BuySell.ca is a classified
ad service in Canada
is Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Manitoba and Saskatchewan leading
online classified ads for Canadian used autos, cars, used trucks, boats,
computers, real estate, antiques, furniture and electronics.
Classified advertising is a form of
advertising which is particularly common in newspapers, online and other
periodicals, e.g. free ads papers or Pennysavers.
Classified advertising differs from standard advertising or business
models in that it allows private individuals (not simply companies or
corporate entities) to solicit sales for products and services.
Classified advertising is usually textually
based and can consist of as little as the type of item being sold and a
telephone number to call for more information. It can also have much more
detail, such as name to contact, address to contact or visit, a detailed
description of the product or products ("pants and sweaters, size 10" as
opposed to "clothing", "red 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix" as opposed to
There are generally no pictures or other graphics within the
advertisement, although sometimes a logo may be used.
Classified advertising is called such because it is generally grouped within
the publication under headings classifying the product or service being
offered (headings such as Accounting, Automobiles, Clothing, Farm Produce,
For Sale, For Rent, etc.) and is grouped entirely in a distinct section of
the periodical, which makes it distinct from display advertising, which
often contains graphics or other art work and which is more typically
distributed throughout a publication adjacent to editorial content.
A hybrid of the two forms —
classified display advertising — may often be
found, in which categorized advertisements with larger amounts of graphical
detail can be found among the text listings of a classified advertising
section in a publication. Business opportunities often use classifieds to
sell their services, usually employing 1-800 numbers. Classified ads are
also among the tools used by many companies in recruitment for available job
Printed classified ads are typically just a few column lines in length, and
they often filled with abbreviations to save space and money.