In Japan, a mobile flea market sells books and fish

29 May 2017

In Japan, popular mobile-only c-to-c marketplaces include unicorn Mercari, Rakuten’s Rakuma and Drecom’s Clip. With especially strong fashion and electronics categories, they fight each other for the attention of local bargain hunters. Until recently, no-one had the guts to narrow its focus to a single category. Then this app came along: The book flea market.

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Tariq Ahmed Saeedi

Tariq Ahmed Saeedi writes stories on sharing economies in Asia – particularly Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Iran. He joined the AIM Group in January 2016. Tariq is also a spotter, monitoring global marketplace industry’s updates. He carries more than 15 years of writing experience. Tariq frequently contributes economic/tech news and analysis to a daily The News International and a magazine. He has also written features and interview articles for various other publications and some of his write-ups have been cited for references in reports by the World Bank and archived in Florida Institute of Technology’s library. Tariq has also narrated corporate website content for Audi importer in Pakistan and others. He started his career from a television’s current affairs department in 2003 and later joined the country’s premier news agency Pakistan Press International.