The plot thickens. They replied with:
Thank you for contacting Kijiji Community Support. I can certainly understand your confusion about the removal of your ad and I would be glad to explore this issue further.
For your own reference, Airsoft guns, guns, knives, bows and other weapons accessories (including dot scopes) are strictly prohibited on Kijiji. This policy is in place as Airsoft guns are classified as “Replica Firearms” in Canada.
Furthermore, after some discussion with local authorities we have determined that Airsoft guns are considered a controlled weapon by the Canadian government and many Police forces. This is based on the velocity of the rounds as they exit the weapon. Paintball markers do not have the ability to fire at speeds that would bring them under this category therefore we do permit those on the site.
I know it can be frustrating when you see other users posting Airsoft ads for sale on Kijiji. Rest assured that our moderators work very hard to keep these off the site, however, due to the sheer volume of ads posted on Kijiji each day, it can take time for our moderators to see the ads in question.
If you do come across another Airsoft ad, we encourage you to use the “Report Ad” link on the top right corner of the ad. This will let our moderators know that the ad requires review and possibly removal from the site.
I thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions or concerns. Have a great day!
Kijiji Community Support
I don’t think I have made myself clear. I will publish all the relevant info on a blog, structured in a more easy to read manner so that you can be better able to explain your rules, because as of yet they make no sense, seem arbitrary, and if your rules make no sense it is likely that more people other than me cannot understand them. This results in a lower quality experience for both buyers and sellers and staff spending time explaining the inexplicable.
Once again, I will explain this in an article. Until then, I would appreciate it if you can clarify for me:
1. Is this an issue of legality? Do you routinely censor ads of merchandise legally purchased in stores (this item was purchased at Walmart in Toronto in 2008)?
2. Are you censoring because of particular rules or laws or simply based on a conversation with a police officer? If it is a law or bylaw, can you point me to it?
3. If you are censoring based on a conversation with a police officer, can you detail who this person was and when did this conversation take place?
4. Have you at all taken into consideration “the velocity of the rounds as they exit the weapon” for this particular item? Do you know the maximum such velocity for a device advertised on your site?
5. If you do not have any data regarding such velocity (I don’t have it either) and your interfering with my ad is based solely on your perception that it is an airsoft gun, then you should surely agree that I could list a paintball marker. Please let me know if that is incorrect.