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Excel file not accepted by Amazon.com

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Hi All,

We have setup an Amazon webstore and we anticipate uploading 10,000+
products, and therefore to avoid unnecessary manual labor we wish to
automate as much of the process of adding and managing products as
possible. The automation process that we have in mind will require some manner of cross scripting.

We currently have a database of our products and we are able to upload
products to Amazon with no problems. Our database of products is residing on our server, and we wish to also access the Amazon control panel from our server through our scripting, and then assign the already uploaded products to the Amazon Categories via the Amazon Control
Panel. These

Categories are different from what Amazon is using. These will only be
used


in our WebStore. Once

the products have properly been assigned to the categories, then the last
step is for the script to

publish the site.



To assign Products to Categories, there's a template that we should follow

that is downloadable. See attachment (ProductCategoryMappings.xls). Also,

for your reference, attached is the same template with sample data

(ProductCategoryMappings_with_Data.xls).



The Product's data is in our database except for Amazon's unique ID which

they call ASIN. We are already retrieving the product's ASIN after 2-3
hours

after uploading the product. This is being retrieved via Amazon's
Associate

Web Service (AWS). This will be retrieved by a script on a timely manner
via



cron job which will also create the Excel file dynamically (based on the

attached template) and populate it with the appropriate data.



Here is the problem:

- the dynamically created Excel file is not being accepted by Amazon even
if



the file can be opened/viewed by OpenOffice.org Calc and Microsoft Office

Excel. We already tried several ways to create the Excel file but to no

avail.



For Amazon to accept it, we opened the dynamically created Excel file in

Microsoft Office Excel and saved it (Open the file then click Save. Just

that). Then, we tried to upload it and it worked... May be Microsoft
Office


Excel is adding something (which we can't figure out). By the way, we have

Microsoft Office Excel 2007.



When that is solved, we should also be able to do the following

AUTOMATICALLY:

1. select a WebStore

2. after selecting a WebStore, submit the dynamically created Excel file
to

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the form located in: WebStore Design > Category Management > Step 2 Assign

Products to Categories > Excel Upload

3. And, lastly, publish the selected WebStore


Thanks and Regards
codexxx
Sep 19 '08 #1
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code green
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How are you creating the Excel file.
What type of file is it? XLS or CSV.
Excel can open and display many file types

The underlying construction of XLS is basicaaly a web page while CSV is a text file.

I don't know what Amazon expect but does it look OK in say Notepad or is there gibberish there?
Sep 19 '08 #2

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