Introducing Crgslst!

March 13, 2008

This is fab-u-lous! Have you had a chance to check out crgslst? Such coolness. It’s a multi-city search tool for Craigslist, perfect for looking at furniture or for apartments in any city according to whatever your little search terms tell it to look for — and boom! In your face, all at once, multiple city style. This isn’t offered on Craigslist (why?) and it drives me pretty crazy. I found out that crgslst may end up getting shut down just as other services in past were removed because they may be violating a few terms over at Craigslist, but let’s just hope that’s not the case. I don’t know about you, but I lived on that one tool that was built allowing you to view everything visually all at once. I can’t recall the name… And it’s still out there but it’s nearly dead and gone. Why doesn’t Craigslist beef up and build all this technology into their site themselves? I really don’t get it… They are the masters online — when you think of finding an apartment at least in America and Canada, you think of Craigslist. Why aren’t they doing more? I’ve been wondering this for a few years actually. Why don’t they charge all those brokers to list their fee apartments on their site? Why don’t they have ads? I seriously need to know this stuff. :)


  • Reply Carrie from POSH March 13, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Wow! How smart is this?!? Thanks for the tip Holly…this one’s going in my favorites!

  • Reply Meg March 13, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    craigslist does charge to list job opps and it may for housing as well.

  • Reply hautenature* March 13, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    i am pretty sure the picture site you refer to is called Listpic

  • Reply Lauren March 13, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    wow this is amazing. i really hope it doesn’t go under–craigslist is sort of annoying to navigate. thanks!

  • Reply Anonymous March 13, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Craiglist charges in certain cities for job listings (minimal) and NY and San Fran for real estate agents. They are the bomb. I’ve used them for years to buy/sell furniture and found my current apartment on the site.

    They like to keep things simple and are THE brand for online classifieds now. And, the whole thing started as Craig’s service for his friends. Love that guy.

  • Reply House Obsession March 13, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    I can’t believe you’re advocating for ads! I’m actually thrillllllllled that craigslist doesn’t have ads. It’s simple and easy to navigate. Sure there are some annoyances now and again…and I agree that the new crgslst feature is cool, but I hope they NEVER put up ads. It’s one place on the web there’s no visual pollution.

  • Reply Shannon March 13, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I love Craigslist and have used it for everything. I like that they’re ad-free. Lord knows they could charge a bundle for the amount of hits they get. There are ads everywhere online; I like that Craig and co. seem to march to the beat of their own drummer.

  • Reply Stacy March 13, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    That is definitely easier to use than Craigslist… That’s such a good idea. I like the flash navigation.

  • Reply Jon March 13, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Would you be talking this site? http://byebyelist.com/

    Last night, I stumbled upon it.

  • Reply Melissa Lewis-Off The Wall March 14, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Oh, wow great find! Love the “so web 2.0, we don’t need vowels.” My husband and I got a kick out of that.

    Thanks Holly!

  • Reply decor8 March 14, 2008 at 1:27 am

    I think ads are great if done right and curated as the ones are here on decor8. When ads are random, from dove soap to viagra, that’s when they are tacky to me. If they are visually interesting and promote items that relate to the content of the site, then I think they are fine.

    It’s not from the devil to earn a little income, many big blogs are able to do the work we do because of the support of our advertisers. I’d still blog without ad revenue as I did before the ads came, but I can’t tell you the benefit the extra income has had on my life because I can blog more frequently and put more time into it. I’m not working at a boring desk job that depresses me.

    Sure, if craigslist had ads I would visit their site — I mean for all the free content that’s on the web that people work their butts off to provide for the public, behind it all, their are writers, coders, designers – these people need to eat. If I have to endure a few ads for great content, so be it. I have to endure TONS of ads in magazines and have to PAY for those magazines on top of it. Online, I pay for nothing.

    When I go to amazing blogs like Apartment Therapy, D*S, Bloesem, etc. I am glad to see ads there because I think these people SHOULD be earning something for their dedication. They deserve that. None of us are getting rich off of blog ads, but if having them allows us to continue doing work we love while providing a free service to our readers, then I think that’s a pretty fair and reasonable exchange.

    Just my .02.


  • Reply Anonymous March 14, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Craigslist doesn’t allow multi-city search to help avoid scams. You can search all the cities by typing the following in Google:

    bed site:craigslist.com

    Where “bed” is what you’re searching for. Handy for stuff, not so much for jobs.

  • Reply Joshua March 14, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Of course you need to be able to make a living off what you do. Relevant ads on niche blogs like yours is fine, but ads on major sites, like Craig’s List, that get 9 billion page views per month would suck! It would tear down everything they’ve advocated for over the years. They don’t put up ads because they don’t need to. Craig’s List makes millions of dollars every year and consistently refuses offers to be bought for ridiculous amounts of money.

    Blogs with only a few contributors put up ads because often times it’s the only way they can think of to make money to continue doing what they do. (which is fine/good) Craig’s List is genius! They let individuals use the site for free and only charge the businesses/corps. It symbolizes the relatively uncommercial nature of craigslist, as well as their service mission and non-corporate culture.

    If I had to choose, visit Decor8 with ads or without ads, I’d choose without ads every single time. I come to your site to see what you’ve found and have to say. I don’t come to find a company/site/designer/etc that affiliates it’s self with you by placing a graphic animated ad on the side. It creates longer download times, is visually distracting and decreases the overall user experience.

    Having said that, I am glad that you’re able to place ads to continue blogging. I’m also glad Craig’s List will never place ads on their site.

    I’m a huge fan of your site and visit often. Keep up the good work!

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