I’m a pretty typical Manitoban – I love a deal! Sales, discounts, coupons, and occasionally, used items. Anything to stretch my dollars farther. Since Christmas is right around the corner and you may be thinking about buying some of those large-ticket items second-hand to save some money, I thought it would also be good to put together some tips for buying on Kijiji. Also, if you haven’t, check out my tips on Selling on Kijiji.
- Buyer beware – Scammers are on both sides of the Kijiji transaction, both buying and selling. Be sure to read the description carefully and look closely at all the pictures. Request more pictures if you think the person doesn’t actually have the item. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Be aware of stolen items – People steal stuff and then sell it on Kijiji. If you buy something that is stolen on Kijiji, at the very least it is going to be confiscated and you will be out money. If the police think you knew the item was stolen or somehow had a hand in stealing it, the consequences could be much, much worse. Again, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Haggling – Most sellers on Kijiji are open to a little bit of haggling. 10% is a good round number to end up at. Meaning, start at 20% off and hope the seller will meet you in the middle. If not, be prepared to either pay the full amount for the item or walk away from the sale. For example, a women sent a message asking if I would sell my $50 item for $40. I sent back a counter offer of $45. (I haven’t heard from her since so maybe she didn’t appreciate my counter-offer, lol).
- Be careful – Try to meet in public places, don’t bring too much extra cash with you, be aware of your surroundings when meeting and if you have any red flags about the sale, walk away immediately. A good deal isn’t worth getting robbed or your life.
Apologies if I’ve scared you. I haven’t had any situations where I’ve bought stolen merchandise or been robbed while trying to complete a transaction. These are extreme examples but it’s important to be prepared in case something goes astray. Be honest and you’ll find some great deals on some barely-used items.
Bought on Kijiji? Good experience? Bad experience? I’d love to hear about them. Happy Shopping!