turned on with the SetUserPreferences Trading API call, and shipping discount rules are set with the SetShippingDiscountProfiles Trading API call. Combined Payment preferences can also be set in My eBay. As stated in the previous item, shipping service options and combined shipping discounts will be prominently displayed in the buyer's Shopping Cart, and combined shipping discounts may encourage multiple purchases.

Posted by Bert McMeen | Permanent Link