Commerce APIs

Commerce APIs

About Commerce

The traditional definition of commerce is the exchange of services, goods, or something else of value between entities, such as business to consumer. Today, this internet has spawned a new term based on this exchange being online - eCommerce.

What is a Commerce API?

A commerce API helps a business or entity in its commerce endeavors. There are many use cases and types of these APIs, such as:

  • Researching past buying behaviors on popular sites like Amazon or eBay
  • Accessing current tax rates by locale
  • Checking whether a user’s email, domain, or IP is legitimate
  • Analyzing trending topics to create time-sensitive product offerings
  • Scraping data from popular online sellers to identify trends by season

How does a Commerce API work?

A commerce API works by connecting an application or software on a device with the machine or cloud that the data requested is housed on. This communication between machines is achieved by code, which may be any of the popular languages like Perl, Python, Java, C#, PHP, etc.

Who can benefit from Commerce APIs?

Any company or person who wishes to sell services or goods can benefit from a commerce API. These APIs may not be fancy but provide access to invaluable data, from tax rates to buying trends or popular seasonal products.

Why are Commerce APIs necessary?

By examining some of the uses of commerce APIs, one can deduce why they are essential to business in the modern world. For example, it would take a ridiculous amount of time to request lists of popular products sold or buying trends within a specific period from a big company. If the business even responded, weeding through thousands of lines of almost unintelligible information would then be a grueling task. Moreover, by the time the data was wholly analyzed, it would likely be unusable for the original purpose. However, this data is readily available using an API and can be sorted through in a flash.

What can you expect from a Commerce API?

Other than security, the main issue for developers to watch out for when accessing a commerce API is its refresh rate. Unless accessing legacy data, these APIs need to be as current as possible for the best results.

Are there examples of free Commerce APIs?

  1. USA Sales Tax per Zip Code
  2. Email Check Invalid or Disposable Domain
  3. Free GEO IP
  4. Sales Tax Calculator
  5. Craigslist Search
  6. Amazon Product Search
  7. Etsy
  9. Amazon Data Scraper
  10. Products
  12. Hot Topics, URLs, Search Trends and Others for the Day

Commerce API SDKs

All Commerce APIs are supported and made available in multiple developer programming languages and SDKs including:

  1. Node.js
  2. PHP
  3. Python
  4. Ruby
  5. Objective-C
  6. Java (Android)
  7. C# (.NET)
  8. cURL

Just select your preference from any API endpoints page.

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