This month marks our 20th birthday, and we’re pretty chuffed to be celebrating with you.
Once upon a time, back in 1999, a chilly Wellingtonian had a wish to buy a secondhand heater. After a frustrating and disappointing experience, Sam Morgan wished for something bigger, and brought Trade Me to life.
In the space of two decades, we’ve shifted from being a ‘get yourself a secondhand bargain’ site, to a place where Kiwis can find their first home, launch a new business, purchase a car or take the next step in their career.
These 20 awesome years wouldn’t have happened without you, and we want to give something back to say thanks for an awesome ride (so far).
We’re granting one wish every weekday in March – 20 wishes, to be exact (see what we did there?). Everything from an the ultimate Kiwi trip away to the fanciest fridge you’ve ever seen will be given away, and we’ll also grant the wishes of a few Kiwis who tell us their special story.
Check out www.trademewishlist.co.nz to wish – either for something we’ve lined up, or for something a little special.
Thanks again, New Zealand, for helping us turn 20 years young. Here’s to the next 20!
Some fun numbers, if you’re into that kind of thing:
Timeline of some big milestone’s for Trade Me over the years
1999 - Trade Me opened its virtual doors as an online Marketplace
2001 - FindSomeone launched
2003 - Trade Me Motors came along
2004 - Named NZ's fastest-growing company in 'Deloitte Fast 50'
2005 - Trade Me Property began
2006 - Trade Me Jobs launched
2006 - #1 most viewed auction: Hurricanes handbag & cellphone
2008 - 1 millionth listing goes live
2010 - iPhone app launched
2011 - Trade Me became a stand-alone company, publically listed on the NZX and ASX
2013 - Life Direct came along
2015 - Trade Me Insurance kicked off
2015 - 1 billionth listing goes live
2016 - ‘Book a courier’ launched
Most viewed auctions of all time
The handbag that Tana Umaga used to hit Chris Masoe over the head with in a pub in Christchurch (2006) - 1.07 million views and sold for $22,800
Possessed printer (2013) - 1 million views
Radio Network Implosion in Christchurch (2012)- 459,420 views
Jesus Christ pita bread (2009) - 276,094 views
Unwanted gift $100 (2015) - 268,046 views
Australian sports tape (2018) - 260,303 views
Flying hovercraft (2010) - 248,607 views
Two captured ghosts (2010) - 214,797 views
Lisa Lewis’ streaker bikini from All Blacks VS Ireland match (2006) - 191,023 views
The last cigarette legally smoked in a bar (2005) - 139,627 views
First official live listing: Sam Morgan’s 21” AKAI-brand TV. Bidding started at $200 (1999)
First vehicle listed on Trade Me Motors: Subaru Impreza Sedan 1992 (2003)
First residential property listed on Trade Me Property: A house worth $250k in Mission Bay (2005)
First vacancy listed on Trade Me Jobs: Earthmoving mechanic in East Tamaki (2006)