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OK to set 10-year expiration date once?
Seems to work, but I get the 'New product upload requirements' email anyway

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Msg#: 3248105 posted 11:46 pm on Feb 9, 2007 (gmt 0)

Has anyone tried setting an extra-long expiration date, for example, an arbitrary date 10 years from now?

The reason I ask is I've been able to do just that, make the expiration date, say, "2017-01-01". Then when I send the product bulk upload file, Google Base just automatically sets the product's expiration date to 31 days from the upload date. I know, doing it this way is a bit lame on my part, but it's an easy way to set up a Google Base feed (via Template Toolkit) but not have to worry about doing the logic for "print the date that's 31 days from today".

It's been working fine for a while, but then a couple of my clients just received that 'New product upload requirements' email, the one that says, "Please review the following bulk uploads - they do not currently meet the minimum attribute requirement..."

Now, I definitely have all 10 required attributes, so the one thing that I'm thinking may be messing up is that "far in the future" expiration date. The thing is...it works, at least as far as Google Base updating the expiration date to 31 days from the bulk upload date.

So should I just ignore that email and trust that the feed will continue to work after the February deadline, or is this definitely going to kill the feed?



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Msg#: 3248105 posted 4:24 pm on Feb 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

I have no idea what we are going to do either as when you have vitamins these dates change daily Looks like I am outta this feed as the up keep can't warrent the time....


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Msg#: 3248105 posted 4:37 pm on Feb 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

I can't see a problem with setting a long date. I don't think the expiry date of the product is they want to know, it's the expiry date of the feed of when you want them to drop the product (think ebay or time limited special offers for example).


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Msg#: 3248105 posted 10:30 pm on Feb 26, 2007 (gmt 0)

I too have set my expiration date at 1 year from now and have not had any problems. I do notice that in GBase it does say my items will expire after 31 days. I am unsure as to why there are 2 methods to adjust the expiration date, where one trumps the other. My only thoughts as to why this exists is to set multiple expiration date values of less than 31 days for multiple products (in bulk).

prod a- expires 2-28-07
prod b- expires 3-3-07
prod c- expires 6-30-07

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