Top 8 Searched Categories by Men in 2015

We took a look back at 2015 to see what the top searches done by males on our site were.  We were surprised by some of the results! The results below highlight the most popular categories on Kijiji.ca.

8. Heavy Equipment

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We were a little surprised by this at #8 but males on our site searched for heavy equipment such as snow pushers, sanders, forklifts, and tractors.

 

7. ATV / Snowmobile

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What kind of Canadian list would this be if something related to snow/cold was not on the list!

 

6.  Computer Accessories

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From cables, cameras, keyboards to covers, computer accessories came in at #6.

 

5. Boats / Watercraft

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Looks like we got some fancy users! Boats and watercrafts made the list at #5.  If you want to take Kijiji with you on your new boat, let us know!

 

4. Classic Cars

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Probably nothing too surprising about this one… except that we thought it would have been higher on the list!

 

3. Musical Instruments

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Coming in at #3, musical instruments! Looks like we have some talented musicians on Kijiji!

 

2. Tools

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Looks like there are a lot of handy men on Kijiji! Tools came in at #2.

And the top searched category on Kijiji by men in 2015 was…

 

1. Motorcycles

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Stay tuned for the top searched categories by women in 2015!

Categories:Listicals

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Shopping Tips

Valentine’s Day is this Sunday. The hard part is finding a gift that expresses how you feel about your Valentine. Love is one of those things that can be tough to express.

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What Do You Want To Express?

Because you’re shopping at the last minute hasty decisions are tempting. The first step involves thinking through what kind of love you’re trying to express. Your gift should reflect your relationship with this person. Always remember: you don’t have to stick to generic greeting cards and flowers. If you want to make your Valentine happy cater to their interests.

 

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Be Creative!

Thinking outside the box is a great way to treat your Valentine to something that they deserve. It’s also a clever and thoughtful way to make your Valentine feel special.  Satisfying a need is the perfect, outside the box approach to Valentine’s Day shopping. Great examples of this include treating your Valentine to a relaxing day at the spa, or a new puppy (Talk to them first about it and make sure you’re both ready!).  No matter what you decide to get your Valentine creativity is key. Don’t be afraid to turn it into a fun, quirky, event.  You can buy everything from Knight-A-Grams, to custom cakes on Kijji.

 

Sometimes The Perfect Gift Is Online…

If you’re not the crafty type, and you want to find the perfect gift you’re in luck. The digital age is making it easier than ever for people to buy and sell online. Kijiji has a wide variety of used, handmade, and one of a kind items for sale. You can also google local jewelry, clothing, and accessory makers in your area. A lot of local designers are branching out into the e- commerce industry. E-commerce websites are a great way to find the perfect gift for any occasion. They thrive based on their ability to connect designers to customers in their area. If you want to find the perfect gift for your Valentine you might not even have to leave your house!

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Don’t Overspend Or Go Overboard

Sticking to a budget, and keeping it simple is important. Never forget the most important part of Valentine’s Day. It’s all about love. All it takes is one thoughtful, small gesture to express how you feel. Expressing your love with less conveys a clear message. Expressing your love with a lot of bulk can lead to the message getting lost in translation.  If you keep it simple both your Valentine and your wallet will thank you for it.

 

Compare Prices

It’s easier to save money than you think.  If you want to get the best possible deal on your Valentine’s Day gift be open to comparing costs. To compare costs you have to be open to investigating what people are charging. Before buying an item compare prices at a wide variety of stores, both on and off line. You can sometimes spend less money on the same item elsewhere. If you can’t find a good deal on whatever gift you’re looking for used versions are often cheaper. If you choose to buy a used item online proceed with caution.

 

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When in doubt listen to what your gut instincts are telling you. Don’t let the pressure of last minute shopping cloud your judgment.

 

What do you have planned for Valentine’s Day this year?

Should I become a Landlord?

So you are thinking of buying an income property. Being a landlord isn’t all fun and games – even assuming you have the cash on hand to invest in real estate, managing a property is costly and time consuming, and can be a huge head ache. What should you consider, aside from your cash flow, before you take the plunge and become a first time landlord?

Thinking of becoming a landlord?

Legal:
Understanding your regional tenancy laws and regulations is extremely important. There are a lot of myths and half-truths out there about landlord and tenant interactions. One common misconception is around pets, can I take legal action against a tenant who brings a pet into the dwelling despite the terms of our lease restricting pets? The answer is… It depends. In Ontario, the Residential Tenancy Act [s.14] voids all “no pet” provisions in a lease agreement, whereas in most other provinces, you as the landlord can include this provision, and take action towards eviction if the tenant is in violation. You don’t want your newly renovated income unit torn up by dogs and cats, or maybe you don’t mind, either way this is a good one to check out. There are plenty of other legal issues that could affect your decision to become a landlord, you’ve put in a lot of work to get to this point, so be diligent and finish your homework. A good place to start is CMHC, specifically their territorial fact sheets.

Labour:
If you think it’s going to be smooth sailing, think again. Even a well-constructed or renovated unit will require upkeep and repairs. You don’t have to be Mike Holms, but you do need to know how to patch drywall and replace a fuse. You will be spending time during and in between tenancies on maintenance, otherwise you’ll be paying someone to do it which can take a serious bite into your profits. If you are not a handy person, but intent on making this work, be sure to include a nice buffer in your expenses to cover maintenance. Most repairs and labour are deductible, as long as you’re paying someone else to do the work, it’s always a good idea to speak to your accountant about which landlord expenses are tax deductible.

