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Tutorial: How to subscribe to Craigslist’s RSS feeds

by Nanette on December 2, 2011

in Tech

I’m a Craigslist addict.

I’ve bought and sold baby gear, furniture and concert tickets on Craigslist. We found our current rental home there, and up until recently, I’d regularly check Craigslist for additional items to furnish our new place.

Every few days I’d search for the items on my wishlist, things like Ikea bookshelves that make more sense to buy already assembled and cheaper on Craigslist. Sometimes I’d find them, but more often than not, I’d have just missed out the item I wanted. The worst was the time I missed out on an amazing deal on an expensive playhouse I’d been coveting.

Then I discovered an easy way to save myself a little frustration. Craigslist, like many sites across the web, offers an RSS feed. This enables visitors to essentially subscribe to searches, which are then sent to your RSS reader, like my personal favorite, Google Reader.

This may be Captain Obvious to you tech-savvy readers, but hopefully there are a handful of you who will embrace this news with open arms like I did upon discovery.

Step 1

Visit your local Craigslist.

Step 2

Search for the items as you normally would.

Step 3

On the results screen, find and click the RSS button in the bottom right corner.

Step 4

When you click the RSS button, a new window will open. Add the URL that appears in that new window to your RSS reader of choice.


The next time an item that matches your search criteria is posted to your local Craigslist, it should appear in your RSS reader. If you’re anything like me, you check your reader at least once a day anyway, thereby increasing your chances for that Craigslist snow blower, classic car or opera tickets you’ve been dreaming of.

Christy December 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm

What a great idea. Thanks!

heather... December 2, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I really need to use Craigslist more! Thanks Nanners!!

Amber December 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I’m a craigslist addict as well and I had no clue you could do this, thanks! I always hate when I just missed out on the item I was currently searching for.

daisy December 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

What a good way to make sure I stay up-to-date on my searches. Thanks!

Mike November 14, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Thanks, but how do you get more than 25 items at a time? When you are searching for items that post/sell quickly and you can only get 25 items at a time that can be limiting.

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