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I seem to be having a problem - I have installed the December 24 version, and after I add some products, and then click on "Update" under Current Auctions, I see all of my listings flash up on the page for 3 seconds and then disapeer and nothing is updated...

 

Does anyone have any idea what I have forgotton to do ?


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Can't view the ebay action page in MS Explore on the mac os.... netscape is fine. Is fine on the pc as well. Any thoughts?

 

 

<table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">

<tr>

<td>

<script language="JavaScript"

type="text/JavaScript">

if(navigator.appName == "Microsoft Internet Explorer")

{

document.write("<object type='text/x-scriptlet' data='http://www.avalonbloom.com/catalog/auction_product_info.php?cPath=9999&products_id=68' width='100%' height='1300'></object>")

}

else

{

document.write("<object type='text/html' data='http://www.avalonbloom.com/catalog/auction_product_info.php?cPath=9999&products_id=68' width='100%' height='1300'></object>")

}

</script>

</td>

</tr>

</table>

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This is for ALL STS users... I found that the auction_product_info.php doesn't work with STS... However, if you add;

 

<?php require(DIR_WS_INCLUDES . 'column_left.php'); ?> - "above <html> tag"

 

<?php require(DIR_WS_INCLUDES . 'column_right.php'); ?> - "below </html> tag"

 

add this to your auction_product_info.php and ALL will be OK for you!!!

 

-CyberPhreez :blink:

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Fix my IE on MAC-OS problem.. sort of...

I modified the code in auction_product_info.php

First I put <script language="JavaScript" type="text/JavaScript"> on to one line... this solved the problem of not being able to see the auction in the preview.

Second I removed the if statement and used the type='text/html' version.... It seems to work on every browser now.

 

I had another thought about the code that was generated, which was "how does e-bay index the page for searchs"??

So to be safe I added a static image with a dynamicly generated alt tag that pulls the title and description into it when html is generated. Is this redundent?

 

Below is the the new html that is generated automaticly.

 

<table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">

<tr>

<td>

<script language="JavaScript" type="text/JavaScript">

document.write("<object type='text/html' data='http://www.avalonbloom.com/catalog/auction_product_info.php?cPath=9999&products_id=68' width='100%' height='1450' style='overflow:visible' ></object>")

</script>

<p align="center"><font size="1" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Copyright Avalon Bloom, A Company of Electric BlueFish Productions Inc. <br>

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED</font> </p>

<!-- Added gif with alt tag to capture product name and description for search engines -->

<img src="http://www.avalonbloom.com/catalog/images/pixel_trans.gif" alt="Lewis and Clark Feathers Kaleidoscope by Moda Fabrics <br>A precut quilt block kit to make 10 quilt blocks. Each block measures 10 1/2 inches square

when sewn. Each block in the set will be uniquely different due to cutting them using

the stack and whack method. These beautiful blocks are rotary cut from

<i><b>prewashed 100% cotton</b></i><b> </b>.

The fabrics are a Feather print in light to dark Nautural on a Burgundy

background from the <b> Lewis and Clark group by <i>Barbara Brackman &

Terry Clothier Thompson Shoshone 1790-1820</i></b> for <b>Moda Fabrics

</b>and a matching small vine print from the <b> Lewis and Clark group

by <i>Barbara Brackman & Terry Clothier Thompson Snowberry 1840-1890</i></b>

for <b>Moda Fabrics. </b>You can put these blocks together in a quilt

in different ways. <i><b>Illustrated</b></i> <b><i>instructions</i></b>

included to complete the blocks that even a novice sewer can understand

as well as bonus instructions for dimensions to include these blocks in

a King, Queen, Double, Twin or Baby Crib, wall hanging quilt as well as

a Table Runner or Placemats.">

<!-- end Gif --></td>

</tr>

</table>

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I am having another problem.... Went to test a transaction to see the user experience.

 

For some reason the auctionout.php is not finding the purchasers email address??

 

I enabled debug and this is what I end up with:

[LINES] 8108408731[iTEMS]May-27-04[iTEMS]May-27-04 14:36:59 PDT[iTEMS]$0.99[iTEMS]Country Patriotic Kaleidoscope Quilt Block Kit[iTEMS]ian340(24)(*)[iTEMS]me@domain.com[iTEMS][LINES] 8106908897[iTEMS]May-22-04[iTEMS]May-29-04 19:00:00 PDT[iTEMS]$13.99[iTEMS]Blue Rose KALEIDOSCOPE Quilt Blocks[iTEMS]No Bids Yet[iTEMS]?[iTEMS][ etc.....

