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I have a client who runs a store using oscommerce. He's recently asked me to if there'd be a way to update his store so that it generates a "feeder file" for Shopping.com, Shopzilla.com, and Nextag.com, etc.

 

WHERE CAN I OBTAIN AN ADD-ON THAT IS KNOWN TO WORK WITH THESE WEBSITES?

 

Does it cost anything? If so, how much?

 

Or do I need to do some custom programming and "roll my own" feeder file in order to accommodate for these sites?

 

I'm already aware of Storefeeds 3.0 - but I'm unclear as to whether or not it will work with the websites I've indicated.

 

Please advise.

 

Thanks!

- Yvan

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there is one for shopmania.com that may be able to be modified, HERE

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Feed machine contribution creates a feed that you can connect via FTP to Google Base and Shopzilla (aka BizRate) BizRate charges you person click like Google Adwords. Google Base is free. They are suppose to be adding Shopping.com, and NEXTAG.com but I don't know when that is. Shopping.com charges and it's expensive. New accounts to Biz rate is expensive as well because I think I read in a email I got from them it's a $500 deposit. They are trying to weed out all these small and spam sites.

Search the forum and contributions before posting. If that doesn't work, keep looking, then post. The forum is for seeking help and advice NOT for someone to do your work for you. Try to do something on your on, if you are going to run a shop then learn how it works.

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Feed machine contribution creates a feed that you can connect via FTP to Google Base and Shopzilla (aka BizRate) BizRate charges you person click like Google Adwords. Google Base is free. They are suppose to be adding Shopping.com, and NEXTAG.com but I don't know when that is. Shopping.com charges and it's expensive. New accounts to Biz rate is expensive as well because I think I read in a email I got from them it's a $500 deposit. They are trying to weed out all these small and spam sites.

 

Ok, .. well it sounds like I'd have o go the custom programming route then. *Sigh* figures.

 

So what's so special about a feeder file, anyways? Is it like an XML or an RSS feed or something? Assuming that I'd have to roll my own feeder files, -- how would I go about finding out what the specs/formats are for the feeds for each website?

 

Another related question -- if my client doesn't update his store's inventory all that often --- and assuming that feeder files generally work in realtime (ie: you add a new product to your store, and the data on the website that's pulling the feed reflects that update 24 hrs later) --- IS THERE ANY WAY TO FUDGE THE FEEDER FILE??? I'm thinking that I could just program a single php script that spits out the inventory in the expected feed / XML format. And if the client adds a new product, .. we'd just manually update the script. Is that feasible? Or am I totally misunderstanding how these feeder files work?

 

Thanks!

- Yvan

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So what's so special about a feeder file, anyways? Is it like an XML or an RSS feed or something? Assuming that I'd have to roll my own feeder files, -- how would I go about finding out what the specs/formats are for the feeds for each website?

 

No it is a CSV file that allows you to import your products to these product sites. feed machine already makes the feed and file for you. All you have to do is set-up the FTP to each site. Google Base is free so you can do that. You just need to go to each shopping site to get the formats for each one. But with Feedmachine it is already taken care of because it formats it for you.

 

If you add a new product of change the product file you can run a cron job to automatically run the file and update it so you never had to do anything.

Search the forum and contributions before posting. If that doesn't work, keep looking, then post. The forum is for seeking help and advice NOT for someone to do your work for you. Try to do something on your on, if you are going to run a shop then learn how it works.

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No it is a CSV file that allows you to import your products to these product sites. feed machine already makes the feed and file for you. All you have to do is set-up the FTP to each site. Google Base is free so you can do that. You just need to go to each shopping site to get the formats for each one. But with Feedmachine it is already taken care of because it formats it for you.

 

If you add a new product of change the product file you can run a cron job to automatically run the file and update it so you never had to do anything.

 

 

What is "Feedmachine"? You keep mentioning it, but you haven't provided a url. Will it allow me to generate feeds for the 3 websites I've mentioned -- without my having to do any custom programming? If so, ... does it cost anything and how much?

 

Thanks,

- Yvan

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