International Journal of Advances in Engineering Science & Technology
Shopping bots are software applications that assist consumers with online comparison shopping by searching for, identifying, and comparing products offered by numerous e-tailers. This paper examines the output of nine Comprehensive shopping bots that were employed to conduct multiple searches for twenty sunglasses, Twenty Wrist watches, and Ten Pen Drives. The results produced by each bot were analyzed in order to determine bot effectiveness based on accuracy, consistency, and repeatability of recommendations, using product price as a key measure. It was concluded that there is no best shopping bot available, most bots offer very limited product information to the end users, and all bots often present inaccurate information in terms of the actual product price or product availability.