Posted by: wingnut650 | July 27, 2007

Kijiji vs. Craigslist

There seems to be a new player on the horizon in the community classified market and it’s called Kijiji.  This site is aimed at being a direct competitor to Craigslist and the story is pretty interesting, actually.  Now, let me start by saying that I am a loyal Craigslist visitor/user and the story of Craigslist is truly one of grassroots success and their mission is noble.  BUT, the slight differences that are available on Kijiji including the color aspect of the site, the email alerting, watch lists and “my kijiji” account managment are pretty cool.  For all intents and purposes though, the site is a total rip off of Craigslist – which leads to the interesting part…it’s owned by eBay.  Why is this interesting?  Because eBay owns a 25% stake in Craigslist…odd, huh?  

Kijiji is free, it’s pretty neat-o, it’s the ‘new thing’ – but it lacks a pretty important thing, a socially aware and community engaging “soul”.  Now, it’s in its infancy and may well become the thing that “saves the world”, but as of today Craigslist is non-profit (I don’t think eBay is…), promotes the development of non-profit organizations through its foundation, and really prides itself on pushing for a better world through strong community and good citizenship – corny, but who can’t appreciate that? 

Anyway, check out Kijiji, it’s cool, but, in my opinion it’s not as “cool” as Craigslist.

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  1. Interesting story. Some corrections:

    Q: Is craigslist a nonprofit?
    A: No, craigslist was incorporated as a for-profit in 1999.

    http://www.craigslist.org/about/pr/factsheet.html

    And eBay too has a foundation:

    http://pages.ebay.com/aboutebay/foundation.html

  2. I heard that Kijiji is way more popular than Craigslist in Paris, which is interesting, as technology trends in France don’t seem to mirror UK for example, which seem to more closely align with US type trends.

  3. Thank you pkn for your corrections! I will post an entry on these as well.

  4. […] am an idiot (just ask my wife).  To explain:  in my posting on Kijiji vs Craigslist on July 27 (here) I stated that Craigslist was a non-profit AND blathered on about Craigslist’s foundation […]


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