Do you want to cast your net wide and search across the country, or across Craigslist and other sites like it? Are you looking for something particular, and don’t care which website you use to get it? Do you want to know how to search all of Craigslist instead of just your local area? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, here come the solutions.
Craigslist and other classified ad websites are good at letting you drill down into ads in your state, city, or zip code to find what you’re looking for. What they aren’t so good at is performing broad searches over wider criteria or wider areas. Sometimes you need to search larger areas than Craigslist will show you at once. Maybe you want to find job offers all over the country. Maybe you’re just willing to drive across state lines to find a free couch.
The good news is that there are now ways to search all of Craigslist and other classified advertising websites from one place. Here are the ones we’ve found.
Search all of Craigslist quickly and easily
If you’re looking for a rare stamp or a specific Star Wars figure, it can take forever to search each state or city individually until you find one. You might also want to make a wide search if you’re looking for your stolen property. You know that it will probably be sold locally or listed online–but who knows how far away the thief might try to sell it online? By covering the online option you stand a much better chance of finding your stuff. But again, Craigslist’s normal interface doesn’t make this easy.
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 do the searching for you. Each site has the same basic idea: provide a search engine that can search all of Craigslist, and sometimes other sites too, across areas. They include:
All these sites work roughly the same way. They provide a simple front end with either a series of selections to choose from or a search engine box. You can use them to search Craigslist, and sometimes other classified advert websites, 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 Google results.
Use these services while you can, though. Unfortunately Craigslist is cracking down on scrapers and websites that crawl its website. It has already blocked a number of the more popular Craigslist crawlers and will likely block more as time goes on. In the meantime, all those websites in the links I provided are currently working fine (as of January 2017).
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, when used to their full potential these sites could help you find that elusive item or stolen property within minutes rather than the hours it could take otherwise.
Do you use a Craigslist scraper or search engine? Do you have any other suggestions for searching the site quickly? Tell us about it below.