Online superstore eBay was the most searched-for retail term in Canada in 2012, according to the latest edition of Google’s annual survey of top searches.

Two other online ad sites — Craigslist and its Quebec equivalent, LesPAC — also made the top ten list, as did Walmart and Costco.

Zellers, long a Canadian retail mainstay now winding down operations, didn’t make the list, nor did some of the more buzzworthy Canadian retail brands, such as Lululemon.

Google didn’t put out a list of top retail searches for Canada in 2011, so we can’t compare how retailers did from year to year. But we’re willing to make one prediction for 2013: Next year, this list will include Target Canada, which opens its first Canadian locations in the spring.

Check out the Top 10 retail searches in Canada in 2012, according to Google:

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  • 10: IKEA

    Source: <a href="http://www.google.com/zeitgeist/2012/#the-world">Google Zeitgeist</a>

  • 9: Costco

    Source: <a href="http://www.google.com/zeitgeist/2012/#the-world">Google Zeitgeist</a>

  • 8: LesPAC (Quebec classified ads site)

    Source: <a href="http://www.google.com/zeitgeist/2012/#the-world">Google Zeitgeist</a>

  • 7: Home Depot

    Source: <a href="http://www.google.com/zeitgeist/2012/#the-world">Google Zeitgeist</a>

  • 6: Future Shop

    Source: <a href="http://www.google.com/zeitgeist/2012/#the-world">Google Zeitgeist</a>

  • 5: Walmart

    Source: <a href="http://www.google.com/zeitgeist/2012/#the-world">Google Zeitgeist</a>

  • 4: Canadian Tire

    Source: <a href="http://www.google.com/zeitgeist/2012/#the-world">Google Zeitgeist</a>

  • 3: Craigslist

    Source: <a href="http://www.google.com/zeitgeist/2012/#the-world">Google Zeitgeist</a>

  • 2: eBay

    Source: <a href="http://www.google.com/zeitgeist/2012/#the-world">Google Zeitgeist</a>

  • 1: Kijiji

    Source: <a href="http://www.google.com/zeitgeist/2012/#the-world">Google Zeitgeist</a>

EDITOR'S NOTE: Google Canada revised its listing of top 10 retails searches after this article was published. The original rankings did not include Kijiji. The story and slideshow have been updated to reflect the change.

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