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    It's Happened. I have become a Craigslist Junkie

    Last night, just before going to bed, I decided to check the bikes on Craigslist for the 10th time. There was a Columbia road bike, probably from the 50s, for sale in my own hometown for $25. Left a message that I was interested. Did a little research on Columbia bikes and got really excited by Mr. Columbia website

    http://www.vintagecolumbiabikes.com/index.html

    that I had trouble going to sleep.

    Next morning I checked my email and the poster was kind enough to let me know the bike had been sold. Have no idea whether it would have been something I would want to restore but will never know.
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    Columbias are hardly valuable or rare...not something to loose sleep over at any rate. If you're going to be addicted, you might want to move on to substances a bit higher on the food chain. It'll save room since there are fewer hits and you'll end up on better highs.

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    Just aggregate all of your local online searches into an RSS feed that updates to your email or phone text message if you prefer. Saves you a lot of time and makes sure that you always see something good the instant it comes up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan The Man View Post
    Just aggregate all of your local online searches into an RSS feed that updates to your email or phone text message if you prefer. Saves you a lot of time and makes sure that you always see something good the instant it comes up.
    Can you give more details on how to do this? It may warrant a separate post, but I think I'm not the only one who would be interested in this.

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    To help you quickly skim and filter through the madness of trash on CL, get an image previewer for your browser. For Chrome, I use the extension called "Craigslist Preview". It enhanced my addiction ten-fold =D

    Oh, and don't forget to set a hotkey to open yourcity.craigslist.org/bik/ in an instant =P

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    Quote Originally Posted by stausty View Post
    Can you give more details on how to do this? It may warrant a separate post, but I think I'm not the only one who would be interested in this.
    Craigslist and any other relevent site worth it's salt should have an RSS feed button. It looks like this: RSS_feed_icon_big.jpg RSS stands for really simple syndication. Usually people use it to get all of the daily updates from their favorite blogs or news sites. For craigslist, it turns a search result into a simpler format that can be updated with new lines as new results are available, kind of like "news". So make sure you have your search dialed in by keywords and price first.

    If you are searching any websites that don't have an RSS feed option, you can make one manually using a tool such as this one: http://feed43.com/. There are a lot of others with different free/paid features. It takes a bit of playing around and helps if you understand some website code.

    Once you have RSS feeds for all of your refined search results, aggregate them into one feed using a website like this: http://www.rssmix.com/

    Then finally, if you search for RSS email or RSS text there are a huge number of options for getting the resultant feed emailed to you with a variety of paid and free options. Generally text messeges you will have to pay for, but you can get daily email updates for free from most of those websites. Different formats will include pictures or just text.

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    This tread is relevant to my interests, I need to dive into RSS feed. For some reason they sort of freaked me out.. I don know why...

    But CL is the best addiction I have, I love it, I love the hunt.. <3
    So It Goes.....

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    I have a Craigslist app for my Android device that works really well. The user can enter key search words, phrases and phone numbers and it will pull the listings according to the city and state you program it for. It updates automatically and notifies you.

    It works well if you stuck shopping with your wife and you want to search for bikes on the down-low. Haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuotient View Post
    To help you quickly skim and filter through the madness of trash on CL, get an image previewer for your browser. For Chrome, I use the extension called "Craigslist Preview". It enhanced my addiction ten-fold =D
    CL has image previews now.. click the "show images" link in the top right corner

    CL also will created an RSS link for you for every search you make.. it's at the lower right corner:


    i add the RSS feeds to my google home page
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sculptor7 View Post
    Last night, just before going to bed, I decided to check the bikes on Craigslist for the 10th time. There was a Columbia road bike, probably from the 50s, for sale in my own hometown for $25. Left a message that I was interested. Did a little research on Columbia bikes and got really excited by Mr. Columbia website

    http://www.vintagecolumbiabikes.com/index.html

    that I had trouble going to sleep.

    Next morning I checked my email and the poster was kind enough to let me know the bike had been sold. Have no idea whether it would have been something I would want to restore but will never know.

    Just want to let you know, you ain't the only Craigslist JUNKIE around here, not by a long shot!! I am checking CL at least 4 to 5 times a day. Something shows up hot, I try to get right on it.. All Junkies got to be fast.. Speed on getting to the buyer could be the difference of getting a good deal, or the deal has been sold..

    Luck to you on your next one
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    Quote Originally Posted by frantik View Post
    CL has image previews now.. click the "show images" link in the top right corner
    Oh nifty, thanks! The extensions let you see up to the 4 images they can upload though in bigger resolution.

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