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Originally posted by Rick Bradford:
Wow, that seems overly complicated for a database that relies on user submissions. Maybe I'm just thick..
yeah, it should be easier. but on the plus side means fewer competitors will do it Wink

i think it's really meant for larger companies that have internal databases for product, etc. those people can set up their database to auto-create the file for submission.

Ie: I noticed QVC has their stuff being fed to it.
Originally posted by leahyrlw:
Oh voice of experience, when you created a profile, do you use your store name. I can't tell how it's going to show up?


I used my ebay ID (which is also my website domain name - got it before the banning of .com's) AND my ebay store name. That way it shows the customer both, and both get used as keywords for google's search indexing.

here's a list of items in googlebase of mine, you can see how i named it (shows up in each item - says 'posted by...')


PS - nice store

Thank you, appreciate it Smile It's still got some work to go, but it's getting there slowly but surely.
go to listings feeds (under manage store in my ebay)

where it says "search engine and comparison sites" click the button for "make a file of store inventory listings available"

then take the file that it generates (an xml file) and save it to your computer.

then go to
and run the file through the gbase converter

Take the resulting tab deliminated txt file and open it in excel (or openoffice). the converter will put some invalid stuff in the finished file, so you will need to edit it. But, it will give you an idea of what the tab deliminated file should look like.

as for your question about 3rd party access, that's a whole different thing. that's to allow places like auctive to do things on ebay on your behalf (such as launch listings)

also, you should be aware of google's rules about auction site listings

1) Your Google Base items must be created with an item type of "products."
2) Your Google Base items must include the fixed "Buy It Now" price listed on your product page. (We're not accepting auctions without a fixed price at this time.)
3) The expiration date of your Google Base items must match the expiration date of your auction.

as you can see, the converter didnt put anything in expiration field, and you'll find there's other issues too.

when you save it, be sure to save it as a tab deliminated txt file.

(my apologies to lisa - didnt mean to hijack your thread)
Originally posted by AngelLisa:
will do. absolutely gotta do my taxes, but after that...

WHAT??? I'm so sure, put me after Uncle Sam! Lmao ...J/K

Surprised a guy like you didn't have them done months ago. Better get on it, just 2 days left.
thankfully we have until the 17th this year what with weekend and all. Smile

youre right, though, gotta get on it. as for your comment about surprised i didnt have it done already - i'm ultra-disorganized - laf!

every year i vow that i'm going to keep all my financial stuff in order so that i won't have to go through the nightmare of finding it all at last minute, every year i fail to accomplish it. *laf* But that's okay, i'll get it done. Smile
Well, what an education for a dummy. Now, I have to decide what to take out.It's difficult. By expiration date, do you mean end time? Is that where you put the expiration?
I do have another question. We have several of the same items listed several times as opposed to one listing for 2 items. Shouldn't the extra's be taken out so as not to repeat and flood the system?
personally i'd leave the extras in since the url to the item will be different.

expiration date - from the way i understand it, in the column that says expiration_date (in the file youre going to upload to googlebase) you want to put the ending date of the listing. it's supposed to be in YYYY-MM-DD format

Instructions related to the tab-deliminated file

I don't remember if it posted it, but here's a link to description of each of the columns in file, fomat of data that goes in there, etc. If you look at the file you created and look at this file, you'll see where some of the problems are (like the image url should be to a full sized image instead of thumbnail, the product type should be a more general label rather than ebay's category structure, etc)

And a reminder, cant put auction item in file unless it has a BIN price
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