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Use identifier exists `TRUE` when don't know the GTIN?

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We don't have all products GTIN in our system, but they do exist, can I use identifier exists TRUE?

 

<g:identifier_exists>TRUE</g:identifier_exists>
 
or it's just as leaving it empty? (and will return an error/warning) 
 
 
 
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Re: Use identifier exists `TRUE` when don't know the GTIN?

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for what type of item?

 

what valid global-trade-data (mpn, brand)

is being submitted for the item?

the type of (physical) item determines the
global-trade (gtin, mpn, brand) requirements
and if identifier_exists must be TRUE or FALSE

gtin is only required for media items.

brand is only required for apparel (clothing).

for all other types of items at least two
valid and correct global-trade-data values
are required.

identifier_exists TRUE can be used
if gtin does not exist for items other
than media items -- if mpn and brand
are valid and submitted.

identifier_exists FALSE must be submitted
if gtin does not exist for media items.

if identifier_exists is blank (entirely empty)
then google considers the value to be TRUE --
as with most TRUE/FALSE based attributes.

details are currently here --

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/1344057

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188494

 

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Accepted by topic author Joel F
September 2015

Re: Use identifier exists `TRUE` when don't know the GTIN?

[ Edited ]
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# 2
Top Contributor


for what type of item?

 

what valid global-trade-data (mpn, brand)

is being submitted for the item?

the type of (physical) item determines the
global-trade (gtin, mpn, brand) requirements
and if identifier_exists must be TRUE or FALSE

gtin is only required for media items.

brand is only required for apparel (clothing).

for all other types of items at least two
valid and correct global-trade-data values
are required.

identifier_exists TRUE can be used
if gtin does not exist for items other
than media items -- if mpn and brand
are valid and submitted.

identifier_exists FALSE must be submitted
if gtin does not exist for media items.

if identifier_exists is blank (entirely empty)
then google considers the value to be TRUE --
as with most TRUE/FALSE based attributes.

details are currently here --

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/1344057

https://support.google.com/merchants/answer/188494