Posts in Inside Kijiji

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.

New Categories in Pets (& Elsewhere)

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As of this week, we have added 3 new categories in our pets section. No longer will ferrets, rabbits, and gerbils be intermingled with fish for sale and snakes; Fish, Reptiles & Amphibians, and Small Animals each have their own devoted categories. As with our other pet sections, you will have the ability to refine results to only show ads from shelters, breeders, or private individuals looking to rehome, depending on your preferences.

When looking to bring a new pet into your family, most people have very specific requirements on what type of animal based on what type of pet would fit into their lives (as well they should). With these changes, it will be easier to connect with communities of like-minded pet owners to find the best home for more pets.

We have also rolled out a new category for ebikes (under the bikes category, not motorcycles), and one for Nintendo Wii U consoles and games. We’ve got more great categories that will be rolled out soon, so keep an eye on your local Kijiji, and tweet us @Kijiji with suggestions for categories you would like to see!

Love Iguanas? Check out our brand new Reptile & Amphibian section!

10 Years of Kijiji = 10 Months of Giveaways!

We have had such a great 10 years, we decided that for our birthday celebration, we will give gifts to our fans and users who have helped grow Kijiji to what it is today! Every month for the next 10 months, we will be giving away an item from our awesome prize list. The type of item will inform where you have to post your ad, so for example, in April we are giving away a video baby monitor, and our contest category for the month is baby items. Post an ad in baby items and submit it in the entry form at kijijity.kijiji.ca to enter.
Things to know:

  • This contest is open to ALL residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority.
  • Your ad must be a legitimate ad in accordance with all of our rules and posting policies. People found to be spamming, posting fake ads, or violating the rules of Kijiji will have their entries disqualified.
  • Your ad must remain live until the draw date to win.
  • No editing ads that have been submitted as an entry, with the one exception of adding “NO LONGER AVAILABLE” if your item is sold during the month.
  • Your ad must state that “This ad is a contestant in a Kijiji Contest. See more details at kijijity.kijiji.ca”.
  • Each month you can enter up to 10 times if you are able to post up to 10 legitimate ads.
  • You can only use one email address/Kijiji account to enter.
  • We have some amazing prizes to give away, so don’t be shy. Post your ads, get rid of stuff, make some cash – and as if getting paid to get rid of your old things isn’t reward enough, now it might lead to winning a great prize. Good luck and happy posting!

    10 years of Kijiji = 10 months of great prizes!

    Kijiji Set To Expand!

    Traditionally, Kijiji has focused on connecting Canadians, but when we saw this ad we decided that it was time to move beyond the Canadian borders – and Earth’s Ozone.

    Kijiji Canada would like to announce that we plan to be the first classified site to offer a section devoted to local trade beyond Earth. If you have applied to the Mars 1 mission, or will be spending time on the International Space Station, you will be able to use Kijiji to connect with other astronauts and interplanetary travelers.

    We are very interested in helping people conserve resources by reusing and recycling. Once humanity has begun a permanent move into space, resources are going to be even more difficult to come by. We think we are a natural fit to help interplanetary travelers set up any newly colonized planets in a sustainable way. Resources in space are very limited, so the second hand economy will be more important than ever. We can’t wait to facilitate our first exchange of baby clothes on Mars for the first generation of native born Martians!

    EDIT: April Fools!

    It’s Kijiji’s 10th anniversary!

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    We know it seems like Kijiji has been part of your life forever, but actually, we’ve only been around since 2005! That means that we’re celebrating our tenth anniversary this year.

    We’re proud of how much Kijiji has grown in the past ten years. The website we started in Montreal and Quebec City on February 28, 2005 was a small operation, but it reached the rest of the country in just a few months. Today, we’re active in over 100 Canadian cities and our website registers over 12 million unique visitors per month, which translates to 24 million eyeballs a month, if our calculations are correct.

    These numbers are impressive, but our greatest achievement and source of pride is you - our trusted and beloved Kijiji community. Any person that has ever visited our website, posted an ad or responded to a listing is part of our wide and inclusive community, which now includes 40% of Canada’s Internet population – not bad for a homegrown operation!

    But we’re much more than just a buy-and-sell platform – our ten-year history is full of inspiring and heartwarming stories. Just a few weeks ago, Kijiji was instrumental in reuniting Jason Green with his mother after 25 years apart. There are countless other tales of people coming together and helping each other through Kijiji, which overwhelms us with joy.

    When we started our site, we didn’t choose the name “Kijiji” at random. Our name means “village” in Swahili, and we selected it because it symbolized the essence of what we wanted to create – a site where people could connect with each other within their community. Today, Kijiji is exactly that kind of website, and it’s all thanks to you.

    The fun doesn’t stop there - after all, what’s a birthday without a party? To show how grateful we are, we’ve planned a pretty awesome ten-year celebration. We struggled to find the words to describe a party that celebrates how Kijiji users have contributed not only to our site, but also to their local community–so we made one up! Learn more about the Kijij community (or Kijijity!) here and join the fun.