Google Shopping API closes next week: do you have an alternative?
16th September Leave a comment
Really sad to see another great Google service being closed down. Especially as this one was free and of great value in e-commerce. I bet within 12 months we will see a premium alternative from Google charging merchants directly or bundled with AdWords spendings.
App developers, retailers and others using Google’s Shopping API (s GOOG) will have to go without starting next week. As part of its big “spring cleaning” effort (the same one that shuttered Google Reader), the search giant said it would completely shut down its Shopping API on Sept. 16.
For e-commerce players, the API has provided access to product data like pricing, online availability, descriptions, photos, product codes and more. And, unlike many pricing and product intelligence services, it was free.
Companies interested in “softer goods” (like fashion, home and beauty products) may have found it lacking in high-quality images and information about higher-end goods, but other developers say it offered a broad range of product information.
If you’re looking for an alternative, here are a few options. And, as always, please leave your own recommendations and suggestions in the comments.
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