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Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:59 am
by gratefuldad
Hi, I'm new to this GREAT Site and Forums in general.
I was wondering if anyone would feel like sharing some good Key Words for searching Craigs List for these cars. Namely I would like to keep an eye out for the Peg Perego Jeeps. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Keep up the good work here Guys/Gals

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:03 pm
by jam1ej20
battery, jeep, power wheels, car.

Battery is one I search if I only have time to make one search though. It's "battery powered" or "just needs battery" or "comes with new battery" usually battery is mentioned in the post so it's a good bet that you won't miss many that way.

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:31 am
by wkearney99
It also helps to use quotes. Search for "power wheels" and it'll find only the two words together that way. If you leave off the quotes it searches for each word individually. You can also use parentheses for grouping and the vertical bar to do OR searches. Like ("powerwheels" | "power wheels") to search for both at once. The craigslist help section shows various options: http://www.craigslist.org/about/help/search

Do the battery search in two for sale areas, baby&kids and toys. That cuts down on unrelated stuff from all the other for sale sections.

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:45 am
by taz11
wkearney99 wrote:It also helps to use quotes. Search for "power wheels" and it'll find only the two words together that way. If you leave off the quotes it searches for each word individually.

Do the battery search in two for sale areas, baby&kids and toys. That cuts down on unrelated stuff from all the other for sale sections.

Actually, I search in "all for sale" I find that most of the "steals" are listed in the wrong catagory.

All in quotes:
Powerwheels, Powerwheel, Power wheels, Power wheel, battery powered, motorized car(truck,jeep), Electric car(truck,jeep), kids car(truck, jeep), Barbie jeep, Peg perego, Gaucho, ride on, Hot wheels (you'd be surprised, scored a Grave digger with this one :shock: )

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 7:59 am
by Sucker Punch
Yeah I agree with Taz. I found one of my grave diggers in electronics section???? :lol:

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:03 am
by taz11
Sucker Punch wrote:Yeah I agree with Taz. I found one of my grave diggers in electronics section???? :lol:


LOL....

I have found alot in "vehicles/cars for sale"........I guess it makes sense if you think about it.......sort of.

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:01 pm
by wkearney99
I guess it's like ebay used to be. Plenty of folks being "less than accurate" about how they spell or choose to group something. As in, their stupidity is your gain if you're prepared to slog through a lot of posts.

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:06 am
by gratefuldad
Thank You Guys,
I have quadrupled the results. Haven't seen anything I can't pass up yet, but I'll keep grinding away at it!

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:29 pm
by kastoo
No kidding...I just tried to try it...opened it way up and weeded out the irritating regular car stuff that usually pops up..thanks

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:25 pm
by Miami Hurricanes

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:52 pm
by hootienchyna
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Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:55 pm
by taz11
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Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:01 pm
by hootienchyna
taz11 wrote:
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yepper this is good to know
taz11 wrote:

Actually, I search in "all for sale" I find that most of the "steals" are listed in the wrong catagory.

All in quotes:
Powerwheels, Powerwheel, Power wheels, Power wheel, battery powered, motorized car(truck,jeep), Electric car(truck,jeep), kids car(truck, jeep), Barbie jeep, Peg perego, Gaucho, ride on, Hot wheels (you'd be surprised, scored a Grave digger with this one :shock: )

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:25 pm
by wkearney99
Like many other questions, this has been answered quite well here in other messages. Please, take the time to read through some. Use the search function. Get yourself up to speed before asking a question that's been answered, many, many, Many times before. You'll be pleasantly surprised to see how much has been discussed before, if only you take the time to look.

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:48 pm
by hootienchyna
wkearney99 wrote:Like many other questions, this has been answered quite well here in other messages. Please, take the time to read through some. Use the search function. Get yourself up to speed before asking a question that's been answered, many, many, Many times before. You'll be pleasantly surprised to see how much has been discussed before, if only you take the time to look.
you do realize that i bumped a topic from october for informational purposes

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:06 pm
by wkearney99
oops, nevermind.....

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:38 am
by aVWguy
got my eliminator from the computer section o-0

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:41 am
by gratefuldad
Update
Thanks for sharing your experience! If my Wife knew who you guys where you'd have a bounty out on your head! I have picked up a Great GD for $40, A pretty darn nice Gator for $50 and a decent Barbie Jeep for my daughter for another $20! Now I'm in trouble looking to buy more batteries! Between your suggested search terms and an iPad app and I'm toast :p

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Wed May 23, 2012 10:22 pm
by JoshFink
Am I missing something with CL? Is the interface that bad? I'd like to be able to put in multiple OR searches. The only way I've found to do it is to create a bunch of searches.

taz11 wrote:
wkearney99 wrote:
All in quotes:
Powerwheels, Powerwheel, Power wheels, Power wheel, battery powered, motorized car(truck,jeep), Electric car(truck,jeep), kids car(truck, jeep), Barbie jeep, Peg perego, Gaucho, ride on, Hot wheels (you'd be surprised, scored a Grave digger with this one :shock: )

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Thu May 24, 2012 4:45 am
by gratefuldad
That's what I have been doing, multiple searches. I have an iPad app (CL Pro ?)that makes it pretty easy to do. I do know there are Plug-ins for Mozilla Firefox that are good as well. I'm sure there are some other good programs out there, but I'm not the most tech. savvy. Persistence is the key.

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:11 pm
by Miami Hurricanes
gratefuldad wrote:That's what I have been doing, multiple searches. I have an iPad app (CL Pro ?)that makes it pretty easy to do. I do know there are Plug-ins for Mozilla Firefox that are good as well. I'm sure there are some other good programs out there, but I'm not the most tech. savvy. Persistence is the key.
I use "craiglist helper" Firefox addon. Its cool because it shows pictures in the search results and you can see the inside of the post by putting the mouse arrow over the link. Its a little bit buggy though. Sometimes the links don't work.

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:23 pm
by h-bomb
I got my Gaucho Superpower out of the "tickets for sale-by owner" section. :lol:

Found it using "peg jeep" in the search box with "all for sale" clicked. Lots of people misspell "Perego" and don't use the "Gaucho" name when posting. They (erroneously) call them "Jeeps."

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:32 pm
by xPAID4x
This is amazing! You've expanded my searches so much! I thank you, especially Taz and all of his suggestions. I'm sure that once my wife finds out she'll be even more less thrilled with my obsession (much like gratefuldad's wife) :D

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:04 am
by RACER_X
what search engines do ya'll use?

i have

http://www.searchtempest.com
http://www.adhuntr.com/

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 10:27 am
by gratefuldad
Just wanted to add one "battery operated", got the Super Power with that one last week. "Peg pergo" gets hits occasionally also. Been playing with the misspellings too :)

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:52 pm
by ceejkay
i do most of the same searches as you guys. i also thow in there; john deere, john deer, jon deer, jon deere, quad, atv, buggy. but the one i use the most is battery, just not for search all.

Re: Good Key Words for Craigs List Searches?

Posted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:29 pm
by Low-N-Slow
I know this is an old thread but I thought someone may find it useful to know that you can use search operators in Google to perform "multiple OR" searches (https://support.google.com/websearch/an ... 6861?hl=en). Use the terms you are looking for separated by OR and then use the site operator. For example:

"power wheels" OR "power wheel" OR "powerwheels" OR "powerwheel" site:craigslist.org