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  • Google Alerts for used gear searches

    For those with G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) maybe this is a known thing already, but I just figured it out and thought I'd pass it along. Google alerts work very well for searching Craigslist, as well as other sites, in near real time. It's a good way to search for something rare that you just can't find. You never know when it will pop up somewhere.

    http://www.google.com/alerts

    Here's an example for a Craigslist search for RCF or FBT items:

    Search query: RCF OR FBT site:craigslist.org
    Result type: Everything
    Language: English
    Region: United States
    How often: As-it-happens (can adjust to less frequently if you get updates too often)
    How many: ALL RESULTS - This is critical or you will get no results
    Deliver to: your gmail address or feed (yes, you'll need a google account)
    Notes
    • You can use qualifiers like “OR” and “AND”. They must be capitalized to work. You can use these for the item your searching for as well as sites.
    • The alert isn't going to give you results from the distant past. It will return things posted up to a day ago initially and then give you near real time alerts of anything posted from now on.
    Tested sites that work

    craigslist.org musicgoround.com
    tradingpost.sweetwater.com
    used.guitarcenter.com
    ebay.com - you’ll want to include the catagory your item would be in. For example a speaker would be ebay.com/sch/Speakers-Monitors-
    pssl.com/Used
    used.samashmusic.com
    harmonycentral.com/forum/forum/ForSale
    homerecording.com/bbs/special-forums/free-ads-music-recording-equipment/
    reverb.com/item
    yourinstrument.com/instruments
    musiciansgaragesale.com/music-shop
    performanceaudio.com/item/used-gear
    elderly.com/vintage
    Tested sites that DO NOT seem to work
    domains that change their root when you get to the specific item will not work. For instance, musiciansfriend.com/used-musical-instruments loses the “used-musical-instruments” root when you click on a specific item. Therefore Google can’t search the used section of the site because the items aren’t tagged as used in the URL.
    musiciansfriend.com/used-musical-instruments
    soundforums.net/forums/14-Marketplace
    rmcaudiodirect.com/RMC-Used-Music-Gear-s
    bhphotovideo.com/c/browse/Pro-Audio
    wwbw.com/Used-Gear.wwbw
    music123.com/used-musical-instruments
    Last edited by abzurd; 06-07-2014, 10:31 AM.
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    thanks for that!

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