Learn how to set up and monitor the Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) for your product listings.
Monitoring MAP prices
Pricebox allows you to set upper and lower price limits reflecting the Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) for each of your product listings. When MAP prices are set, Pricebox can keep track of any retailer or 3rd-party seller prices that are outside these bounds. Pricebox can even send you an immediate notification.
How to set MAP prices
To set your MAP prices, follow these steps:
- Prepare your product catalog in a CSV file containing the source, id, min, and max columns. There should be one row for each product listing. For more information about our CSV file requirements see: Assemble your product catalog in a CSV file
- The min and max columns must be named exactly as ‘min’ and ‘max’ and must be lowercase.
- Enter your minimum allowed price in the min column and your maximum allowed price in max as numeric values. You may enter whole dollar values or dollars and cents with a decimal (i.e. 99.98). Do not enter a dollar sign.
- If you are only interested in low price MAP violations, you may leave the max price blank. The Pricebox system will ignore any blank cells in min and max.
- Use the Catalog Management functions to Bulk Upload Listings to Pricebox as described in Catalog Management.
- The MAP prices and any violations will be reflected in your Pricebox catalog within the next 12 hours.
Note: MAP price guidelines apply from the date you enter them onward. They do not apply retroactively in time. To view current MAP violations, it is best to use the date setting Yesterday or Today.
Updating MAP prices
To update your MAP prices, prepare a new CSV file containing the source, id, min, and max columns. Place the new pricing guidelines in the min and max columns. Then use Catalog Management to Bulk Upload Listings to Pricebox. The new MAP prices will override the previous values and will become active within the next 12 hours.