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#1 tleisher

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 09:05 PM

How do they do it? How does one website gather all the information on prices from all other forms of it on the internet? Is it that most places offer and XML/RSS feed to their product guides? Or does one person go around and find the prices?

#2 Zane

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 09:10 PM

well, assuming they don't use XML/RSS

my first guess would be they're using one of the many product identifiers out there
For instance
ISBN
SKU
ASIN
UPC
and maybe GTIN

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#3 tleisher

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Posted 02 October 2006 - 11:37 PM

But don't those give you the suggested retail price? Not the exact price of what each different company suggests?

#4 Hi I Am Timbo

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 07:30 AM

At Pricewatch, they are submitted by the retailer.  I'm not sure about other sites.

#5 Kris

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 07:34 AM

A large number of sites have an account with an 'Affiliate Network', merchants signed up to these networks can disribute their product database to the affiliates using XML, or CSV files.




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