BBYOpen Blog
Wed, 03/12/2014 - 14:06

Spring, Gears, Gadgets: Kickstarting New Ideassdesai

It's a new year, it's spring, and we Minnesotans are emerging from the long dark days of being trapped in our home and offices because of the ice and snow. As we roll out of our hibernaculum and our eyes adjust to the sun, it's time to start telling you about some of the new things we've been working on.

First off, you've got a new team working for you. We're a group of makers, hackers, and geeks that are driven to create new and interesting ways to interact with Best Buy. 

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Wed, 02/12/2014 - 12:15

Where's your commission?sdesai

In our January newsletter, we announced that we have moved from Commission Junction to LinkShare. After the switch, Commission Junction links were being served in the response but they no longer provided any sales credit. In case you were wondering why your checks were getting bounced, now you know why.

In our upcoming release (02/12/14), we will be deprecating the Commission Junction links from our Products API. 'cjAffiliateUrl' and 'cjAffiliateAddToCartUrl' won't be available in the response any longer. Going forward please use 'linkShareAffiliateUrl' and 'linkShareAffiliateAddToCartUrl'.

This change will be made to our live API calls as well as archives.

The 'PID' query parameter won't be a valid query parameter going forward. Please use the 'LID' parameter instead with your LinkShare id. If your query contains '&PID=', you'll see a message that says -

"PID parameter has been deprecated, see '' for more information "

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Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:49

Announcing New API Consolesdesai


We are excited to release a new tool for our API developers which uses a Mashery feature called I/O Docs. This provides an interface for you to explore our APIs right from our API documentation. You can try out various queries while you learn what our APIs have to offer. Please take a look at the 'API Test Console' on and give it a try. Examples for our Products, Stores, Reviews and Categories APIs are provided, as well as an example of how to use a JSON callback function.

We'll be adding more examples soon, so let us know what you'd like to see here.

Here's how to use the new API Test Console:

1. Sign in to your BBYOpen account. This will pre-populate the App/Key list with your API key(s), making it quick and easy for you to start using the tool.

2. Select the API Key that you'd like to use.

3. Select the Query that you'd like to try. 

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Tue, 09/17/2013 - 12:39

BBYOpen/Remix Products API Enterprise Shipping Promotion Changesbernierjohn

BBYOpen/Remix Products API Enterprise Shipping Promotion Changes

Free Shipping Change Overview:

•       Best Buy’s Free Shipping program changed on Thursday 9/12/13.  
•       Our new offer is Free Shipping on orders $25 & up.   It is being built with flexibility in mind.   As business needs dictate, the free shipping promotion may be changed to support the needs of the business. 


Free Shipping on Everything

Excludes: Marketplace (based on seller offer) and some scheduled delivery categories (there are some free schedule delivery offers in market based on category), and items displaying “In Store Only” message 

Currently :  Free Shipping on orders $25 & up

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Fri, 09/13/2013 - 11:55

Our Take: BAPI San Francisco - 2013bernierjohn

BAPI San Francisco - 2013

Having just come back from Mashery’s BAPI 2013 in San Francisco, there’s one word that keeps popping in my head.  Wow.  I knew there were smart people in the world doing amazing things in the API space and I knew to expect great things from this conference, but I was really blown away.   

Most of the time at various conferences, there are select agenda items that are can’t miss, and some that you can sneak out of and get to the lobby for some work time.  At this year’s BAPI SFO, there wasn’t one presentation I wanted to miss.  In fact, during some of the breakout sessions, I kind of wished I could clone myself like Jango Fett and sit in more than one at a time. 

While I was lucky enough to attend, I don’t want you to miss out on anything so I’ve compiled my “Best of” summary below, in which I call out some of the key themes, or take-aways I had during each talk.  I think there are some common threads amongst the presenters, and I’ll do my best to call them out below.  

Opening Remarks

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Wed, 06/05/2013 - 12:58

The "Best of" Best Buybernierjohn

From a browsing standpoint on, today we offer things like access to our 500,000 product assortment, as well as Weekly Digital Inserts, Deal of the Day promotions, and most recently, we introduced a Low Price Guarantee.  

With regard to the data we're offering via our APIs, we work hard to make sure that we offer as many of the features has to offer as possible.  However, feedback from our users has consistently orbited the idea that they wished we made it easier to find the great deals that Best Buy has to offer in a more intuitive manner.

With that in mind, we’ve been busy building views into our data that will help you find the “Best of Best Buy”.  There are several ways for you to sort through our product assortment, and several ways for you to find exactly what you are looking for.  Below, you will find an explanation of some of the offer-focused attributes that we have available, followed by their attribute definitions and accompanying query samples.

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Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:51

BBY Open Metis "Emotional Weather Report" Demo Showcases Semantics, Metis Platformbernierjohn

BBY Open Metis "Emotional Weather Report" Demo Showcases Semantics, Metis Platform

We're just turning to spring here in the upper midwest and people are coming out of hibernation. Store are advertising spring sales, retailers and merchants are in the middle of coming up with their latest strategies to get people buying their products for the next quarter. Even without the barrage of ads, people's buying habits are shifting from a winter to summer mindset. As I sit down to right this blog post, outside it's a cold, damp, misty day, which has triggered a desire for listening to The Smiths and Echo and the Bunnymen's greatest hits (hello, the 80's called and they want their brooding indie pop back) while sipping on a hot cup of dark roast. I believe that the weather and my environment have affected my choice in coffee and music today.

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Thu, 03/21/2013 - 09:57

BBYOpen's Jay Myers Guest Blog via ODI bernierjohn

Recently, BBYOpen's Product Manager Jay Myers was invited to do a guest blog post about our Product Insight Engine, code name: Metis.

Read the full post here:

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Wed, 02/13/2013 - 13:50

Valentine’s Day Fun with Semantic Data: Metis - Hers and His - Endpoint, Available for Querybernierjohn

Well folks, it’s the day before Valentine’s and you may be out scrambling to find a couple of last minute gifts. While I’m positive you’re not just thinking of yourself this Valentine’s, there are some places you shop (thinking Best Buy here) that it’s nearly impossible not to pick up a little something for yourself. In the spirit of giving and receiving this Valentine’s Day, we’ve crafted a fun, simple, static endpoint that performs a SPARQL query to produce matching products that are available in “hers” and “his” styles, to showcase the Metis platform and the power of Semantic technologies and how they can be harnessed and used by developers with varying skillsets.

The details:

“Hers and His” API Endpoint:

Results: Product name, price, SKU, image

Formats:  XML or JSON, via content negotiation. Please note: developers should specify application/xml or application/json in the request header

We were all excited to see the results in human format, so we knocked out a very crude visual representation. Don’t laugh, we’re not artists here…

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Thu, 02/07/2013 - 14:58

Announcing: Metis “Like for Like” API, Available for Public Alphabernierjohn

Announcing: Metis "Like for Like" API, Available for Public Alpha

BBY Open and the Metis project team are excited to announce the release of our semantically-driven "Like for Like" endpoint, available now for public consumption. Like for like functionality is defined as: "for any given game, software, or hardgood SKU, display the products most like it, ordered by the number of product attributes that match."

The details:

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