Find Old Craigslist ads or eBay auction pages within browser

Have you ever clicked the link to a Craigslist ad of something you were previously looking at, only to find it was deleted, flagged, or an error message? Well, by taking advantage of “offline mode”, you can see its original contents, pictures and all!

Update: Law enforcement, SIU, government, loss prevention, private investigators, and industry regulators can use Harmari Search for Craigslist to find old, deleted or expired Craigslist ads.

So here’s where you start: go to the link that is giving the error:

sample Craigslist live ad with the error message displayedIt’s not the end of the world; you can still retrieve the old ad by clicking Work Offline in your Internet Explorer browser.

So now you should see the title bar with “Offline Mode”.  Now click the Refresh button to refresh the page.

Now you should see the original ad if all is in place

Why this works:

When you visit a website for the first time, the browser stores all the pictures, the webpage code and everything related to rendering the page in its cache.  By going into Offline Mode, you are effectively cutting off your Internet connection and loading the website from your computer’s memory, stored in the cache.