Shopping Agent Web Sites: A Comparative Shopping Environment

Shopping Agent Web Sites: A Comparative Shopping Environment

Ming Wang (California State University - Los Angeles, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-327-2.ch013


This chapter introduces the shopping agent technology as a new Internet marketing trend. The recent development of shopping agent Web sites has offered online shoppers an excellent comparative shopping environment. Shopping agent Web sites, also called shopping agents or shopping bots, are software programs that search the Internet stores on the Web and find products that meet a buyer’s specifications. Not only do these agent Web sites bring comparative product and price information from individual merchants’ Web sites, but also provide the online merchant ratings to customers. In summary, these agent Web sites take a query, search the Web sites of individual merchants that may have the product sought, bring back the results, and present them in a consolidated and compact format that allows comparison shopping at a glance.

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