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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2324 - July 06, 2010 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 3

Etsy's New API Holds Promise for Better Seller Tools

By Ina Steiner
July 06, 2010

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In April, Etsy announced a pilot program for its new read-write API - version 2. The new version supports OAuth, which allows third-party developers to access Etsy accounts without requiring users to reveal their user names and passwords.

Justin Kerr Sheckler, Etsy's Developer API Lead, said this would allow developers to create sales management and tracking applications for sellers, and would allow uploading of listings via the API, "which will mean better tools for sellers." Apps are also being developed that will help sellers track their sales and manage their finances.

Etsy has also upgraded the infrastructure and launched a new interface for the API allowing developers to specify which fields and child objects to include with every request - making it more flexible than the old system. Etsy is working on additional features not yet in the pilot version, including Advanced Search support; Filtering of fields; and Add to cart / upload listings / other "write" methods.

Sheckler provided AuctionBytes with some statistics about Etsy's APIs:

  • There are about 1.4 million requests per day;
  • There are 200 active developers;
  • There are three apps in iPhone store, one Android app, and at least two iPad apps in the works.

Etsy users can learn more about available third-party applications on this page.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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