Sunday, July 15, 2007

With Kijiji, ebay competes with 25% of itself, Craigslist

Kijiji.com (US version) is a competitor to Craigslist that has a pretty front end may be ebay wanted to call it craigslist 2.0! The Kijiji started in Canada and went around the world before coming to battle against well established CL.
I still visit craigslist for various things weekly or monthly! sometimes to buy things and some times to see trends in new gear! (Like what GPS's are people dumping faster) or a screen for my iPaq that I broke! (It is cheaper to by an old iPaq from Craigslist than a part from manufacturer, HP!)
Anyway why ebay is pitting kijiji (village in Swahili)? Kijiji has operated since its 2005 founding in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, China, Japan, Taiwan, Austria, Switzerland, and India.
For years Craigslist's free listings have been carving into the bread-and-butter classified revenues of the newspaper industry.
It's simple interface and ease of posting and managing a post has made it a popular portal. I have not seen a single news paper classified ads for years. But will I kijiji myself? don't know yet and depends entirely on what it will carry! Old medium format cameras and lenses? Concert tickets?
will see!

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