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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.

Top Items You Need in Your Car during Winter

Winter in Canada can be unpredictable at times! Be prepared for anything by having these essential items in your car at all times (even after winter).

 

Winter Gloves

gloves

Nobody likes cold hands!

 

Blanket / Extra Clothes (Socks)

blankets

If your car won’t turn on, it can get cold really quickly!

 

Extra Windshield Washer Fluid and Wiper Blades

wipers

Your windshield can get extremely dirty quickly when winter driving.  Keep some extra windshield washer fluid in the car so you are not driving blind.  Sometimes, wiper blades can get stuck to your window with ice and break right off!

 

First Aid-kit

first aid

To always be prepared for anything.

 

MAP (Not a GPS)

road map

Your car may not start and you may need to conserve your cell phone battery.

 

Ice Scraper / Snow Brush

ice scraper

It is not safe to drive with ice and snow on your car.  You should scrape off the ice and brush off the snow on your car before driving.

 

Small Shovel / Carpet

shovel

 

A shovel is very useful for digging yourself out of the snow.  You can also use car carpets to get traction under your tires if you get stuck.

 

Snacks / Energy Bars

snacks

Even if you don’t end up getting stranded, these can be super helpful if you get stuck in a traffic jam (not everyone is a safe winter driver).

 

External Battery Charger / Charging Cable

battery

If your car is functioning normally, you might be able to charge your phone or any other electronics with your car.  However, if you cannot use the car battery, an external battery can mean the difference between getting home and being stranded.

 

Jumper Cables

car jumper cables

No one wants to have to depend on the kindness of strangers (hence the battery), but sometimes you may need a good Samaritan and a pair of cables to get back on the road.

Did we forget anything essential? What’s in your winter driving kit? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Handling Holiday Stress: Plan a peaceful season

The winter holiday season can be hectic, with potential commitments approaching thick and fast from every direction. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but with a little bit of planning and mindful approach, you can enjoy yourself without feeling like you are stretched too thin.

Stay Relaxed this X-mas (like this cat)

Just Say No

Don’t be afraid to say no to things you really don’t want to do or just don’t have time for. Be honest with yourself about what is really important to you and only commit to the most meaningful events. This may mean turning down invitations. If you must say no to an invitation, do so quickly and unambiguously, but be polite. Explain that you would love to attend but that your schedule is too hectic.

Don’t feel guilty about saying no. During the holiday season, most people understand that schedules are jam-packed and you can’t be in two places at once. If you have to miss a party given by a close friend or business associate, make up for it by sending them a bottle of wine or a delivery of flowers with a note expressing your regrets that you can’t make it. Even a nice note, phone call, or email expressing your regret with best wishes for the season and a promise to make plans during the new year will go a long way. Don’t sacrifice your sanity for the sake of saving face.

Plan Some Downtime

Make time to enjoy yourself and relax during the holiday season. If you have kids, plan a family night in or an outing to walk around your neighbourhood and see the Christmas light displays. If you’re going to be travelling to see family, do something you really want to do during the visit. This could mean reconnecting with childhood friends or going to a restaurant you’ve always liked. Even if you just buy yourself a new book to read during a train or plane trip, do something that allows you to relax a bit and enjoy yourself.

Decompress with a Snowball Fight!

Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst

Holidays are a time of togetherness, but in some families, togetherness means inevitable headbutting and arguing, which can be extremely stressful to deal with. Try to nip this in the bud by keeping everyone busy. If Uncle Paul is too busy playing his favourite board game to argue about politics with Aunt Sally, who’s busy making cookies with the kids, you’ll save everyone a lot of discomfort and stress. You can also pre-arrange seating for big meals by making fancy place cards and putting some distance between adversarial relatives.

If these strategies don’t work, you can always assemble a team of level-headed family members to come up with tension-diffusing strategies. This could mean having a code word for an immediate subject change or even getting a couple of allies to back you up when you ask Sally and Paul to take their argument in the other room. We’d all like to think that our holiday gatherings will turn out movie-perfect, but sometimes we need to accept reality and plan for inevitable stress. Acceptance can end up being a good strategy around the holidays, especially when it comes to family.

Reach Out for Help

If your stress is starting to feel more like anxiety, don’t be ashamed. Winter is a difficult season for many people due to the harsh weather and persistent darkness, and the pressure of mandatory holiday fun and potentially awkward gatherings can be a recipe for serious mental and physical discomfort. This feeling is more common than most people would like to admit. Holiday anxiety is normal, and you don’t have to suffer through it in silence.

Try to address the problem rather than bottling up your feelings. Make an appointment with a doctor or therapist to assess your need for anti-anxiety medications or other treatments. There is often so much pressure to put on a good face during the holiday season that we let guilt push us into unpleasant emotional places. Even if you ordinarily don’t feel comfortable letting your loved ones know how you feel, talk to a friend, a romantic partner, a trusted family member, or a healthcare professional and let them know what you’re going through.

