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Using python for automation of amazon to ebay shipping

Discussion in 'Ebay' started by blueboy121, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. blueboy121

    blueboy121 Newbie

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    I'm using python to automate amazon to ebay dropshipping. For Ebay, I'm using their API system using my personal ebay account. In order to check product availability and price changes on Amazon, I'm doing scraping using rotating proxies. I'm assuming that I can't use amazon's API becuase I'd get banned and it's not easy getting access to their API. Right? Or am I wrong about not using Amazon's API.

    So far, I think I have figured out how to eventually automate price and availability from Amazon to ebay for my listed items. The next stage for me is to figure out how to setup automatic shipping from amazon to ebay. This will probably involve using several amazon accounts, which I can set up by hand. But I don't know where to start with automated shipping. The only idea that I have is to use browser controlling modules in python (such as selenium) or, in the worst case scenario GUI a-utomation modules (I really want to avoid this option!)


    Is there an easier way to this (even if it isn't using python, I heard something about Django and some other coding languages) or do you have any other recommendations for setting up automated shipping from amazon to ebay?
     
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  2. vitac

    vitac Newbie

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    I also automated what you described with Node, , only afterwards I thought to my self why the hell I didn't do that with python.

    Well, no matter how good my programming skills can be, I still cant seem to sell sh*t on ebay.

    And what you described doesn't seem so hard. just.. be careful. you can lose money if you do calculations wrong or getting things f*cked up and get confused what items were actually sent or what wasn't sent and you don't know about it because you didn't handle that case right. because of wrong coding.
     
  3. mulcahy43

    mulcahy43 Newbie

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    Honestly, I wouldn't try to automate the ordering process. I have a whole software set I created myself that does what your software does plus a little more. It automatically tracks price changes and inventory. It works for Overstock and Wayfair as well. I tried the automatic shipping and it really didn't benefit me too much. There was just too much risk.

    What I did was created a software that basically made the shipping process very simple and easy. What I mean by that is all I ave to do is go to the "Order Details" page for the specific sale, and click go. It will back track to the suppliers page, login for me, set up the order with my credit card and enter their shipping data. It does everything except for press order. I personally like to double check everything before ordering, considering some of my profits are over $1000 per item. I just like to be safe. I don't know anything about Amazon's or eBay's API.
     
  4. blueboy121

    blueboy121 Newbie

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    Thanks for the reply but what in the hell are you selling?! haha $1000 PROFIT per item? btw I'm not really asking what your item is. I'm just surprised because I thought profit margins were in the range of $5-100 using amazon to ebay. I just can't figure out how you'd make $1000 unless what you're selling costs $xx,xxx
     
  5. Mindfr3ak

    Mindfr3ak Newbie

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    Can you give more info on your automated methods and which programming languages you used? I am also a programmer and i do not know from where to start. Any links to get me started would be appreciated.

    I use iMacros just to check Amazon price changes.
     
  6. blueboy121

    blueboy121 Newbie

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    I'm doing everything in Python. I just started learning it 2 weeks ago with basic programming skills. Search google for a-utomatetheboringstuff for the website that I learnt the basics from. It has tutorials and code examples for most of what you'd want to do. The rest I just google.

    I'm also using Ebay's API to make things easier. Search more about this if you want to get information and update your items in Ebay.

    Some other things that you might want to read up on:
    How to avoid detection when scraping
    Items that you shouldn't sell on ebay (search for "VeRo" items)
     
  7. braveIndia

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    ive been writing a program for a few months that does a little research with ebay. similar to 'terapeak', i think.
    i myself sell used carparts on ebay, so i built the program completely around selling car parts.
    it works well, although it has lots of different bugs here and there. i use python3 and python's ebaysdk.


    basically, i provide a list of 100 car names to the program, and for each car,
    it performs an ebay search and gives me back GOOD SUGGESTIONS of the highest-selling and most-frequently-selling parts out of the cars within the list.
    these cars are not immediately accessible to me, but i know good ways of finding them.
    once the program makes its suggestions, i then locate the cars, pull a few parts off a few cars, and try selling them.
    ive only had the opportunity to fully use it once for practice, but i pocketed $215 in profit 3 hours after doing it.
    (and thats profit, the part itself sold for $350 or so. and i was able to dropship the part so i didnt have to do any of the manual labor whatsoever.)
    obviously the seller still has to do the major work if youre not dropshipping, such as in finding /acquiring / posting the item, ect.
    but using the program, it gives me a great leg up on what to sell.


    as simple as i can put it, the program counts up every word that gets returned in the results of my search, and the most frequent
    words will be seen as the most popular parts that sell for this car.


    im interested in seeing if anyone has ever worked on anything similar and what you did and how it worked out?
    or any suggestions on other methods of figuring out what items are best to sell. i have the ability to make visualizations like graphs, although id just have to
    spend a little time practicing. also, if anyone has done figured out how to manually research a particular market on ebay well,
    and is interested in having it automated for better results, id love to hear about it and see if my concept for carparts also works for your own market.

    this past summer through manual searching, i was able to sell $15,000 of parts in about a 3month span.
    my program and with some good creative thinking, i expect this number will increase exponentially.


    thanks!
     
  8. redarrow

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    how the hell did you use ebay or amazon to no what car parts are selling the most , how did you program or get access to such info?
     
  9. braveIndia

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    its a piece of cake. so easy in fact, i feel like there should be a ton of people out there with the same sort of program.
    literally all im doing is performing lots and lots ebay searches, and organizing/filtering all the results in such a way that i know how to work with the data and make a killing. all im doing is utilizing the tools that ebay makes available for all users, except programmatically.

    that plus a little creative thinking.