Scrape product data from Overstock using Google Chrome

This tutorial will show you how to extract product details from Overstock using Web Scraper Chrome Extension. It helps to gather basic product details, pricing, ratings and more.

What data are we extracting from Overstock?

  1. Product Name
  2. Brand Name
  3. Rating
  4. Number of reviews
  5. Category Breadcrumbs
  6. Price
  7. Shipping
  8. Product Details
  9. Product Specifications

The annotated screenshot below shows the data fields we will be scraping:

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Prerequisites

  • Google Chrome Browser – You will need to download the Chrome browser. The extension requires Chrome 49+.
  • Web Scraper Chrome Extension – The Web Scraper extension can be downloaded from the Chrome Web Store.  After downloading the extension you will see a spider icon in your browser toolbar.

Import the Overstock Scraper

After installation, right-click anywhere on a page, go to ‘Inspect’ and the developer tools console will pop up. Click on the tab Web Scraper and go on to the ‘Create new sitemap’ button and click on the ‘Import sitemap’ option. Now paste the JSON given below in the Sitemap JSON box.

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You can get the JSON from the GIST link below:

Obtaining the URL from Overstock

Overstock allows you to search for products that you can filter based on parameters like price, color, style, brands, customer ratings, and other specific features. This scraper allows you to scrape data from Overstock based on your requirements. You can select the filters for the data you need and copy the corresponding URL. In the Web Scraper toolbar, click on the Sitemap button, select the option “Edit metadata’ and paste the new URL (based on your filter) as the Start URL.

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Run the Scraper

Go to the Sitemap and click ‘Scrape’ from the drop down. A new instance of Chrome will launch, enabling the extension to scroll and grab the data. Once the scrape is complete, the browser will close automatically and send a notification.

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Download the Data

To download the scraped data as a CSV file that you can open in Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, go to the Sitemap drop down > Export as CSV > Download Now.

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