Whether you’re selling an old air compressor or trying to haggle the price on a meat grinder, Craigslist is one of the best ways to find used goods in your local area. People who are just browsing Craigslist might not need to widen their search, but if you’re looking for a specific item, you might need to explore other areas.
It isn’t usually the default setting, but there is a way you can branch out and extend your Craigslist search to other locations.
SearchCraigslist.org — Web app
One of the simplest and most effective Craigslist searchers online, SearchCraiglist returns fast and complete results for any search term you want (just remember the first few results are going to be ads, just like on Google). You can search your results by relevance or date. Date is often better for simple terms that return a lot of results, while relevance is better for more specific searches that have important details.
SearchTempest — Web app
If you don’t live in the U.S. or want to search a wider array of online classifieds, SearchTempest offers everything but the kitchen sink. It can search Craigslist in its entirety, as well as eBay auctions and Amazon Marketplace listings. You can customize your search by site, city, and distance from any particular zip code, or you can simply search the entire world.
The scope of Search Tempest can be a little intimidating and unless you want to pay international shipping on items, you are going to want to limit where you search, but for those that want to cast the broadest net possible, SearchTempest can do it.
CPlus for Craigslist is a great Craigslist search tool for iOS and Android devices that gives you the option to search in as many cities and territories as you want, all at once, and is one of a few that is officially licensed by Craigslist. It also lets you set up search alerts, so if you’re looking for something nationwide over a period of time, it can automatically inform you if what you’re after becomes available. If you expect to make regular purchases, you can even input your favorite products or types of adverts to be notified whenever new ones are posted.
If you’re not sure how wide to set your search, CPlus for Craigslist has expansive geo-location support. That makes it quick and easy to find nearby cities that might have what you’re looking for. Once you’ve begun your search, there are advanced filtering and sorting systems to make parsing through the results that much easier.
The app is entirely free to use, although there are advanced features you can pay for if you wish. For $1.99 you can enhance the alert feature, while the pro version unlocks the ability to use multiple Craigslist accounts and to post more often.
Search All Junk — Web app
Are you primarily interested in stuff? Search All Junk is a tool specifically made for those searching for particular parts, models, furniture, and just general things that they want. It covers not only Craiglist, but other popular selling sites like Recycler and Pennysaver. You can narrow down by general region once you’ve searched a term, and choose to organize by date to get a better chance at being the first to claim a particular item. There’s also a separate section that links you to tools for searching specific car models if you can’t find the vehicle you want. That being said, the site is good for searching everything from comic books to tables, so if you’re looking for something — no matter what it is — give this site a shot.