The World’s Top Online Marketplaces 2019

Find out which online marketplaces rule their countries, regions and product categories in our definitive list of marketplaces worldwide.

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Globally, more than 50% of ecommerce sales were made through online marketplaces in 2018, and that is forecast to grow to about two-thirds within five years.

We are well acquainted with the likes of Amazon, eBay, Rakuten and Alibaba – the giants of online retail – but who are the rising stars? Who are the other big players around the world? Which are the best places to sell niche products?

In this post, we have compiled a definitive list of all the online marketplaces around the world,  and we answer those questions and more.

We start with the complete list of 146 marketplaces, then we look at the most popular product categories, and the best-served global regions. We include a detailed breakdown of the top four product categories – fashion, books, homewares and electronics – and finally take a look at the top marketplaces by region.

What is an online marketplace?

There are two key features that define an online marketplace:

  1. There are many sellers and buyers trading through the same website.
  2. Buyers are able to purchase products without leaving the site (or app).

This excludes price comparison sites like Shopping.com. Although they have products from many sellers, you cannot make a purchase without leaving the site. They are advertising channels rather than online marketplaces.

It also excludes some sites where you can sell used products such as decluttr and ubup. With those, you can only sell your stock directly to the company, so there is only one buyer. They are sourcing products from you to resell themselves (often through online marketplaces!)

For this article, we have focused on marketplaces that meet two further criteria:

  1. The buyers are mainly consumers, not businesses.
  2. The marketplace sells physical products, not just services.

This means that marketplaces that only support business-to-business (B2B) trade, such as diamond trading site RapNet, are excluded. Marketplaces specializing in services such as freelancing website Upwork and also excluded.

In summary, we are looking at true online marketplaces where you can sell physical products to consumers.

