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Project: Screen Scraping Automation Project

ID: 1265051206
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Status: Frozen (No bidding. Waiting for action from project owner.)
Budget: N/A
Created: 2/1/2010 at 12:06 (MST)
Bidding Ends: 3/3/2010 at 12:06 (MST)(expired)
Project Creator: jwhibb
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The end result of what we are looking for is this:
We want to be able to scrape the screens of websites that have multiple listings of items for sale. Those listings would then be exported to a database. The database would then analyze each listing by comparing it to parameters that we have selected and provide us with an appropriate purchase price. (We would be making the purchase) The last step would be taking each batch (each set of screen scrapings) and have the application automatically send a series of emails to the prospective sellers.

Further Items to Consider:
1.The screen scrapings could be a manual process where we pulled up a website and then had the application scrape our search results.

2.We could use an off the shelf screen scraping software if that is more economical and efficient. That would mean you would only need to build the analysis portion of the application and the email portion.

3.We would need to be able to stop emails both by individual and as a batch. (This would allow for opting out by individuals who have made that request or by ones who have already sold their vehicle or refused our advances)

4.We would need the ability to easily change the wording, timing, duration etc., of the emails that are outgoing.

5.Basic reporting of metrics would also be nice. For example, how many offers we made, how many were accepted on the 1st attempt, 2nd attempt, from what website and so on.

6.Although we will definitely listen to any and all recommendations, our initial thought is that this would be best served as a web based application, thereby allowing us the ability to do this from any location that we have internet access.

We have a good basic idea of what we want. However, we are not programmers and may be going about this totally wrong. We are MORE than open to listening to your ideas and suggestions on how this could best be built and used.

Finally we are a start-up and feel that there will be significant merit to being able to do this. However, we are not sure how easily it can be done and how much investment would be required. Consequently, we cannot guarantee that we will go forward with this, but our sincere hope is that we can.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts, ideas and bids.
Project Type:
  • Applications
  • CRM
  • Databases
  • Spreadsheets
  • Web Marketing/SEO
OS-Platform: None
Programming Language: None
Database Type: None
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