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    Just wondering as I often do...

    How difficult is it to build a website like moneysupermarket, kelkoo, or holiday websites where there are loads of different product all compared.

    I presume this is an automated process. How does it work with constantly updated deals ect? Is it expensive to prepare? What are the advantages/drawbacks?

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    Stuart

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    Fairly difficult.

    Well... once you have the product database it is easy, but compiling a product database and keeping it updated is the difficult part.
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    ... I've done something like it, and understand this, like for instance the walmart database measures in the gigabytes, trying to do a couple dozen merchants was just about breaking mysql, even on a dedicated server.

    So, it isn't just programming knowledge, you need infrastructure.
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    ah well, just wondering.

    Gigabytes oh dear that sounds a bit tedious to trawl through and update.

    Thanks

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    It has gotten easier though.

    Linkshare for instance now has a rudimentary API for accessing merchant data, you don't need to maintain your own database.

    Amazon has had one for years.
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