 

The email address it should find is me@domain.com which is clearly listed.... but what I get is:

We are unable to process your auction item.

Please use the email address that you have registered with eBay.

 

Since it does not appear to be a curl issue... :unsure: and it is not an ebay issue... :unsure: (as I am getting data from the site)... I am stumped. My guess is that the data from ebay is not being parse correctly but since I don't know what it should look like I don't know how to fix the problem.

 

Anyone?

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Did some more error checking... the issue is not a parsing problem as the data table is being updated correctly with the current auction info.

 

The problem appears to be elsewhere....

 

Suggestions?

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OK,

My problem is also the products_status field being marked completed.

Here is a prime example of the problem... My browser was taking too long to load the page so I hit the refresh button and bang you guessed it the action is marked completed but the cookie was not updated with the transaction .... Which apparently got flamed earlier in this thread.

 

Has anyone created a fix to move the "status completed" to the transaction completed paged?

 

At this point, unfortunately this mod is not usable in a production environment... My target audience is not computer literate enough to understand and avoid the problem, if I make the checkout process even the least bit complicated I lose sales.

More over there is no facility to immediately telling if the user has attempted to log-in and has failed.... Which means that I cannot reliably intervene and reset the status so they can try again... maybe if the mod were to double validate the transaction aka. match a invoice to the auction?

 

Would love a patch to get the checkout running reliably. This version seems so close, and meets my immedate requirements.

 

I do have one wish item... please check the html generator and confirm that it is generating functional code for the IE browser on the Macintosh. I would be happy to test this for you if you do not have access to a Macintosh system... all should note that the code generated currently is not compatible with MAC IE and results in a blank page being displayed in your auction when view in this browser. I believe this is an active x issue?

 

I love the concept of this mod.. many of the suggestions would be really helpful... shame there is no way of adding the ability to turbo list from within the store, but I would settle and be VERY happy if the auction_out.php would work in a bullet proof way.

 

Please don't take this as a flame... I am very much a fan and look forward to your next rev. You have inspired me to learn PHP.

 

Can you post an ETA on the development of the next version?

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I use the shop by price contribution and I noticed that when I clicked on the price range under $10.00 all my current auctions were being listed for a price of $0.00 and could be purchased and checked out for $0.00. Anyone else using the shop by price notice this?


Keith

 

 

What the hell was I thinkin'?

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Is this mod still going? I have noticed that there seems to be no newish messages on the arrival of the new version??

I would love to use it :-)

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A quick and dirty mod so that when a customer clicks on the "bid now", it takes them straight to the correct ebay page.

In catalog/includes/modules/auction_product_listing.php find:

 

case 'PRODUCT_LIST_BUY_NOW':

$lc_align = 'center';

$lc_text = '<a target="_blank" href="http://cgi6.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewSellersOtherItems&userid=' . $ebayid . '&include=0&since=-1&sort=3&rows=25">' . TEXT_BID_NOW . '</a> ';

break;

 

replace with:

 

case 'PRODUCT_LIST_BUY_NOW':

 

//Ebay item number

$ebayitem_query = tep_db_query("SELECT products_model FROM auction_data WHERE products_id= '" . $listing['products_id'] . "'");

$ebayitem_result = mysql_fetch_array($ebayitem_query);

$ebayitem = $ebayitem_result['products_model'];

 

$lc_align = 'center';

$lc_text = '<a target="_blank" href="http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=' . $ebayitem . '">' . TEXT_BID_NOW . '</a> ';

break;

 

(This is for UK ebay. For US or other ebay sites change the ...//cgi.ebay.co.uk.... accordingly.)

 

Results can be seen at http://www.nostalgiabookshop.com

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I want to install this mod, but it looks like it has not been updated in a while. Also the recommended additional contribution is kind of old and a pre-stable release...anyone tried it with this contribution: http://www.oscommerce.com/community/contributions,1511 (7 Mar 2004 - guest Account login with only email?) It looks really good. I have some questions before I install it..

