♥auctionblox Posted October 20, 2003 Share Posted October 20, 2003 One of the great thing about community is the ideas that are generated collectively. Regarding email parsing from eBay: Pros: 1. Easily do-able 2. It's a great "trigger" mechanism Cons: 1. Email is un-reliable 2. You can only do this if you can intercept the email on the server Most ISP/home configurations are not set up this way :-( Regarding parsing eBay pages: Pros: 1. Data is guaranteed to be correct Cons: 1. It is extremely difficult to "scrape" anything from eBay that requires a login to eBay. Email address requires login. 2. Scraping is inherently un-reliable 3. There is no trigger. You simply have to poll My Ebay to get the information. Yes, you can "schedule" the polling based on auction end time, but it does not work for Buy It Now auctions. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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