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Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers by Michael Schrenk

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Chapter 19. PROCUREMENT WEBBOTS AND SNIPERS

A procurement bot is any intelligent web agent that automatically makes online purchases on a user's behalf. These webbots are improvements over manual online procurement because they not only automate the online purchasing process, but also autonomously detect events that indicate the best time to buy. Procurement bots commonly make automated purchases based on the availability of merchandise or price reductions. For other webbots, external events like low inventory levels trigger a purchase.

The advantage of using procurement bots in your business is that they identify opportunities that may only be available for a short period or that may only be discovered after many hours of browsing. Manually finding ...

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