You can learn a lot about a city from their local Used.ca site
They say you can tell a lot about a city based on it’s buy and sell trends. And by “they” we mean us.
Is it possible, can it be, that hundreds of people searched the term “ardboard box?” (*No, we didn’t forget the C… you did Halifax!) I’m not one to cast dispersions but in at number four and five of the most searched for items on UsedHalifax.com are “barrels” and “bar stool” respectively. Getting a little merry are you Halifax? Also making their top ten are “Honda ATC,” and “amplifier.” Bikes, booze and blasting your gee-tar. Halifax, you’re a badass. Read more.
Oh you classy bunch Ottawa. No Instagram filtered photos for your family album, oh no. Your top search term is “Nikon.” You are artists. Good work on undoing the civil servant stereotype. Let it not be said that you’re all politics and agriculture. Until you scroll down the list and see an astounding amount of searches for “tractors” and “sheds.” Be true to yourself Ottawa! Read more.
Well PEI, we know what you do on an evening if your most searched for items are anything to go by. “PS3” tops your list and “recliner” isn’t far off. What next? Slanket? That said, you’re a diverse bunch. Also in your top five are “Honda CB,” “ATV” and “kayak.” Play hard PEI, play hard. Read more.
Those prairie dwellers are simple folk. Their number one search term? “Purse.” Yup, just purse. No colour, no brand, no fuss. Just a no nonsense functional purse thank you. But a word to the wise, if you’re selling that purse, don’t expect the full asking price. Of all the cities in all the world, Regina is the only one with “obo” as a top ranking search term. Regina also tops the board with the most random search of the year. Tens of thousands of people looking for an aquarium. It’s like Muhammed and the mountain, except with Regina and the ocean. Read more.
Vancouver. One of the most expensive places to live on the planet and don’t we know it. “BMW” tops their most popular search terms. But Vancouverites are not your standard flash city types. As well as expensive cars and boats, they’re also looking for “looms,” which is the third most searched for term on UsedVancouver.com, followed by “Boxer dogs” and “camper vans”. Did someone say “hipster?” And yet, not hip enough to know that Craigslist is quite possibly the ugliest website ever. Hey Craigslist, 1996 called; they want their blue Times New Roman font back. Read more.
Oh Victoria, so desperate for your own IKEA it’s not just the number one search term, it’s also the number two. Because by god, if someone used a small i rather than a capital I in their IKEA ad, you will track them down.
Solidifying their spot as crunchiest city in Canada, Victorians are also on the hunt for “lululemon” because who doesn’t want to wear somebody else’s crotch hugging yoga pants? And coming in as the fourth most searched for term is “chickens” – backyard chickens are a trendy thing in the Capital Region. So if you ever want to stereotype the West Coast, go right ahead. Read more.