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Forum topic by americanwoodworker posted 09-02-2012 02:04 PM 1159 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2012 02:04 PM

Does anyone know if here is such a thing as a notifier for craigslist out there? I mean something that you can type in keywords like “lumber” or “tablesaw” and it will continually search and notify you as soon as one is posted.

-- Your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be free from you.

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 02:24 PM

It seems that craigslist actively tries to block such programs in order to avoid having its servers become overloaded.

What you can do is save a search as a bookmark so that you can easily check for what you are looking for whenever you are online.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-02-2012 02:32 PM

I didn’t know that charlie, thanks.

-- Your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be free from you.

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#3 posted 09-02-2012 03:36 PM

There is a site called that will allow you to save several “recipes” that basically say “if this happens then do that”. So you can set up a Craigslist search and when a new thing pops up that matches your search criteria, you will get sent an email notification. There’s a lot more that the site can di, but thus is how I keep on top of Craigslist without having to visit Craigslist all day.

Ifttt means “if this then that”.

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

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#4 posted 09-02-2012 06:32 PM

CraigsPro+ (if you use an iPad or iPhone) runs searches in the background.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 09-02-2012 06:35 PM

I also, after doing a ‘search’, drag that search up into the bookmark menu bar in Firefox. Now when I click on it, it scrolls down showing me what is new in my search category.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 09-04-2012 03:10 AM

Craigslist has rss feeds on it. All you need to do is search for what you are looking for and then click on the rss feed at the very bottom of the resulting page. This is nice because you don’t have to “pull” the searches, the searches are “pushed” to you as soon as someone posts the criteria you have set. I just noticed craigslist must have recently changed the behavior when clicking on the RSS icon. You can go ahead and select one of their default readers they suggest (new feature), or if you can do it the way I have done it for the past year. I just searched for “lathe” for this example. Instead of clicking on the RSS feed, I clicked it with the right mouse button and selected “copy link address” which provides the rss search url of:
If you happen to have a smart phone/email client, you can set it up so any hits in your city with your search word will come right to your smartphone email by pasting your respective url link. If you just want it to go to your email on your computer you can do that too. Here is more info on how to configure your email client once you have the rss search url: Message me if you would like any help.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#7 posted 09-09-2012 02:41 AM

Man you guys are way ahead of me on those methods. I’m old school and I just type in my search item each time I go on Craigslist and I’m pretty successful.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 09-10-2012 05:25 PM

Hi Jim – that too is the way I did it for years. At least in my area, the good deals and hot items get snatched up pretty fast. My method at least gives me a better chance.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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