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Database Upload, Excel, and CSV

I've seen this come up many times, especially with people new to Yahoo! Store. They try to use the database upload function to load products into the store, and get a bunch of error messages after the upload complaining about missing fields, invalid characters, etc. The problem most likely is that they are trying to upload the actual Excel (XLS) file, not a CSV file.

So before you try to upload your spreadsheet, first make a copy of it as a CSV file. This is one of the file type formats when you select File > Save As in Excel. Then, upload the CSV copy, not the original Excel file.

Here is some more info on the database upload feature for Yahoo! Store.

Disable Right-Click

I periodically get requests from Y! Store merchants to disable right-clicking on their Yahoo! Store. They typipically want this so that their competitors cannot steal their photos. While disabling right-clicking is easy to do, it's not a very hot idea. Here are a few reasons why:

It's does not give you 100% protection. Disabling right-clicking is a JavaScript solution, so the easiest way to circumvent it is to disable JavaScript while viewing the page. Disabling JavaScript is very easy to do. In Internet Explorer, you can go to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced, and disable "Active Scripting". In Firefox, you can download the Developer Tools extension, and you can disable JavaScript right off the toolbar (there may be other ways, I'm just used to using the Developer Tools extension for this.)
Another way is to view source on the page, find the image location, then bring it up in your browser and save the image.
Or, look inside your web browser cache. By the …