Kijji used to be a site where people made informal transactions of low priced household items they no longer needed to recover a bit of the cost. Now it commercialized and is overrun with businesses that have so many duplicate and "no longer relevant" (which is Kijiji's way of saying not available) ads that bury your listing(s) in some categories within minutes. Many of them misrepresent themselves as "owners" which is Kijiji's way of describing a non- business private seller. Compounding this is Kijii's persistent prompts attempting to get you to pay for the privilege of temporarily moving your ad to the top of the dung heap and their ads that are constantly scrolling the screen so that you wind up selecting one of them by accident. Kijiji rary if ever deletes duplicate, expired, miscategorized or bogus ads despite their assurances. I find it laughable that anybody would pay for ad "upgrades"
unless they drastically improved the quality of the ads and clientele. Reposting ads puts them at the top of the 'most recent" default search sort which annoying keeps reverting to when you change anything in the search. This creates numerous problems with Kijiji's site when thousands of ads are uploaded via automated processes such as scripts typically on Friday evenings which can prevent you from uploading your ad(s). Since my ads contain a bit more than the ubiquitous 1 picture 3 words ads they are not as easy to repost.. They will however delete your ad quickly without even contacting you for unfounded reasons. I found this out when I posted a polar bear stuffed animal replete with make and model number, materials tag and measurements. I presume (since they never explained how it came to be) that one of their automated processes flagged and deleted my ad based on a keyword or an external Kijidiot decided that my ad was selling an item prohibited under the non-specific Illegal or Unauthorized Wildlife Products section of their policy despite the fact that it clearly was not made of such nor is Polar Bear skin banned (it is controlled) and reported it and another Kijidiot employed by them who failed to verify what the ad was selling. For a laugh check for Polar Bear rug and you will find many of them for sale so I am not sure how they decided that a stuffed animal was prohibited but not rugs made from real polar bear parts.. It took two appeals to find someone at Kijiji that had enough functioning grey matter to listen to my request to read the ad and look at the pictures and see that it was not a prohibited item and repost it. I took the ad down anyways as there was no assurance of more of the same idiocy from them. As a test I posted a prohibited warning type of ad which people sometimes post to let people know about a scammer and had it taken down very quickly,. They don't wan't it known that they are a scammer's paradise. They no longer allow ticket resales due to their unwillingness to work with LE to act on specific scammers. This helps ticket selling companies gouge purchasers by getting paid multiple comissions and
usurious "service fees" on the resale of the same tickets. Some ban resales of many events limiting your option to even cover your costs if you can't attend. I have reported thousands of ads based on their policy and have yet to see them act. I assume that they loathe me for ensuring there is no way they can honestly have any statistics that say they are managing their content effectively from a customer perspective anyways. They also have numerous ads for prohibited items such as dangerous recalled products, counterfeit fashion items, such as radar detectors which are banned in the provinces they are listed in, items which are listed in multiple and or false locations, stolen items such as tools and bicycles which they don't require the serial number which would greatly lower the value of them to thieves and fences. I rarely buy as most ads lack accurate, relevant and or verifiable content and I don't have time to waste asking for information and or pictures about items that should have had it in the first place or waiting to if I get a reply and to see if it is of any use.. Most of the time I find the item has damaged, (typically hidden and or undisclosed and or hidden damage, is
older than what claimed, has more wear and tear, is dirty and missing parts. Kijiji allows ads which lack specifics such as tire and wheel specifics that are not really optional unless you are intending to use them for something other than their intended purpose. Despite the numerous problems I do manage to sell my items as I really have an alternative platform that allows me to remain anonymous which I insist on for safety and sanity. I have been purging for years and have over hundreds of transactions which take anywhere from 10-20 contacts per item before a suitable buyer is found and 5-30 message to get them to read the ad and show up to the meeting place. They typically start a conversation with the Kijiji provided nuisance message "Hi, is this still available?" I understand many sellers don't take down their ads and Kijiji doesn't remove them even when the seller states the item is sold and it is reported but one should assume the item is available. Illiterates really appreciate being able to be able to write in either English or French. The new owners (eBay ) have introduced new features such as a response time statistic and rating system misnomered as review. These both lack protections from abuse so losers that have nothing better to do than message you when you are unavailable will lower your response time rating if you don't reply promptly. Since they don't allow you to review someone without seven messages you have no option but to block them to prevent future occurrences. Creating another anonymous account can be done within minutes any many keep separate seller and buyer accounts despite it being prohibited. . I found this out when I repeatedly blocked an aggressive haggler that would not respect my non-negotiable price and kept messaging me with a different account after I blocked them. I wound up selling it to them at full price. No surprise given their handle that they were the typical demographic which in my area are wealthy and this one was no exception driving a Mercedes Benz. Sellers are not able to block messages from any geographic location so rest assured you will get the inevitable message "Where are you located" and do you ever come to...? despite the info being in the ad. Typically this will occur after the inquirer has been asking you other superfluous ones.Then they will tell you they are not nearby and not interested as a result and or better... ask if you can deliver it for free or meet them somewhere close to them for a low value item.despite your ad saying you don't do that. I could go on for pages about the illiterate, ridiculous, sociopathic, dishonest, disrespectful and uncivilized people that I have dealt with and blocked but I don't want to make this review my novel.
P.S. the image is a 17: wheel that Julie thinks is 18" because the face is about 17.5" Sadly not shown in the capture