Want to Save Big on Electronics? 8 Ways to Stay Safe Buying Used Technology

Looking for a new cell phone, laptop or tablet? There are tonnes on Kijiji, and a secondhand model is a great way of getting the device you have been lusting after, at a budget friendly price. Staying safe is particularly important when dealing with small, high value items, so here are our tips on how to have a great transaction.

Meet face to face. Never send a seller money from your bank account before inspecting the item in person, and don’t send payment via money transfer services.

Ask for a receipt. Get the seller to sign and write his/her name and address on the back of a receipt.

Take a screenshot. Have a copy of the Kijiji ad so you have it as a reference for the transaction.

Be suspicious of a nearly-new phone being sold without packaging or accessories. If the seller can’t produce a receipt or even a charger, it could be a stolen phone. Here is how to check whether a smartphone is legal for sale.

Establish the condition of the phone. Use the phone, open a few apps, and try to find out what state the battery life is in if you can.

Don’t accept a phone laptop or device in a sealed box. As great as sealed boxes may seem, you need to be able to inspect the item. It is not hard to fake a seal on a box, so if the seller won’t allow you to take the item out of the box to test it, it could be faulty or even a fake.

Be careful of malware and viruses on a used device. If possible start with a clean slate by reinstalling the operating system or wiping the phone.

Take your time, and don’t rush into any decisions. If you see an iPhone or similar expensive device advertised at a very significant discount (even if it’s not the most recent model), then it’s probably too good to be true. Don’t pay until you have the device in your hands, and if in doubt, just walk away.

How to Interview Effectively & Land Your Dream Job

Before an interview, your mind might be racing thinking about the job opportunity, all the ways you could go wrong or botch the interview – but you shouldn’t let it! How should you prepare for an interview so you can interview effectively and land the job?

How to Interview Effectively and Land the Job

Exude confidence. If you have to, pump yourself up in the mirror by complimenting yourself beforehand. Remind yourself of why you would be a great fit, and rehearse answers to some classic interview questions. Make sure you feel good about yourself and are in the mood for a conversation. Make sure you are relaxed and well rested, and remember to eat beforehand. Though they are looking for someone to do a job, they are also looking for someone they can work with and share the highs and lows of the day. Answering questions perfectly does not guarantee that you will land the job. Be aware of your skills as well as your weaknesses. Think: if you were asked why you should be the choice over another individual, how would you defend yourself against the competition? Whether you are trying to get hired as a programmer, office manager, or for a sales position, there is always someone better, so focus on specific advantages that you bring to the table.

Plan your questions. Knowing in advance what you want to ask is a great opportunity to show that you have done your research and are truly interested in the role. Learn about the obstacles the company is facing, and ask them about it. Though you are applying to a specific job, you are also applying to a company, and at least one of your questions should reflect that. The interviewer should walk away knowing that you are passionate about their business and you want to help them succeed.

Get your story strait. Know your story – think back to how you entered the field and got to where you are today. Tie the pieces together and rehearse in front of a mirror. Take advantage of open ended questions; these are your opportunity to pitch! The audience needs to be captivated and engaged by your story. Focus on the transitions and the reasons for them.

Categories:Kijiji Jobs

Hibernating in style: Ideas for Fun as the Weather Cools Down

With the mercury continuing to drop nationwide and snow starting to fall in the mountains, it’s important to hibernate in style – think lush rugs by the fire, classic movies, hot apple cider…it’s all about rewarding yourself, because baby it’s cold outside. But it’s not all about indulgence, it’s important to keep busy too. With plenty of indoor activities to take the chill out of the air, here are some cool suggestions from Kijiji on how to keep warm at home this season:

Hibernation Nation: Ideas for Indoor Fun as the Weather Cools Down

Invite the neighbours or your friends around for a games night. Put the smart phones and tablets in a drawer, and go head to head with your friends and put those analog skills to the test with classic board games like Scrabble, Jenga and Monopoly, or newer options like The Settlers of Catan, Apples to Apples, or Cranium. Prefer video games? Why not dust off the vintage gaming systems and invite some friends over for a nostalgic night of Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis games?

Do some crafting. Knitting has made a big comeback, so why not learn to knit of crochet? Check out Kijiji hobbies and crafts for patterns and books to teach yourself from the comfort of your couch, or search for knitting classes in your local community for a little extra help. Want to socialize but don’t need lessons? See if there is a local club to get together and knit, or set one up yourself!

Start a book club. Grab some friends and lock yourself indoors with some mulled wine and a few fictional classics. If you aren’t part of a book club – use Kijiji to start one and source books. Post an ad in the Activities & Groups section to find club members, and set up an alert for upcoming titles in the books category.

