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Have you had the opportunity to check out Kijiji yet? Owned by eBay, it’s their “new & improved” version of Craigslist. You didn’t think the world would let them continue without much competition for too long, did you?

Kijiji is named after the Swahili word for “village”, which eBay probably gave some guy a million dollars to come up with. So far, Kijiji offers free classified ads for individuals categorized in 220 different cities around the United States as well as some Canadian listings.

Like Craigslist, Kijiji offers free classified ads for individuals to conduct business amongst themselves- without the middleman. The humorous part of all this is that eBay actually owns 25% of Craigslist; so in essence, they are competing against themselves in efforts to dominate the Internet’s free classified ads websites.

Have you posted anything on Kijiji yet? If so, what was your experience like with it? Should we all stick with Craigslist, or is it time to broaden our horizons and look for opportunities to move on to bigger and better things? 

Category: Reviews
Article posted by: Neon on August 25th, 2007

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13 Comments to “Kijiji- eBay’s Version of Craigslist” »

Comment by Israel
Aug 25 2007 at 3:10 pm

ebay will most likely be using content or listings, etc from craigslist to help build out or “fill in” for kijiji.

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Comment by GnomeyNewt
Aug 25 2007 at 5:57 pm

What a messed up domain they choose. They think its easy? I can’t remember it because theres too many dotted items in a row and I’m really not sure whats going on with it. So far from what I can tell it is is just as normal ebay listings but now listed as an classified instead without the buy now button. We shall see!

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Comment by J. Robinson
Aug 25 2007 at 6:00 pm

I thought that it was a very difficult name to get used to as well. You’ve got to look at it twice in order to see how to spell it.

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Comment by Click Input
Aug 26 2007 at 1:27 am

What a ridiculous name! Also I am guessing there must be plenty of other free classifieds competitors in the US?

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Comment by Enwikopedia
Aug 26 2007 at 7:07 am

Both kijijijij and craigslist will end up at the bottom of the bottomless internet pit.

Enwikopedia – win a darth vader usb flash drive!

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Comment by Chef Tom
Aug 27 2007 at 12:53 am

Interesting. I’m going to explore Kijiji in the morning. Time for sleep now :-)

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Comment by trex
May 07 2009 at 8:33 am

I’ve now chosen smaller and local sites like ( ) nice little site and they even answer your auto questions, and right the first time > I think with proper management this free site could rival these monsters.

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Comment by Pools
Sep 05 2009 at 3:11 pm

Hi, Nice Post ! ! Thanks for the info. But i want more details about this info…

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Comment by mothers day flowers
Sep 10 2009 at 10:22 am

That’s really the only way someone could give you information on where to start. If you have never done anything like that then you need to start with the basics . . HTML and CSS . . if you have, then it would help to specify what you know.

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