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Scraping information of shopping websites according to price ?

For open APIs this is possible but how to do with the closed ones ?

3answers

You can either dissect the inner workings of ajax calls (if the website has any) or write a regular full-page scraper which traverses the product catalog.
Popular choices for scraping are casperjs, beautiful soup, mechanize, etc. Each having its strengths and drawbacks - casper for instance can emulate the browser behavior, while the rest are much less resource intensive but often require going through extra hoops when the website is complicated.


Answered 4 years ago

We have some in house technology WCML that we use to mine data on the web. Let me know if we can be of assistance.


Answered 4 years ago

Web Scraping has become a pretty common practice on the Internet. There are many different web scraping toolkits now and you can generally get product and price information, as long as it is part of the HTML. In general, you would not do a lot of decisioning at the scrape level but would gather all information in a database and sort from there.

The challenge is that web scraping is dependent on how the web page is structured in the HTML. As the store's pages change over time, you will need to address your scraping.


Answered 4 years ago

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