It's our 20th birthday but you get to make the wishes

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

  1. 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

  2. Possessed printer (2013) - 1 million views

  3. Radio Network Implosion in Christchurch (2012)- 459,420 views

  4. Jesus Christ pita bread (2009) - 276,094 views

  5. Unwanted gift $100 (2015) - 268,046 views

  6. Australian sports tape (2018) - 260,303 views

  7. Flying hovercraft (2010) - 248,607 views

  8. Two captured ghosts (2010) - 214,797 views

  9. Lisa Lewis’ streaker bikini from All Blacks VS Ireland match (2006) - 191,023 views

  10. The last cigarette legally smoked in a bar (2005) - 139,627 views

First listings

  • 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)