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History

About History

2015

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2003

  • UsedVancouver.com 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

2004

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

2005

  • UsedOttawa.com, UsedWinnipeg.com and UsedVictoria.com are launched and quickly surpass UsedVancouver.com’s active postings
  • The collection of sites is called UsedCanada.com

2006

  • UsedCanada.com positions itself as “Canada’s answer to eBay”
  • Ottawa-based TradeBug.com is acquired with its trade name and audience and merges into UsedOttawa.com
  • More sites are launched including UsedCalgary.com, UsedEdmonton.com, UsedRegina.com and UsedPEI.com

2007

  • UsedCanada.com’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 UsedCanada.com from Don Barthel

2008

  • UsedCanada.com becomes UsedEverywhere.com 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, UsedVictoria.com and UsedOttawa.com begin tweeting

 

2009

2010

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

2011

  • 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

 

 

2012

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

 

2013

  • 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

2014

  • 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

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2015

  • New pet policy ending breeder and for profit sales of household pets
  • Resume uploading feature added for job hunters responding to job ads
  • UsedEverywhere.com becomes Used.ca 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