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Kijiji Flakes

Sounds like a great name for a breakfast cereal, unfortunately it actually refers to the vast majority of respondents to Kijiji postings. Now, for those of you that have never heard of Kijiji, it is, by far, the most popular classified ad site in Canada, and is owned by EBay. Craigslist, even though also available in Canada, hasn’t even come close to rival it’s success. For the most part it is a great site, the only gripe I can think of off the top of my head would be that it seems to be more restrictive than EBay. You would think that you should be able to sell on Kijiji anything that you could buy off of EBay, but that is not the case. I’ve actually purchased items off EBay, then for different reasons, mostly because they weren’t what I expected when they arrived, or I found something else and no longer needed them, decided I might as well sell them at a vastly reduced price on Kijiji and get something back, only to have my posting rejected by Kijiji. But other than that, I have no issues with the site itself.

No, this post is not a gripe on Kijiji, it’s a gripe on Kijiji users, more specifically those who respond to ads, rather than those who post them. Personally I don’t get why people, see a post, go through the trouble of responding to the post, then never follow up.  Or worse, do follow up, barter price, make arrangements for pickup, then don’t follow through.  Not even a polite courtesy email saying ‘ sorry I changed my mind ‘. Maybe it’s a generational thing, I come from the generation that if you said you were going to do something or be somewhere at such-n-such a time, you made damn sure you were there and you did it. And if for some reason you couldn’t you made sure you notified the person well in advance that for this-or-that reason you couldn’t. Hell, the other day I called a cab, and a friend passed by and asked if I needed a ride, I said I couldn’t because I had already called a cab. I could have stiffed the cabbie, and gotten a free ride to where I wanted to go, but I didn’t, because my generation believes in following through with a commitment.

It’s not about the money, it’s about integrity.

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