Some Handy Aggregated Reference Info for ePN Affiliates and eBay Developers
(Unfortunately, I don't update this website as often as I would like. So, please be prepared for some of the info below to be outdated. Thanks for your understanding.)
eBay (Daily) Deals URLs
Below are misc links/feeds for eBay Deals for the main supported eBay country-sites, and possibly other country-sites as well (see below notes). 2016 Update: many of these feeds have been deprecated or changed over the years. I can't always keep up with the changes, but I usually will list the latest active feeds I'm aware of near the top of this page. Classic feeds include web, RSS, XML. "Anywhere" feeds are offered in XML and include some options beyond Daily Deals. Also mentioned below: Fashion Sales/Events links, US Motors Parts Deals, eBay/ePN Deals RSS feed.
2016 Update: eBay Deals ePN Commission Exceptions
ePN announced that some eBay Deals for US and Canada are excepted from affiliate commissions; on average, this should be less than 1% of Deals. This went into effect 06-Oct-2016. ePN created feeds to identify which Deals are excepted.
This appears to be the current feed syntax for accessing eBay Deals in XML format, separate from ePN. Just follow the REST URL syntax below and adjust accordingly (limit/count, offset/page, country/locale, category).
For other countries, use GlobalIDs found here, then made lower-case. (Not all locales are supported for Deals.)
The message XML response node is a placeholder that may be used in the future as a communication channel from eBay to announce important information about the feed. (Very cool idea!)
"?limit=" max is 200 and defaults to 10.
eBay Deals: RSS Feed via ePN
Newly released in 2013, ePN offers an RSS feed to retrieve active Deals in many eBay sub/categories. The new feed is accessed and generated within the eBay Partner Network portal: Tools --> Widgets --> RSS Feed Generator --> select eBay US --> select Feed Type = Deals. I've done limited testing, but here's what I know:
As implied above, it seems that currently eBay US is the only ePN program supporting these Deals. Maybe that'll change at some point. ... Returned links are affiliatized/roverized for you! (Minor caveat: I noticed that the destination URLs are not URL encoded as I think they should be, but in practice this probably is no problem.) ... Up to 3 categories can be specified. ... This feed doesn't seem to retrieve the classic handful of site-wide "eBay Daily Deals" per se; use the Anywhere feeds below for that. ... No ePN account? You could probably build the necessary feed URLs following these specs (parameters include examples values):
&feedtype_id=2(I'm not sure what this is, but it's probably always set to 2)
(I haven't tried stress-testing the capabilities of the feed much, but I've wondered how it would behave by tweaking some of the params like the country, conflicting atom vs JSON, using other &feedtype_id='s, dropping non/optional params, etc.)
Update: These "Anywhere feeds" are expected to be deprecated/disabled by eBay in 2016 Q1.
The Anywhere.eBay.com deals feeds above are hosted on a new centralized feed hub from eBay, meant to eventually be a long-term replacement for the classic feeds. It seemed to launch in late-2011.
XML-formatted response (only, it seems)
R.O.Eye provides some extensive documention on these feeds on their blog.
These feeds have some interesting variations available: other Deals, different detail levels (such as returning just 1 primary deal), more countries – see the R.O.Eye link above.
When comparing Daily Deals from the feeds vs. the live eBay website (country's Deals page, as noted below in the Classic Feeds section), there's usually a tight match to begin with, then a few extra deals appended to the feed.
While the schema of the feeds seems to be uniform across different country-sites, I've noticed a variation that can appear from day-to-day. If a specific deal is spread across multiple eBay listing numbers, a <MultiSKU> node may appear in the feed. This may appear for all deal items of the day, or just some/one of the items. Over a couple weeks of monitoring, I've only seen this with the UK and DE feeds. Code accordingly.
"&type=0" is the default, but when I used it for US, sometimes I had some strange/varying results – depending on its placement within the URL query string! I can't reproduce the strange variation again, but leaving this parameter out altogether (for US) seems to be the best thing to do.
The information above is the result of my own limited experimentation, mostly for just the 4 main eBay country-sites, the Daily Deals ("&dealdetail=2" parameter), and using the parameters/options specified above. For each relevant country-site, there seems to be a proliferation of deals and "sub-deals" that I haven't fully explored, compared to a few years ago when the Daily Deals first launched.
2014: Global eBay Deals? I don't know about feeds for this, but see: http://globaldeals.ebay.com/ .
2013: There seems to be an updated "Classic" XML feed URL syntax that may apply to several international sites. See the "/rps/" URLs above for UK and DE.
Sometimes the Daily Deals go on breaks (such as the Christmas holidays). Break duration differs by country. In such case, the live eBay web page should explain the details, while the XML feeds may just be empty (XML coding tip: be prepared for missing fields/nodes).
The feeds above may also contain additional specials that are peripheral to the core Deals.
Sometimes the number of Deals changes for certain promotions or seasons.
Although infrequent, occasionally a feed may have a couple of its fields/nodes renamed. For example, this once happened for UK+DE picture URL nodes.
The branding above may have changed for some countries (like Germany).
Historically, the XML feeds for DE and UK follow the same schema. I think AU may follow US as well -- but I haven't checked any of this recently.
The UK+DE Deals feeds and URLs seemed to have been migrated to corresponding "dealseu.ebay..." domains. I may update them soon.
eBay Deals: New Feed
I know little about this feed, but it seems to handle eBay Deals for eBay Canada, and maybe others countries.
CA - branding: "eBay Deals" web:http://deals.ebay.ca/ XML: http://www.ddservice.ebay.com/feeds/new/xml?siteid=2&count=4 (count=4 is arbitrary and can go pretty darn high)
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