The Best Ways to Browse Craigslist

We love Craigslist but the site design itself is a little clunky and uninspired. Clicking headlines individually to see each picture is cumbersome. Don't fret, though, there are better ways to browse Craigslist…
Craigslist Helper Available on Safari, Firefox, Chrome browsers
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This popular extension is filled with useful features and powerful functionality. The first thing you'll notice is the image previews that'll display all the pictures in the post below the headline - super time-saver. Ad previews are also a big help as you can see the whole ad by just hovering over the ad title. Craigslist Helper also allows you to make alerts for a particular search, and search multiple CL sites at once - great if you live in or around a metroplex. The extension rounds up other features such as note-taking, favorites marking, and map popups as well. They really have thought about everything and somehow incorporated into this extension.

Craigslist Preview
Available on Chrome browser

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You may find that the Craigslist Helper extension a bit laggy and bloated however, as all those features come at the cost of some extra processing power. Maybe all you simply want is image previews on your search results. If that's the case, then the Craigslist Preview is your solution — and the solution used by yours truly. It's fast, easy, responsive, and doesn't throw too much at you.

Craigslist Pro
For iPhone or iPad

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This is a great app that makes browsing Craigslist a joy on the couch or on the fly via your mobile device. Like the extensions above, this app shows image previews next to the listings. It also has a Photo Wall option that just shows a gallery of images you can swipe and browse through. We also like how you can do a location-based search (utilizing the built-in GPS) and find nearby Craigslist locations. Perhaps the best part of the experience though is getting all your results (even multiple cities) presented to you on one page you can quickly flick and swipe through. This could very well be your new go-to for all your future Craigslist hunts.

Craigslist Notification or Craigslist HD
For Android phones and tablets, respectively

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These apps are similar to what you'll find on iOS in that you'll get all your results on one big scrollable list. The Craigslist HD app is optimized for your Android tablet and allows you to save prospective ads, and track which ones you've attempted to reach out to. The Craigslist Notification app for your mobile phone as you might have guessed will also let you save searches and get notifications when new listings pop up that match your search criteria. Now you'll be able to act fast when that classic Eames chair is posted in your area.

• Find other Craigslist tips and tricks here

What extensions and apps do you use for scouring the pages of Craigslist?

Images: Chris Perez

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