Xianyu began life in 2014, as a spinoff from Alibaba’s venerable c-to-c stuff site, Taobao (淘宝). Over the past year - as Taobao has increasingly pivoted toward multimedia content and “user experiences” – Xianyu has taken the used goods baton. Total active sellers on Xianyu have now surpassed 16 million, now officially more than on Taobao.
Allegro.pl, Poland’s largest marketplace for new and used goods, removed the "Buy Now" option from a number of categories, including auto, real estate and holiday.
Tokyo-based internet service Jiraffe Inc. introduced Smama.jp last month to facilitate the buying and selling of second-hand mobile phones.
Allegro Group, operator of Allegro.pl, Poland’s largest marketplace for new and used goods, started cooperating with Przelewy24, a Polish online payment company.
In Poland, EBay launched the eBaymag tool, which translates items from Polish into German, English, Russian, French, Spanish and Italian, and it changes stock once a sale is complete.
Rocket-backed Jumia Classifieds is seeking to fill the position of country manager for two African countries – Rwanda and Uganda.
WorkApp, an Australian, mobile-first classified horizontal, hopes to revolutionize the classified industry with its free platform that has so far ratcheted up 20,000 registered users since launching a year ago.
Online sellers in China may soon be facing the end of an era. A draft law is being considered by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress proposes that online sellers be required to register with the state and pay taxes on their profits for the first time.
Naspers subsidiary OLX Group launched Tradus.com, its site for heavy vehicles and machinery, in Romania. The company decided to launch Tradus.com in Romania because of the large popularity of heavy machinery categories on other sites of Naspers in the country, including the general classifieds site OLX.ro and auto vertical Autovit.ro.
EBay-owned Marktplaats, the dominant general classifieds site in the Netherlands, is in the process of adding image recognition and a chatbot support service to helps users compile and post their listings.