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Posted 11/5/2011 8:10:04 PM
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Amazon has made changes to their API that affect your website.  The changes were:

 

1) The API only returns sale offers for the cheapest new book and the cheapest old book.

 

This means the website can no longer add items to the Amazon shopping cart.  To do so requires the ability to get the official offer information from Amazon.  The Amazon Buy Now button does work and you are required to use it if linked to Amazon.  Over the next few days the website software will be updated to enforce this new rule but until then you should make the change yourself.

 

2) The API has disabled any access to Marketplace Seller data.

 

Several customers have me read their inventory directly off of Amazon and I will no longer be able to do this.  If you are pro merchant you will be able to populate your website inventory using an open listings file.  If you store your inventory in a inventory program you likely can populate your website inventory from the files it creates.  We can talk about how to do this and any other options on my forums: mb.whiteoakbooks.com . I will create a topic in the support forum just to discuss this issue.

 

I realize that these changes came with no advance notice.  While Amazon had notified us they were making this change to the new API on 10/28/2011 they implied the old APIs would work until 2/21/2012.  This does not seem to be the case with most sellers.

 

Any of my customers that feel that these changes make the website unusable can cancel their service now and I will keep their websites up and running though out the holiday season until 1/1/2012 free of charge.

 

For the last 5 years Amazon has consistently restricted access to their API, especially in the area of retrieving marketplace seller data.  In the past I have always been able to work around their restrictions.

 

At this point it seems pointless to spend additional time trying to support Amazon.  The future direction of the WOBBooksite software will be towards a totally independent solution.  We already link with OpenLibrary.org for cover images and we will continue to strengthen the  integration with OpenLibrary.org and other book sources.

 

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Posted 11/6/2011 7:00:17 AM
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Andy: What is your time frame for severing your Amazon connections?

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Posted 11/6/2011 1:25:54 PM


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Andy, I don't really understand what is happening.

The thing is I am on Amazon.ca. Does this announcement include me? Amazon.ca is always light years behind Amazon.com.

Are you saying that because of changes to Amazon's API I will no longer have my Bookstore site or being a pro-merchant I will still have it with restrictions. I don't understand the lowest price thing or the shopping cart thing either. I think I must be really dunce. I don't understand anything in your email or your original post.

I don't sell much through my Book site, I've had it for years and I love having it. I enjoyed tweaking it to the way it looks today. I hope it will still be functional. I would really miss having it.

Audrey

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Posted 11/6/2011 4:32:52 PM
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I don't really understand either. Andy are you trying to say that we can no longer add items to the Amazon shopping cart or the Paypal cart? So the website won't work at all? It seems I can still add to the paypal cart, but not Amazon.

So, will anyone be able to buy anything off the website and will Paypal be disabled too?



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Posted 11/6/2011 8:29:49 PM
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Obviously my 1st email was not very clear.  I will resend a new one.

Paypal (and Mal's ) will continue to work fine.

Pulling in Amazon media information ( including covers ) will continue to work fine.

Adding items to the website shopping cart and checking out using Amazon no longer works fine.  Since Amazon's TOS requires a method to buy from Amazon that means the amazon 'buy button' has to be enabled.

Me populating the website inventory directly from Amazon no longer works.  This does not affect those that use AOB/Fillz or upload their own inventory files.

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Posted 11/6/2011 8:43:27 PM
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Audrey and Oscars,

Your inventory is populated from AOB and the website will not be affected too much.

Maria

The move away from Amazon begain about 2 years ago when I no longer required Amazon to be linked to the website.  It has continued as I have continued to add features to help support non-Amazon sellers.

I am rewriting the website software and the new version will be released next year.  I have not made a decision on if it will allow Amazon data to be displayed on the website.  It will likely depend on how many covers are available on openlibrary.org and librarything.org

Even if I decide the new version will not link to Amazon the current version will be supported for an extended time.

Andy

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Posted 11/9/2011 12:33:49 PM
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Thanks Andy.

Amazon just keeps making it harder and harder to work with them.



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Posted 11/9/2011 3:55:03 PM
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Andy,

Since it appears that there will be a problem with Amazon Payments, is there a way to have the "Payment Method"

on the drop down box of the cart, default to Paypal instead of Amazon ??

Thanks,

David

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