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Yes you can however the statement, it shouldn’t take too long, is unfortunately a very large understatement. Once you load in the 100s thousands of products you will have serious issues, load performance, data cleansing, hosting performance, number of stores, currency issues. If you want to compete with someone like ShopStyle who have 80 employees, 2million odd products and spent many years developing their system then you will be in for a shock, especially considering affiliate data is so poor, lack of categories, bad product names, brand name inconsistency, missing attributes, constant product removals, missing images.
You can look at our blog on some of the recent issues we have come across, these are becoming more frequent. We developed our Industry Solution for Affiliates which can also run on Magento, but it is mid-market/enterprise level to process 100s thousands to millions of products per day with 50-90% less staff based on our enterprise experience, so not suitable for small business scenarios.
If you just want a niche site up to 10-25,000 products (small business) we can give you copies of our Magento excel scripts which will convert the feeds in to Magento friendly format for import manually. If you want an automated solution up to 250,000 products (mid-market) be prepared for a steep learning curve and time unless you have experience already, if you want enterprise levels being 250,000+ products then you need to have worked on these projects before in enterprise environments. It really is that simple.
Thats fantastic info. Thank you.
I’m only looking to stock around 100 products max. The datafeed from Affiliate Window is a little confusing and I would need to set up my affiliate code to be used in the magento URL for tracking purposes. Your Magento excel scripts sound very interesting and would be very much appreciated.