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Let’s do a series, whaddaya say? Because bloggers who do a series are serious and have their junk together and someday I will grow up to be a blogger like that.
First, let’s start with Craigslist, because it is THE place to go for overstuffed recliners with built-in cupholders, casual encounters and the occasional brilliant furniture find.
1. Display Photos with Search Results
Can we all just agree that the worst part about shopping on craiglist is that you have to open up each listing to see the details?
If so, I’m about to rock your world. Option #1 is to click “show images” on the search results page. I have seriously used craigslist for entirely too many years without knowing about this trick!
Option #2 is to use Craiggers.com, because it will change your frickin life.
UPDATE: Looks like Craiggers no longer works. Bummer! But I’ve heard great things about craigseasy.com!
Enter your search on the home page:
Click enter and your search results come up – with PHOTOS. And DETAILS.
You can even narrow down your search by selecting a maximum or minimum price, selecting multiple categories at once, or setting a maximum distance from your zip code. (Earth-shattering, right? I KNOW, friends. I know.)
Update: It looks like craiggers is unavailable for now, but a few commenters have suggested using SearchTempest or CraigsEasy instead.
2. Narrow down your search.
Say you want to find a glider for your nursery that you haven’t started working on yet for your little girl who is due in SEVEN weeks – I accidentally just got very specific – so you want to search for “glider” without getting a list of sugar gliders for sale.
“Hollywood regency nightstand”
And your search would give you only results that used those three words together, in that order. And how dare we talk about hollywood regency nightstands without a little unnecessary eye candy?
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3. Have new listings sent to your RSS feed or email.
If you’re stalking craigslist every day for that perfect set of Chinese Chippendale chairs, stalk no more! Have new listings sent to your RSS feed every time they’re posted. Just type in your search, and on the search results page, click on the orange “RSS” button on the bottom and add it to your feed.
Or, to have search results sent to your email inbox every 24 hours, right-click on that orange RSS button on the search results page, then click on “copy link address.” Your browser might say something else, like “copy” or “copy link location.”
Then go to: www.feedmyinbox.com. In the “Website or Feed URL” box, right-click your mouse and click “paste,” then enter your email address and you’re all set!
4. Search Every Craigslist
If you’re looking for something that doesn’t need to be local, or you’re willing to pay for shipping, you might want to search all craigslist locations in the U.S. I used this when I was trying to find a very specific bridesmaid dress for a wedding I was in, and I didn’t want to pay the crazy full price when I knew I’d only wear it once.
Don’t be shy. When you find what you want, offer something less. The worst they can say is “no,” and to be honest, as a craigslist seller, I’m often shocked when people don’t even try to knock something off the price. Don’t be a jerk by offering something outlandish, but at least give negotiation a try!
6. Not finding what you need? Buy a gift card!
Did you know you can find gift cards on craigslist? When we were knee-deep in remodeling after we had just bought our house, we often bought Lowes and Home Depot gift cards from craigslist. You have to be VERY careful, and we always met the seller AT a Lowes or Home Depot to verify the value before we handed over our money, but we often bought gift cards for about 80 percent of their value. It’s a fantastic way to save money on big purchases!
What tips did I miss? How do you find used and well-loved items on craiglist efficiently? (Don’t forget to check out Part 2 of this series (eBay) here and Part 3: How to save money online everywhere else here.)
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