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Old 03-01-2010, 10:34 PM   #1
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Thumb helper tool for used motorcycle shopping on craigslist

Note: the new version (1.223) works on eBay motors and Kijiji (US) too.

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I created a helper utility (Firefox / Google Chrome Extension) to make the task of shopping for a used motorcycle on Craigslist easier. Its free.

= Features =
* Shows useful Consumer Reviews of the motorcycle right next to its ad on Craigslist.
* Provides easy access links for pricing, also hints if involved in an accident or dropped.
* If phone number is given in ad then creates an easy access link to search craigslist for other ads published by the same poster.
* Shows similar (make/model) ads listed elsewhere on Craigslist. This gives idea of price and also availability.
* Also shows motorcycle ad listing from Oodle.
* Aggregates and shows consumer reviews of the motorcycle from multiple sources.

There are two versions, one for Firefox browser and other for Google Chrome browser. Both has same features.

http://tech4computer.wordpress.com/2...on-craigslist/


Hope it would be helpful to some on here.


2)
There is another separate utility (for Google Chrome browser) which compliments the above one:
http://tech4computer.wordpress.com/2...aigslist-peek/
It shows similar information in Motorcycle section as shown in below screenshot of Cars section.



3) Forum Preview google chrome extension : It works on some forums.
Basically on forum listings page it will show the last post under thread title. In gallery mode it will show photo gallery on top part of forum page constructed from the pics in forum listing.

Try photo gallery mode on advrider ride reports section.

Details : https://chrome.google.com/extensions...amnbhpeafokijg

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Old 03-11-2010, 10:19 PM   #2
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Updated the browser extension to add support couple of popular bike marketplace sites. And did some bug fixes.

The bike ad title should be in right format for the extension to work properly. That is, it should have correct Year, Make and Model name. Example: "FS: 2007 Honda cbr125r".

The extension relies on motorcycle Reviews written by users like you. So if you have been riding your bike for sometime and have a opinion about it then why not write a Review on one of the motorcycle review sites. When you write a review, make sure to add what type of riding you have done, maintenance issues etc. In general there are lot of easy to find resources available for used car research but for motorcycles it takes some effort to find good information on used motorcycle.

http://tech4computer.wordpress.com/2009/05/30/firefox-extension-motorcycle-reviews-on-craigslist/

Also another extension, that I created has couple of features that might be useful for used motorcycle/car shopper on craigslist. Though for now it works only on Google Chrome browser.

Craigslist Peek extension
http://tech4computer.wordpress.com/2...aigslist-peek/


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Old 03-13-2010, 09:52 PM   #3
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tanks

just installed it on my mac with firefox
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Old 03-14-2010, 08:23 AM   #4
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works great on individual cities, doesn't seem to work within crazedlist though
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:29 PM   #5
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thanks, it works on few different sites. I tried to check out crazed list but it asked me to modify referrer settings. I will try it another time and see if I can easily port it to work on it. The 'similar ads' part of this extension will find out recent ads of the model you looking at.
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Old 04-05-2010, 03:19 PM   #6
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updated:

Craigslist Peek v 0.325

- Multiple city craigslist listing. Now it lets you search or view multiple city listings on one page. Keep the number of cities to low unless you have a recent fast fat computer. From Settings can enable/disable it. A counter on top shows up when there is a newer post.

The other motorcycle extension is still same.
http://tech4computer.wordpress.com/2...on-craigslist/
The Google Chrome version of it works on BARF, bcsportbikes bike sale/marketplace forums too. Its ratings kind of sucks. If you like it then make sure to give some rating (4 to 5 stars). Suggestions welcomed too.

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Old 05-13-2010, 01:42 PM   #7
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3) Forum Preview google chrome extension : It works on some forums.
Basically on forum listings page it will show the last post under thread title. In gallery mode it will show photo gallery on top part of forum page constructed from the pics in forum listing.

Try photo gallery mode on advrider ride reports section.

Details : https://chrome.google.com/extensions...amnbhpeafokijg
Created Firefox port of this Forum Preview extension. Its in the experimental list, would be released if one of you add a positive review there. The 'last post' feature works good but the photo gallery part is not as smooth as in Google Chrome. Download/Install it from the 'All Versions' page of Firefox Addons : https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...ersions/161742

Beside Advrider it works on many forums/discussion boards.
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Old 05-30-2010, 04:12 PM   #8
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Just released Craigslist Peek extension for Firefox (version 3.5+) browser. Before it was only for Google Chrome.
Firefox : https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/162070/
Google Chrome : https://chrome.google.com/extensions...gpcpcbclaidlmf

Suggestions works only in Cars and Motorcycle sections of craigslist.
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Old 12-27-2010, 10:19 PM   #9
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Added 3 new features to the Google Chrome version of Forum Preview extension. These are experimental at the moment.

* ignore showing Last Post for 'Sticky:' posts
* photo gallery from previous 10 pages of selected thread. Keep it Off normally and turn it On when doing quick view of trip, travel report etc in a long thread.
* filter to ignore expanding certain thread titles.

Get it here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/d...amnbhpeafokijg

Added an option Minimum Model Year filter criteria to Craigslist Peek extension. This works in Craigslist Motorcycle and Cars listing.
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Old 12-28-2010, 08:12 AM   #10
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This works great. Thank you very much
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Old 12-28-2010, 09:42 PM   #11
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Interesting. Thanks, I look forward to giving it a go.
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Old 02-16-2011, 10:50 PM   #12
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Updated Google Chrome version of Forum Preview extension. Half-baked stuff.

* Fold or Collapsible inline Last Post. There is a green bar on top or bottom of post to easily fold/collapse it after reading. If multiple Posts then there is a reddish bar to fold all posts in that thread. There is a white on grey 'X' on right top corner of listing page. Clicking it will fold all inline Posts. This will improve scrolling, keeping track of what you have already read.
* photo gallery from previous 10 pages of selected thread. Keep it Off normally and turn it On when doing quick view of trip, travel report etc in a long thread.
* Some cosmetic Options to allow using forum default Text colors or black text on white back color with blue title.

Get it here: Forum Preview extension Chrome web store

Added an option 'Show Date' to Craigslist Peek extension (chrome). Shows posting date/time inline.
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Old 02-25-2011, 03:50 PM   #13
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Updated: Motorcycle Shopping extension to reflect recent changes in Craigslist. It had stopped working because of those changes. The latest version (on both Firefox and Google Chrome) now works fine on Craigslist.

http://tech4computer.wordpress.com/2...on-craigslist/
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:23 PM   #14
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Updated: Forum Preview extension for Firefox. Now it has same features that are in latest Chrome version of the extension. Chrome one is a bit more smoother though.

From download numbers it seems that not many people are aware of these extensions. So guys if you are member on other similar boards and you like these extensions then please spread the word.
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Old 05-18-2011, 06:36 PM   #15
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Forum Preview extension - Google Chrome version:

Added new button to top-right corner to quickly fold / expand inline last post previews to compact view for quicker view of just the listing titles.


See sig below for link.

Will update this feature in Firefox version later.
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