Amazon Marketplace

We are in the process of integrating with Amazon Marketplace for one of our retailers via the API’s documented on Amazon Seller Central. The API’s are terrible! It appears that the API was initially designed as a series of XML documents to be sent to Amazon using HTTP POST however at the last minute somebody at Amazon decided to use SOAP with the XML document as an attachment to the SOAP message. The issues of sending attachments using SOAP are well documented. Amazon developed but do not maintain the Amazon Merchant Transport Utility which is no use to anybody in a SaaS environment where third party applications cannot be installed. It’s about time Amazon cleaned up this API.

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