Our top tips on how to spot a scam

OLX Tips By May 24, 2016 No Comments

post13_BLOG_tipsAt OLX, we are constantly working to improve safety and security. While scams rarely happen, it’s important to be aware of certain red flags associated with online classified scams, so that you’re able to keep yourself protected.

Here are some of the most common danger signs associated with online classified scams:

The seller uses stock photos (or unrelated photos)
Seeing a genuine picture of the item being sold is important because it suggests that the person is in actual possession of the item.




5 Reasons why you shouldn’t throw your old electronics in the trash

In The Know By May 17, 2016 No Comments

post12_BLOG_knowIf you just got a new TV, laptop, gaming console or smartphone to keep you entertained for the winter, you might be wondering what to do with your previous model.

It may be tempting to just dump it in the garbage, but that’s the absolute last thing you should do. Here’s five reasons why you shouldn’t throw away your old electronics:

1. E-waste is hazardous
The average South African throws away 12kgs of e-waste every year. Only 15% of this e-waste gets recycled, while the remaining 85% gets incinerated or dumped in a landfill. This is very harmful for the environment, and dangerous to human health.



5 Tips to getting more replies out of your OLX ad

OLX Tips By May 10, 2016 No Comments

BLOGsize_450x450So you want to sell something on OLX? Here are some tips to make sure you have the best ad possible:

1. Try upload many pictures of the item you’re selling
Including a clear picture of what you’re trying to sell can make a world of difference. However, the secret here is to try and upload at least two or more images, as ads with two to four pictures normally receive more responses than ads with less or none. Uploading more pictures will also make a potential buyer feel more comfortable about your product because:
1. it’ll show them that you actually have the item, and
2. it’ll allow potential buyers to see the condition of the item being sold.



The best gift guide for the best mother

Best Of By May 3, 2016 No Comments

post11_BLOG_bestofMother’s Day often has a way of sneaking up on us, although it’s not the kind of thing you want to leave till the last minute.

After all, your mother knows you better than anyone, so she’s sure to know whether you picked her gift up on the way to lunch. So in the spirit of Mother’s Day, we have put together a list that will help you find the perfect Mother’s Day gift, for any type of mom.

For moms who love to read
A good book is a thoughtful way of giving something personal without having to break the bank. It’s a great gift on its own or as part of a gift basket. Either way, if your mom loves to read, she’ll love a Mother’s Day gift that encourages her to relax and take some time for herself; and what better way to do that than curling up with a good book this winter?


How to tell when to sell your car

In The Know By April 29, 2016 No Comments

post10_BLOG_intheknowSo you’ve been playing with the idea of selling your car. Maybe it’s giving you too many hassles, it’s too expensive to maintain, or maybe you just feel like its time for something new. But you also know that keeping your current car means not having to pay for a new one.

So should you drive your car until it needs to be pulled by a horse? Or should you rather sell it after a year or two so that you can feel as though you haven’t lost too much of your initial investment? Sadly, there’s no magical mileage threshold that tells you when you should sell your car. But you can have peace of mind knowing all cars have significant milestones that can guide you in deciding whether or not to sell.



5 Reasons why autumn is ideal to sell your home

In The Know By April 20, 2016 No Comments

post9_BLOG_intheknowIt’s often said that spring is the busiest time of year for the property market… but did you know that you actually stand a better chance of selling your property in autumn? Here’s five reasons why:

1. Fewer extended holidays

Unlike summer, autumn is relatively quiet when it comes to major festivals and long holidays. With the kids back at school, sellers can secure more potential buyers because they’re less distracted and more available. With Christmas, New Years and the Easter weekend behind us, autumn is a much more convenient time for potential buyers to consider scouting property.



4 Most fuel efficient cars on the market

In The Know By April 18, 2016 No Comments

post8_BLOG_intheknowYou may be used to petrol price increases, but the hike in fuel prices coming up this April will definitely make your eyes water.The price of petrol is expected to increase by 31 to 35 cents per litre, while the price of diesel is expected to increase by a massive 60 cents per litre.

In simple terms: a VW Polo driver can expect to fork out R500 to fill up, while BMW drivers will need to pay around R800 and Toyota Hilux drivers will need to cough up at least R1000 just to fill up. Which raises an interesting topic: what are the most fuel efficient vehicles on the market right now?



Must-see art galleries in Cape Town

In The Know By March 18, 2016 No Comments

post6_BLOG_intheknowFrom modern to contemporary art, Cape Town is abuzz with artistic activity & overflows with talent. Contrary to popular belief galleries aren’t only for the artistically elite.

Art should be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you want to immerse yourself in the art world, simply celebrate pretty things or take a cultural detour in Cape Town – these are the must-see local galleries.

This contemporary gallery encourages artists to exercise their creativity freely across a wide range of media, from acrylics and oils to pencil work.

The art shown is contemporary with urban and pop styles.


Easy ways to go green in 2016

OLX Tips By March 14, 2016 No Comments

post5_BLOG_intheknowGoing green for you might sound like a 2005 fad or something reserved for hippies or Angelina Jolie – the reality is that it’s an ongoing issue and will continue to be one until we make a change.

Yes, this might be a cliche, but it starts with making sure that everything we use is sustainable. Apart from saving the world there are benefits in it for you too – A healthier lifestyle, saving money and a clean conscience. This doesn’t mean that being eco-friendly has to come with daunting lifestyle changes, it’s often the small things that make a difference.

Change your lights
Use energy savers, it really is that simple.



Top 4 thrift stores in Joburg

Best Of By March 4, 2016 No Comments

post4_BLOG_bestofWith vintage clothing being all the rage it’s hard to find where to buy unique and truly affordable items. Here is a list of some of the best thrift stores around Johannesburg.

1.Wits Hospice Shop
Situated in Orange Grove, it’s home to masses of beautiful blazers, fun shirts and a serious amount of most-loved books. Spending your money here goes further than the items you take home as the proceeds go to a cause. What more of a reason do you need to shop!? Find them at: Corner Louis Botha and 9th Street, Orange Grove.

2.Bounty Hunters
You’ll find litters of cats in this quirky thrift store , which might not appeal to some, but if you’re open to something unique, this is the place to be.