The world’s top online marketplaces

# Type Name Region/Country Product Category Visits/month
1 Amazon Global General 4.6B
2 eBay Global General 1.8B
3 AliExpress Global General 865.2M
4 Mercado Libre South America General 634.7M
5 Rakuten Global General 384.9M
6 Walmart.com North America General 286.2M
7 JD Worldwide Global General 264.0M
8 Tmall East Asia General 202.5M
9 Shopee Southeast Asia General 195.4M
10 Allegro Europe General 193.9M
11 Flipkart India General 192.6M
12 Etsy Global Arts, Crafts & Gifts 183.1M
13 Lazada Southeast Asia General 152.3M
14 Tokopedia Southeast Asia General 128.8M
15 Yahoo.co.jp East Asia General 125.1M
16 Best Buy North America Electronics 118.8M
17 Yandex.Market Russia General 118.4M
18 Target.com North America General 104.7M
19 Americanas South America General 101.0M
20 Wayfair North America Home 79.2M
21 Wish North America General 79.0M
22 Snapdeal India General 77.4M
23 Zalando Europe Fashion 71.3M
24 Cdiscount.com Europe General 61.9M
25 Discogs Global Music 56.8M
26 GittiGidiyor Europe General 50.0M
27 Newegg North America Electronics 49.1M
28 Ozon Russia General 48.6M
29 Souq Middle East General 45.9M
30 Bandcamp Global Music 45.4M
31 eMAG Europe General 45.3M
32 Marktplaats Europe General 40.8M
33 OTTO Europe General 40.3M
34 Fnac Europe General 39.7M
35 bol.com Europe General 39.5M
36 Submarino South America General 25.3M
37 ManoMano Europe Home 24.4M
38 Taobao East Asia General 24.1M
39 Myntra India Fashion 23.9M
40 GMarket East Asia General 23.7M
41 Houzz Global Home 21.8M
42 Dafiti South America Fashion 21.2M
43 Jumia Africa General 20.8M
44 Barnes and Noble North America Books 20.4M
45 Trade Me Australasia General 20.1M
46 Overstock Shopping North America General 20.0M
47 Poshmark North America Fashion 19.6M
48 G2A.com Global Electronics 18.7M
49 Rue du Commerce Europe General 18.6M
50 Extra South America General 17.3M
51 Sears North America General 17.3M
52 Reverb Global Musical instruments 17.2M
53 La Redoute Europe General 15.7M
54 Darty Europe General 15.6M
55 AbeBooks Global Books 15.4M
56 Joom Europe General 14.7M
57 Real.de Europe General 13.8M
58 Coupang East Asia General 12.9M
59 Conforama Europe Home 12.3M
60 GunBroker North America Weapons 11.6M
61 Vipshop East Asia General 11.2M
62 Qoo10 Southeast Asia General 9.4M
63 Tradera Europe General 9.4M
64 Linio South America General 9.1M
65 Ricardo Europe General 9.0M
66 dba Europe General 8.8M
67 Beslist.nl Europe General 8.0M
68 Spartoo Europe Fashion 8.0M
69 Zalora Southeast Asia Fashion 7.6M
70 digitec Europe Electronics 7.6M
71 Grailed North America Fashion 6.4M
72 Privalia Europe Fashion 6.4M
73 iOffer Global General 6.3M
74 shopgoodwill.com North America General 5.9M
75 Bonanza Global General 5.8M
76 Aukro Europe General 5.6M
77 Wehkamp Europe General 5.4M
78 ePRICE Europe General 5.2M
79 Fruugo Global General 4.6M
80 Catch.com.au Australasia General 4.5M
81 BrickLink Global Toys 4.5M
82 Vestiaire Collective Europe Fashion 4.5M
83 Kaola East Asia General 4.3M
84 GAME Europe Electronics 4.1M
85 Depop Global Fashion 4.0M
86 Lelong.my Southeast Asia General 4.0M
87 Jet North America General 3.8M
88 The Iconic Australasia Fashion 3.7M
89 Delcampe Global Collectibles & Antiques 3.6M
90 Storenvy North America General 3.6M
91 Casas Bahia South America General 3.4M
92 Okazii.ro Europe General 3.4M
93 Tophatter North America General 2.9M
94 Cel Europe General 2.8M
95 notonthehighstreet Europe Arts, Crafts & Gifts 2.8M
96 Galeries Lafayette Europe Fashion 2.7M
97 Rue La La North America Fashion 2.3M
98 Tradesy North America Fashion 2.0M
99 eCRATER North America General 1.9M
100 Biblio.com North America Books 1.9M
101 hood Europe General 1.8M
102 ZVAB Europe Books 1.7M
103 Fyndiq Europe General 1.7M
104 Alibris North America Books 1.6M
105 Jane North America Fashion 1.5M
106 ASOS Global Fashion 1.4M
107 Coolshop Europe General 1.3M
108 Kilimall Africa General 1.2M
109 Cratejoy North America General 1.2M
110 Ruby Lane North America Collectibles & Antiques 1.2M
111 Nature & Découvertes Europe Home 1.1M
112 miinto Europe Fashion 1.0M
113 Property Room North America General 821.3K
114 Trouva Europe Home 765.9K
115 Konga Africa General 760.2K
116 Gun Auction North America Weapons 733.1K
117 MyDeal.com.au Australasia General 680.8K
118 MassGenie North America General 667.4K
119 Delamaison Europe Home 639.4K
120 OnBuy Europe General 624.3K
121 TeszVesz Europe General 589.3K
122 ArtFire North America Arts, Crafts & Gifts 558.1K
123 Tanga North America General 544.0K
124 OpenSky North America General 509.3K
125 Hip eCommerce North America Collectibles & Antiques 501.6K
126 Pixmania Europe General 451.1K
127 Yatego Europe General 426.6K
128 Pricefalls North America General 417.0K
129 eBid Global General 370.4K
130 1st Choice Spares Europe Auto 347.9K
131 eCampus.com North America Books 338.4K
132 Valore Books North America Books 289.9K
133 Zibbet North America Arts, Crafts & Gifts 242.1K
134 Folksy Europe Arts, Crafts & Gifts 173.6K
135 Flubit Europe General 140.8K
136 TextbooksRush North America Books 136.7K
137 Yumbles Europe Food & Drink 128.1K
138 sell.com North America General 104.0K
139 TIAS North America Collectibles & Antiques 94.0K
140 uBid North America General 47.1K
141 GoAntiques North America Collectibles & Antiques 38.5K
142 Modnique North America Fashion 36.2K
143 Cosmetics Megastore Europe Health & Beauty 24.0K
144 MatchaPart.com Europe Auto Parts 20.0K
145 MarkaVIP Middle East General 17.7K
146 oodlique Europe Arts, Crafts & Gifts 10.0K

Key: = marketplace and = retailer

1 – Estimated monthly visits for February 2019, from SimilarWeb. Traffic to different domains for the same marketplace (e.g. amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, amazon.de etc.) has been combined.

