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Avatar (SF) Renato ... 1 post

Hello, developpers and others,
We have in Brazil an “associated” auctions site called “mercadolivre” – http://www.mercadolivre.com.br.
Is it possible to make JBidwatcher works with this auction site? What the changes/setup possibilities available to get it running with it?

Thanks a lot,


Avatar Morgan Schweers Administrator 1,204 post(s)

Mercado Livre uses a seperate item number ‘space’ than eBay, so the standard method of referring to eBay’s primary site doesn’t work.

You’d have to build a MLServer (Mercado Livre Server) class in Java that incorporated the recognition code for their auction pages.

It’s complex, but doable. For instance:

breaks down into the basic URL
and the item-specific CGI:

This means that actually identifying any given item is easy enough.

You could search for:
Preço Fixo:
via getNextContentAfterContent() and you’d be getting the ‘fixed price’ for the item. I don’t know what auctions look like, but the HTML looks pretty straightforward.

You’d have to add the Real as a currency, but that’s also straightforward.

All told it’s doable, but I don’t know the language well enough to be comfortable doing it myself and being confident I’m right about what means what.

— Morgan Schweers, CyberFOX!