A phallic-shaped kumara, a 60-year-old McDonald’s burger bag and a hat belonging to the infamous unruly tourists have been named the most popular Trade Me Marketplace listings of 2019.
Trade Me’s Logan Mudge said millions of items are sold on the site every year but it’s the weird wonders or ordinary items with extraordinary back stories that always take out the most viewed listings of the year.
“Some auctions ignite the imagination of the country, and sometimes even the world, because they’re weird, topical or because the seller writes a creative description and commits to being entertaining in the Q&A.”
Mr Mudge said the most popular Trade Me listing of 2019 was related to one of the biggest news stories of the year; the unruly tourists. “Most Kiwis will remember the travelling family who became world famous after a video emerged of the youngest member swearing at locals in Takapuna while wearing a Bunnings Warehouse hat.
“Days after the video emerged, a member listed an identical Bunnings Warehouse hat that “may or may not” have belonged to the infamous family. The straw hat had a staggering 192,000 views and the hilarious description warned prospective buyers that the seller “cannot be responsible for any obscenities that may flow from your mouth.” The hat sold for $1,000 with all proceeds being donated to Mercy Hospice.
Mr Mudge said a fancy private jet came in second place with 96,000 views. The plane, complete with luxurious leather recliners, could be transformed into accommodation or a café according to the seller.
“Unusual produce was a theme in 2019 with a phallic kumara and a potato in the shape of the male reproductive system collecting a huge number of views and interest. A ‘veraciously virile kumara’ had 88,000 views and came in third on our list while a ‘penis-shaped potato’ snuck in at number seven with 57,000 views.” Both listings raised money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
Mr Mudge said one of the last single-use plastic shopping bags from Pak n’ Save came in fourth place after the company pulled the bags ahead of the law change on single-use shopping bags. The auction’s tongue-in-cheek description claimed the item was ‘more endangered and at risk than many native species’ and the listing fetched 82,000 views.
“In September thousands of Kiwis were lovin’ a 60-year-old used McDonald’s burger bag from the same year the fast food company was founded. The little brown bag sold for an eye-watering $964 after 57,000 views.”
Mr Mudge said one thing all of these listings have in common was a seller that didn’t take themselves too seriously. “These sellers were all prepared to have a bit of fun with their listing and that really resonates with our members.”
Rounding out the top ten was the world’s tallest L&P bottle, the full set of iconic Big Fresh characters, an online shopping purchase that went wrong, and a ride on lawn mower (a sheep with a chair on its back).
The top ten Trade Me listings of the year
Traveling hat - 192,006 views
Private jet - 96,686 views
Veraciously Virile Kumara - 88,507 views
Pak n’ Save discontinued single use plastic bag - 82,129 views
THAT F*****G DRESS - 67,371 views
Ride on lawn mower - 61,674 views
Penis-shaped potato - 57,312 views
1955 First McDonalds paper bag - 57,014 views
World’s tallest ever L&P bottle - 48,992 views
Iconic Big Fresh characters - 45,550 views