 

Will my customer's PayPal form be pre-populated? Which PayPal IPN do you recommend to go with it? Is this a stable release? Can I send feedback from my site with it? Does it automatically send a winning bidder notification? Sorry to bombard you with questions, but the documentation is kind of slim. Looks like a sweet contribution assuming it is stable and reliable ;)


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oh ya - almost forgot my main question! Will this download ALL of my listings or is it like PayPal's website, where it will only download non-buy it now items? That is the trouble I have with other solutons, and I don't want to install it only to find out. Can someone tell me before I install it? Thank you all.


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Hello All,

 

Trying to get this promissing contrib working and have a question for the experts.

 

At first I was getting a screen with my website header and breadcrumbs when using the generated auction code. I have STS installed so I added the lines from CyberPhreez post to auction_product_info.php and that fixed my problem, somewhat.

 

Now I'm getting an output but it's displaying the entire website along with the item. I'm assuming this is also a problem between Automated_Auction_Process and STS. Anyone know what I need to do so that only the item for sale is displayed?

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Hello everyone!

 

revolutionsales,

Now I'm getting an output but it's displaying the entire website along with the item. I'm assuming this is also a problem between Automated_Auction_Process and STS. Anyone know what I need to do so that only the item for sale is displayed?

 

Not too sure what you mean by this, but earlier in this thread someone talks about a fix for STS and Automated Auction Process.

 

Hope that helps.

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Thanks for the quick response

 

Originally, when I'd create an auction listing it would display fine from the osc preview screen but when I inserted the generated code into an ebay auction description all that was displayed was my website header and a blank space below that. (My website header was not entered into the item description, it only contained the text, "test product description")

 

I then checked this forum and found the post earlier from CyberPhreez. He said that auction_product_info.php was incompatible with STS and suggested adding

 

<?php require(DIR_WS_INCLUDES . 'column_left.php'); ?>

- above the <html> tag and

 

<?php require(DIR_WS_INCLUDES . 'column_right.php'); ?>

- below </html> tag to auction_product_info.php.

 

I added these lines and currently when I insert the generated code into an ebay auction description my website appears with the listing description in the center, appearing the same as if the listing were navigated to through my website alone. Basically my entire website runs inside the ebay description.

 

Here's the listing code:

<table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0">
 <tr>
   <td>
    <script language="JavaScript" 
     type="text/JavaScript">
     if(navigator.appName == "Microsoft Internet Explorer") 
     {
     document.write("<object type='text/x-scriptlet' data='http://revolution-sales.com/catalog/auction_product_info.php?cPath=9999&products_id=115' width='100%' height='1300'></object>")
     }
     else
     {
     document.write("<object type='text/html' data='http://revolution-sales.com/catalog/auction_product_info.php?cPath=9999&products_id=115' width='100%' height='1300'></object>")
     }
     </script>
   </td>
 </tr>
</table>

 

Also, I found that those lines must also be added to auctionout.php.

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Update: Definately a STS incompatibility. Removed STS and Automated Auction Process works and displays fine. Unfortunately, I don't have the aptitude to troubleshoot any further. Perhaps I'll need to learn how to change ocs' layout without STS.

 

I'll try posting to the STS forum.

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I am wondering why new_products.php and whats_new.php are included with this contribution, but no reference to them in the instructions. Am I supposed to examine the differences using something like examdiff and make the chanes from my current files? Was this a mistake, and I should ignore the two files? Why are they there?


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Also have another question: Does this contribution work with "Buy it now" items and multiples of an item but in one listing? I need to know this before I install. It looks like a great contribution, but I read earlier in this thread that it does not work with fixed price listings or multiple items on one listing. I know this is the second time I have asked this question, but nobody seems to be answering me, so asking again.

Edited by vyoufinder

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Ok, installed: 24 Dec 2003 - Automated Auction Process v1.0

 

Got everything working first time out :D

 

BUT when I add an item the weight is not shown in the right hand side.

 

Any ideas?

 

Can't wait till this gets updated with the enhanced features!

 

Thanx

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I am wondering why new_products.php and whats_new.php are included with this contribution, but no reference to them in the instructions. Am I supposed to examine the differences using something like examdiff and make the chanes from my current files? Was this a mistake, and I should ignore the two files? Why are they there?

The files you mention are reconfigured as not to display the item if you select not to display in your store option. These are just other areas that are handeling this configuration.

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