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eBay Alerts Affiliates of Changes to Shopping API

Developers and affiliates who use eBay’s API to help attract shoppers received a reminder from eBay last week. On February 28th, eBay is shutting down several calls within the Shopping API.

Certain “finding” calls will cease to work as of February 28, 2015, and, it warned, there is no guarantee those calls would continue to return results after January 31, 2015. The Finding API calls include FindItems, FindItemsAdvanced, FindProducts – item retrieval functionality only. For the latter call, eBay suggested developers migrate to the FindingAPI and using the findItemsByProduct call instead, which searches for items on eBay using specific eBay product values.

The calls were officially deprecated in 2011, but eBay extended the original timeframe to give its partners additional time.

eBay’s affiliate program explained to its members, “the Shopping API is built on one of our legacy systems and as such, publishers should expect that further calls may be deprecated in the future.”

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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). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.