zZounds Data feed InformationRevised 23JUN2003
- What's a data feed?
A data feed is a table of zZounds products that is
downloaded regularly by an automated script that you write. The script then
extracts information from the table and creates HTML that is viewable by
visitors to your site. The data feed comes with short descriptions of each
product, links to the product images, product prices, etc. Please note that
this data feed is available to experienced users who know how to program a
site using a data feed. Programming support is not available.
- How often do you update your data feeds?
Our data feed is dynamically
generated when you download it, so you are always downloading the most current
information on our products.
- What does the data feed cost?
Nothing. We have dropped the setup fee
for the data feed.
- How do I get started?
- Read the information page and note the feed use limitations.
- Contact us using this web
form and indicate that you wish to setup a data feed.
- Once we have approved you for the feed, we will enable the feed for your
account. Return to this page and you will see a new "Download your feed"
link. This link points to
Feed use terms and conditions
- The feed cannot be used as a basis for a shop-bot or price comparison
tool. On any given page on your website, if you use the data feed to show a
product image or description, you may not display competitor links on that
- No more than 50 products may be displayed on a single page.
- If you choose to omit zZounds prices on your site, the feed should be used
to update your site at least monthly. Our customers want to see accurate
information. If you show a product on your site that we no longer offer, this
creates confusion and takes users away from products where you could be
earning a referral fee. If your site displays zZounds prices, your website
must be fully automated and do a daily update from the feed. If customers see
one price on your site and then come to ours and see a different price, they
will understandably believe that this is a bait-and-switch situation. They
won’t buy and you will not profit. If we show that your site is repeatedly not
posting updates in a timely manner, we will send you a notice that you need to
resume your updates or remove the product links from your site. If you ignore
the notice(s), we may suspend or terminate your affiliate account.
- We may change the requirements to use our data feed program at any time.
We want our affiliate partners to create web sites that provide real value to
users while also promoting zZounds. zZounds spends a considerable amount of
time and money maintaining and improving our product catalog. If we find that
affiliates are using the data feed program to duplicate our product catalog
without adding any value or affiliates are using it to promote our
competitors, we may add significant restrictions to the data feed program to
ensure that this does not occur.
- The information contained in the data feed remains the property of zZounds
and may not be transferred or sold to any other party. Use of the information
in the data feed is limited to promoting zZounds and is otherwise goverened by
the zZounds Affiliate Agreement.