How to get 'cached' craigslist ad?

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  1. Steve

    Steve Lifer

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    I was going to respond to an ad on Craigslist today, but it's expired now and I didn't keep the contact info <headsmack>. I tried Google search with cache: searchterm site: mycity.craigslist.org but no luck. Any other ways to get it?
     
  2. MikeyIs4Dcats

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    probably have to wait for a relist.
     
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  4. Steve

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    Well I figured out a way - I found the ad with Google search like above and it has the ad # in the URL. So I sent an email to sale-########@craigslist.org. In this case it didn't work because they disabled anonymous email forwarding - in their ad, the email address field read "See Below" for their phone number in the ad. But for posters who don't do that, this should work.
     
  5. violupro

    violupro Banned

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    There is a way that I found that works. If you can find the expired link on google, get the item number from the link. Google will display a little piece of the text of the ad under the link. Take the last significant word (not "and" or "the" u know what I mean) of the ad that google displayed and google that word with the item number and the word craigslist. For example --- "craigslist 123456789 mulcher"

    Google with then come up with a little more of the ad on the search page. Continue doing this and you will eventually work through the entire ad. If you are looking for a phone number from the ad and you remember the area code that's easy, just search using the area code --- "craigslist 123456789 312" and google will come up with the rest of the text around the number including the rest of the phone number. Helped me find a number for a great deal on a lawn tractor I was looking for but missed because the ad expired and I neglected to write down the number when I first saw it. Hope this helps!
     
  6. angminas

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    You could try one of those "Who posted the such and such" listings, at the risk of possibly looking unprofessional if it's a job.
     
  7. edro

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    fake lurker fishing necro thread?