How to Get Great Gear Cheap with Craigslist Notifications

by Erich

For many of you new to the preparedness/survivalist/prepper scene, you may be quite daunted with the sheer amount of “stuff” you need to buy in order to feel fully prepared. Everything from communication gear, to hunting equipment, to camping gear can put you back several thousands of dollars.

Although there are always cheaper options with regards to gear, unfortunately as the saying goes, “you get what you pay for” — and you don’t want to have to depend on poorly-made cheap gear for the welfare and safety of your loved ones.

Buying Top Quality Gear for Dirt Cheap Prices

So how can you still get quality, dependable gear without breaking the bank? Well, there is a place where you can buy barely used, and in some cases brand spanking new, quality gear for often more than half off the price you would pay in a store. I’m sure you’ve all heard of it by now: Craigslist.

I know what you’re thinking, “Come on Erich, when I check I rarely find anything good, and when I do it’s usually been already taken.” Well for most people that’s true. But not for me. I’ve been able to purchase top quality sleeping bags, camping hammocks (Hennessy Hammocks), camping stoves, compound bows, radios, a 4-season tent and other gear for more than half off the list price. What’s my secret? It’s setting up Craigslist notifications.

How to Set Up Craigslist Notifications

The benefit of setting up notifications with Craigslist listings is that you can have them sent to your email, IM, or phone. This way you get an instant alert when a specific item you’re looking for becomes available, giving you a much greater chance of getting that long sought after piece of gear.

My favorite tool for getting instant notifications to my phone via sms (text message), my email, and instant messenger is a free utility called It’s very simple to use and best of all it costs nothing. Here’s a demo on how it can be used (substitute his search for Toyota Prius with your needed survival gear :)):

There are many other similar tools (most aren’t free) available online that provide similar services. However, this is the best tool I’ve found available. Happy hunting! And be sure to let me know if you’ve made out on some killer deals as a result of this.

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Comment by Ben
2010-06-11 23:57:48

Thanks for sending out things like this. I really appreciate all of the posts. In fact, I’m going through the archives right now trying to see where the ‘holes’ are in my preparation and fill them with your advice. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2010-06-12 20:53:24

You’re very welcome Ben. I miss you guys,when are you coming down again?

2010-06-13 15:37:28

Thanks for the sweet tool!

I recommended this article in my newsletter to my readers this week.

You should do a follow up and show us some of the gear you’ve gotten and how cheaply.

Thanks again, keep up the good work,


Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2010-06-15 10:10:47

Thanks Lucas. That’s a great idea. I’ve gotten some great stuff already.

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2011-05-17 04:36:13

Thank you so much for such information..i wanted that..

2011-07-01 21:07:07

I have been searching for a software for instant notification in mt phone. Many thanks for providing the demo.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-07-01 23:14:22

very welcome 🙂

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