Cook up a storm. Warm yourself up with some comfort food this winter and stock up on those kitchen classics. From fondue kits to cast iron cookware, Kijiji will make sure you’re that much more likely to impress your dinner guests.

How will you use Kijiji to make your winter warmer?

Categories:Holidays, Thrifty Living

The Hottest Halloween Costumes on Kijiji

It should probably come as no surprise that one of the most popular Halloween costume ideas this year is Disney’s Frozen characters. According to the National Retail Federation, there will be an estimated 2.6 million kids who plan to dress up as Elsa, Anna, Olaf and the likes of them. Your children just can’t “let it go.”



But they won’t be the only ones playing dress-up during the night when spirits and the dead cross over into the world of the living for one night. Halloween gives everyone, adults included, an excuse to play make believe, eat candy and party.
Here are some other trending costumes that have been inspired by popular culture.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
These anthropomorphic turtles who live in the New York City storm sewers made a comeback to the big screen recently. The characters originated from a comic book and peaked in popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s with a cartoon series, films, video games and toys.

Batman
Batman (and other super heros for that matter) continues to be a popular costume choice, likely because Hollywood continues to put out a film every couple of years. Currently, the new TV series Gotham has revived the character and people are still questioning whether actor Ben Affleck is appropriately casted as the Dark Knight in the upcoming upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Look for it in 2016.

Zombie
Zombies continue to be a popular Halloween costume choice. Perhaps its shows like the Walking Dead and movies like World War Z. Or it could have something to do with social outings like the Zombie Walk that are bringing out zombies in droves. Either way, with a little face paint and some old clothes all torn up and dirtied, you too can sport the look of dead people.

Vampire
Yes, people are so over the movie series Twilight, but TV series The Vampire Diaries and True Blood are still going strong. Popular culture can’t get enough of these blood-thirsty creatures, which is evident with the latest release of the movie Dracula Untold, which is currently in theatres.

Video game characters
From classic Nintendo characters like Mario and Luigi to Angry Birds, people are getting inventive with their costumes. Many are getting into their own DIY projects to create and outfit that will stand out from the rest.

Game of Thrones
Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons was a popular costume last year and is once again this year from the popular TV series Game of Thrones. Put on a knight costume and a blonde wig and you can easily be transformed into Jaime Lannister.

Not interested in being part of the trend? Then stick to the classics like witches, ghosts, skeletons and black cats. You can also bring out your creative side by recreating your favourite childhood storybook character. In recent years, costumes like Max from Where The Wild Things Are, The Little Prince and the Paperbag Princess have translated well into costume.

Categories:Holidays, Kijiji Fashion

How to resolve conflicts with roommates

Living with a roommate has its perks. For one thing, it’s easier on your wallet. Another bonus is there’s someone to share the chores with (assuming they actually share them). But while it may be nice to have someone around, from time to time you’ll likely run into friction and even some tense moments. It’s not easy living with someone else, especially when it comes to different personalities and values, which are often the root of conflict — that and the actions, habits and quirks that each person has that can get on the other’s nerves.

Here’s how to prevent and resolve some of problems that may surface.

Be proactive

  • Set some ground rules at the very beginning and outline your expectations of one another. Divvy up the chores and talk openly about what annoys you in order for your roommate to understand where you’re coming from. You may also want to discuss what to share and not share in terms of groceries, household items and other belongings.
  • Keep common areas clean.
  • Recognize your similarities and differences. Embrace what you both have in common and also make note of the differences so that when a conflict occurs, you can try and emphasize with that person and understand exactly where they are coming from.
  • Be respectful of each other. Clean up after yourself and keep common areas clean. If your roommate is studying for a test or just having some quiet time, don’t blast loud music for hours on end or invite guests until 2 a.m.

 

Resolution

  • Do not ignore a problem and hope it goes away. It will create more problems in the long run.
  • When a conflict does arise, make a point at talking straight with one another. Be openly honest and list what the problem is and how you feel. Both parties should also try to imagine themselves in the other’s shoes.
  • Don’t involve others. It will only complicate matters, especially if the others choose sides.
  • If you’re angry about something, take time to cool off before you address your roommate. In the heat of the moment your emotions could get the best of you and create a hostile environment that isn’t conducive to solving problems. When you attack your roommate could go on the defense. Try to talk to your roommate the way you would want to be talked to.
  • Try and find a solution to the problem or a way to compromise.
  • Make a plan of action to carry out the solution.

 

Mediation

  • If you can’t find a solution between the two of you it may be best to bring in a neutral third party that can help listen to the problem and come up with a solution for both of you.
  • In some scenarios, it makes sense to talk to your landlord. He or she may be able to help mediate and come upon a solution the problem as well.