Use RSS and Google Reader To Save Time On Craigslist

image If you’re shopping for a new job, used car, microwave or whatever, Craigslist combined with Google Reader (or any RSS reader) can be a powerful combo due to a little thing called RSS!  It’s a huge time saver AND, helps me get exactly the data I need in one centralized place.

How To Make Planned Purchases On Craigslist Without The Craigslist Hassle


1. On Craigslist when performing a search, enter into the category for whatever you’re looking and carry out the search as normal.

Search Tips:

  • Always enter a minimum price, this will keep junk from showing up, and help you avoid “too-good-to-be-true” scams.
  • Check the only search titles box.  Many sellers like to keyword bomb their ads, so this check keeps out unrelated spam.
  • If you’re a budget, enter a max price but remember you can usually negotiate with a seller to work out a lower price.

how to do a proper search on craigslist


2. Once you’ve performed a search, Right-Click the RSS icon at the very bottom of the page and Select Copy Link Location for Firefox or Copy Shortcut for Internet Explorer.

look for the search rss feed

2.B. Optionally you can just Click the RSS icon at the bottom of the page or in the toolbar of your browser.  You then come to the feed page where you can easily subscribe with your RSS reader or Copy the URL from the URL Toolbar.

subscribe in your rss reader


3. If you’re using Google Reader Click Add a subscription and then Paste the RSS Url into the box and Click Add.  In other RSS readers, the process should be very similar.

add the rss url to your rss reader


4. By default, the reader is likely in Expanded view; this makes it difficult for the reader so let’s switch it to List view.

view your rss in list view


Personally, when I’m looking to buy something, I like to subscribe to several different RSS searches from Craigslist and stick them in my Google Reader.  Saves me a lot of time and, I can save the data in my RSS reader if I ever want to go back and read a listing from the past.

see all of the craigslist ads from your rss reader


Do you have a nice trick, hack or tool for Craigslist?  Would love to hear about it in the comments!



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  4. Paul JF

    November 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    What a great tip! Thank you very much!

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