It’s no surprise that Amazon and eBay head up the list, with Amazon pulling in more than 4.5 billion visits per month and eBay getting 1.8 billion. You can find the biggest sellers on these marketplaces in our articles on the world’s top Amazon sellers and the world’s top eBay sellers.

Amazon and eBay are the only marketplaces to break the one billion visits mark, although AliExpress and Mercado Libre aren’t too far behind with 865 million and 634 millions visits per month respectively.

Looking at the Product Category, the top 20 marketplaces overwhelmingly sell items of virtually any type, with only three specializing in a specific product category. Etsy is the largest of these marketplaces, underscoring the popularity of handmade and craft items. It’s an incredibly strong niche, especially when you consider that competing marketplaces are trading in mass-produced products such as electronics and clothing.

In the top 20 there is almost a 50/50 split between marketplaces that are retailers themselves, and those that are only marketplaces. The best known retailer with their own marketplace is Amazon, where over 50% of sales are actually made by marketplace sellers. But it also includes companies like Walmart, Wayfair and Zalando. These companies have added marketplaces to their existing retail websites, giving shoppers greater product choice and creating price competition between sellers.

When it comes to regions, there is a really diverse mix represented in the top 20. The top three – Amazon, eBay, and AliExpress – are all global brands, but there are also marketplaces in North America, South America, Southeast Asia, Poland, China, Japan, India and Russia all represented in the top 20.

It’s important to note that this list is ranked by estimated monthly website visits, using SimilarWeb data. While GMV (gross merchandise value) would be an ideal measure of marketplace size, this is not reliably available for most online marketplaces. Traffic data provides a consistent measure of popularity that can be applied to all marketplaces worldwide.

Top product categories sold by online marketplaces

# Product Category Marketplaces Visits/month
1 General 71 11.4B
2 Fashion 17 187.5M
3 Books 5 41.7M
4 Homewares 5 140.2M
5 Electronics 5 198.3M
6 Arts, Crafts & Gifts 2 186.9M
7 Collectibles & Antiques 2 5.5M
8 Music 2 102.2M
9 Weapons 1 12.3M
10 Musical instruments 1 17.2M
11 Toys 1 4.5M

1 – Includes only marketplaces with more than one million visits per month.

General marketplaces, where a very wide range of products are sold, are by far the most common type, comprising almost 50% of all marketplaces, and 17 out of the top 20.

Online marketplaces selling mainly fashion take the second spot, despite not being featured at all in the top 20.

Books, Home, and Electronics come next, ranking above Arts, Crafts & Gifts. Although Etsy features at #12 in the overall list, there is only one other marketplace in the Arts, Crafts & Gifts category with more than one million visits per month – the U.K.’s notonthehighstreet.

Fashion online marketplaces

# Type Name Region/Country Visits/month
1 Zalando Europe 71.3M
2 Myntra South Asia 23.9M
3 Dafiti South America 21.2M
4 Poshmark North America 19.6M
5 Spartoo Europe 8.0M
6 Zalora Southeast Asia 7.6M
7 Grailed North America 6.4M
8 Privalia Europe 6.4M
9 Vestiaire Collective Europe 4.5M
10 Depop Global 4.0M
11 The Iconic Australasia 3.7M
12 Galeries Lafayette Europe 2.7M
13 Rue La La North America 2.3M
14 Tradesy North America 2.0M
15 Jane North America 1.5M
16 ASOS Global 1.4M
17 miinto Europe 1.0M
18 Modnique North America 36.2K

Clothing and accessories are one of the most popular online marketplace niches. Retailers who have added an online marketplace to their website, such as Zalando and ASOS, make up ten of the 17 fashion marketplaces with over one million visits per month. The other seven are pure-play online marketplaces.

Europe and North America dominate the fashion marketplaces. We looked into the best places to sell clothes online in an article last year.

