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Kijiji (// kee-JEE-jee; Swahili: [kiˈʄiʄi], village) is an online classified advertising service that operates as a centralized network of online communities, organized by city and urban region, for posting local ads. It is a fully owned subsidiary of eBay launched in March 2005. Kijiji websites are available for more than 300 cities in Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Kijiji was made available to selected cities in the United States on June 29, 2007, but was changed to eBay Classifieds in 2010.
Kijiji was originally launched as "a start-up within eBay created by a small team of entrepreneurial employees," according to eBay's March, 2005 press release announcing the new service.
In May 2005 eBay acquired the British-based online-classifieds service Gumtree, which operates in cities in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Spanish company LoQUo. One month later it acquired OpusForum.org, another website offering online classifieds in Germany. In July 2006, Klaus Gapp, the founder of OpusForum, noted that after its acquisition it had "merged with its new Kijiji classifieds business in the German speaking markets of Austria, Germany and Switzerland."
In 2009, the Kijiji Germany website had changed its names to eBay Kleinanzeigen.[when?]
In February 2010, Kijiji withdrew its personals section in the United States and Canada.
In March 2010, eBay unveiled a new classifieds site, called eBay Classifieds, to replace its old site, Kijiji, in the United States.
Legal Conflict With CraigsList
Kijiji's owner eBay is also a minority shareholder in Craigslist. In April 2008, eBay launched a lawsuit against Craigslist claiming that their executives were attempting to weaken eBay's investment, while in May of the same year, Craigslist filed a countersuit claiming Kijiji had stolen trade secrets and that eBay used misleading tactics to promote the service.
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