Craigslist 301

That will probably be the extent of my knowledge…..

Or my attention span to one topic.

Probably the latter.

Anita left a great comment or tip that I use very often as well…..

one more tip – which I discovered on ebay — Bad spellers — so if they listed their carpet as a carpat — or carpt — or curpet… it will not show up in the usual listings and thus be there for you to discover all on your lonesome and be the only bidder.

I have used this ALOT on ebay and most recently on Craigslist.

I was looking for a specific type of motor home…….Georgie Boy…….

Every time I would find a “deal” it would have been sold almost immediately after it was posted.

It tried this misspelling trick….I typed in Goergia.…not Georgie Boy……

Wah lah…….

He had callers but not the normally large amount which gave me the opportunity to get to this “deal”.

There are two sites that I know of devoted to finding “misspelled words” on Craigslist and Ebay…you type in correct spelling, it searches for the misspelled versions….
Search Term: Site:

(example: laptop => latop)
(example: mac mini => mac miin)
(example: memory => menory)
(Dictionary matches may skew results i.e. xbox will produce box; use wisely)



Another one is :

Search help

  1. Enter your term (correctly spelled).
  2. Click Search.
  3. Click EACH of the links to see ALL of the results.


To be honest…..I don’t normally go to this much effort but if it is something you really are looking for….probably a great route to try.

My last tip will just be on how I make my offers…….

I will use this ad as my example:

Old warehouse cart – $100

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I know ……you junky rust lovers are drooling but don’t you DARE pay the full amount.
Everyone….including myself…..puts a price that we KNOW will be countered.

I counter low…..
There ARE TIMES that I feel it is an awesome deal and was just listed…..and I will just offer to buy it.
Otherwise……I would lose that deal.

This item…. I would counter like this……
Don’t have a heart-attack…..

I don’t usually call and counter…..people tend to be less defensive by text and email.
I would respond via email or text the number on the ad.

“Hello! I saw your ad on Craigslist. Due to the  condition of item would you consider $45.00 if you are unable to get what you are asking? I can show up today with cash. Just let me know and I appreciate your consideration! Thanks!”

Couple of important points:

~I note condition….unless you are rust addicted… can use to point out that it would need some sprucing up.

~I don’t want to offend….so I offer the point that he may get what he is asking for it (although I don’t believe he will)

~I offer to show up with cash….TODAY.

Even if our schedules conflict once a deal is made… would have been made based on the fact I was willing to show up with cash.
So many people don’t show up…..then as the seller, you lose other buyers interested because you are waiting on them etc… it is important to not be that buyer. Offer to show up immediately or today….

So…..I’m boring myself and don’t want to bore you guys to death…..

I hope some of these tips helped.

If you want more……then I need more people comment letting me know and I will do an extra post on day that I give tutorials. Normal stuff…..then tutorial stuff…..that way you can choose what you want to read….

Just comment and let me know….even you silent readers out there ; )

How does that sound?

You guys are great and I love hearing from you!



8 thoughts on “Craigslist 301

  • June 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    thank you So much for your Craigslist tips!  my biggest dilemma has always been how to word my offer… I know what to do:)  I love your blog and enjoy reading whatever you post.  

  • June 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    great tips!!! I have also searched for typos and have been pleasantly surprised – had no idea there were web sites for it though! Thanks!

  • June 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks so very much, Rebecca….it never occurred to me to look for mis-spelled words! I have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated these posts. 


  • June 10, 2011 at 2:42 am

    I have NEVER looked for mis=spelled words!! I am going to use that on ebay all the time now and of course craigslist! THanks so much

  • June 10, 2011 at 6:12 am

    No wonder you score so many good deals! I am so impressed with this post, those are some valuable tips for using CL and getting something you want at a great price. I would have never thought of the misspelling thing on my own, then to find that there are not one but two sites to help with that and make it so easy just amazes me. Also like Tracy I needed help with wording an offer and what a great way to make one you’ve shown us! True bargain hunting gold Rebecca, you are so clever. Thanks so much and please offer more of these tips for us to learn from. Thanks, take care, VBg

  • June 10, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Just went back and re-read your post and realized you got the motor home! It is georgeous!! You snuck that little tidbit right by me! Sure would like to hear about that deal! Thanks, VBg

  • June 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I would love more tips anytime you’d like to give them.  Thanks for the segments you’ve already done on how to shop Craigslist.  It has been very helpful.

  • June 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Who wouldn’t want to learn from the experienced!
    Please keep your posts coming. My heart actually beats a little faster!!



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