Trade Me turns 20

trade meOver 1.8 million Kiwis visit online marketplace Trade Me each day from a range of devices and browse through the local tech company’s over seven million listings, Trade Me CEO John Macdonald said.

“We’re grateful and humbled that Kiwis still visit us every day,” Macdonald said in a statement as the company celebrates its 20th anniversary, which he said was a huge milestone for them.

“This is a big moment for us, like any new business no one was sure we would succeed when we first started back in March 1999.”

Macdonald said the company has come a long way since Sam Morgan started his fledgling online marketplace. At present, the company employs over 600 New Zealanders across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Macdonald said one of the things he’s proudest of in his 15 years at Trade Me is the thousands of businesses that have started on Trade Me.

“Our platform has given thousands of Kiwi entrepreneurs an opportunity to make their own business and reach an audience they’d never have found without us,” he said.

“Many a garage across the country was converted into a new online business and a number of those have grown into substantial stores which still sell with us today.”

As part of giving back to New Zealand and thank them for their business, Macdonald said Trade Me is granting one wish on every business day in March.

“We’re giving away everything from a holiday anywhere in the country to a Samsung Family Hub fridge and we’re going to grant the wishes of a few Kiwis who tell us their story, ” he said.

“Kiwis can make a wish by visiting the Trade Me Wishlist page and we might just make it come true.”

The online marketplace is also offering sales and special offers throughout the entire month.


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