Last update 16/08/2022

Catalog eligibility

Identify an eligible publication for catalogue

Before publishing to catalog, you must recognize which publications are eligible or can be published to catalog by recognizing the "catalog_listing_eligible" tag from the item API or opt for the single publication eligibility or multiget resources to check multiple publications.

Note:
Only publications that meet some requirements such as "condition": "new" or for CELLPHONES domain that the phone is released can participate in catalog.

Filtering of items per seller

This filter will allow you to distinguish catalog publications from traditional ones. You must send in the catalog_listing parameters with the value true or falseFirst, we identify all catalog items of a vendor. Note that you must pass the corresponding status parameter in case you want to add a filter, such as status="active".

Request:

curl -X GET -H 'Authorization: Bearer $ACCESS_TOKEN'
https://api.mercadolibre.com/users/$USER_ID/items/search?catalog_listing=true

Example:

curl -X GET -H 'Authorization: Bearer $ACCESS_TOKEN'
https://api.mercadolibre.com/users/123456789/items/search?catalog_listing=true

Catalog items short response:

{
  "seller_id": "123456789",
  "query": null,
  "paging": {
    "limit": 50,
    "offset": 0,
    "total": 8
  },
  "results": [
    "MLA123456789",
    "MLA234567890",
    "MLA345678912",
    "MLA456789123",
    "MLA567891234",
    "MLA678912345",
    "MLA789123456",
    "MLA891234567"
  ],
  "orders": [...],
 
  "available_orders": [...]
}

You can perform the same filter to identify all non-catalog items of a seller.

Request:

curl -X GET -H 'Authorization: Bearer $ACCESS_TOKEN'
https://api.mercadolibre.com/users/$USER_ID/items/search?catalog_listing=false

Example:

curl -X GET -H 'Authorization: Bearer $ACCESS_TOKEN'
https://api.mercadolibre.com/users/123456789/items/search?catalog_listing=false

marketplace item's short response:

{
  "seller_id": "123456789",
  "query": null,
  "paging": {
    "limit": 50,
    "offset": 0,
    "total": 2902
  },
  "results": [
    "MLA987654321",
    "MLA123789456",
    "MLA456789123",
    "MLA132465798",
    "MLA978645312",
    "MLA312645978",
    "MLA654987321",
    "MLA123789654",
      ],

  "orders": [...],
  "available_orders": [...]
}

Eligibility tag for items

The fact that an item is eligible means that it can be published in the catalog. Through the search resource, you will be able to identify all the items of a seller that are eligible for catalog with the tag catalog_listing_eligible and that are not yet participating in the catalog.

Request:

curl -X GET -H 'Authorization: Bearer $ACCESS_TOKEN'
https://api.mercadolibre.com/users/$USER_ID/items/search?tags=catalog_listing_eligible

Example:

curl -X GET -H 'Authorization: Bearer $ACCESS_TOKEN'
https://api.mercadolibre.com/users/123456789/items/search?tags=catalog_listing_eligible

The search response displays all items from the vendor with the catalog_listing_eligible tag.


Short response:

{
   "seller_id":"658869707",
   "query":null,
   "paging":{
      "limit":50,
      "offset":0,
      "total":0
   },
   "results":[
    "MLA123789456",
    "MLA456789123",
    "MLA132465798"
   ],
   "orders":[...
   ],
   "available_orders":[...
                ]
}

Eligible item example:

{
  "id": "MLA123789456",
  "site_id": "MLA",
  "title": "Item De Testeo, Por Favor No Ofertar --kc:off",
  "subtitle": null,
  "seller_id": 123456987,
  "category_id": "MLA3530",
  "official_store_id": null,
  "price": 50,
  "base_price": 50,
  "original_price": null,
  "currency_id": "ARS",
  "initial_quantity": 1,
  "available_quantity": 1,
  "sold_quantity": 0,
  "sale_terms": [
  ],
  "buying_mode": "buy_it_now",
  "listing_type_id": "free",
  "start_time": "2020-02-17T16:30:39.000Z",
  "stop_time": "2020-04-17T04:00:00.000Z",
  "condition": "used",
  "permalink": "https://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar/MLA-839616438-item-de-testeo-por-favor-no-ofertar-kcoff-_JM",
  "thumbnail": "http://mla-s1-p.mlstatic.com/951410-MLA40807113659_022020-I.jpg",
  "secure_thumbnail": "https://mla-s1-p.mlstatic.com/951410-MLA40807113659_022020-I.jpg",
  "pictures": [],
  "video_id": null,
  "descriptions": [
  ],
  "accepts_mercadopago": true,
  "non_mercado_pago_payment_methods": [
  ],
  "shipping": {},
  "international_delivery_mode": "none",
  "seller_address": {},
  "seller_contact": null,
  "location": {
  },
  "geolocation": {},
  "coverage_areas": [
  ],
  "attributes": [],
  "warnings": [
  ],
  "listing_source": "",
  "variations": [
  ],
  "status": "active",
  "sub_status": [
  ],
  "tags": [
    "catalog_listing_eligible",
    "good_quality_picture",
    "test_item",
    "immediate_payment"
  ],
  "warranty": null,
  "catalog_product_id": null,
  "domain_id": "MLA-UNCLASSIFIED_PRODUCTS",
  "parent_item_id": null,
  "differential_pricing": null,
  "deal_ids": [
  ],
  "automatic_relist": false,
  "date_created": "2020-02-17T16:30:40.000Z",
  "last_updated": "2020-02-17T16:34:12.000Z",
  "health": 0.4,
  "catalog_listing": false
}

Publication eligibility with catalog_product_id

Validates the eligibility of an existing publication, once you have published the item, Mercado Libre automatically tries to associate the best catalog product with which to link the publication, through the catalog_product_id attribute.

