By Arlen Anderson
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CraigShopper is a craigslist search tool designed to make life easier by saving you time & money.
Why Do You Need It?
You'll save time. If you've ever spent much time searching craigslist then this app will revolutionize your life. Seriously. No more constant searching.
You'll save money. Ever find a great deal just to find out someone else got it first? CraigShopper will give you the advantage by letting you know when something you're looking for is posted.
CraigShopper makes searching easy. Search several locations or even entire countries simultaneously. Quit searching locations one at a time.
Did I mention it's fast?
+ Email Notifications
+ Growl Notifications
+ Set Different Notifcation Options For Each Search
+ Search Multiple Locations and Categories
+ Multithreaded Searches
+ Integrated Browser
+ Ads Can Be Marked For Later or Hidden Entirely
+ Enter Strict Search Parameters or Just Browse
What's New in Version 2.0.14
Added support for craigslist's new image hosting
Great App…after you figure it out on your own
This is a very, very helpful CL shopping tool. For some of my ongoing searches I’m using nationwide, some are just a few states, and some are just local.
When I want to sell an item I can quickly find everyone in the country to see if I’m pricing it properly. When someone wants to come down on price I can respond with “I’ve seen 15 of these for sale across the country. I know I’m priced right. And next closest one for sale is 400 miles away."
I like you can give the search a custom name. By adding (WA & OR) after the item I know that list is just for those two states. Don’t laugh. It’s easy to have a dozen search going.
Downside: Needs Q&A section and a much better tutorial video. Author goes way, way too fast for a newbie. Why not make it a 5 minute video and cover everything…slowly. And don’t use phrases like “hierarchical.” Just say ordered by rank.
I’m giving it 5 for what it can do…after you teach yourself. But it would be so simple to explain WHY it’s so good in the video. The dude would sell a heckuva lot more apps. He should have a lady do the tutorial who doesnt live and breathe the app every day. e.g. I can’t find anywhere where it shows you how to select specific states or cities. Answer: Command button then click. The Q&A could simply be the written version of the video.
Assume the best there is for Mac desktop, and it is pretty darn good.
I’m giving this 5 stars, because I think it is pretty good for the Mac, and probably the best there is. There are a few organizational things that I wish were different, and maybe more similar to Escargot’s cPRO+ or Craigslist+ (whichever it is called now) on the iPhone/iPad. But these are mostly nit pics - e.g. I wish marking/saving items was a little bit more intuitive, and that reviewing all of the marked items was easier to do. Right now I always have to think about where the “mark” command is, and then the marked items get saved under the individual searches instead of in a master list. (Arlen, would be quite helpful to have a master list of saved items and make that sortable and groupable). It could also use a little improvement in creating new searches - I’d like to create a default set of cities, but if you create a search from scratch, you have to pick cities for each search. But it is plenty easy just to “duplicate” an existing search as this carries forward all the settings from that search, and then you can change the search string. Overall, the program is fast, and makes Craigslist searching and monitoring much faster. Love it.
Dysfunctional for apartment searching
I got this app for the purpose of finding apartments in San Francisco so this may not be relevant for other applications of CraigShopper.
The app fails to allow you to use all craigslist search features (ex: differentiating between what neighborhoods you want searching all of SF is worthless) and when I attempted to set up individual searches for all 10 neighborhoods I’m looking for I found inconsistent search results between the app and craigslist. In one case it came up with no search results for Hayes Valley - which is a VERY well known district in SF.
Did I mention it crashed within my first 10 minutes of using it?
I’ve spent $6 (expensive for an app of its simplicity) to save myself the time of setting up individual RSS feeds (which I’m having to do anyways with this) and now I don’t even trust the app to be thorough enough to come up with all search results.
Was really excited to find this app and in short order very disappointed.