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< Froogle merchants are being asked, by the end of February, to use bulk uploads in the Google Base format and to include five additional attributes -- or else they will no longer be listed. >
Apparently this will affect all users. All feeds will have to include the following:
edited to paraphrase the email
See Terms of Service [webmasterworld.com] #9
[edited by: tedster at 2:31 am (utc) on Feb. 1, 2007]
We also sell some gadgets that aren't the same "brand". The gadgets are the same but not the "brand". You know where companies purchase something and put their name on the label - it's the exact same item but a different label.
So, what do you think about a generic term, like "Varies based on availability."
I'll make the changes, and hopefully my competitors won't.. OK, wishful thinking. I don't get that much business from Froogle, but I don't like the idea of giving up the exposure when I can easily add a few more data items per record.
This reminds me of eBay's Item Specfics. Google is taking the easy way out by making us submit data fields so they can have pretty listings. They could have just as well invested in more technology to parse descriptions and categorize properly based on their title and/or descriptions.
wtkad - is it not possible, in your case, to list all your brands separately? That means you will be in the price comparison for each and every brand. Can't see many people comparing the price for 'popular brand' widgets...
In the case of my client with the largest number of listings, that wouldn't really be appropriate - all the pricing is pretty much the same, the 'brand' or manufacturer or vendor is selected at the time of purchase, depending who has what and can ship when.
< Edit reason: Italicised section paraphrased from email quote, see terms of service #9 [webmasterworld.com] >
[edited by: encyclo at 10:31 pm (utc) on Feb. 9, 2007]
Another PITA field will be shipping. If we charge shipping based on weight and zones, a flat shipping field like shipping will not be helpful to us. We can state zone 8 prices to be on the safe side, but that will make any local customers see a high shipping price which could make us seem less competitive even though the customer will pay less for shipping.