eBay supports RSS - kind of...
Arturo Zacarias (eBay) writes:
RSS [...] is a technology that makes it easy to see updated headlines from websites or pages that you like. This year we have been working to incorporate this technology for members to utilize on eBay.

[...] eBay Stores sellers are now able to set up a "feed" that will send out a regularly updated summary of the most recently-listed items in their Store to people who subscribe to it. [...]

If you're a Store owner who is interested in providing listings via RSS feeds, go to "Manage My Store > Listing Feeds (within Store Marketing)". Click on "Distribute your listings via RSS" and click "Apply". The RSS button should appear on the lower left hand side of your Store.


We are working to add RSS to other areas as well in the coming months, so stay tuned.

Let me get this straight - they've been working for 10 months on the ability to generate a (really) simple xml file for a store, and they didn't even get around to allowing people to subscribe to search results?

Though I can see some people might be interested in subscribing to an individual store, I think subscribing to search results is way more interesting. If I'm for instance looking to buy a used iPod, I could subscribe to a feed for some ebay electronics store, but I'd much rather subscribe to a search-feed for "iPod" and get results for all stores, as well as for individual sellers.

He said they're "working to add RSS to other areas as well in the coming months", so hopefully search is coming up too at some time, but given how long it took for them to implement it for stores, there's no telling how long this will take.

In the mean time though, there's always rssauction.com (or is it? it seems to be down at the moment).

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Hi Luke,

Can you update SharpReader so it runs on .NET 2.0? Thanks!

Posted by Dave M at November 14, 2005 6:42 PM

Hey Luke, could you move the address to somewhere more prominent than the bottom of http://sharpreader.net/faq.html#contact so I don't need to make an off-topic comment on a random weblog entry?

Posted by Phil Ringnalda at November 14, 2005 8:07 PM

Hey Luke.
i totally agree with the idea of getting the users searches rss-ed.
this is the right way to get you to the clients needs. i dont care about an ebay stores content and inventory.
this inventory is way off the user and aims more to the supplier.

Posted by Yuval Ararat at November 15, 2005 8:20 AM
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