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Amazon Coupons

Posted on 5 December 2013, 4:47 PM PST by Frugal Mechanic under Features


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Since the introduction of Amazon Coupons in 2012, we've been wanting to incorporate these coupons into our platform. Today, we finally pushed out this integration.

Look for any active Amazon coupons in the "Discount" Column:

Amazon Coupon Screenshot

Before you make add the item to your cart, make sure you click "Clip" the coupon:

Before: Amazon Clip Coupon Screenshot

   After: Amazon Clipped Coupon Screenshot


Free PIES & ACES XML Validator Tool

Posted on 22 October 2013, 4:47 PM PDT by Frugal Mechanic under Tools


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PIES (short for Product Information Exchange Standard) is an industry data (XML) format maintained by the AAIA (Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association). It's used to help manufacturers of automotive parts & accessories to tell people like us & retailers all of the various attributes of products they manufacture.

ACES (short for Aftermarket Catalog Enhanced Standard) is an industry data (XML) format maintained by the AAIA (Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association). It's used to describe north american automotive part applications.

There have been multiple "versions" of each of the standards produced. In order to verify compliance with any specific ACES or PIES standard, we've created this free tool that will verify & help identify any technical incompatibilities with Manufacturer data files. As of this launch, we support PIES 6.3/6.4/6.5 and ACES 3.0.1.

Please try our Free PIES & ACES XML Validator today!

ACES/PIES Validator Tool Screenshot


Example Successful Validation:

ACES/PIES Validator Tool - Validation Passed Screenshot

Example Error Reporting:

ACES/PIES Validator Tool - Validation Failed Screenshot

As always, please Report any Bugs or Feature Requests


Free PIES Excel to XML Converter

Posted on 22 October 2013, 4:47 PM PDT by Frugal Mechanic under Tools


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PIES (short for Product Information Exchange Standard) is an industry data (XML) format maintained by the AAIA (Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association). It's used to help manufacturers of automotive parts & accessories to tell people like us & retailers all of the various attributes of products they manufacture.

Despite the standard, having been first released back in 2004, many manufacturers are technically unable, or it's cost-prohibitive to generate XML files for their distributors & resellers. To solve that problem, the AWDA (Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association) created a sub-set of PIES that could be represented in an Excel or Flat File.

To help fill the gap, Frugal Mechanic has launched a FREE Tool for anyone with an Excel file to produce a standard-compliant PIES XML file. Check out our Free PIES Excel to XML Converter today!

We take this: PIES Excel File Screenshot

And Produce this: PIES XML File Screenshot

As always, please Report any Bugs or Feature Requests