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Trade Me celebrates the oddities as it approaches one billion listings

Around 17 years after it all began, Trade Me is on track to reach its one billionth listing in early December. And the online trading company plans to celebrate this milestone by through a range of activations over the next few weeks.

In fact, the celebrations have already kicked off, with Trade Me publishing a compilation of some of the standout postings that have been uploaded since the inception of the site.   

“We’ve seen our fair share of quirky, crazy and wonderful listings that have brought us this far, and we marvel every day at the eclectic range of things our members punt up for sale,” said Trade Me chief executive Jon Macdonald in a release.

Among the crazy listings in Trade Me’s rundown are a possessed printer, a scary washing machine, a very expensive number plate and a tractor that comes with a free farm.

This part of the campaign is quite similar to the Trade Me Property promotion of its tenth anniversary earlier this year, when the company gave a rundown of some of the more unconventional properties that have been listed on the site.    

Given that this is a celebration of the sheer volume of listings on the site, Trade Me has also posted a listing of its own, auctioning the opportunity to be the billionth listing on the site. At the time of publication, the highest bid on the auction was $72, and Macdonald says that all proceeds will be donated to charity.    

The Trade Me chief executive also said there were a few other activations in the pipeline as the company approaches its one billionth listing.  

 “We’re also running a competition to guess when people reckon the billionth listing will land. We’re currently around listing 987 million, so we’re anticipating the odometer will tick over in the next couple of weeks.”

StopPress also understands that Trade Me will be releasing a video clip of staff thanking Kiwis for their support next week.  

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