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Old 10-29-2009, 10:38 AM   #1
Evan Anderson
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Learned a lesson about Craigslist equipment that I thought might be helpful for some.

When searching, don't search for words that are too descriptive. When people list their equipment as "Squat rack" or "Power rack/cage", they know what they have, and will charge accordingly.

I had much better success just searching titles only for "weight" or "weights". This led to a ton more listings, mostly from people who don't really know what they have. I'm talking power/squat cages for $75, $150, etc.

Hopefully this can help someone.
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Old 10-29-2009, 11:08 AM   #2
Jen Jacobs
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Re: Craigslist

It also helps to look for variations of spellings. For example, kettlebell, kettle bell, and kettle ball.. as well as dumbbell, dumb bells, and "wieghts" are just a few of the items I've seen in my area.

I've also been lucky with brand names - Parabody and Dynamax instead of bench and medicine ball.

I'm grateful for the power rack I scored a month ago for free off of craigslist. I searched under many things, but found it via 'power rack'. Go figure.

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Old 10-29-2009, 03:11 PM   #3
Ian Kovtunovich
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Re: Craigslist

I found terms like "olympic" to be good for weeding out the 1"-diameter, sand-filled-plastic-weights type equipment. Still got plenty of cheapo junk, but it tightened up the search a little bit. Ultimately, though, it took a combination of terms and a few searches each time to turn up all the weight/fitness gear.

Too bad there's not some kind of national standard for gear listings.
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:24 AM   #4
David Luu
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Re: Craigslist

Thanks for the advice! After reading your post I tried a search on craigslist using just "weights" and I found a great deal on a rack, bench and O weights. I had used other search terms earlier in the day and I had not seen this ad. I'm picking them up on Sunday.
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