How does VarageSale compare to Kijiji?

Say goodbye to clunky user interfaces and anonymous creeps

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From the January 2016 issue of the magazine.

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Services like Kijiji and Craigslist are widely used by Canadians to buy and sell online. But if you’re tired of the clunky user interface or afraid of buying a second-hand mattress from an anonymous creep, there are alternatives. Take VarageSale. It’s a Canadian startup that allows users to sign in using Facebook and buy and sell goods within their own communities, free of cost.

The biggest difference with VarageSale? The communities’ users are regulated by an admin, usually someone who lives in the neighbourhood and is active on the service. And unlike Kijiji or Craigslist, VarageSale allows you to sign into the service using Facebook, thereby verifying a user’s identity and adding a level of comfort and safety.

It’s friendlier, too. Buyers and sellers on VarageSale can leave “praises” after successful transactions, much like how renters rate hosts on Airbnb and pas- sengers rate drivers on Uber. (Gold med- als appear next to the names of trust- worthy top members.) To its benefit, VarageSale resembles a social media site and even has a newsfeed populated with the latest neighbourhood listings. It also has a great user interface compared to its competitors. The downside? If you want to reach a bigger audience of buyers, VarageSale is not for you—Craigslist and Kijiji attract more traffic, even though you’ll need more back and forth to find the best buyer.

Our verdict: VarageSale is easier to use and a safer experience than the larger online selling sites. Give it a try.

4 comments on “How does VarageSale compare to Kijiji?

  1. I would love to give it try but I do not adhere to Facebook (you can check out any time you like but you can never leave).
    If there’s no way around this, I’ll continue with Kijiji.


  2. Kijiji has become very limiting, and money hungry, I cannot pay $5 to post if I am selling something for $15, I am assuming Varage sale will become the same soon. Kijiji buyers are reasonable, varage sale buyers are cheap. So I have been used Craigslist and usedmotreal and thinking of usint Letgo


    • Umm I don’t know what your talking about in reference to paying to post on Kijji. You can post for free. There are options to pay only IF you want to to keep your add on the first page and they have other pay options. I use Kijiji all the time and I have never paid. I think you clicked something wrong.


  3. I have use both Kijiji and Varagesale and find a few big fails that Varagesale has that should have been addressed BEFORE they started allowing people to buy and sell on their site. The first fail is if your selling a item you can only post multiple pictures if you are using your ANDROID phone on their app (this is new so before you could only post one picture) also so if you are using a PC to post an item for sale you are only allowed to post one picture… I don’t understand that at all because this seems to be a very big oversight. Another fail you must have facebook, I don’t like that at all because people can access your personal information easily vs on Kijiji and who said all FB profiles are real and a real persons behind the profile? As for “anonymous creeps” I wasn’t aware that the creeps don’t have FB themselves. Also you have to ask to join a “community” What the heck??? Why? Is it to weed out the “anonymous creeps” that don’t have FB… this makes me laugh. Instead on Vagargesale the “anonymous creeps” can get more info about me. As for the interface, they don’t have as many subcategories. Like if I want to post a love seat for sale, I would post it in furniture but there is no subcategory like Kijiji under furniture for couches & love seats.
    Lastly I hate the FB soicial media aspect of this site. Who cares if you have mutual friends with someone else or if someone likes your item you have for sale. In my experience you get more people interested in your item and blowing up your email from this site with notifications and people asking for more pictures because I used my laptop to post my add so I didn’t waste costly data to post an add. I find the social media aspect as a downfall because people don’t seem to be serious about making a actual purchase, they browse through and like things and ask questions.
    I personally feel more vulnerable on Varagesale where I don’t feel unsafe at all on Kijiji just due to people knowing my last name, they can now look me up on FB with my personal information. This site seems to be a pain in my a$$ to sell something.
    I feel Varagesale wasn’t full thought out unfortunately and I have posted the same items I want to sell on both sites and items have sold faster from serious buyers on Kijiji and Varagesale seems to be a social media site not a buy and sell site.


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