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Finding the GTIN Being Used for a Product

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Hello,

 

I was wondering if it is possible to pull the GTIN that is being used for a given product on Google Shopping. Is there any way of doing this?

 

Thanking you in advance for your time!

 

Mason

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Finding the feeds of other sites could take quite a bit of effort. Every site is different and I doubt the process is detailed anywhere.

 

The other way is to check databases of GTINs like upcindex.com or upcitemdb.com. 

 

 

 

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Finding the GTIN Being Used for a Product

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Hi Mason,

 

If the product's site is a CMS and you know the plugin they are using, you might be able to find the default feed file address from the plugin docs. I've made many shopping accounts where the feed file does not have a password.

 

Why don't you have the GTIN yourself?

 

 

 

Finding the GTIN Being Used for a Product

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Thanks for the reply Rob.

 

I do have the GTIN but it seems as though they are using something different. If I search for the UPC on Google I can find the items, but not on Google Shopping. There appears to be maybe five or so people all selling the same item but they're all different listings. I want to be listed as another seller on the first listing. Is the process you described very detailed?

 

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Finding the feeds of other sites could take quite a bit of effort. Every site is different and I doubt the process is detailed anywhere.

 

The other way is to check databases of GTINs like upcindex.com or upcitemdb.com. 

 

 

 

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all global-trade-data submitted to google must be accurate and valid for the
physical item being sold and submitted -- or is otherwise a policy violation
and grounds for disapproval or (permanent) suspension, at any time.

 

valid gtin is typically stamped below a valid gtin bar-code --
directly on the product, at the factory, by the manufacturer;

inspecting the physical item for proper global-trade-data is

a best-practice since online sources can be out-of-date and

inaccurate with respect to a specific physical item.

 

currently, there is no way for other merchants to verify exactly what data is
being submitted to google for a given product; at one time, google exposed
their shopping-search-api, so global-trade-data attribute's (brand, gtin, mpn)
values could be searched directly and inspected, but that api has been retired.

 

google may sometimes show gtin under compare-prices and related groups.

 

results in the (google-shopping) ad-auctions depend on the bid and quality;
google decides if, or how, results are grouped on google-shopping based
on all data submitted, including global-trade-data, search-terms, individual
features selected within google-shopping, search history over time, and
many other factors -- currently, merchants cannot force how items are
displayed, formatted, grouped, not grouped, or listed as another seller.

 

seller-lists on google-shopping are created dynamically and automatically
based on historical, statistical, bucketed, data and tend to be strongly
influenced by user behavior over time; the legacy shopping-search-api

also had exposed these buckets and their related details over time.

 

potential policy violations by others may be reported directly to google.

 

see also
http://www.gs1.org/barcodes/ean-upc

 

Finding the GTIN Being Used for a Product

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Thank you so much for all of the information. Does this mean that the other seller could actually be using the same GTIN that I am?

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first, you're welcome.

yes -- all other sellers of the same product must use the same gtin.

global-trade-data are mainly legal designations assigned by
the manufacturer, that uniquely identifies a specific product --
unique product identifiers.

all merchants selling that specific physical inventory item, must all
submit identical global-trade-data (brand, gtin, mpn) as assigned by
the manufacturer -- or is otherwise a policy violation and grounds for
disapproval or (permanent) suspension from the program, at any time.