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Froogle coming to the UK
New Froogle search for UK oriented sites.
waynne




msg:1531634
 1:41 pm on Sep 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

Froogle is going to hit the UK soon - G are requesting datafeeds from their adwords customers.

[google.com...]

 

lloyd




msg:1531664
 1:55 pm on Oct 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

do you have to be approved before sending in the datafeed...until you have got the username etc.

Legin




msg:1531665
 12:16 am on Oct 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

do you have to be approved before sending in the datafeed...until you have got the username etc.

yes... once you have a username and password you create an ftp account and upload your feed.

quiet_man




msg:1531666
 10:53 am on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Kapow said:
I signed up on 27th September. I still havn't had a response from Froogle! Do these guys respond?

I received a reply today.

So, three weeks to get a reply regarding your application for approval. Yet sem4u got a reply in two days. Wonder if the delay was due to the VAT issue?

Site rejected because vat cost not included on product pages.

The site shows vat (and delivery costs etc) for every item as soon as you add it to the cart. But Froogle want the vat on each product page.

Thats very interesting. Can anyone else confirm whether Froogle UK does require your site's product page prices to be inclusive of VAT? I'm only talking about your site's pages, not the datafeed for Froogle (which we know has to include VAT).

I did a quick scoot of some Froogle results and yes, every site I visited does indeed include VAT in the prices on their product pages.

If Froogle does require a site product page to include VAT in the prices, that is a major issue. Many UK-based sites that ship overseas will only add VAT to orders originating in the UK or EU - to determine this, the user will often need to go to the cart/checkout and enter a shipping destination. There is nothing underhand or deceitful in this - it makes more sense to provide a base price (without VAT) for all users, and then add the VAT to those to whom it applies. Doesn't a lot of off-the-shelf ecommerce products use this solution? If Froogle cannot recognise how common this practice is for UK-based sites then they will be excluding a large number of sites from their index.

PCInk




msg:1531667
 11:16 am on Oct 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

every site I visited does indeed include VAT in the prices on their product pages

There is one site competing with me who do not include VAT in their prices. They also are spamming Froogle with identical listings but different landing URLs.

I reported both problems to Froogle on Friday but have had no action taken yet.

edh1138




msg:1531668
 5:08 pm on Oct 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

Just had a client accepted into Froogle UK, the site prices don't show VAT but the data feed instructions (downloadable from Froogle) does say the prices listed in the data feed should include VAT.

phantombookman




msg:1531669
 6:01 pm on Oct 29, 2004 (gmt 0)

I got accepted straight away but fell at the first hurdle.
I add all my stock to this particular site by hand so I've no idea how to create a data feed.

When I applied I naively thought they spidered it!
Any ideas greatly appreciated

Regards
Rod

Legin




msg:1531670
 10:57 am on Nov 7, 2004 (gmt 0)

You could manually create a feed... as long as there are not to many items if should not take too long.

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