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Amazon E-Commerce Service (ECS)

Amazon’s ECS Getting Started Guide is really a quite useful and practical introduction to accessing Amazon’s product database. The introduction also includes working code examples. Registration is quick, obtaining an access key is free, and the beginning is frequently a good place to start.


From the Amazon ECS Getting Started Guide

What is ECS?

ECS is the best way to make money on the Internet. Amazon has spent ten years and over $1 billion developing a world-class web service that millions of customers use every day. As a developer, you can build ECS applications that leverage this robust, scalable, and reliable technology. You get access the data used by, including the items for sale, customer reviews, seller reviews, and most of the functionality that you see on, such as finding items, finding similar items, displaying customer reviews, and product promotions. In short, ECS operations open the doors to Amazon’s databases so that you can take advantage of Amazon’s sophisticated e-commerce data and functionality. Build your own web store to sell Amazon items or your own items.

There are many ways to earn money using ECS-driven websites and applications. One way is to become an ECS Associate. Associates earn commissions by advertising items for sale by Amazon. When the customer decides to purchase an item, the Associate’s website links the customer to Amazon for the actual order submission and fulfillment. Associates earn a percentage of the sale.

This guide explains how you can use ECS operations to create such storefronts, in which you enable Internet customers to search for items, see pictures of them, find related items, get customer reviews, and purchase items without stocking or shipping a single item.

Best of all, ECS is free. By signing up to become a ECS developer, you will join the tens of thousands of developers who are already realizing financial gains by creating ECS-driven applications and websites.

Who Should Read This Guide?

This guide is written for developers who want to create e-commerce driven applications and websites. We assume that you are proficient at programming in the computer language of your choice and have had some exposure to web service technologies, such as REST, SOAP, and XML. You can write ECS applications and websites in most modern computer languages.


Written by Tom Fox

06/04/2007 at 7:20 am

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  1. I read the guide, and then created an e-commerce service. Was easy to read and understand too. Although I’d recommend using the rest web service as it’s a lot easier to work with then soap.


    12/08/2008 at 10:30 pm

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