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Old 12-27-2016, 03:14 PM   #1
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Default West Marine Discount / Sale Deals Email Newsletter

The "Great Deals" thread has had me thinking for a while about coming up with an automated system that would get data from websites and send an email when something is significantly discounted.

So I figured I'd take a stab at making a proof of concept for it and see how it goes. I'd love to get a few "beta testers" to check it out and give me feedback.

If you'd like to do that, you can subscribe to the email here --> http://eepurl.com/cvmvrf

Once you sign up, you will get an email confirming your email address. You need to confirm your email address to complete the signup.

Current iteration:
- Monitors a few West Marine's product catalog to see what gets listed in the Outlet: http://www.westmarine.com/outlet
- Email is sent at 6am daily (Eastern) and only if something is added
- Maximum of 120 items

If this is useful, I'd like to make some important changes:
- Completed: Product images, descriptions, prices, discount % etc all right in the email.
- More sites (Bass Pro & Cabela's for example)
- "Instant" notification once a price change is noticed
- Category filters so subscribers can choose only say "fishing" vs everything at WM.
- Expand across more of the site, not just outlet
- Monitor for price drops on existing products which may not hit the outlet or sales pages

Feedback appreciated.

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As a software developer who'd love to see this come to a reality, a few suggestions to get you started....

Sendy is the cheapest/best email blast software you can come by, and has an API.
https://sendy.co/

It uses Amazon AWS SES
https://aws.amazon.com/ses/

HTML Agility Pack makes it really easy to import 3rd party webpages, even if the syntax is broken and doesn't pass w3 standards
https://htmlagilitypack.codeplex.com/

To schedule your app to scan these sites at set intervals, Quartz is a .NET port of the popular Java framework
http://www.quartz-scheduler.net/

For importing sitemaps, Restsharp makes it really, really easy
http://restsharp.org/

You can get $200/mo in hosting credit from MS BizSpark
https://bizspark.microsoft.com/

To read/write to the database and track changes, Entity Framework is the standard
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...v=vs.113).aspx

I suspect if you want this to ever take off, you'll need to look into referral links similar to Slickdeals or FatWallet. It's a tough business because AdBlockers make tracking cookies difficult.
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As a software developer who'd love to see this come to a reality, a few suggestions to get you started....

Sendy is the cheapest/best email blast software you can come by, and has an API.
https://sendy.co/

It uses Amazon AWS SES
https://aws.amazon.com/ses/

HTML Agility Pack makes it really easy to import 3rd party webpages, even if the syntax is broken and doesn't pass w3 standards
https://htmlagilitypack.codeplex.com/

To schedule your app to scan these sites at set intervals, Quartz is a .NET port of the popular Java framework
http://www.quartz-scheduler.net/

For importing sitemaps, Restsharp makes it really, really easy
http://restsharp.org/

You can get $200/mo in hosting credit from MS BizSpark
https://bizspark.microsoft.com/

To read/write to the database and track changes, Entity Framework is the standard
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...v=vs.113).aspx

I suspect if you want this to ever take off, you'll need to look into referral links similar to Slickdeals or FatWallet. It's a tough business because AdBlockers make tracking cookies difficult.

English please.

All the best. Sounds like a great idea.
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As a software developer who'd love to see this come to a reality, a few suggestions to get you started....
Thanks for those JJ. There's a couple new ones for me although we've used a number of those services. Always love to check out new stuff
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As a software developer who'd love to see this come to a reality, a few suggestions to get you started....

Sendy is the cheapest/best email blast software you can come by, and has an API.
https://sendy.co/

It uses Amazon AWS SES
https://aws.amazon.com/ses/

HTML Agility Pack makes it really easy to import 3rd party webpages, even if the syntax is broken and doesn't pass w3 standards
https://htmlagilitypack.codeplex.com/

To schedule your app to scan these sites at set intervals, Quartz is a .NET port of the popular Java framework
http://www.quartz-scheduler.net/

For importing sitemaps, Restsharp makes it really, really easy
http://restsharp.org/

You can get $200/mo in hosting credit from MS BizSpark
https://bizspark.microsoft.com/

To read/write to the database and track changes, Entity Framework is the standard
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...v=vs.113).aspx

I suspect if you want this to ever take off, you'll need to look into referral links similar to Slickdeals or FatWallet. It's a tough business because AdBlockers make tracking cookies difficult.

Can I be your friend, might need your help in the future to understand that mess
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