Sunday, April 24, 2011

Kijiji Fail

You know, I am all about kijiji (not like Sylvia is all about it, but I still like it).  It is a place where you can get some great deals, get rid of excess junk in the house and so on.  We score a bunch of great things on there.  What is great about this giant online classified ad system is that most time, prices are negotiable, and people typically expect the barter system.  

I was surfing Kijiji for books when I came across this ad for Harry Potter Books:

I am selling the complete Harry Potter Book Series for $100.00.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
All books are hardcover and are in excellent condition. Buy the set and get three Harry Potter book marks!
(1) Unless stated otherwise, all item prices are non-negotiable!
(2) If an item price is negotiable, please give a reasonable price. Lowballs will be ignored!
(3) All items are pick-up only! No deliveries will be made!
Steps for Inquiry & Pick-Up
(1) Please contact via e-mail
Please leave your name (you do not need to include your phone number since I do not like to make calls)
Please make sure that the e-mail you include is correct (otherwise I will not be able to reply)
Please use proper English spelling, grammar, and punctuation (sorry, I do not speak French). If you type in chat speak or have too many errors in your e-mail, I will not respond (on account that I will not be able to understand you!)
Please be polite!

(2) I'll respond within a few minutes/hours if e-mail is sent before 10:30pm (may take a bit longer to reply if I'm away from my computer)
Please respond back within a few hours of my reply
Please pick-up within 48 hours of set date/time (if you need to reschedule, let me know!)
(5) If item/s are not picked up within 48 hours (unless otherwise arranged), you may lose them, and they will be reposted back on Kijiji
*Please check out my other ads for more fun items and deals!*

Now, doesn't this take all the fun out of it?  Sure, I typically laugh at people with bad spelling, but really, this is a little much, don't you think?  And really, guidelines? Really?  I can't believe it.  The complete douchery of this guy's ad makes me ponder the following:

(1) I don't want to respond to it, due to complete jerkiness.
(2) What's with the underline+exclamation point of "non-negotiable"?  Could it not have quite politely stated that prices are firm?
(3) I can't check my mail in the day at work, so do I automatically get thrown out because I can't reply right away?
(4) Does this guy really have the audacity to ask me to check out his/her other ads?  Why?  So I can get told what a horrible person I am for not using spell check?
(5) This makes me want to respond with half ass grammar, ask the seller if he/she can meet me somewhere as I don't have a car (even though I do), throw a few German words in my response and see if he/she can speak that, since he can't speak French, take too long to reply back to him/her, offer the seller a low ball figure and then, just to top it off, not go and pick up the items.

I think it will be a freaking miracle if these books actually sell.


...I wonder what the other ads are...


  1. I have never heard of Kijiji!!! Now, I kind of want to go and see what other tools are out there selling things. :)
    Thanks for stopping by STaying Home and Staying Sane, I'm gladly following back. :)

  2. WOW - that's hilarious. I have never come across an ad like this on Kijiji - definitely a lot of reading for one ad! I think the best part is the throwing in of 3 bookmarks if you buy the set. :D


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