|Tue Oct 20 2020 22:29:01|
By: Ina Steiner
Sellers who use tools to help them research historical eBay sales and pricing data may be out of luck. eBay abruptly dropped the findCompletedItems API, meaning third-party developers who provide tools to eBay buyers and sellers are left without the ability to return data about completed items.
The news hit eBay affiliates hard, especially due to the short notice eBay provided – just 9 days.
Affiliates said they received the following letter from eBay on October 6th informing them it was restricting access to the API call the following week:
“As of 10/15/2020, we are deprecating and restricting the findCompletedItems call on the Finding API. This end-point will no longer be accessible by your application.
“Information related to items whose listings are completed and are no longer available for sale will be accessible only via the Marketplace Insights API.
“Please note that the Marketplace Insights API is restricted and requires eBay Business approval for access.”
As we noted in 2012, analyzing completed items is more reliable than active listings. “If you’re looking at a current listing and assuming the item will sell for a certain price, you may be sadly mistaken! Listings can end without being sold or can sell at a different price than currently listed,” we explained at the time.
Affiliates and developers are bemoaning the development. “Between the abrupt notification surrounding the call deprecation and EPN’s recent 25% reduction of EPN affiliate market
eBay Pulls the Plug on Completed Item Data