Need psychiatric help this holiday?

Above all, don’t fall into the trap of feeling guilty for not being happier during a season that has aggressive messaging of togetherness and cheer. Anxiety is a normal response to high-pressure situations. The holiday season is often packed with stressful events, and trying to ignore your feelings may just make things worse. Remember that there are millions of people who feel stress during the holidays, and you aren’t alone. You may be surprised to learn that your friends feel the same way when you start venting about whatever is bothering you.

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Holiday Shopping Tips

Simplify your seasonal shopping

Winter holidays are a great time for shopping, whether you’re looking for a special party outfit or want to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. However, if you don’t plan your shopping well, you could end up in a tizzy, feeling stressed out in what’s supposed to be an enjoyable season. Taking an organized approach can help you feel like a holiday season master, so get started now before it’s too late.

santa

Follow Santa’s Lead

The big guy in red makes a list and checks it twice like it’s his business, and you should follow suit. Make a list of the people you want to give gifts to and write down some ideas for what to buy next to each name. Do some research, make your final choices, and compile it all into a final list with the name of the recipient and the gifts they’ll be getting. Refer back to the list while you shop and cross off each name as their gifts are purchased. This will eliminate a feeling of panic that you’ve left someone out or forgotten something.

Shopping Efficiency

Once you have your list and you know what you want to buy, determine where you can acquire these items and define certain shopping areas. If you’re buying certain items online, get them all in a single sitting. For items acquired from physical stores, plan to go to stores that are in close proximity to one another on the same day. Don’t zigzag all over town in one trip. Pick a specific day to cover each shopping area and mark this information down on your gift list. Group the list into categories based on shopping area in order to make sure you’ve got everyone covered.

money

Buy at the Right Time

Did you miss Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Be on the lookout for extended “Cyber Week” deals.  A lot of retailers will carry over their sales even after Cyber Monday is finished.  If you can handle going to the mall the week prior to Christmas day, a lot of retailers will start their Boxing Day sale early.

Other than these two major sale dates, be on the lookout for holiday discounts and other deals, particularly on large, expensive items. You may even be able to bargain for a lower price, but don’t count on this working, especially if you’re shopping in major chain retailers. Give it your best shot and see it as a bonus if your haggling works, but don’t stake your ability to buy a certain gift on an unrealistically low price.

Look for Coupon Codes

When buying gifts online, don’t hit the purchase button without checking for coupon codes. Perform an online search for the name of the online retailer you’re shopping with along with keywords such as “free shipping” or “promo code.” Websites such as RetailMetNot and CouponCabin offer user-supported databases of discount codes and other promos for major online retailers. This could end up saving you quite a bit of money, especially if you manage to combine free shipping with percentage discounts.

gifts

Consider Buying Secondhand

There’s no shame in looking for gifts on the secondhand market during the holiday season. In fact, some people may prefer a vintage gift such as an old record album or an authentic designer coat from a favourite era. Secondhand gifts allow you to stretch your dollars and get better presents for everyone on your list. Everything from technology to clothing and sporting goods can be purchased secondhand. Why not check out Kijiji?

Make sure to check the items out in person before buying, if possible, and if not, look for good buyer protection policies. And again, don’t hesitate to haggle with price when buying secondhand. If you’re buying from a private seller rather than a business, you’ll have a lot more leeway to negotiate a good deal.

Parking

Planning on driving to the mall during the holidays? Try waking up early and heading to the mall before it opens.  Although the stores in the mall will be closed, you can walk around, do some window shopping and grab a coffee – coffee shops in malls typically open earlier than all the other stores.

Go With Your Gut

Taking a measured approach to gift buying during the months of November and December is great, but if it’s the middle of October and you see a sweater on sale that your sister would love, go ahead and buy it and put it aside for the holidays. Approaching gift-shopping as a year-round process can help you avoid last-minute panic and enable you to find gifts that really resonate with your loved ones. It may be too late to take this approach this year, but you can give it a shot next year.

Need some Gift Ideas? Check out Kijiji!

xbox

Video Game Consoles

headphones

Headphones

phone

Phones / Tablets

 

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The Complete Guide to Buying a Hockey Helmet

Stay safe on the ice this season

Hockey poses some inherent risks for all who play it, and that is why safety equipment like padding and helmets is so important. Finding the right helmet can be a lifesaving move, so it makes sense to take the process seriously. Luckily, the task isn’t as daunting as it may seem. Shopping for a hockey helmet is a matter of determining the right size and fit for your needs. Whether buying a helmet for yourself or one of your kids, follow these steps to get the best protection for your head.

helmet

Sizing

Hockey helmet sizes may vary by manufacturer, so a good first step in knowing the right size for your helmet is to measure your head and know how many centimeters it is in circumference. Get a flexible measuring tape – a cloth tape measure used for sewing is a good choice – and place the end that starts with the lowest numbers about 2.5 cm over your eyebrows on your forehead. Then wrap the other end of the tape around your head. The point where the wrapped end meets up with the low-number end will give you your head circumference measurement. Make sure the measuring tape is snug against your scalp as you measure, but don’t pull it so tight that it hurts. Make sure you get an accurate idea of what your head circumference is. If it’s too tight or too loose, this will affect the way your helmet fits. If possible, have someone help so you can be sure the tape is aligned evenly around your skull. If you are on your own, stand in front of a mirror to make sure the tape is properly in place. Write down your exact measurement and take it with you as you shop.

