Web Design & Development Guide
Shop Bots, also commonly called buyer agents, are sophisticated
autonomous software agents that comb the internet providing users
with low product prices and/or product recommendations. Most commonly
used for commodity type products where competitor differentiation is
limited to price, shopping bots are also used by many internet vendors
to promote impulse purchases by recommending similar goods.
Although heavily relied on by many internet consumers, shopping bots are not
always concerned with the best interests of their users. The majority of
shopping bots operate for profit and work in conjunction with numerous internet
merchants advertising their products and specials when certain key terms are
searched. Either charging advertising/listing fees or charging click through
fees, shopping bots make their revenue directing consumers to internet vendors.
However, some internet retailers employ their own shopping bots that use
collaborative filtering technologies to recommend goods and services to users
through identifying purchasing trends.
Shopping Bot Links
Please note the following shopping bots may or may not operate for profit
and/or work in conjunction with other internet vendors.
Haag, Cummings, McCubbrey, Pinsonneult, and Donovan. (2006). Information
Management Systems, For The Information Age. “Buyer Agents”. McGraw-Hill
Mulrean, Jennifer. How shopping bots really work. Retrieved June 14, 2006,
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