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Pwn Craigslist – How to Get First Dibs on Cycling Classifieds

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Search Craigslist much for cycling stuff?  Here’s how to make Craigslist your you-know-what, courtesy of Wired Magazine (with our own mod):

  • Enter a search term, say “Yakima”, and hit return.
  • Click the RSS button on the bottom right of the page (this step missing from Wired’s article)
  • Copy the resulting URL in your browser’s navigation window.
  • Paste it into your favorite RSS reader.
  • New posts will pop up in your RSS feed as soon as they’re posted.

How?  Craiglist’s queries are XML enabled, which is what RSS feeds use.  Find what you want quicker, then get back to riding.  This is also a great way to keep a constant search open for hard to find items without having to constantly go to Craigslist.

Downsides: It’ll only let you search one city at a time, and even though nearby items may show up in a Craigslist search, they won’t show up in your RSS feed, so you’d need to set up a separate feed for each city.

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14 years ago

Not bad advice – I do this – but it’s by no means a guarantee to be the first to see things. Make sure you are cognizant of your reader’s refresh interval. Google Reader, for example, will refresh the feed as it sees fit, which may preclude you from seeing things as they are happening.

14 years ago

A great alternative to RSS Search Tempest. It searches the surrounding Craigs List by your area code then searches out from there. Cool multi-city search and includes ebay as well.

John Tedder
14 years ago

That is all very nice, but what does “Pwn” in “Pwn Craigslist mean?

John Tedder, Greenwich New York

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