Automated Craigslist searching?
October 11, 2012 12:49 AM Subscribe
I often check craigslist (Tokyo, where I live) to look for deals on various things I'd like to buy. I tire, though, of clicking through the different categories, sifting through all the silt to find a nugget worth asking about. Is there any way to automate searching through craigslist?
posted by zardoz to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I've seen some sites that allow you to search all the cities around the world at once, a craigslist search engine, but as I am only interested in my city (and not interested in international buying), these aren't useful.
For example let's say I'm looking for a coffee maker. One reason it's so frustrating is people will put, say, a coffee maker in "electronics" or "appliances" or "garage sale" or half a dozen others. So I have to check each subsection and still may not find a coffee maker.
It would be super peachy if there were some way to be notified, maybe by email?, as soon as someone posted a coffee maker on the site. I'm no programmer, but I would imagine this would take some pretty robust software to do this. I did find something called "Craigslist Search Agent", but it seems to have been pulled and isn't being updated.
Hope this makes sense. What say you all? Is there some bot that can do the searching for me?