Request:

curl -X GET -H 'Authorization: Bearer $ACCESS_TOKEN' https://api.mercadolibre.com/items/$ITEM_ID/catalog_listing_eligibility

Example of a publication with variations:

curl -X GET -H 'Authorization: Bearer $ACCESS_TOKEN' https://api.mercadolibre.com/items/MLA123456789/catalog_listing_eligibility

Response:

{
    "id": "MLA123456789",
    "site_id": "MLA",
    "domain_id": "MLA-CELLPHONES",
    "status": null,
    "buy_box_eligible": null,
    "reason": null,
    "status": null,
    "variations": [
        {
            "id": 1312323,
            "status": "READY_FOR_OPTIN",
            "buy_box_eligible": true
        },
        {
            "id": 1312444,
            "status": "READY_FOR_OPTIN",
            "buy_box_eligible": true
        }
    ],
    "site_items": []
}

Example of a publication without variations:

curl -X GET -H 'Authorization: Bearer $ACCESS_TOKEN' https://api.mercadolibre.com/items/MLB1234/catalog_listing_eligibility 

Response:

{
    "id": "MLB1234",
    "site_id": "MLB",
    "domain_id": "MLB-MICROWAVES",
    "buy_box_eligible": true,
    "reason": null,
    "status": "READY_FOR_OPTIN",
    "variations": [],
    "site_items": []
}

Considerations

  • If the item does not have variations, the eligibility will be expressed through the first level buy_box_eligible field in the JSON of the response and the variations section will be empty.
  • If the item has variations, the eligibility of each of them will be expressed within the variations section, which will contain an array per variation with a buy_box_eligible field for each of them.

Description of fields

id: ID of the publication we are consulting.
site_id: ID of the site to which the item belongs.
domain_id: ID of the domain to which the item belongs.
buy_box_eligible: indicates whether the item/variation is enabled or not to participate in the catalog.
variations: are all the variations that an item has. Each one will have associated a status and a value for the buy_box_eligible field.
status: defines the situation of the traditional item with respect to the catalog. The different states may be:

  • READY_FOR_OPTIN: The publication is eligible and can be opted into the catalog.
  • ALREADY_OPTED_IN: The publication already has an associated catalog item.
  • CLOSED: The publication is in a status that prevents it from continuing to be sold.
  • PRODUCT_INACTIVE: The publication is associated with a product that has not yet been enabled for catalog or the item does not yet have catalog_product_id assigned.
  • NOT_ELIGIBLE: There is a business rule that prevents the item from being catalog-enabled (e.g., a used product, an unlocked cell phone).
  • COMPETING: The consulted catalog item is in competition.


Check multiple eligible publications

To check if multiple publications are eligible for catalog, make a single request. You must incorporate the ids parameter in the url, in addition to request the multiget resource, as follows:

Request:

curl -X GET -H 'Authorization: Bearer $ACCESS_TOKEN' https://api.mercadolibre.com/multiget/catalog_listing_eligibility?ids=$ITEM_ID,$ITEM_ID

Example:

curl -X GET -H 'Authorization: Bearer $ACCESS_TOKEN'https://api.mercadolibre.com/multiget/catalog_listing_eligibility?ids=MLA818878419,MLA820167922

Response with multiget:

[
   {
       "id": "MLA820167922",
       "site_id": "MLA",
       "domain_id": "MLA-CELLPHONES",
       "buy_box_eligible": null,
       "reason": null,
       "status": null,
       "variations": [
           {
               "id": 44931385066,
               "status": "READY_FOR_OPTIN",
               "buy_box_eligible": true
           {
                   "id": 44931385069,
                   "status": "ALREADY_OPTED_IN",
                   "buy_box_eligible": true
               }
           ],
           "site_items": []
       },
       {
           "id": "MLA818878419",
           "site_id": "MLA",
           "domain_id": "MLA-CELLPHONES",
           "buy_box_eligible": null,
           "reason": null,
           "status": null,
           "variations": [
               {
                   "id": 44612657634,
                   "status": "NOT_ELIGIBLE",
                   "buy_box_eligible": false,
                   "reason": "status_not_active_nor_paused_by_stock_nor_under_review_by_buy_box"
               },
               {
                   "id": 44890704657,
                   "status": "NOT_ELIGIBLE",
                   "buy_box_eligible": false,
                   "reason": "status_not_active_nor_paused_by_stock_nor_under_review_by_buy_box"
               }
           ],
           "site_items": []
       }
   ]

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