According to WaletHub, 150,000,000 hotdogs are consumed during the 4th of July holiday in the US. Considering the demand, we thought it would be interesting to find out if online grocers increase hot dog prices around the holiday.
We set up price change reports on both Amazon and Walmart to find out. First we searched for categories of hot dogs and related products and entered the URLs into Import.io for data extraction. We captured columns of product names, prices, and images.
After running change reports for a week, did the largest US based online grocery retailers increase hot dog prices during the biggest hot dog week of the year? The answer is no. Both Walmart and Amazon kept hot dogs, relish, buns, and other related items steady through the 4th of July week.
They were both very active in removing and adding items to their websites. For instance, by Friday, Amazon had removed many hot dog items from its website. Continuing to run change reports on the websites could show us whether they ran out of inventory or if some of these items are just seasonal and only carried during the holiday.
We hope you enjoyed your July 4th, whether you celebrate Independence Day or just call it Wednesday or Mittwoch or mercredi or mercoledì or 水曜日 or 星期三 or miércoles…