Fit

The helmet’s fit is one of the most important selection criteria you have during the shopping process. Even if your head circumference measurement says that a certain helmet size should work for you, this may not actually be the case, so make sure you try before you buy. One manufacturer’s helmet may not work well for your particular head shape, while another may fit perfectly. Try several different brands to see which one fits the best and feels the most comfortable.

Put the helmet on your head. It shouldn’t be too tight. If it feels uncomfortable, try the next size up or opt for a different brand. During a game, a helmet that is too large may slip around on your head, obscuring vision or failing to properly protect your head.

Fasten the chin strap when trying on the helmet. Adjust it so it doesn’t cut into your skin, make you feel choked, or impede your movement. The chin strap is an important element in keeping the helmet in place, and the helmet should not shift around as you turn your head. You want a snug, secure fit that feels comfortable. If the helmet has adjustable screws, loosen them all the way, put the helmet on your head, then tighten to get a proper fit. If the helmet doesn’t feel right or moves around no matter how much you adjust the screws and the chin strap, move on to a different model or brand.

hockey

Features

Youth hockey players are required to have face protection attached to their helmets, and some adult players also opt for this added safety feature. The two main options for facial protection are plastic face shields, which are translucent, and wire cages, which have large enough holes to allow the player to see well. The fit of the face protection is very important, as a shield or cage that doesn’t fit properly can actually cause injury to the nose, mouth, or jaw if it is too small. Usually, hockey players are able to opt for facial protection that is the same size as their helmet, but some players’ face shapes require that their shield or cage be either smaller or larger than their helmet size.

Each mask type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Plastic shields are lighter and offer unobstructed vision, but can fog up as the player sweats and breathes. Wire cages do not have this problem, but they do tend to be heavier and the view is slightly hindered by the cage’s crossbars. Both types should be attached to the helmet securely by carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure to attach any additional equipment that accompanies the facial protection piece. For example, a cage may have side clips that actually help stop the cage from collapsing into the player’s face in the event of facial impact with a puck, stick, or another player. If the helmet you are looking at doesn’t have these side clips, do some research to find out if they are needed.

hockey helmet

Brand and Certification

There are multiple sporting good brands that manufacture hockey helmets, and no one brand is necessarily better than another. Different brands may have different shape or size standards that work better for one individual than they do for another. More important than brand name is certification. All hockey helmets sold in Canada must be certified by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). The certification sticker must appear on the helmet and may be prominent on the helmet’s packaging as well. This certification signifies that the helmet’s manufacturer adheres to safety and quality control standards endorsed by the CSA and is a way to ensure that you are getting the safest helmet possible.

Material

Modern hockey helmets tend to have high-tech foam padding and lining on the interior. Dual-density vinyl nitrile (VN) and expanded polypropylene (EPP) are two examples of modern foam materials that are often seen on the interior of hockey helmets. Some brands have proprietary materials with high-tech names, but ultimately, is not necessarily better than another. It is all a matter of fit and comfort.

Think about fit, and don’t get taken in by marketing that tries to make one high-tech foam seem better than another. Pick a material that doesn’t have too much give and that fits snugly around your head. Foam that is too dense or too soft can lead to unsafe gapping between the helmet and the player’s skull. You do not want a loose helmet that moves around while you play. If the helmet shifts back even a couple inches, it could expose very sensitive parts of the skull making you more susceptible to a traumatic head injury.

New or Used?

If you are on a budget, it may be tempting to buy a used helmet. Certifications and warranties often become void when a helmet is resold, so double check with the manufacturer to find out its policy. When buying a used helmet, be very selective.

Do not buy a used helmet without first holding it in your hands and visually inspecting both the inside and the outside. If it is cracked or damaged in any way, do not buy it. Once a helmet is damaged, it can no longer be guaranteed to provide the proper protection and should be discarded. If in doubt, move on to the next option. Compromising your safety is not worth saving a few dollars. If, on the other hand, you find a used helmet that has only been worn once or twice and looks to be in almost new condition, it is worth consideration. With careful inspection and a proper fit, a used option can save you money and offer protection. The best advice is to use common sense while shopping for a used helmet and put safety first.

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