How to Scrape eBay without Writing Any Code

By Victor @July, 20 2021

how to scrape ebay without writing any code

Introduction

In this how-to guide, we’re going to show you how to use  WebAutomation's ready-made eBay Price Data Scraper to extract data from eBay.  With this tool, you will be able to extract data like product information, prices, and images, etc. from eBay category pages quickly and easily, without having to write any code.

See the data highlighted in the screenshot of the information from eBay you will be able to extract.

 

 

Step 1:

Sign up / Sign in. If you don't already have a Webautomation account, you can sign up for Free 14-Day Trial here

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Find the eBay Pre-Defined Extractor

Once you sign in, you will be redirected to the in-app home page. As we are looking for the eBay scraper, use the search term "ebay" on the main search bar. Select the "eBay Listings Web Scraper PDE4".

 

 

Step 3: Activate

To confirm you want to go ahead and add the extractor to your profile, click the Activate button

 

 

 

 

Step 4: Get URLs from eBay

Let's open eBay in a new tab and find the data we are looking for. For this example, we are trying to monitor all the Apple laptops for sale, so let's search for  “apple laptops” in the eBay search bar. To be more precise we can use some search filters on the left navigation to narrow our search (see screenshot below) 

 

Once you have searched, copy the URL and go back into WebAutomation.

See URL we used https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=apple+laptops&_sacat=0&Release%2520Year=2020&Hard%2520Drive%2520Capacity=250%252D499%2520GB&rt=nc&Colour=Gold&_dcat=1114

 

Pro tip 1:  To get the best results, make your ebay search is as specific as possible so you limit your results and not waste any credits on unwanted results

 

Step 5: Configure the extractor

The key input required is the starter links from eBay. In this use case, the starter links are the search URLs we copied from eBay.

 

 

 

Pro tip 2: To increase the speed of the extractor, go to "settings and increase the concurrent Request count" please note this is only available on specific plans

 

 

Step 6: Run the Extractor

 Click the big "Run now " button to begin the extractor session

 

 

You will get a pop up telling you the extractor is running and the status of the extractor will show as "running"

 

Step 7: Download your data

Once the status of the extractor says "completed" you are now ready to download the data. You will also get an email letting you know that the data is ready. You have options to download as CSV, JSON, XLS, SML and JL¿

 

 

Step 8: Open the data file

For this  example, we downloaded our file as a CSV so we will use Microsoft Excel to open the file.

 

Typical use cases for ebay data

  • As an eCommerce merchant wanting to list their products on eBay. Scraping can be a quick way to get product descriptions, images, etc 

  • As an eBay seller, the best way to monitor competitor prices is to scrape all the sellers selling similar products

  • As a brand, if you wanted to monitor people reselling your products, scraping would be an efficient way to check for MAP compliance or even for those selling your products without the proper authority

 

Conclusion

To be competitive in selling on eBay scraping isn't an option but a necessity. Understanding your competitors' strategies, pricing and promotion is intelligence that will set you apart.

Getting this data should be easy right? Yes this is why we created our pre-defined eBay web-scraper to help you get eBay data in minutes without having to write code.

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