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  • is founded by Mark Rainer and Stephen Chan
  • Mark and Stephen hope to address the landfill and greenhouse gas emission problems in Vancouver, BC, by recycling unwanted goods out of the garbage system
  • Paid advertising from commercial advertisers completes the business model


  • Mark Rainer partners with Don Barthel and together they relaunch
  • Excited to bring the service to all of Canada, they register 50 other similar domain names


  •, and are launched and quickly surpass’s active postings
  • The collection of sites is called


  • positions itself as “Canada’s answer to eBay”
  • Ottawa-based is acquired with its trade name and audience and merges into
  • More sites are launched including,, and


  •’s network of local free classified websites grows 400% from the previous year, now receiving over a million pageviews per day and serving communities and advertisers across Canada
  • Black Press of Victoria, BC, the largest privately owned publisher of community newspapers in North America, acquires from Don Barthel


  • becomes with a network of 73 free classified websites
  • Traffic grows to 1.6 million unique visitors and over 55 million pageviews per month
  • Always at the forefront, and begin tweeting




  • Our city sites get a new look, making it easier to search for items by categories and subcategories
  • United Kingdom sites launched


  • The UsedNews newsletter is founded to help share pro tips and useful articles
  • More social media platforms are established to truly connect with local communities




  • Users can now search by location
  • The UsedBlog really takes off as amazing guest bloggers are added to the writing roster



  • Re-branding: new logo and tagline “Locals buy & sell here” introduced
  • All city sites get a new look, including the corporate site
  • Hashtags are introduced to facilitate search on the sites


  • Mobile site launched
  • Trending ads are introduced so users can see what ads are popular on the front page of each city site
  • The new Favourites Button makes comparisons and saving searches much easier
  • #UsedHelps launched allowing users to donate to charities nationwide (1)


  • New pet policy ending breeder and for profit sales of household pets
  • Resume uploading feature added for job hunters responding to job ads
  • becomes and 84 local city sites are rebranded with one logo.
  • More amazing features are in the works…watch this page or better yet, sign up for the UsedNews for updates