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devshb
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United Kingdom
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Posted - October 27 2008 :  08:50:00  Show Profile  Visit devshb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Google have (yet again) changed their specs. Following the spec change, we're about to unleash a new version of our vpasp googlebase feed (byz056) which allows you to add/change columns to your feed output in a simple way, but still allowing programmatic logic for the derivations.

If anyone's got any ideas/thoughts on how they'd like the logic to work for the new "tax" and "shipping" columns, then feel free to let us know. GoogleBase seems to be going down a similar path to GoogleCheckout, in that it's now becoming a bit too complex for its own good for some of the optional fields (eg they would like you to specify all permutations of shipping costs for every country/region/zip-code for each product). we're open to ideas/suggestions on how people would like these more complex things derived, so if anyone's got any thoughts on it let us know.

They've also changed the values to be used for "product_type"; similar logic applies; any suggestions on how people would like these things worked-out just let us know.

The new version will be out later today and will default things to the most relevant logic possible given the permutations, but will be tweakable per-site; I'll post a reply here once it's officially released.

GoogleBase Feed:
http://www.bigyellowkey.com/mysoftware_product_details.asp?prdid=264&opu=n

Simon Barnaby
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[email protected]
www.BigYellowZone.com
Web Design, Online Marketing and VPASP addons

devshb
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United Kingdom
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Posted - October 27 2008 :  11:28:50  Show Profile  Visit devshb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The new version has now been released; any suggestions/problems, just let us know:

GoogleBase Feed for vpasp:
http://www.bigyellowkey.com/mysoftware_product_details.asp?prdid=264&opu=n

Simon Barnaby
Developer
[email protected]
www.BigYellowZone.com
Web Design, Online Marketing and VPASP addons
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SQLDude
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Posted - November 04 2009 :  18:41:18  Show Profile  Visit SQLDude's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Now Google Base Feed becomes Google Merchant Center

Almost finished with the entire process including the expensive Google Checkout fees. Has anyone had great success with the use of Google Base Feed? Sure is a lot of effort to get it going. Plus they charge 2.9% + 30c/txn for very low volumes. They do protect you against charge backs and fraud though which is a real plus. New vendors are on 2-week delayed payout basis for the first 60 days. Sheesh!
Can anyone share success/disappointment stories with me?

http://googlemerchantblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/today-were-excited-to-announce-that.html

Introducing the Google Merchant Center
Monday, September 28, 2009 | 9:36 AM

Today, we're excited to announce that we're launching the Google Merchant Center, which will replace Google Base for those of you submitting Product-type items to Google. If you submit products to Google, Google Merchant Center is now the place to upload your feeds, check on the status of your items, and get information on the performance of your listings.

Google Base is still available for other types of structured content, but the Merchant Center provides a better, optimized experience specifically for product listings. The Merchant Center is where we'll continue adding features and improving the tools for uploading and managing product listings.

In general, the Merchant Center interface is very similar to the Google Base interface, so we hope it's easy to transition. Sign in to the Merchant Center using the same Google Account information you did for Google Base. Your existing data feeds, items, FTP settings, etc. will be there for you.

For any non-product items you've submitted to Google Base, those will remain there and you can continue using Google Base to manage those items and settings. If you used the same account to submit both product and non-product items, you'll need to go into Google Base and reset your FTP settings. There's more info in the FAQs about this and other questions you may have.

As part of the launch of Google Merchant Center, this blog will be replacing the Google Base Blog. Please update your bookmarks and subscriptions, and visit us often!

Posted by Ioannis Kalafatis, Product Manager, Google Merchant Center

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This year is my 10th Anniversary as a VPASP consultant. Suggestions made to Howard Kadetz which were adopted as part of the core VPASP system include the VeriSign Gateway which I actually debugged and validated, the Snitz Forums Application which you are using right now, and ChiliSoft ASP for MySQL and Linux. I have been developing both ASP, ASP.NET and SQL Server Applications for the same timeframe and my clients have included: United HealthCare, Bank of America, Sirius Satellite Radio, Sovereign Bank, Boston University Medical School, EMC Corp., TJMaxx Stores and several other Fortune 100 or Fortune 500 Companies.
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