Scrapfly Alternative - Why Proxies API is Simpler & More Affordable

Sep 30, 2023 ยท 2 min read

Scrapfly offers a robust web scraping API with built-in proxies, browsers, and anti-bot protection. However, it can get complex and expensive.

As an alternative, Proxies API provides a much simpler and cost-effective API-first approach to web scraping.

The Problem With Scrapfly

Scrapfly aims to be an all-in-one scraping solution, so a lot comes built-in like proxies, headless browsers, caching etc.

But this level of flexibility has some drawbacks:

  • Steep learning curve - Although easier than building a scraper, you still need to learn the Scrapfly API and features. More complex than just making API calls.
  • Overengineered for basic uses - You may just want to scrape some URLs. But Scrapfly requires learning their whole platform.
  • Credits-based pricing - Instead of fixed fees, you pay per API credit used. This can get expensive and unpredictable.
  • Vendor lock-in - Once you integrate Scrapfly, it can be hard to switch later without code changes.
  • How Proxies API Provides a Simpler Alternative

    Proxies API solves the above issues by taking a radically simple API-first approach:

  • Ridiculously easy API - Just send a URL and get HTML back. Our API is designed for utter simplicity.
  • Pay per API call - No complex credits system. Just pay for the number of successful API calls made. Simple and predictable.
  • Cost-effective pricing - Our plans start at just $23/month for 250K calls. Much cheaper than Scrapfly.
  • No lock-in - Our simple API means you can switch services anytime without migrations.
  • Avoids overengineering - For basic scraping, just use our API instead of building Scrapfly workflows.
  • Scales up easily - We auto-throttle based on success rate. So you can scale to any level.
  • Pricing Comparison

    PlanScrapflyProxies API
    Basic$30/month for 200k credits$23/month for 250k calls
    Standard$100/month for 1M credits$79/month for 1M calls
    Pro$250/month for 2.5M credits$199/month for 3M calls

    As you can see, Proxies API's pricing is much more affordable compared to Scrapfly at similar usage levels.

    Key Differences at a Glance

    FeatureScrapflyProxies API
    OfferingsAPI, proxies, browsersAPI only
    Developer ExperienceSome learning curveSimple integration
    PricingCredits-basedPay per API call
    Anti-bot HandlingBuilt-inHandled automatically
    ScalabilityAdds complexityStays simple always

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