Amazon Affiliate API - match ASINs across countries?

Discussion in 'Affiliate Programs' started by GermanBlackhat, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. GermanBlackhat

    GermanBlackhat Newbie

    Mar 17, 2009
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    Hey all,

    quick question to anyone who went deep into the Amazon Affiliate API: Is there any way to much products across different geographies? I often see that the same product exists both in UK and US store of Amazon, but the ASIN is different. If I want to build a multi-geography Amazon affiliate business, I am loosing people from geographies if I feature a product but only have the US ASIN in there. Sure, you can go and check manually and copy/paste the product title from US store to UK store and take the ASIN from there but there must be a smarter way of doing that...

    Maybe anybody on here encountered the same issue and has a solution.

    Also, I would be very thankful for all Amazon Affiliate related discussions / threads on this board where something interesting has been discussed to learn... :)


  2. unstabletable

    unstabletable Junior Member

    Feb 12, 2012
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    I had a similar problem and found out no great solution. You could always search for the product name in the APIs and try to get ASINs that way, but as you probably know as a programmer, this often fails. The product names across different Amazons can vary so the script won't always work.

    One way around this is to put Amazon search pages to affiliate links. For example, if your product is Philips Norelco 6948XL/41 (Amazon US ASIN B00CD1QU80), you would make your affiliate links like this:

    US customers click here:
    UK customers click here: Norelco 6948XL/41&tag=yourtag-21
    German customers click here: Norelco 6948XL/41&tag=yourtag-21

    It's far from perfect but I've seen some guys use this kind of technique.