We released our fifth Transparency Report which details the information requests we get from the New Zealand Police and Government agencies every year. We do this because we believe our members have a right to know how and when their data is being shared.
Buying firearms on Trade Me is now even safer. We have the ability to verify firearms licences entered on Trade Me via the Police national firearms database.
Launch of Afterpay
Following the announcement of our partnership in May 2017 we rolled out Afterpay, a ‘buy now, pay later’ payment option which allows Trade Me sellers to offer interest-free instalment payments to their buyers.
New Zealand’s Most Loved Brands
Colmar Brunton revealed New Zealand’s Most Loved Brands and we were rapt to be named sixth.
Project Santa was an unlimited free shipping subscription experiment which we ran in the lead up to Christmas. Eligible members got unlimited free shipping across 1.3m new goods for $9 a month.
Finalist in the Māori Language Awards
To celebrate Māori Language Week in September, our iOS app learnt its first te reo words and we were stoked to be named as a finalist in the National Māori Language Awards. Members with Māori as their preferred language on iOS will now see te reo Māori in our app.
Held at Te Papa in Wellington, David Kirk and Joanna Perry were re-elected to the Board, and Simon West was elected as a director.
Job Profiles available to all
Job hunters can now create their own Job Profile to showcase their skills and experience to recruiters and employers.
Trade Me Elves
After thousands of nominations, we shared the Christmas spirit and handpicked 100 gifts for a bunch of deserving Kiwis.
Trade Me listings of 2017
The most popular Trade Me listings of 2017 included a retro McDonald’s playground set, a 2.4m Helen Clark portrait and Ed Sheeran’s drawing of ‘Super Ginge’.
Property listings of 2017
A spaceship in Otago, The Block NZ houses and a concrete water tower in Lake Alice were among the most viewed Trade Me Property listings of 2017.
Banning dog breeds
We banned the sale of British bulldogs, French bulldogs and Pugs onsite because they suffer severely from Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome which negatively impacts their quality of life.
More free shipping
We made some changes to our success fee model for professional retailers that aims to increase the number of items offering free shipping.
The Trade Me Wedding
We decided to throw two deserving Christchurch members, Darren and Angela, a wedding in February. Almost everything for the big day was sourced on Trade Me.
We announced that TME revenue was up 6.8% year-on-year to $122.7m with strong growth from Trade Me Motors.
In July we announced our intention to acquire Christchurch-based Motorcentral. The Commerce Commission declined this in March.
Autobase was switched off in March allowing us to focus resources on DealerBase.
The kiwi emoji
Our flightless bird is an icon of our country, so as a proud kiwi company we decided to lobby the Unicode Consortium for it to be added to the emoji keyboard.
Trade Me Eats launched
On April Fool's Day, we said that we were launching Trade Me Eats, a member-to-member food delivery service.
Our new brand campaign
The next chapter in our Life Lives Here brand campaign shows that at every life moment, no matter how big and small, Trade Me will be there.
Jacinda Ardern’s to-do list
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s to-do list was sold to raise money for Parent to Parent. The listing had 25,000 views and raised $2,500 for the cause.
Jon steps down
Jon Macdonald announced that he will be stepping down from his role as CEO at the end of the year. Jon has been with Trade Me since 2003 and has been CEO for more than a decade.