In any business, data is important, and online stores are no different. Data allows you to track competitor prices, to gather effective keywords, and to search various products. However, it can be a time-consuming process if you manually search online stores for the necessary data.
Alternatively, if you’re an online shopper and consumer that’s hunting for the best deal, browsing through countless products can be equally time-consuming.
Thankfully, software exists that can make this step much easier and faster. Scraping software grabs all the data you request in record time, allowing you to focus more on your online business and less on gathering data.
For this article, we’ll be focusing on eBay and how you can pair scraping software with proxies to grow your business or optimize your shopping experience, while also maintaining your online privacy.
Benefits of eBay Scraping
As I noted above, scraping can allow you to quickly track and gather data from competitors if you’re selling on eBay. Also, as a consumer, it can help you find the best deal in little time.
Accuracy and consistency are also benefits of using scraping software. If you’re selling items, you can receive accurate data from competitors. The same applies if you’re shopping on eBay, except that you can accurately discover the best deal.
Popular eBay Scraping Software
There are many choices for scraping software on the market. Here are two options that are used often by data engineers and professionals in the field:
ScrapeBox: ScrapeBox is most widely known and recognized for its superior SEO tool. If you’re selling on eBay and looking for a scraper to boost your SEO effectiveness than ScrapeBox is a great option. By increasing your SEO, you can drastically promote more sales through increased visibility.
BeautifulSoup 4 (PYTHON): To use this software, you’ll need to have coding knowledge. However, the process is relatively straightforward, and, once the necessary steps are completed, you can create a list of products that include the URLs, the prices, and the product names. This software is great for any tech-savvy consumer or eBay seller.
There’s also a software named Scraping Expert that has an eBay Scraper tool. However, it’s only available for Windows and NET Framework operating systems.
Scraping software possesses a great deal of potential for sellers and consumers alike. However, it’s important to note that eBay does not permit scraping on its platform, and they can ban accounts that use this software.
This is where eBay proxies become essential to any scraping activity. A proxy conceals your identity by masking your IP address, meaning eBay cannot recognize who you are. With a proxy, you can scrape away without the threat of being banned.
For BeautifulSoup 4, you can add in a proxy code to the software. Similarly, for ScrapeBox, you can download a supportive proxy provider and hide your identity as you scrape data. In most cases, regardless of which scraping software you use, proxies can be implemented within the code.
When looking for a proxy provider, avoid free options. Because free proxies operate on a public network, you risk the threat of viruses and slow services when using them. Instead, opt for a high-quality proxy that’s secure and fast.