To sell one of your Actinic items on PlayTrade ( you need to know the PlayID or the EAN/ISBN (bar code number). When you submit your feed to Play.Com it will match your details to the existing products. To use this effectively you should define a custom var (or variable for Actinic V8 and above) that contains the required EAN or PlayID. If you are using Amazon you will probably already have this defined.

Output Filename

Type in the name of the file to store the PlayTrade information to (including the directory). The file should end with txt, for example, playtrade.txt. Once the feed file has been created this needs to be imported into PlayTrade. To do this you should do the following:

1 Login to your playtrade account (at
2 Click on My Account at the top of the page
3 In the PlayTrade area at the left of the page click on Uploads
4 In the Upload Management area select Inventory -Add/Modify/Delete
5 Select your feed file in the Upload file box
6 Click on Submit upload. You will be shown the number of items processed within a few minutes (or longer at busy times). This will be live on almost immediately.

Delivery Costs

This can be based upon your Actinic shipping rates. You can add these onto your existing Actinic prices to effectively have free shipping, which is a requirement of

The options in this section are used to define the possible shipping costs for each item. There are 3 main categories of delivery options.

†††††††††††             Free Delivery

†††††††††††             No additonal amounts are added to the itemís price.

†††††††††††             Fixed Price Charge

†††††††††††             You always add this amount to each itemís price. You can enter a price at which the

†            delivery is free.

†††††††††††             Calculated Delivery Charge

The delivery charges are calculated using the settings that you specified within Actinic. You must select a single option for Calculate by, Zone, Class and any Free delivery.

If you wish to override these you can specify custom variables.

Products to Include
You can choose which products to include based upon a custom variable. This is very similar to the Exclude from Froogle Feed/Google Product Search Data Feed setting within Actinic.If you tick Check value before including you can choose a custom variable (clicking on the Set button) you are shown the following dialog:

You can then select the custom variable to use to determine if you want to include this product in the feed. You can set the default value to True (include in feed) or False (don't include in feed). This value will be used if a custom variable value has not been assigned to a product.

Note: When you create a custom value you should set its type to True/False.


You can Add, Edit or Amend your property. When you Add or Edit a property the following dialog is displayed :


The property type can either be a standard PlayTrade type or you can specify your own.

NOTE : If you want to override the default values generated from your Actinic product details you can do this by supplying your own values (fixed or from a CustomVar). You can override the following values by selecting the relevant Standard Variable (in the Variable section). For example,  to use different text for the product when displayed in PlayTrade (from your Actinic shop) you would select the comment Variable. You would then define a fixed value or use a CustomVar to get the text to display (for example, Free case with this game and Superfast delivery).

Description of product. This defaults to the product name provided in Actinic description. These details would normally direct customers to your products. You can include additional information to your Actinic description by using a value of Superfast delivery - !!Description!!.


Cost of the product. This defaults to the calculated price within Actinic. You can add on the calculated shipping cost by ticking the Add delivery costs to prices.


Unique identifier for the product. This defaults to the Actinic product reference.


To have the same value for all of your products select the Use Text option. To have a different value for a shop section select Section under Type. To have a different value for each product select Product as Type. If Use CustomVar has been selected you should select a CustomVar (defined within Actinic and values assigned for each product) to retrieve the information from.

If you are using Actinic V8 you would create CustomVars by creating Variables in the Design Library. You would normally create these in the General Group. Also add in a Default value to use for the product. This will be used if a Custom Var hasnít been used for a product.

There are more advanced ways to include information from Actinic (or from different fields). See the Advanced Features section for more details

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