I’m a big fan of Amazon as a buyer, but if you’re a serious Amazon seller or eCommerce business owner, you might be interested in scraping data from Amazon’s API in bulk using third-party tools. When you scrape Amazon for information like pricing and sales metrics, you’ll be making a large number of requests to their servers in a short period of time. To prevent abuse of their platform, Amazon, like many other sites, will limit or ban visitors who submit too many rapid requests from the same IP address.
Proxy servers allow you to access Amazon’s data from different IP addresses, so you can avoid limitations and account bans while scraping large amounts of data quickly. If you’re still not sure what residential proxies are, how they can be used to safely scrape Amazon data, and why you would want to do that at all, continue reading for a full rundown.
If you were looking for best proxy providers for all possible targets, then give a read to the proxy market research Adam and I conducted.
Proxies for Amazon
From the biggest brands to the smallest online retailers, individuals and companies are using a range of web scraping tools to quickly gather useful Amazon pricing data. Regardless of which solution you use, you’ll need to use proxies if you want to ramp up the scraping.
Every app and browser will have its own proxy settings, which is where you’ll input the server address details that are provided by your proxy provider. There are at least a dozen programs that facilitate automated Amazon scraping, with some of the most popular being Chrome browser extensions like Web Scraper, Data Scraper, and Scraper.
Other applications that allow Amazon and general web scraping are Scrapy, ParseHub, OutWitHub, FMiner, Octoparse, and Web Harvey. All of these programs can only be used to their full potential by using proxies.
What Are the Best Proxies for Amazon?
So, any proxy should do, you ask me. Not quite. While there are plenty of free, shared proxy lists on the web, the vast majority of these proxies will run terribly slow or not work at all.
In addition to poor reliability and speed, free proxies also come with account security risks because these freely available lists are scraped and used by scammers, hackers, and other nefarious web users.
Long story short – never use free proxies to scrape Amazon – it won’t work most of the time and when it does it will be slow and unsafe. To help you avoid poor quality proxy providers, we’ve created a brief comparison of the top residential proxy providers below.
The proxy provider with the #1 success rate for scraping Amazon is Geosurf, with more than 90% of its proxies working successfully with Amazon scraping tools. However, Oxylabs has the #1 overall success rate – the percentage of working proxies when used on all sites (i.e. – scraping Google, Facebook, Instagram, AliExpress, etc) – but only by a tiny margin.
OxyLabs only beats Geosurf in the overall category by a mere 0.25%, while Geosurf beats Oxylabs by 1.42% in Amazon success rate, making it by far the best choice for Amazon scraping.
Here’s a list of the top 9 proxy providers along with a brief overview of each, ranked in order of Amazon success rate:
1. Geosurf (90.32%) – Most reliable proxy for Amazon. Big residential IP network consisting of more than 130 proxy server locations worldwide.
2. Luminati residential (89.77%) – Second-most reliable provider for scraping Amazon. Known as the world’s largest proxy provider, with more than 37.3 million residential proxies and growing.
3. Oxylabs (88.90%) – Residential proxy network with more than 30M residential IPs from all 195 countries around the world.
4. Smartproxy (87.47%) – Flexibly priced residential proxy service providing more than 10 million rotating IPs.
5. Luminati mobile (84.77%) – Mobile-optimized proxy service with more than 2 million mobile IPs, providing mobile network sourced IP locations from practically everywhere.
6. Storm Proxies (84.71%) – Provides private dedicated proxies and residential backconnect rotating proxies from a network consisting of more than 40,000 rotating residential proxies.
7. Netnut (83.21%) – Speed-optimized residential proxy provider sourced from DiViNetworks, which provides services to more than 100 ISPs.
8. The Proxy Store (54.11%) – Provides access to a network of millions of residential proxies with unlimited bandwidth.
9. Micoleaves (0%) – We weren’t able to include Microleaves to our list because if you want to scrape Amazon using Microleaves, you have to write to the Microleaves’ support with a request to enable this target. Even if support grants you this permission, Microleaves don’t allow to put a big load on this target, so, in the end, we didn’t even bother to test Amazon.
While there are many other proxy providers, the 9 listed above are the most popular and have been tested for Amazon success rate, overall success rate, connection errors, timeouts, and blocked requests in a thorough residential proxy service comparison.
Connection Errors, Timeouts, Blocked Requests, and Response Speed
Here’s how the aforementioned providers stacked up in different departments:
The proxy providers with the lowest percentage of connection errors are Luminati residential (0.56%) and Netnut(1.01%), followed by Luminati Mobile (1.09%) and Geosurf (3.18%). Rsocks has the highest percentage of connection errors at 20.45%, which essentially means you’ll get a connection error roughly 1 out of 5 times when using their proxies for scraping and that isn’t something you are looking for, I’d guess.
In terms of fully blocked requests that aren’t caused by connection errors or timeouts, Rsocks has the lowest at 0% while Oxylabs is a close second at 0.02%, followed by Smartproxy (0.04%), The Proxy Store (0.06%) and Geosurf (0.69%), no complaint here from me, whatsoever.
Choosing the Right Proxy Provider Should Be Easy Now
As you can see, there are plenty of factors to consider, so it would be wise to conduct a thorough comparison before choosing a proxy provider for scraping Amazon. Luckily, with the help of the above stats and suggestions, you should have no problem deciding which proxy provider is right for your needs.