One of the great things about Craigslist (www.craigslist.org) is that it is very local. Just today I was looking for a specific piece of furniture – I found someone selling exactly what I needed, just a few miles away. We did the transaction and there were no seller fees or buyer fees of any kind.
But the locality of Craigslist can also be a disadvantage. What if you are looking for something specific, but you are willing to travel for it if the deal is right? Sure, you can just look at the various individual locations separately, but that would take forever.
A better way is to use a specialized Google search. This is easy, and very handy for this type of Craigslist search.
I will illustrate this by using an example. Let’s say you’re looking for a 1965 Mustang. It doesn’t matter where it is for sale, you just want to see all of the 1965 Mustangs that are listed on Craigslist. Here’s what you do:
1. Go to Google and click on the link that says “Advanced Search”. You will be taken to a new page with lots of ways to customize your Google search.
2. In the first section, called “Find web pages that have…” enter this text in the “all these words” field:
3. In the section that says “But don’t show pages that have…any of these unwanted words:”, enter this word:
4. Near the bottom of the form, where it asks “Search within a site or domain:”, type this:
craigslist.org (note: don’t include the “www” in front of the domain)
I also filter for language because I only speak English, but that is up to you. So now your search form looks like this (click to see it full size):
Now click the button in the lower right that says “Advanced Search”. You are going to like the results. When I did this search, I got 1790 results – 1965 Mustangs for sale in Boston, Hong Kong, Denver, etc.
Have fun with your new Craigslist search hack!