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Marketplaces versus shippingCarrierCode

Hello,

we want to create orders fulfillment and update them with tracking information using https://developer.ebay.com/api-docs/sell/fulfillment/resources/order/shipping_fulfillment/methods/createShippingFulfillment


According to documentation, we have to put shippingCarrierCode along with trackingNumber. We managed to obtain possible values for ShippingCarrierCode from TradingAPI, but we noticed the list differs between marketplaces (e.g. ebay.co.uk has DPD while ebay.com does not).


The question is:

- is shippingCarrierCode validated against marketplace (or validated at all)?

- if so, what decides?

-- marketplace of registration (for user whose order it is and token is used for authentication),

-- listingMarketplaceId (from an order)

-- purchaseMarketplaceId (from an order)


What will happen if we use shippingCarrierCode that's not on the list? Will the request be rejected completely (and fulfillment not created) or it will be created but with trackingNumber left blank?

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When I spoke with the founders and early employees of famous two-sided marketplaces such as Airbnb and Thumbtack, I consistently heard the same story: acquiring sellers was the focus early on, but it became progressively harder to grow the buyers at a suitable rate. This is a natural progression for two-sided marketplaces, and balancing buyers and sellers is probably one of the most difficult problems in the growth stages of a company.



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