The Bidvoy API for eBay Auctions: Making Sure the Price is Right

Greg Bates, July 17th, 2013

BidvoyPssst! Got an iPhone for sale on ebay? Or perhaps you have another item that you are wondering, have I priced this right?  By browsing over 30 million ebay auctions, Bidvoy can pinpoint the answer precisely. The Bidvoy API is in beta, meaning among other things that you need to email them for a key, according to the API documentation. They’ve also created a repository on Github.

An In-Depth Tour of the eBay API

Guest Author, March 25th, 2013

At the API Academy, we make a habit of studying APIs and discussing them to get better at our craft. We usually do this in private and behind closed doors, but last month Programmable Web gave me an opportunity to write up a public review of the Box API, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to write another. This time, we will be delving into eBay’s set of APIs.

Marrying Mobile Computing Devices to Social Networks Democratizes E-Commerce

Michael Vizard, September 25th, 2012

There’s an e-commerce revolution coming that will further blur the boundaries that have traditionally existed between buyers and sellers. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it may take some getting used to in terms of its potential impact on the relationships people have with one another on social networks.

How APIs Are Fueling the Mobile Banking Wars

Michael Vizard, August 14th, 2012

PayPalWhile some folks tend to think about APIs are being little bits of arcane code that only developers care about it, the truth of the matter is that billions, possibly even trillions, of dollars are at stake in what will soon be a series of API wars. In no place is this more important than in mobile banking, where companies ranging from Google, the PayPal unit of eBay and lesser known entities such as MineralTree are all vying to usurp the role of traditional financial institutions.

Highwire: Giving Shoppers a Balanced Choice

Greg Bates, July 3rd, 2012

HighwireHighwire helps retailers achive multi-channel selling through ebay, Facebook, and Google. To design a store, you can use Highwire templates or prebuilt themes, as well as your own HTML.Then, you can use the Highwire API that comes in two versions. The HTML flavor allows you to customize your store with a simple templating engine. The REST API allows you to connect your store on Highwire to a larger third party application or to write your own custom plug-ins.The RESTful API accepts and responds with both XML and JSON-formatted data.

PayPal and eBay Merge for X.commerce Innovate Conference

Garrett Wilkin, September 14th, 2011
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PayPaleBayX.commerce is the new brand for the developer commerce tools that include the eBay API and PayPal API. The first conference under this new brand is coming in October to San Francisco. As a media partner, we have a promo code, as well as a little more information about how the company is looking to create a sum greater than its parts with the X.commerce platform.

eBay Adds Microsoft’s OData Protocol for API Access

Daniel Luxemburg, November 9th, 2010

eBayAuction giant eBay is giving its developers another way to access listings. In addition to its current eBay API, it has added support for Microsoft’s “OData,” an Open Data protocol for accessing and querying data provided by an API. Using familiar technologies, OData provides a consistent structure, with the promise of APIs that are more flexible and easier to use.

PayPal Releases PayPal X and Launches $50,000 Developer Challenge

Andres Ferrate, November 5th, 2009

PayPalPayPal has officially released PayPal X, its next generation platform that includes a variety of APIs and other resources for developers. Primarily aimed at allowing developers to embed payment processing in a wider array of applications and environments, this is a major expansion of PayPal’s APIs.

82 Shopping APIs

Adam DuVander, October 8th, 2009

eBayThough a few shopping APIs are some of the earliest examples we have, their popularity has continued to grow for a simple reason: there’s an obvious revenue model tied to them. When developers use one of the 82 Shopping APIs in our directory, that can mean money in the pocket of the API provider. And, by virtue of various affiliate and revenue-sharing programs tied to many of these APIs, it can also mean money in the pocket of the developer.

eBay Launches Selling Manager Applications Beta

John Musser, April 1st, 2009

Today eBay is officially launching the beta of their new eBay Selling Manager Applications. This will let third party developers directly embed their applications at My eBay where 270,000 professional sellers manage their online business. In addition, eBay has announced that this summer they will be making Selling Manager, which had been a subscription service, [...]

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