Searching multiple Excel pricelists

At least here in Moldova, many computer stores publish their price lists as Microsoft Excel (.xls) files on their web sites, often in a zip archive. To compare the prices for a product in several stores, one usually has to download and unpack the price lists for each store, then search through each one manually.

I made myself something to automate this last year; here it is in case someone finds it useful.

A batch file is used to clean the current directory, download the price lists, unpack the zipped ones, and start the conversion VBscript.

@echo off
del *.zip *.xls *.csv *.doc Thumbs*.db
wget "" "" "" "" "" ""
::Download - nanoteh
wget -O ""
::Download - Neuron
wget -O neuron.xls ""
::Download - Shop-it
set COMMAND="wget -O - 2> nul | grep -oE prices/[0-9]+hsmd\.zip"
for /f %%i in ('%COMMAND%') do set SHOPIT=%%i
for %%a in (*.zip) do 7z e %%a
start /wait convert.vbs

convert.vbs is a VBscript which converts the .xls files to .csv:

Dim xlAppSource
Set xlAppSource = WScript.CreateObject("Excel.Application")
'xlAppSource.Visible = TRUE

Dim fso ' file system object
Dim f ' file
Dim fl ' folder
Dim fc ' file collection
Dim scriptfile ' path and filename of the running script
Dim scriptpath ' path of running script

scriptfile = WScript.ScriptFullName

Set fso = WScript.CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set f = fso.GetFile(scriptfile)
scriptpath = f.ParentFolder
Set f = Nothing

Set fl = fso.GetFolder(scriptpath)
Set fc = fl.Files

For Each f in fc
  If Right(, 4) = ".xls" Then
    xlAppSource.Workbooks.Open(scriptpath & "\" &
    For Each Workbook In xlAppSource.Workbooks
      Dim NewPath
      NewPath = scriptpath & "\" & Left(, Len( & ".csv"
      Workbook.SaveAs NewPath, 6
  End If

After running the script, simply grep the .csv files for the item you’re looking for:

C:\Users\Vladimir\Documents\Price-lists> grep -i 6GB.*1333 *.csv
Hrdw_price.csv:"DDR-3 6Gb 1333MHz  Kingston (Kit of 3x2GB) PC3 10600, CL9",183,MEM,,,,,,,,,,,
OlleGroup.csv:,"6GB DDR3 1333MHz Kingston (Kit of 3x2GB) PC3 10600, CL9, ""KVR1333D3N9K3/6G"" Retail",121.00,24,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Price (15.12.2009).csv:"6GB DDR3 1333MHz  Transcend (Kit of 3x2GB) PC3 10600, CL9, ""TS1333KLU-6GK"" Retail",186.00,y.e.,24

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