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What better price is there than free? At Kijiji, we don’t just list the best sales and services from people in your community – we’ve got the best giveaways, too. And today, we’re peering into the section with the greatest deals of all: free stuff.
Through analyzing hundreds of listings for giveaways over recent weeks, we’ve identified the top 20 items and services that people are listing for free in four major cities. From phones to pianos, from couches to cats, you might be surprised at what you find in your neighborhood. Take a look, and see what you can have for free on Kijiji today.
For years, Canadians across the country have come to know Kijiji as a go-to destination when purchasing a quality used vehicle. Not only are we the largest automotive site in the country, but have almost 350,000 cars listed coast-to-coast at any one time. This isn’t surprising, as the latest National Kijiji Auto Survey tells us that 65 per cent of Canadians feel that it’s more important to have a reliable car than a reliable government!
Based on our Local Heroes submissions, our readers have told us how they’ve had tremendous success in buying and selling used vehicles on Kijiji. In this week’s highlights, we’re showcasing how our latest car ownership stats are evident in some recent stories you’ve sent in.
FACT: 12% OF CANADIANS FEEL A SPORTS CAR MATCHES THEIR PERSONALITY
While many Canadians use our car listings to find family vehicles, luxury sedans, and SUVS; Kijiji has also been a place where buyers can scout out their dream sports and performance vehicles, such as in our one Local Hero story from Ross Scott.
For years, Ross had searched Kijiji for the perfect muscle car to add to his garage. While he had countless model options from 1950 to 2005 at his fingertips, nothing caught his attention until his dream car listing arrived one evening. She was a stealth black 1985 Buick Grand National – one of just 2000 made that year, and one of only 153 that made it across the border.
Not only was this a rare vehicle, but one found at a terrific price. Despite being valued at more than $15K, Ross was able to pick his up for only $6, 900; a great value with a little elbow grease thrown in.
FACT: 47% OF CANADIANS’ IDEAL AUTO PURCHASE IS A NEARLY-NEW MID-LEVEL LUXURY VEHICLE
It’s great to hear that almost half of all Canadians would rather buy a used, mid-level luxury vehicle than buy new if it was easy to find and affordable. Something our Kijiji Autos section knows a thing or two about.
In our second Local Heroes Inside Story, Rob Scharf tells a story of following this trend when he needed to find a safe, reliable, and comfortable vehicle to pick up his three step-children from college during the winter months. While he was currently driving a newer Chevrolet HHR crossover, he didn’t feel it would perform as well in icy conditions as a full-fledged 4×4 SUV.
Rob initially looked at a more heavy-duty SUV, such as a Jeep Wrangler, which has the capabilities he needed. However, one sleepless night around he decided to check out the listings and managed to find a 2007 Hummer H3 listed for a full $5000 less than the Wranglers he was finding. It was a done deal – especially considering that his car insurance dropped as a result of the switch.
In Canada, 27 per cent of the population considers their relationship with their car to be ‘In love’ with their vehicle; Rob is now part of that statistic – and you can be too! Check out our incredible listings, then come back and tell us by submitting your own Kijiji Local Heroes story!
Pulling together all the props for a TV commercial can be tough. Especially if you’re trying to demonstrate the huge selection of items and cars available on Kijiji, from muscle cars to skateboards, family vans to keytars. Where better to look for the objects that show off what’s on Kijiji than on Kijiji?
So our newest commercials imagine what the Kijiji shopping experience would be like in real life. “Hobby Hunting” follows a young woman browsing through different categories to find the perfect item to inspire her creativity, and “Family Man Van” is the story of family man exploring the wide spectrum of awesome cars on a quest to find the perfect vehicle. Both commercials feature only objects that our production crew found on Kijiji.
Our team browsed through the hundreds of thousands of ads on Kijiji and then reached out to the community, asking the sellers if they’d like to have their objects featured in the commercial.
The response was overwhelming. Thanks to the generosity of the Kijiji community, we found every single prop we needed, nearly 100 in all. Check out the “Making Of ” below.
We’ll keep you posted on future Kijiji projects that you can be a part of. A huge Thank You to everyone in the Kijiji community who helped make this production possible!
Here at Kijiji, we’ve been brainstorming the best way to make buying and selling within your community even easier than before, and we are excited to introduce our new innovation: a fleet of remote-controlled solar powered cars, devoted to delivering Kijiji items to buyers.
With these brand new remote-controlled cars, no delivery is impossible. Their winter-ready tires and sturdy frames make them ideal for our rough Canadian terrain. Rain or shine, snow or sleet, nothing can stop our new remote-controlled cars! Each vehicle contains a chip that allows you to control them and track their progress through our GPS app (available soon in the app store). If you’re nervous about having to control the cars, don’t fret: we’re currently working on pre-programmed delivery vehicles.
How will the system work? Easy as 1,2,3:
1. Request a Kijiji remote-controlled car on our website. You can subscribe to the service with a monthly flat fee for all your sales and purchases, or, you can purchase the service à la carte when you need it.
2. Once you have an item to deliver, enter it in the Kijiji system and follow the instructions to load the car. We recommend using PayPal on delivery for payment, as our cars are equipped to handle this exchange.
3. Log on to our website or GPS app to control your car and follow its progress. Both buyer and seller will receive push notifications when the car is a half hour away from the destination, and upon arrival.
Don’t expect the transition to be instant: you can keep making your regular Kijiji transactions for the time being. We will launch test initiatives in major Canadian urban centers in the next few months. Stay tuned to find out when the Kijiji fleet is coming to your area!
EDIT: April Fools!