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8. The eBay API > 111. Track Items in Your Watching List

Track Items in Your Watching List

Link an off-eBay auction tracker with eBay’s Items I’m Watching list.

eBay provides the Items I’m Watching list (in My eBay Bidding/Watching) to help you keep track of auctions on which you haven’t yet bid. A corresponding API call, GetWatchList, allows you to access the contents of that list.

But the Items I’m Watching list is rather limited and can be replaced with a custom tracking list [Hack #29] . Although the hack works, there are two simple ways to use the eBay API to make the script more robust and efficient:

  • Retrieve the title and end date with the GetItem API call instead of using the flakier method of extracting them from the auction page title.


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