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Senior Project - Barker


Industry Price Tracking and Comparison System

Senior Project: 1999-2000
Simon Chhour, Bartholomew Lorang, Katzou Ly and Scott New
Littleton, CO

The rise of the Internet has revolutionized how many people buy and sell items. Sites such as and allow for comparison shopping and research. Other sites, such as create virtual auction houses that allow people to buy and sell virtually any item imaginable. Still others, such as and are giant online retailers aiming to compete against the Wal-Marts and K-Marts of the world.

However, these online stores are almost exclusively targeted at consumers. Lost in the frenzy are the extremely large corporations that spend billions a year on materials to keep their operations running. Typically, the money is not spent on books or collector items, but on materials essential to the core of the business, such as replacement parts or heavy-duty equipment.

The problem arises in the actual purchase of these items. It is often very difficult to determine the current market value for a particular part. This, of course, can be a disadvantage to industrial consumers during negotiation of the purchase of these parts.

The solution was to create a database driven website that acts as a venue for suppliers and corporations to share information regarding purchases. It allows for the collection and consolidation of purchasing data from many different corporations and suppliers, exposing the information to the consumer. The system includes a browsing and viewing application to view the latest prices and history, as well as an application that includes registration functions and automated upload of purchasing data. This exposure should drive prices down and create a fairer marketplace for all involved.

The project was developed using a combination of HTML/ASP and Visual Basic. The client interface can be used from most current web browsers.

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