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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.

New Categories in Pets (& Elsewhere)

Iguana riding an ebike with an aquarium in tow

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!

Kijiji set to transform into a full service delivery system!

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.

Through bitter weather and snow, Kijiji delivery will be there to help!

Through bitter weather and snow, Kijiji delivery will be there to help!

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.

GPS systems will take the guesswork out of delivery!

GPS systems will take the guesswork out of delivery!

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!

Kijiji takes your items on the road!

Kijiji takes your items on the road!

Kijiji takes your items on the road!

Kijiji takes your items on the road!

EDIT: April Fools!

Introducing New Local Hero Videos

One of the most exciting new features of the new Local Heroes blog is that we will be placing an emphasis on showcasing your favorite Local Hero stories through video.

We’ve always felt that video is an important element in storytelling, which is part of the reason we now allow you to upload YouTube videos as part of the Local Heroes submission process.

To kick us off, we’re adding two exciting new videos, capturing a couple familiar faces you may recognize.

Originally posted last year, “Kijiji Gave My Daughter Mobility” tells the story of how Amanda, from Gatineau, looked to Kijiji to find a wheelchair for her daughter Caitlynn who suffers from a rare disease known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta. We visited Amanda and Caitlynn to hear about their amazing story, on which you can now join us, here.

In “Rags to Riches”, storage auction aficionado David told us about how he and his wife gave up their day jobs to buy units, then sell them on Kijiji out of their house. We joined them in Barrie to hear more about their business, how they use Kijiji, and learned about their extraordinary parrot family (who came to them through Kijiji, of course). Explore their story here.

In addition to these success stories, we’ll be looking to directly connect with other community members throughout the year, so stay tuned for more. You may just wind up having our Kijiji film crew knocking on you door to document your story!

Learn more about our new Local Hero features on our blog, and make sure to submit your own Kijiji video here.

Welcome to the new Kijiji Local Heroes

LOOKING BACK

Last fall we introduced an exciting new concept and site called Kijiji Local Heroes. This site was created to inspire our Kijiji users and give everyone a common place to share everyday experiences using Kijiji – from buying and selling household items, to collecting treasures, to assisting members in the community, to even finding that special furry companion.

Since our launch, we’ve received over 400 tremendous stories from across the country. Heart-warming tales of our Kijiji community assisting others with everything from finding places to live, to making donations to schools and charities, preserving the environment, and even using Kijiji as a personal store. Thank you!

One of the features that you’ve embraced is the ability to ‘salute’ each other; let’s call it our version of a pat on the back. Today we look at Local Heroes and see not just a few salutes, but many stories with dozens if not hundreds of salutes. The remarkable aspect of this participation is that it comes from the people who live and work in your community.

Today, with your help and feedback, we’re taking the next step with Local Heroes.

 

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NEW FEATURES

We’ve listened to your feedback on Local Heroes over the path several months – what you liked, what you didn’t, and what you wanted more of. This leads us today to introducing a brand new Local Heroes site with a number of exciting features that we can’t wait to share with you.

Starting with a new layout and design, we’ve now made it easier for you to share your stories and interact with the growing Local Heroes community who come and participate on the site each day. For example, when submitting your personal story, you can now choose to showcase your Local Hero through uploading a YouTube video. This will allow you to add some creative flair into your story. Perhaps showcasing that new piece of furniture you’ve found, or that perfect wedding dress. In any case, we encourage you to check out the new commenting feature to further allow you to engage and interact with the stories that have impacted you.

We hope you’re as excited as we are to see what new opportunities lay ahead for Local Heroes. We’re extremely proud of the contributions our users and readers have made so far, and we can’t wait to hear about all the other amazing stories being created each and every day through Kijiji. It only takes one click to share yours. Why not do so today?