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How to get email notifications of new Craigslist ad faster?

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[OP]
Jr. Member
Mar 24, 2017
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How to get email notifications of new Craigslist ad faster?

I know Craigslist itself has this saved searches feature, but it always notifies you way too late. It usually sends me notifications half an hour to an hour after the posting, and by the time I got to it, the sellers had already gotten plenty responses.

I don't know how other people to it, but they were always able to get to the good deals so damn quickly. Plenty of times I have sent responses within 25 minutes of the ads going live (basically acting like no-life bot checking the search tab all the time), and yet every single time someone has beaten me to the punch.
I want to know how they see and respond to the ads faster.

Is there some kind of service or app that tracks the postings every minute?

I have heard of RSS feeds being used, but there are also comments about it being too slow as well.
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[OP]
Jr. Member
Mar 24, 2017
123 posts
20 upvotes
13inches wrote: If you're serious about this then take a few hours to learn how to build your own bot. It's not that difficult.

Here's an example:
https://www.dataquest.io/blog/apartment ... -slackbot/
I don't think all the people who's looking to buy things on Craigslist has the tech knowledge to do Python, and yet they are able to respond to the listings faster than me. Surely there must be a simpler way than programming Python and setting up Slack, right?

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