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My eBay application has passed the compatible application check! “What does it mean?”, the imaginary you would ask.
Well, let me tell the imaginary you.
The eBay application is the primary and most important component of my laptop reselling business, and it’s also my master’s thesis. Anybody can register to be an eBay developer and use their APIs (the thingamajig that lets a program get information from eBay and put stuff on sale there, without the programmer ever actually going to eBay website). The API allows for 5000 calls a day — that means that my program can get information from eBay 5000 times every day.
Looks like a lot? Well, guess what, it’s NOT. Not for my purposes anyway. My application sends dozens of requests every minute, and it adds up to about 9000 a day. So actually I use two applications. Actually actually, I use 4 applications cause it makes their duties easier to separate. This is however, quite annoying, possibly against eBay policy, and if I ever want to expand I need to make more applications using a bunch of fake names and emails.
But lo! There is a way to make it all simpler. It’s called “EBay compatible applications check” and I JUST PASSED IT. WOOT. Basically, eBay looks over your applications and says that it’s OK. I had to jump through a couple of hoops to pass it, but it wasn’t so bad. And now instead of 5000 calls a day I can make 1500000 calls a day. That should be enough for awhile
And now I can expand beyond laptops! What should I sell?