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Is there a site that sorts craigslist auto listing? [closed]

Is there a site that sorts craigslist auto listing? [closed]

Is there any site that will take a CraigsList RSS feed of cars for sale and sort it by make, model, price, etc (as far as it can parse the listings)? Couldn't find anything myself, but thought I'd ask before I went and wrote a little script to accomplish what I'm looking for.

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Total answers/comments: 2
Guest [Entry]

"This Wired article explains you cannot find such services because the founder does not want them. Craig goes so far as to install technical obstacles to specifically block them. YMMV if you only occasionally use the script for personal purposes, but don't be surprised if your little script invokes the wrath of Craig Newmark:

[Craigslist is] hostile to outsiders who want to pull
neat technical tricks to improve the
site. A few years ago, independent
programmer Jeff Atwood created a
service that would allow people to
search multiple cities at once or even
search craigslist globally. Buckmaster
arranged some technical interference
to kill it off. Another programmer
named Ryan Sit created a service
called Listpic, which scraped images
from craigslist and dumped them into
an interface for browsing: You could
scan through all the photos from the
apartment listings or see pictures of
all the dogs up for adoption.
Buckmaster banished Listpic, too.

Update: added more context from quote to explain Craig's objections to such services:

He had specific objections to both.
Listpic ran ads, it put a high burden
on craigslist servers, and when he
looked at traffic records he noticed
that Listpic was being used mainly to
enhance enjoyment of the sexy images
people posted in their erotic-services
ads. Universal search subverts
craigslist's mission to enable local,
face-to-face transactions; it
increases the risk of scams and can be
exploited to snatch up bargains,
giving technically sophisticated users
an advantage over casual browsers. But
the very surfeit of these practical
objections—many of which probably have
technical solutions—hints that the
real explanation lies elsewhere, and
with a minimum of pressure Buckmaster
will state it plainly. It is the same
reason that craigslist has never done
any of the things that would win
approval among Web entrepreneurs, the
same reason he has never updated its
1999-era Web design. The reason is
that craigslist's users are not asking
for such changes.

""I hear this all the time,"" Buckmaster
says. ""You guys are so primitive, you
are like cavemen. Don't you have any
sense of aesthetic? But the people I
hear it from are invariably working
for firms that want the job of redoing
the site. In all the complaints and
requests we get from users, this is
never one of them. Time spent on the
site, the number of people who
post—we're the leader. It could be
we're doing one or two things right."""
Guest [Entry]

"I do not know of a site, but copying the search results and pasting them into excel is where I would start. Is is not too difficult to parse out the terms you want to sort on, though I think you could only parse the terms that show in your search results page. So if you were looking for say motorcycles, you could expect to get make, model, year, price, location, posting date, whether there is a picture, and the URL. Once parsed out, it is trivial to sort on teh fields you want.

There may a cuter way of getting the search results into Excel.

Also crazedlistdotorg does a nice job of searching across different CraigsLists, Read the Faq before use it."