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Old 12-19-2008, 05:33 PM   #1
Nov 2008
Austin, TX
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I figured since so many people on here use Craigslist for equipment, this might help. I've been doing this for a while now.

If you're searching for something specific, you can use Google alerts to tell you when a new post hits Craigslist. Google will send you an email as soon as something new matches your Craigslist search. The text-only email will contain the Craigslist posting title as well as the first few lines of the post and a direct link to it, so it works well with cell phones.

Prepare your google query as follows:

<search string> site:<city>

So, if I want to be alerted when a 7 string Ibanez guitar appears in austin, I would search for:

7 string ibanez

Click search. Now click on the News link at the top. Then, click on News Alerts on the left toolbar.

Make sure the "Search terms" field has your search string in it. Change the Type field to Web.
Change the How Often field to As it happens.

Type in your email and submit the information. You will get a confirmation email shortly.

You can use this technique for many other sites, just be aware that you're going to get an email every time there is a new match in the google query.

If you aren't in the US, you'll have to use whatever domain is appropriate instead of <cityname>, like <cityname> or whatever.

If you want it to send you a text message instead, you can use the following email format, depending on your provider. If you want to get updates on your phone, this would be much faster than email since email generally has to be refreshed at certain increments, where texting is more or less instant. However, be aware that text messages are (generally) 160 characters, so it's going to truncate a bunch of the email and you will have to get to a computer to be able to read the whole post OR you can set up a second alert sent to an email address on your phone, so that when you get the text, you can manually refresh your email to read the whole thing.

Here are the formats for some different providers. If yours isn't on here, just search for it. They all have this capability.

Alltel [email protected] [email protected]
ATT [email protected] [email protected]
Cingular [email protected] [email protected]
Metro PCS [email protected] [email protected]
Nextel [email protected] [email protected]
Sprint [email protected] [email protected]
T-Mobile [email protected] [email protected]
Verizon [email protected] [email protected]

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Old 12-19-2008, 05:37 PM   #2
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Excellent info! Thanks.

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Old 12-19-2008, 05:46 PM   #3
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awesome, thanks

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Old 12-19-2008, 05:48 PM   #4
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I am surprised by how well you explained this.

You probably just increased the amount of competition in your city for home brew stuff.

I probably will not be around much anymore. I had to close my restaurant and get a real job so i do not have the time to hang out online all day.

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Old 12-19-2008, 06:07 PM   #5
Feb 2008
Los Angeles, CA
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Originally Posted by madewithchicken View Post
I am surprised by how well you explained this.

You probably just increased the amount of competition in your city for home brew stuff.
and yours too

oh....and in mine too

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Old 12-19-2008, 06:21 PM   #6
Oct 2007
Hartford, CT
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Alternatively, you can do your search on the craigslist site, create an RSS feed out of that (RSS icon at the bottom of the page) and subscribe to that feed with a RSS reader (Google Reader)... I've been using this method for a while.

The OP's method of using email/SMS alerts is a little simpler for folks who aren't in from of a computer all the time (like I am for work).

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Old 12-20-2008, 06:43 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by madewithchicken View Post
I am surprised by how well you explained this.
I'm surprised by how much I understood it...

HB Bill

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Old 12-20-2008, 06:55 AM   #8
Jun 2008
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dont forget you can create an rss feed so if anything is posted it will update you.
just do your search.
scroll down to the bottom
on the right hand side right click the rss button and choose copy link location
paste it in your rss reader.
from or living in oklahoma? come join us in the oklahoma group

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Old 12-20-2008, 07:48 AM   #9
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Another thing you might want to do is search with a * at the end.It's a wild card character. For instance keg* will show matches keg,kegs and keggles.
Primary: All grain pale ale, Pliny The Elder clone
Bottled:Double Noogie IPA, Amber Ale
Kegged: Brewcraft Dead Guy kit,Apfelwein, Raspberry wheat beer

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Old 12-20-2008, 03:48 PM   #10
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Macomb, MI
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Cool Idea, I hope I have better luck using this method! I will give it a try.
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