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Forum topic by Loren posted 04-08-2012 05:49 PM 1234 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2012 05:49 PM

I figured this out recently.

There’s a site called that aggregates postings from
Craigslist and perhaps other sites automatically. It also archives them
so you can find deleted or expired Craiglist postings on it.

The forum has been around for years but I think maybe this
Craigslist aggregation feature is relatively new. In a lot of cases
your search may not lead to the seller, but sometimes an expired
listing may contain a phone number and you can call and see
if the machine is still available.

Now the search feature for JLA is ponderous and restrictive, but
there’s a workaround using Google’s advanced search features.

To try it out, copy and past the following line into a Google
search bar: sliding table saw

Now try: powermatic 66

See how that works?

Good luck.

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#1 posted 04-08-2012 06:00 PM

It’s also good for finding archives of mis-spellings of manufacturer
names. For example a machine made by ULMIA was identified
in the expired listing as ULMA – so if you’re looking for Ulmia
stuff now you know that new search word.

In another example Holz-her machines are also identified by
sellers by the names “holzer” “holzher” and “holtzer”.

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#2 posted 04-08-2012 06:06 PM

Now this search: panel saw

brings up this page on this first page of search results:

The listing is expired on craigslist, but there’s a number there,
so I copy the number and, staying on the local Craigslist site
the expired listing is on, click on the upper left link for
NW GA Craigslist. Then I paste the phone number into
the Craigslist search box and voila! the seller has another
machine for sale.

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