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Amazon search no longer works

Postby vjl » Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:37 pm

Scanning this barcode with Amazon US only as the source:

9780062204479

results in a record without much data - a title, Redemption [the book is called Thankful, so the title is not right], and the URL field has https://www.amazon.com/gp/slredirect/pi ... irect.html filled in.

This has happened with several books I've been scanning. All other fields are left blank, which is very odd.

Beta 124 on 10.13.6 The Amazon Settings button shows the associate ID as pedia01-20
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Re: Amazon search no longer works

Postby Conor » Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:05 am

Thank you for the details. Try Beta 125 although the changes were very small, so it might have been a temporary change. If you are still not seeing the correct title let me know.
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Re: Amazon search no longer works

Postby vjl » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:28 pm

Just downloaded/installed beta125...same issue persists. I can't get accurate results from Bookpedia with Amazon US as the only source.

I scanned this barcode:

9780544273443

And I got a record with 2 fields filled out:

Title: Darkness Series Boxed Set
URL: https://www.amazon.com/gp/slredirect/pi ... irect.html

Note, that if I fill in the ASIN in Bookpedia, clear the URL and Title fields and use the cog wheel to fetch data from Amazon, then the entry is populated accurately.

EDIT: The actual result should have been this Amazon record:

https://www.amazon.com/Lord-Rings-Delux ... 43&s=books
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Re: Amazon search no longer works

Postby vjl » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:35 pm

Since I have a lot of books to enter, I did some playing around. I was able to get Bookpedia to give the proper results only when not using Amazon Test from the Help Menu and instead using my own Affiliate/Associates ID instead.
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Re: Amazon search no longer works

Postby Conor » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:54 pm

Thank you for taking the time to give me the extra info to help me track down the issue.

As when I search for that ISBN I do get the proper result f the Lord of the Rings.

If you search by ASIN directly do you get the proper result as well or just when using the cog wheel? Do try signing out of Amazon in Safari as a test and then searching. I might be overlooking some advertised books.
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Re: Amazon search no longer works

Postby vjl » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:31 pm

Conor wrote:If you search by ASIN directly do you get the proper result as well or just when using the cog wheel? Do try signing out of Amazon in Safari as a test and then searching. I might be overlooking some advertised books.


Before I put my own Amazon Associates/Affiliate info in, the only way to get the proper result was via the cog wheel. The search via the multi add button and scanning a barcode, would come up with a weird title and the same URL [and no other data].

Signing out of Amazon didn't have any affect.

Search did speed up [i think that was a local issue], as I detailed in a separate case via e.mail [unsure if that e.mail got to you - it was regarding a "bug" from last August that really wasn't a bug for me. :) ]. But using the Amazon test feature with any/all barcodes I scanned, would result in weird and incorrect results. :(
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Re: Amazon search no longer works

Postby Conor » Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:58 am

I'll try the multi add, might be related to the problem. I always test via the single add, as essentially it should be the same. But could be the speed of multiple searches is affecting the Amazon Test search, it's something I never tested. Thank you for the clarification.
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Re: Amazon search no longer works

Postby vjl » Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:12 am

Because I use Bookpedia for my bookstore, when i am adding items into it, I'm doing so in large groups [dozens of items], so they get scanned via a USB Metrologic barcode scanner. I typically scan in groups, wait for all the items to be added to a collection, and then multi-edit several fields from those scanned items [eg: purchased at, purchased on, paid, placed for sale at, on sale, etc].

I don't think I've ever used the single add button, actually! :D
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