Who are we?
We are Trade Me, the place where Kiwis buy and sell online. We're currently the leading online marketplace and classified advertising platform in New Zealand.
The core idea of Trade Me is simple: we connect people and businesses, and provide them with the information and tools they need to undertake a transaction.
The year was 1999, and a young computer consultant named Sam Morgan founded a small website called Trade Me. According to folklore, Sam designed Trade Me after a frustrating experience buying a heater for his chilly flat.
Whether that's a true story shall remain a tale or yore; nevertheless, the fact remains that Sam was fed up with other websites that didn't cater well to Kiwis, and he reckoned he could offer something better.
It was a novel concept; people sending money to sellers they've never met, for goods they've never seen. Sam single-handedly built the site and ran it out of his small Wellington flat and, within two days, Trade Me had its first twenty registered users.
More than ten years on, Trade Me has become a household name.
For more about our history check out the timeline below or see Trade Me: The Inside Story by Trade Me's head of Operations & Marketplace, Mike O'Donnell (MOD).
1999 Trade Me established by Sam Morgan
2000 Success fees introduced
2001 FindSomeone launched
2002 OldFriends launched
2003 Trade Me Motors launched
100,000 concurrent listings achieved
Staff count: 100
2004 NZ's fastest-growing company in 'Deloitte Fast 50'
2005 Trade Me Property launched
2006 Trade Me Jobs launched
#1 most viewed auction: Hurricanes handbag & cellphone
2007 Travelbug launched
Pay Now launched
1 billion page impressions/month
2008 1 million concurrent listings achieved
2009 Acquisition of Holiday Houses
Popular auction: Roofliss the Toyota Townace Interisland van
2010 Trade Me daily deals launched
Acquisition of BookIt
iPhone app launched
2011 Treat Me launched
1 million members logging in each month
Staff count: 200
2012 Trade Me listed as a public company
Popular auction: Radio Network building implosion
Trade Me makes it into the NZX 50 Index
2013 Treat Me sold
Daily deals finished
Be a part of the Trade Me story
Our headquarters are located on Wellington's beautiful waterfront, with regional offices in Auckland and Christchurch.
Keen to join our team? We offer a fun, vibrant work environment with a uniquely Kiwi culture. Check out our current vacancies and what it's like to work here.