Personal:
There are some fantastic benefits to having an income property, you’ll probably be thrilled with your decision most of the time when you’re chipping away at your mortgage and planning that early-ish retirement plan. That said, the most important question to ask yourself after learning about everything from taxes to tenants is, am I ready to handle this type of a commitment? We’re talking mentally and emotionally ready. If you find that your schedule is packed from work, children, pets or school and is enough to cause you some stress, you may not be ready to take on more, and that’s okay. This is a big decision; don’t ignore the most important part of the equation, the health and well-being of you and yours.

Don’t let your puppy feel left out while you bake. Try this ‘Pupcake’ recipe!

Have you ever been baking, and out of the corner of your eye see an interested puppy’s nose getting a little too close to the goods? Our pets love being with us, and they also love food! So it only makes sense that they’d want to be involved when you’re getting your sweets on in the kitchen. To keep them away from your baked goods, we have a great solution: make them their own, specialty, ‘pupcakes’! These are little treats, similar to the more traditional cupcakes, which are specifically made with ingredients that will not harm your pet, and that they’ll enjoy. We’ve broken it all down for you so you can quickly and easily make pet-safe cupcakes for your furry friends.

Pup getting too close to your treats?

Pup getting too close to your treats?

Make a special treat for your pet so they don't feel left out

Make a special treat for your pet so they don’t feel left out

“Pupcakes” recipe
Ingredients:
2-3/4 cups water
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup dried apple pieces (you can also use fresh fruit)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 egg beaten
4 tablespoons honey
Directions:
• Preheat oven to 350C. Spray cupcake tin with cooking spray. Mix wet ingredients thoroughly.
• Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
• Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients slowly, scraping well to make sure no dry mixture is left.
• Pour into cupcake tins.
• Bake for 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the centre and if it comes out dry, they are done.
• Cool completely and serve. Store in a sealed container. Makes 12-14 pupcakes.

These are edible for humans, but designed for a dog’s palate, so don’t plan on serving them to your human friends. If your ‘pupcakes’ get you into a baking mood, consider hosting a Cupcake Day party during February to raise money for your local SPCA or Humane Society.
National Cupcake Day™ is a coordinated Canadian event to support local shelters, SPCAs, and Humane Societies. In 2015, animal lovers across Canada raised over $550,000 in support of their favourite societies.

Here’s all you need to do: register for National Cupcake Day, and host a party where you bake for your co-workers, friends and family. In exchange for a cupcake, your guests donate to the participating animal welfare charity of your choice. This simple, fun, event raises critically-needed funds for animals that are abused, abandoned, neglected or no longer wanted. Your Cupcake Day party can be held at your workplace, home, school or local community centre – anywhere you think people will enjoy a treat!

National Cupcake Day is Monday, February 29, 2016, but you can hold your Cupcake Day party on whatever day works best for you in February. The event is supported by the Ontario SPCA and BC SPCA on behalf of participating local shelters, SPCAs, and Humane Societies.
Get baking today, and make a difference in the lives of needy animals!

Categories:Guest Post, Kijiji Pets

What’s With Mandatory Postal Codes?

At Kijiji, our ultimate goal is to facilitate successful neighborhood transactions. To help buyers and sellers connect, we have introduced mandatory postal codes in many of our categories. This will help you search within only the area that you are actually willing to travel for an item when buying, and help you connect more easily with those in your area when selling.

Now, you will be able to restrict your search only to your immediate vicinity if you want to only go within walking distance, and the ads that show up as nearby will actually be ads from your neighborhood. It is easy to combine your transactions with your evening dog walk, or pick up an item on your way home from work. Kijiji results can be restricted to be as local as your neighborhood street sale, or they can include everything within driving distance if you are seeking something a little harder to find.

Postal Code Map View

Entering only the postal code will indicate the general neighbourhood on map view.

Address Map View

Entering anything into the street address field will indicate the specific address.

If your existing ads are showing a more specific location than you want to provide, you can get rid of the pin on the map by editing your ad, and removing everything from the “Street Address” field. Having information in the street address field is now an indicator that you would like to provide more location about your location than only the neighborhood, so if you are bothered by the pin showing a specific location, just remove everything from the optional field, only supply your postal code in the required field, and the location will zero in on your neighborhood, but not indicate a specific house or building. That way, buyers will have a good idea of where you are located, but won’t know exactly where you live unless you choose to tell them.

If you want to share a specific location, enter an address. If you just want to share your area, only enter a postal code.

If you want to share a specific location, enter an address. If you just want to share your area, only enter a postal code.

If you are willing to travel far and wide to find your item, the distance slider is now even more effective than before. Change the distance slider to your postal code rather than the city location, and your results will include accurate distances for every result in your search.

The Distance Feature is Now More Accurate Than Ever

Enter your postal code in the distance slider to get the most accurate results yet.

We believe that a more specific location based search will help sellers sell, and cut down on inquiries from people who just want to figure out how far away the item is. These changes will help sellers save time and sell their item with minimal back and forth. These changes will help buyers save time by avoiding items that are too far away for them to travel to. Providing accurate results when sorting by distance will help everyone on Kijiji find more connections within their local area, whatever their personal definition of “local” might be.