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brentwilliamz December 27th, 2014 07:45 AM

Merchant's datafeed shows only 1 product!
Building a gadgets store based on Chinavasion products. However, when I choose them as our approved merchant in Shareasale, only 1 product shows for selection.

Thought that was strange so I checked the merchant through ClixGalore network in Datafeedr & they have a full range of products.

Any ideas why? Please check Shareasale's Chinavasion datafeed & rectify if possible — as we prefer to use their merchants.

In the meantime, I guess I'll have to apply to ClixG for affiliate approval so I can continue setting up our new store.

stefan December 27th, 2014 08:16 AM

We're looking into it.

stefan December 29th, 2014 07:36 AM

This feed is incorrectly formatted, it uses line breaks in the "description" field.

Since Shareasale feeds are line-oriented, it's not possible to process this feed reliably, so our parser decided to ignore it.

We'll remove the merchant entirely from Datafeedr with the next Shareasale update.

brentwilliamz December 29th, 2014 10:21 PM

Stefan, that prompts the question: Out of 681 Shareasale merchants available in the Datafeedr Factory, how many besides Chinavasion have incorrectly formatted datafeeds? :confused:

We've sold Chinavasion products on 3 websites for 2 years. Using Shareasale’s affiliate datafeed—through integration.

Now we’re endeavouring to ramp up those sales using the extensive capabilities of Datafeedr instead. :)

Surely there's another way than just removing this merchant's product feed?

(Because I already have a whole new problem for you if I have to use ClixGalore's Chinavasion instead.)

stefan December 30th, 2014 02:32 PM

We'll look into a solution. No guarantee though.

brentwilliamz January 1st, 2015 12:47 AM

Thanks, Stefan, I really appreciate your consideration & assistance with this.

Chinavasion's product database process is comprehensive, to say the least. The API & Datafeed resource links on their website may assist you with a solution:


Chinavasion Data Feeds, RSS, API & Product Status Log

Chinavasion API Overview

Register For API Access & Key

Chinavasion API FAQ

Seriously, the XML & CSV versions of the product data (from Chinavasion itself) look a whole lot more workable & standardised to me than data files I've accessed from numerous other merchants — direct from their websites or through their affiliate network.

But then, you guys are the database/code gurus, not me! :cool:

See how you go, ta.

PS Happy New Year!

stefan January 5th, 2015 09:47 AM

This has been fixed.

brentwilliamz January 8th, 2015 06:09 AM

Stefan, you're wonderful.

I took a break from Datafeedr for a coupla days & just now read your update.

Whatever you've done, it works nicely so I can go back to using Shareasale's merchant feed now!

Many thanks for that. :D

stefan January 8th, 2015 06:11 AM

You're welcome :)

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