Free to Use Price Comparison APIs for Publishers from PriceCheckIndia

By Jubin Mehta|28th May 2012
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PriceCheckIndia is a price comparison site which allows you to find the best deals. Founded by two IITians, Punit and Rahul, after Punit quit his high paying job, PriceCheckIndia has been climbing the charts. Relying on advertising model to generate revenue currently, PriceCheckIndia has opened up its APIs for publishers.

Talking about what prompted them to take this step, Punit says, “At PriceCheckIndia, we experienced the difficulties of building up the price mining algorithm. The major challenge was to deal with vast amount of heterogeneous product data from various stores and accurately grouping it together. In the process we figured that a lot of fellow entrepreneurs are trying to nail the same problem. Hence we saw an opportunity to assist aspiring companies in the space.”

With a vision to enable budding entrepreneurs to build innovative applications using the PriceCheckIndia API without having to reinvent the wheel for getting the prices from various stores, PCI is currently the only provider in India which allows this.

Why should one use the API?

If someone is currently using a home grown price mining algorithm, they must be already aware of the challenges involved on a day today basis in maintaining such database. Managing heterogeneous data from various ecommerce stores is too cumbersome for everyone involved in the process. PriceCheckIndia has already championed this space and is continuously working to improve its algorithm. Because of these challenges involved in developing and maintaining the backend systems for price mining, we are hoping to see good number of customers coming from existing businesses that find this piece laborious and want to outsource it to experts. Besides maintaining the platform we promptly add new upcoming products and major stores, hence our API consumers can focus on their core businesses. That is a big advantage our consumers are going to get which will help them stay ahead of the curve.

How can one use the APIs?

-                     Request API access using www.pricecheckindia.com/api

-                     Integrate the API using the sandbox environment credentials

-                     Demo the app to PriceCheckIndia team

-                     Request the production system key for API

-                     Rollout

Email support is available on demand.

It took the duo 6 months to develop the offering and continuous improvements are being made. More information about them on the site.

 

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