Here's a thread for anyone interested in using the Amazon.com or AliExpress product APIs.
What can you do with the APIs?
Basically you can programmatically search these retailers' catalogs and get products back in XML format. Then you can use the data to make your own scraper sites/e-commerce stores.
You can see the API in action as the Niche Laboratory and Product Laboratory both use these APIs to show you products based on the niche keywords you enter.
In general I'm pretty happy with both APIs. AliExpress is more basic but it has some wonderful products on there that aren't available on Amazon. AliExpress is a goldmine of terrific products that you could buy in bulk and sell through Amazon or your own store.
Amazon of course is well known and people still prefer to buy from Amazon.
It's not all positive though...
It's annoyingly difficult to get customer reviews out of both.
I couldn't see how to get the product ratings out of Amazon.
AliExpress's API only works for about half their product range. Grrr.
If you have any questions about either the Amazon or AliExpress APis then post below.
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