With eBay APIs, you can deliver a buying experience so convenient and unique that it will keep your visitors coming back for more.
Customers typically shop directly on the eBay marketplace. But did you know that you can communicate directly with our database to make your website their preferred shopping destination?
Our APIs are not dependent on the eBay user interface, which means you have the freedom to design the environment you want with the functionality and operations you need for optimal campaign performance. You’ll gain access to eBay’s price and product information for all eBay listings in real-time, and you can further enhance by pairing eBay user data with our powerful automation capabilities.
We have 20 XML, SOAP and RESTful APIs as well as Software Development Kits (SDKs) for Windows, Python and Java. To help you custom-build the most conversion-centric and scalable site for your audience, we’ve narrowed this list down to 4 core APIs that have proven to be the most successful with eBay Partner Network affiliate marketers. Over the next few weeks, we’ll take the time to break each of these down and provide deeper insight into how and why you should use them.
The 4 core key buyer-focused APIs that we’ll cover are:
Our Finding API, which uses eBay's next generation search technology to ensure relevant results for visitors browsing eBay through your site.
Our Shopping API that programmatically retrieves detailed information that you would otherwise need to pull manually from eBay.com.
Our Merchandising API, often used to cross-promote and up-sell eBay listings to buyers.
- The newest family on the block: Our new suite of Buy APIs, which enable your shoppers to check out and track orders without visiting the eBay site.
All the APIs have a complete set of documentation, which includes call samples, making it easy to checkout the capabilities of specific APIs.
Before you can try any APIs, you’ll need to join the eBay Developer community with over 360,000 members from 190 countries and counting. Membership is free, and you can use virtually any programming language to interface with eBay. Program in C#, Java, Perl, PHP, Visual Basic or another language..
After joining the Developers Program, you will have access the password-protected developer portal for members only. This portal provides tools and support that allow you to generate auth tokens, test your application in the Sandbox, use the API Explorer to try out calls, and more, such as the Quick Start Guide that will help you make a call to the LIVE eBay site in under 5 minutes!
Stay tuned for the next post in this series focused on the Finding API. If you have any questions in the meantime, we’re here to help. Reach out to us directly at AskEPN@ebay.com.