When I started packing for my move I realized I had far too much unnecessary stuff and didn’t want my new home to be crammed with junk. I went on a Kijiji spree, selling all the old furniture and random stuff I didn’t need. Not only did it get rid of the stuff, but I wanted to make enough money to buy a new dresser for my bedroom.
Kijiji can be such an easy way to sell stuff but it can also be the hugest pain in the butt. I think there is a certain level of etiquette that needs to be used and more people need to learn when using sites like this.
1) After saying you are interested in an item, asking when you can pick it up, or if it’s still available I will respond to you within a 24 hour period. It would be nice for you to do the same so I’m not holding this item for you forever and have you not respond. It doesn’t take long to write a quick email and say you changed your mind.
2) When something is listed for nearly $100, I’m probably not going to sell it to you for $20 so don’t argue with me about it. If you want a $20, go look for a $20.
3) If you want to buy something, don’t make it difficult to get the item. I give you plenty of options on when to pick it up, I don’t need to hear any excuse about why you can’t make it to town. Either figure out how to get here, or don’t buy it.
4) When you make plans to meet someone at a specific day and time to pick up your item, don’t call me 5 minutes late telling me you just found something better at the store. WHY ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IT AT THE STORE WHEN YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO BE MEETING ME TO BUY MY ITEM?!
5) Pictures of an item you are selling are very helpful. Make sure your pictures show the entire item, in good lighting. I don’t want to buy something that looks nothing like the picture you provided.
6) Don’t tell me something is in good condition and brand new when it looks like a beaver has chewed the leg off or is broken.
7) Search similar items to what you are buying/selling to make sure you aren’t ripping people off or getting ripped off.
I did have some seamless transactions and ended up with some really great new-to-me furniture for pretty much nothing, sold my old mismatched furniture and had enough money to buy the new dresser I wanted. It didn’t come without some hassle. I let go of a very awesome microwave for way less than I hoped, ended up with the ugliest dining room table and chair set for far too much money, and had more than one run around with coordinating schedules to get items delivered. I definitely recommend trying it out if you’re looking for some cheap, used items (you can find ANYTHING on there), or need to sell something of your own. Just be cautious and courteous to fellow users!
After that little rant, I wanted to share with you an awesome new product I tried today, Annie’s Rice Pasta and Cheese. I had some friends over for an impromptu BBQ. I already had some burgers in the freezer and a bit of leftover salad, but thought I’d whip up a box of this for their two year old. Annie’s products are all natural and organic and TASTY! This box of mac and cheese, while being a gluten free product, still tasted like good old mac and cheese. There are a variety of different pastas, cereals, granola bars, salad dressings and other condiments available that all come free of chemicals and preservatives. I will definitely be purchasing more of this mac and cheese for those comfort food days and keeping my eye out for other products to try!