So far, Paul Hunkin's bot has bought him two sets of camera batteries, a gift bag, a USB extension cord, a 1955 stamped envelope and a smattering of other items. Hunkin, you see, decided to bring an XKCD cartoon to life by programming a bot that automatically purchases cheap items using a New Zealand auction site's Trade Me API... because packages are exciting.
Technology and entertainment retailer Best Buy is leading the way with the latest addition to the Best Buy API. It now allows developers to not just search the company's catalogue, but also complete the purchases within their own applications. Developers then earn a portion of the sale, which one would expect to be more likely than when applications must hand off the customer to Best Buy's site.