The independent website, which was launched in 1998 as a small and friendly site where enthusiasts could buy, sell and chat about all things second hand, has now grown to be one of the UK’s largest classified sites with over one million active members and over six million visits by people searching for bargain buys every month.
Ian Buzer, Managing Director of Preloved, comments, “One million active users is a massive milestone and a huge achievement for any website – we would need a stadium ten times the size of Wembley to fit all of our active members in!” He continues, “Despite our continuing growth we’re still a small team and passionate about second hand and it’s great to see that more and more people are realising that they could be sitting on potentially hundreds of pounds of unwanted items which could be sold to thousands of potential buyers.”
With over 10,000 new adverts placed on Preloved every day, the total value of items for sale on the site tops £1.5 billion, ranging from cars, caravans and properties to children’s toys, clothes, furniture and musical instruments. Ian says, “These figures show that any stigma that was once attached to buying and selling second hand is now long gone and people now know that buying selling preloved items is a great way to grab a bargain or make some extra money while preventing unwanted items ending up in landfill.”
He also believes that the site’s million-strong active membership and unique structure is making it recognised online as a viable alternative to the likes of eBay. “It’s completely free to sell on Preloved – there’s no listing fees, no selling fees and no catches. We also prioritise adverts to each visitor’s local area, so it’s easy to meet up and inspect items before sealing the deal, avoiding any potential hassle over purchases.”
While welcoming the one million membership milestone, Ian says that Preloved, which is also ranked within the UK’s 500 most visited websites, is determined to keep growing and increasing the selection of items for sale while maintaining the strong sense of community between buyers and sellers. “We’re really focussed on maintaining the warm and friendly atmosphere that has made Preloved the success it is today. We will soon be launching a dedicated mobile version of the site to give visitors even greater accessibility to some great bargains in their area whilst they are on the move.”
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Preloved is the UK's most passionate second hand website, with hundreds of thousands of adverts in over 500 categories. Each month the site attracts over 2.9 million unique visitors and has a membership of over one million. It is in the top 500 most visited UK sites.