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crazybeard 12-27-2016 03:14 PM

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 West Marine's product catalog to see what gets listed in Outlet: http://www.westmarine.com/outlet
- Monitors West Marine's product catalog to see what gets listed in Sale: http://www.westmarine.com/sale
- Email is sent at 6am daily (Eastern) and only if something is added
- Maximum of 40 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.

SOA 12-27-2016 03:18 PM

I'm in.

Gnrphil 12-27-2016 03:28 PM

I'm in.

MylesN 12-27-2016 03:36 PM

I'm in
 
I'm in

tkuhn 12-27-2016 04:00 PM

I'm in

LowcountryPioneer 12-27-2016 04:11 PM

In.

t84a 12-27-2016 04:17 PM

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Lone Ranger 12-27-2016 05:30 PM

In..

champc1 12-27-2016 06:05 PM

IN

raven_six 12-27-2016 06:17 PM

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vertigo 12-27-2016 06:19 PM

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trimnyc 12-27-2016 06:24 PM

In like Flynn

jj1987 12-27-2016 06:45 PM

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.

Lab22 12-27-2016 06:46 PM

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trimnyc 12-27-2016 06:51 PM


Originally Posted by jj1987 (Post 9801379)
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. :jk:

All the best. Sounds like a great idea.

bigfoott 12-27-2016 06:59 PM

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mjl767 12-27-2016 07:01 PM

Count me in

508Buzzbay 12-27-2016 07:08 PM

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crazybeard 12-27-2016 07:16 PM


Originally Posted by jj1987 (Post 9801379)
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 :)

Gnrphil 12-27-2016 07:16 PM


Originally Posted by jj1987 (Post 9801379)
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.

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


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