How to Search Craigslist by Region

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The online classifieds service, Craigslist, is known for the use of Cascading Style Sheets and JavaScript, which keeps the site simple but also limits its search function. To address this issue, third-party services have been created that enable you to search Craigslist without limiting search results to a single city. Using these free aggregators, you can specify the region for your searches and then fine tune the results to your liking.

SearchTempest

  • Navigate to the SearchTempest website (link in Resources) and click the "Search by US state or region" link in the Preferences section.

  • Select the region that you want to search from the "Select by Region" drop-down list.

  • Select a category, for example "Sale/wanted" from the Category list and a subcategory, for example "Boats," from the Sub-Category list.

  • Specify the price range in the Other Options section as well as whether you only want to see ads that have pictures.

  • Enter a search term, for example "Powerboat," in the What text input box and then click the "Search" button.

  • Click the "Preferences" link on the search results page and then uncheck the check boxes next to "Include eBay Results" and "Include Oodle Results."

  • Click the "Never" radio button below "Include Amazon Results" and then click "Update" to view the search results for your query.

Ad Hunt'r

  • Navigate to the Ad Hunt'r website (link in Resources) and click the down-arrow button next to "All of Craigslist."

  • Select the region to which to confine your search from the drop-down list that appears.

  • Enter your search term and then click the "Search" button to view the results.

  • Click one of the "Big Cities" links above the search results to refine your search.

Dailylister

  • Navigate to the Dailylister website (link in Resources) and enter your search term in the "Search" input box.

  • Click the down-arrow button next to "In" and select the category that matches your search.

  • Click the check box next to "Title only" or "Entire post" to specify the criteria for your search term and then click the "Search" button.

  • Click the down-arrow button below Other Areas on the search results page and then select the region to which you want to confine your search from the drop-down list.

  • Click the "Search This Region" button to refine your search results.

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