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8. The eBay API > 102. Climb Out of the Sandbox

Climb Out of the Sandbox

Deal with certification and go “live.”

eBay is understandably protective about any access it permits through its API. To that end, they provide the Sandbox, a “dummy” eBay site with which you can test your programs to your heart’s content.

The Sandbox is located at sandbox.ebay.com, and looks (and acts) just like eBay.com. Although it’s nearly fully functional (some features don’t work at all), its auction and user databases are completely separate from the main eBay site.

The idea is that you can create user accounts, list items, bid, and even check out, all without incurring the fees and API call limits that would otherwise prevent you from freely testing your application or scripts on the main site.


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