Trading during COVID-19
In order to help ensure the health and safety of our Kijiji Community, it is important to observe and apply protocols outlined by Health Canada when trading on Kijiji. Your well-being remains our top priority. Please seriously consider whether in-person meetings are necessary.
If the transaction you’re making is necessary, please consider the following options:
- Cashless Payment: Please consider choosing your preferred, secure cashless payment method when transacting; you’re also able to link your PayPal account directly when transacting on Kijiji if you wish.
- Shipping: If considering sending/receiving the item via Canada Post or other shipping agents, ensure that the agent you’re using is reputable; it’s recommended that if using a shipping agent that a tracking number is used when sending/receiving items.
- Curbside pickup / Drop-off / Delivery: This can be a great alternative to shipping and allows both buyer and seller to make an exchange, while observing social-distancing protocols.
Other things to consider:
- Remote Inspections: Remote inspections via your preferred video conferencing call service, enables both buyer and seller to discuss the transaction and view the item in question while observing social-distancing protocols; Community Members can also send additional images of items via the mobile app.
- Clean / Disinfect Items: As per the Health Canada page on Coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention, we recommend cleaning items before and after a transaction; visit Health Canada to learn more about current precautionary measures.
Once you’ve met, inspected the vehicle and come to an agreement, it’s time to finalize the deal. There are many options to transfer money, both online and in person. Let’s take a look at the benefits of each.
Requesting or offering deposits for items on the site is not recommended. However, some sellers do request one. Never pay a deposit on a vehicle you haven’t seen in person. If you have seen it and you’re not completely comfortable leaving a deposit, it may be best to move on to another deal.
Cash is often the safest option because it’s the hardest to fake. However, it’s not impossible. If you’re accepting cash for a large purchase, make sure you know how to recognize counterfeit currency.
Carrying cash as a buyer can have its own risks and can be less convenient. Consider the situation and decide what’s best for you.
Cheques are easier to fake than cash, and there’s no guarantee that they won’t bounce. The safest option is to ask for a certified cheque and go to the bank with them to cash it before the vehicle is signed over.
PayPal is a great tool for sending and receiving money online, but it’s important to use it safely. The Kijiji app has a built-in PayPal system that will allow members to complete a payment up to $9,999 directly through PayPal’s secure channels. Payments made through the Kijiji app may be eligible for PayPal’s Seller Protection.
If you accept a PayPal payment outside of the app, double check that it’s genuine. Payment notification emails can be faked, so check your account independently of the email to verify that the funds have reached your account. We do not recommend using PayPal’s Friends and Family payment option, as this skips their internal security and doesn’t offer protection.
If you’re ever not sure about a PayPal transfer, you can contact PayPal directly for help verifying it.
Money Transfer/Western Union/MoneyGram
Electronic transfers are easy to fake, and hard to verify. If you decide to accept payment through one of these methods, don’t give them the item until you’ve been able to confirm with 100% certainty that the funds are in your account.
Note: If any buyer sends you an electronic transfer and then asks you to move some of the funds somewhere else – especially if they require the funds to be moved before you actually receive the money – don’t do it! This is likely an SMS scam.