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Do you still think ‘one listing, one buyer’?

Do you still think ‘one listing, one buyer’?

Blockchain technology is big in the financial sector (think fintech, bitcoins etc.), and soon it might also have an application for classifieds. Well, it’s still early days, and “soon” is probably a bit sensation-seeking in this context. But, it can’t harm to be aware early of something which might (or might not) turn into a new income source for classifieds in future.


Avito.ma gets more money from owner Schibsted

Avito.ma gets more money from owner Schibsted

Avito, the leading classifieds site in Morocco, received a capital injection of DH 17 million ($1.8 million U.S.) from its owner Schibsted, to bring the total investment to DH 180 million ($19 million U.S.). It was already the second capital injection in 2017 and the seventh since the site launched in 2012.


For Vibbo in Spain, law goes before profit

For Vibbo in Spain, law goes before profit

Schibsted Spain shut down the ticket resale section of marketplace Vibbo.com to ensure "quality and security" and to better "cooperate with brands and with the authorities", said spokesperson Beatriz Toribio. The "Entradas" category and all its content have been removed, meaning users will no longer be able to advertise event tickets on the app or website.


Niche service marketplace OnTruck grows rapidly

Niche service marketplace OnTruck grows rapidly

Business-to-business marketplace OnTruck is changing the way Spanish companies transport their goods. On the platform, businesses search for drivers (with trucks) to transport goods. At the same time, OnTruck is also a niche jobs (or gig) site: drivers go there to find transport contracts.


Fixly.pl adds section for professional services

Fixly.pl adds section for professional services

In Poland, the final version of online services site Fixly.pl has been unveiled with a section where providers of professional services (eg. accounting, or medical services) list their services. Users now search for contractors and professionals offering more than 700 services and bundled into six categories on the site.


Mercari denies that a decision had been taken to list

Mercari denies that a decision had been taken to list

Mercari, Japan’s peer-to-peer marketplace, is hoping to raise 100 billion yen ($899 million U.S.) with a listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), Nikkei business daily reported on Saturday. Expected before the end of 2017, the IPO may well end up the biggest of the year on the TSE, according to Nikkei.


Amazon.in rebrands used-goods site, enters 3 new cities

Amazon.in rebrands used-goods site, enters 3 new cities

After quietly rolling out its ‘Sell as individual’ program in Bengaluru in January this year (reported by us first, we are proud to say), Amazon Inc. now took the next, purposeful step towards offering a Craigslist-like classified platform nationwide for used goods (with on-site payment): The Sell as individual program was rebranded as Local Finds and rolled out in three new cities.



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