Whether you are buying an antique clock or anything else off Craigslist, you’ve likely had the same painful experience I have. You see an ad that is a great deal or is the exact thing you want, but when you contact the seller, it’s already been sold. You can run Craigslist searches multiple times per day to try and keep up with all the new ads, but that’s exhausting. In your exhausted stupor you secretly wish there was a way to get notifications from Craigslist when new items of interest are posted.
Guess what? There is, but it is buried within the Craigslist website, so let me point out how:
- You start at Craigslist and run your search.
- Then scroll all the way to the bottom of the search results page
- In the lower right-hand corner you’ll see an orange button that says RSS and a link. It looks like this: .
- Click on that link and you’ll go to a new webpage.
- Copy the website address from that new page into an RSS Reader, like Google’s free Google Reader, and you’ll receive alerts whenever a new ad is posted that matches your search criteria.
If you want to search Craigslist nationwide, or within a select set of cities, then I’d recommend the free version of CraigsPals, a downloadable PC-based app. Or instead of multiple cities you can pick a zip code and a radius distance, then it’ll provide search results that meet that criteria. Unless you pay $29.99 (ouch!) you won’t be able to use CraigsPals to automate searching, but their basic features are nice.
Or, it’s not surprising that iPhone, Blackberry and Android users can get apps for their their phone that do something similar. Craigslist for iPhone looked like the best option, in my opinion, in terms of a free app with robust functionality.
Your turn: How do you shop Craigslist without being tied to your computer all day running searches?