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I don't understand why it works with different scenarios, but not with this one. Basically, some gentleman helped me out HERE  with improving my code to scrape weather, which works perfectly. I then tried to do the same to scrape an ETH value which is in a span tag <span class="text-large2" data-currency-value="">$196.01</span>. So, I followed the same technique in the code, replaced the fields, and was hoping for it to work.

The code is here:

import requests

from BeautifulSoup import BeautifulSoup

import time

url = 'https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/litecoin/'

def ltc():

    while (True):

        response = requests.get(url)

        soup = BeautifulSoup(response.content)

        price_now = int(soup.find("div", {"class": "col-xs-6 col-sm-8 col-md-4 text-left"}).find(

        "span", {"class": "text-large2"}).getText())

        print(u"LTC price is: {}{}".format(price_now))

        # if less than 150

        if 150 > price_now:

            print('Price is Low')

        # if more than 200

        elif 200 < price_now:

            print('Price is high')

if __name__ == "__main__":

    ltc()

The output looks like this:

Traceback (most recent call last):

  File "test2.py", line 24, in <module>

    ltc()

  File "test2.py", line 13, in ltc

    "span", {"class": "text-large2"}).getText())

ValueError: invalid literal for int() with base 10: '196.01'

Then, I finally tried it this way; but from here I get false positives, but no errors. It prints whatever it wants

import requests

from bs4 import BeautifulSoup

import time

url = 'https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/litecoin/'

def liteCoin():

    while (True):

        response = requests.get(url)

        html = response.text

        soup = BeautifulSoup(html, 'html.parser')

        value = soup.find('span', {'class': 'text-large2'})

        print(''.join(value.stripped_strings))

        if 150 > value:         # if less than 150

            print('Price is Low!')

        elif 200 < value:       # if more than 200

            print('Price is High')

        else:

            print('N/A')

        time.sleep(5)

if __name__ == "__main__":

    liteCoin()

Would the problem be that the value of the ETH has a $ sign inside the span tag? And, that way the program doesn't know what to do with string?

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Here, you should cast the float to string to print it because you are getting a float and not an int. So, here are the changes needed as depicted in the code below:

price_now = float(soup.find("div", {"class": "col-xs-6 col-sm-8 col-md-4 text-left"}).find("span", {"class": "text-large2"}).getText())

    print(u"LTC price is: {}".format(str(price_now)))

Outputs:

LTC price is: 195.44

LTC price is: 195.44

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