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Tips for my friend Craig!

28 Feb

Craigslist is a fantastic way to score a great deal on furniture, rare items, and DIY projects.  But sometimes it’s hard to find what you’re looking for.  Well cheer up because today I’d like to share with you some of my faithful Craigslist tips.  And if you have some not listed here, please leave them in the comments section below!

  • Try alternate search terms, like “cocktail table” instead of “coffee table”
  • I’m a huge fan of Restoration Hardware… but not their pricetags.  So if you love a collection, try searching just for a store to see what comes up!
  • For popular items that might normally go fast, try potential misspellings like “Potery Barn”
  • Type in “curb alert” to snatch up free items that people leave out for taking.
  • Name your price!  Don’t get stuck on the price listed.  Oftentimes people just want to unload their items fast, so it’s worth bargaining!
  • Search for “pair” rather than just pluralize the word (i.e. Chair Pair instead of Chairs).  Hey – two is always better than one!
  • If you are willing to pay shipping – broaden your shopping experience by typing the item and the word “Craigslist” into a standard google search.  This will bring up craigslist postings outside of your designated city.

And my favorite tip…

  • Create an RSS feed!  I use google reader which does the following:

“Constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content. Whether a site updates daily or monthly, you can be sure that you won’t miss a thing. Shows you all of your favorite sites in one convenient place. It’s like a personalized inbox for the entire web. Millions of sites publish feeds with their latest updates, and our integrated feed search makes it easy to find new content that interests you.”

This has helped me tremendously.  I initially used this trick when searching for apartments, so that I would not miss out on any listings.  Note: These instructions are for people who use Gmail, and have signed up for a free Google Reader account.  If you don’t already have an account, you can get one here!

Here’s how to get started:

1. Search for your item in Craigslist, just as you would normally do.

2. Once the list pulls up, click on the cute little RSS icon in the URL box.

3. Next, choose where you want the feed to go.  I recommend sending it to your Google Reader (right side option).

4. Now, when you have some free time during your day – log into your Gmail account and click on the Reader icon at the top (highlighted in red):

5. Then, locate the “feed” in the list to the left.  The (#) next to your feed indicates how many unread posting there are.

5. Once you click on the link, to the right you will see an aggregate listing of all of the items that have matched your search.  This list builds automatically, so you don’t have to continuously go into Craigslist to do a search.  You can also rename the feed (i.e. Dining Room Tables) so that you can differentiate between feeds if you have a lot going on!

{Happy Hunting!}

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