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I wonder how long until all Ebay "Buy Now" items are listed in Froogle? It will definitely be interesting.
eBay items have not previously been picked up by Froogle because items are in a dynamic database, and Prices, Bids, etc. change on a continual basis. However, with the "Buy Now" items it is possible. Also, Ebay has the EBAY STORES section.
If eBay Stores owner push for inclusion, eBay may do it. And it would be to give the perception that paying $10 a month for an eBay Store will be a succesful investment.
It'll be interesting to see what Froogle does. AFAIK, eBay's "buy it now" fixed price listings still have normal item numbers, and the long, multivariable URL's that Google chokes on...
# The use of robots or other automated means to access the eBay site
# without the express permission of eBay is strictly prohibited.
# Notwithstanding the foregoing, eBay may permit automated access to
# access certain eBay pages but soley for the limited purpose of
# including content in publicly available search engines. Any other
# use of robots or failure to obey the robots exclusion standards set
# forth at <http://www.robotstxt.org/wc/exclusion.html> is strictly
Just following some initial links, GoogleBot does crawl some of the high level links. But item detailed ones are not crawled. My feeling is that because eBay has such a high PageRank, GoogleBot would crawl the entire site if allowed.
But if you check out cgi.ebay.com/robots.txt this is what is says:
# go away