How to See Craigslist Ads That Have Been Removed & Cached

By Stephanie Ellen

There are good reasons for wanting to view old Craigslist ads that have been removed from Craigslist. If you are a seller, you may want to copy an old listing and relist it. If you are a buyer who has recently purchased something, you may want to take a look at the ad again to check the description or see if there is an implied or express warranty. For sellers, your best bet is to create a Craigslist account before you place ads. For buyers, you might be able to find a cached page on a search engine.

Create a Craigslist Account

Step 1

Click "My Account" at the top left of Craigslist and then type your email address into the "email address" text box. Type the captcha into the "word verification" box and then click "create account."

Step 2

Sign into your email account and then click the link in the Craigslist email.

Step 3

Type your password into the "password" text box. Once you are signed in, all your ads -- including those not running any more -- will be listed in chronological order.

Step 1

Navigate to your favorite search engine.

Step 2

Type a description into the "search" text box and then press "Enter." For example, type "Craigslist item xxxxxxxx," where xxxxxxxx is the listing number. You could also enter a description if you don't know the listing number.

Step 3

Click "cached" under a search result.