Want to cast your net wide and search across the country or across other sites like Craigslist? Looking for something particular and don’t care which website you use to get it? Want to know how to search all of Craigslist instead of just your area? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this is the page for you!
Craigslist and classified ad websites are great as they allow you to drill down into your state, city or even zip code to find what you’re looking for. What they aren’t so good at is performing broad stroke searches over wider criteria or wider areas. There are now ways to search all of Craigslist as well as other classified advertising websites from one place. Here’s how.
Search all of Craigslist quickly and easily
If you’re looking for a rare stamp or Star Wars figure that doesn’t exist in your area, it can take forever to search each state or city individually. Somewhere else these kinds of searches come in handy is when searching for your stolen property. You know that in all likelihood, they will be either sold locally or listed online. By covering at least one of those options you stand a much better chance of finding your stuff.
A straight Google search won’t always come up with the goods either so what are you to do? The answer lies in one of a series of websites that does the searching for you. They include:
- Search All Craig’s Lists
- My Craigs Finder
- Ad Hunt’r
- Search All Junk
Each site has the same idea. Provide a search engine from which you can search Craigslist and sometimes other sites too across areas. They all work roughly the same way. They provide a simple front end with either a series of selections to choose or a search engine box. They then search Craigslist and sometimes other classified advert websites for you without having to drill down into your city or area.
Enter the details of the item you’re looking for and let the search function do its work. While all of the sites mentioned above do roughly the same thing, a couple of them use Google to power their search function. This does not always provide the most accurate results as some classifieds do not show up in the results.
Use these services while you can though as Craigslist is cracking down on scrapers and websites that crawl its website. It has already blocked a number of the previously very popular Craigslist crawlers and will likely block more as time goes on. In the meantime, all those websites in the links I provided are all currently working fine (as of September 2016).
These websites make it quick and easy to search all of Craigslist from a single page. While it may still take a little effort to find exactly what you want, used to their full potential, they could help you find that elusive item or stolen property within minutes rather than the hours it would normally take.
Do you use a Craigslist scraper or search engine? Have any other suggestions for search the site quickly? Tell us about it below.