Save your favorite searches in your web browser as bookmarks.
As with "Create a Split-Pane Search Tool" [Hack #105] and "Receive Search Results via RSS" [Hack #106] , this hack retrieves eBay search results in a way that can be customized for a very specific application.
Instead of using eBay's XML or SOAP APIs, this script uses eBay's
little-known REST API. The REST API is simpler to use, but currently
only supports a single function:
GetSearchResults. Fortunately, this is exactly
the one call you need.
The first step is to retrieve a special REST Auth & Auth token [Hack #103] . The only thing different you'll have to do for this hack is to click the "Include the REST token" checkbox.
Now you're ready to make an eBay REST request. REST requests are simple because they're just HTTP URLs, so you can test them out in your web browser. Here's the format:
http://rest.api.ebay.com/restapi?Query=<Insert Your Query> &RequestToken=<Insert your REST Token>&RequestUserId<Insert Your eBay User Id>&CallName=GetSearchResults.
Replace the placeholders with appropriate values: the
Query (what you want to search for), the
RequestToken (the value you just generated),
RequestUserId (your eBay
member ID). Make sure to replace any spaces in your query with plus
Here's an example that searches for "eBay Hacks":
When you enter this into your browser's ...