Books online marketplaces

# Type Name Region/Country Visits/month
1 Barnes and Noble North America 20.4M
2 AbeBooks Global 15.4M
3 Biblio.com North America 1.9M
4 ZVAB Europe 1.7M
5 Alibris North America 1.6M
6 eCampus.com North America 338.4K
7 Valore Books North America 289.9K
8 TextbooksRush North America 136.7K

Books is perhaps an unlikely category for the third spot on this list, simply because it’s difficult to think of buying books online anywhere other than Amazon. For its first four years, Amazon sold nothing but books and marketed itself as “the world’s largest bookstore”. They have come to dominate book sales both online and offline.

So what is keeping online marketplaces selling books alive? There are two main trends:

  1. Rare books (including antiques and collectibles, as well as out-of-print books)
  2. Textbooks

Retailer Barnes and Nobles takes the top position in this category, closely followed by Amazon-owned AbeBooks. AbeBooks has global coverage, but the majority of the book marketplaces are focused on North America.

Homewares online marketplaces

# Type Name Region/Country Visits/month
1 Wayfair North America 79.2M
2 ManoMano Europe 24.4M
3 Houzz Global 21.8M
4 Conforama Europe 12.3M
5 Nature & Découvertes Europe 1.1M
6 Trouva Europe 765.9K
7 Delamaison Europe 639.4K

When it comes to homewares, Wayfair takes the top spot by a big margin.

At #3 on the list, Houzz highlights another important trend creating new online marketplaces, which is the community-driven marketplace. Houzz began as an online community about architecture and interior design, with tools to help users plan renovation and design projects. It later added an online marketplace as well as retailing products itself using a dropshipping model.

Five out of the seven top homewares marketplaces are European. We have classified Wayfair as North American, as its websites in the US and Canada have the highest traffic at 65 million visits in total. But Wayfair also have a strong presence in Europe, with a total of 14 million visits to its sites in the U.K. and Germany.

Electronics online marketplaces

# Type Name Region/Country Visits/month
1 Best Buy North America 118.8M
2 Newegg North America 49.1M
3 G2A.com Global 18.7M
4 digitec Europe 7.6M
5 GAME Europe 4.1M

Electronics is perhaps a surprising product category for marketplaces to target, given that electronic goods are typically commodity products that are easily available and price-sensitive.

However, for many of these marketplaces the driver is video games rather than electronics in general. Newegg has its roots in PC components and systems for gaming, while G2A.com is an online gaming marketplace, and GAME is a U.K.-based retailer selling video games, consoles and accessories.

While electronics as a whole is a commoditized product category, video gaming is an area with a lot of innovation and enthusiastic communities.

Note that although G2A.com is best known for digital products such as video game registration codes, it does also sell physical products including merchandise and electronics, qualifying it for inclusion here.

Community-driven online marketplaces

Marketplaces with a strong community-driven atmosphere figure several times in the smaller product categories. Examples include:

  • Reverb, for musical instruments and related equipment.
  • Bandcamp, for bands to sell music and merchandise.
  • BrickLink, specializing in collectible Lego.

These marketplaces work because they relate directly to hobbies and pastimes that people are passionate about, and also meet a strong need to trade products that are collectible, esoteric or simply hard to find.

Two product categories which are in some ways similar are:

  • Arts, Crafts & Gifts
  • Collectibles & Antiques

Etsy, and its much smaller competitors, also tend to have a community feel, although not quite to the extent of Reverb, Bandcamp and BrickLink mentioned above. These include ArtFire and Ruby Lane in the U.S., and notonthehighstreet and Folksy in the U.K.

The release of Amazon Handmade in October 2015, for craftspeople to sell directly through Amazon, competes directly with Etsy, showing just how large this category is.

Top regions for online marketplaces

# Region Marketplaces Visits/month
1 Europe 38 804.4M
2 North America 24 848.2M
3 Global 19 8.3B
4 East Asia 7 403.8M
5 South America 7 812.0M
6 Southeast Asia 6 497.6M
7 Australasia 3 29.0M
8 India 3 293.9M
9 Africa 2 22.8M
10 Russia 2 167.0M
11 Middle East 1 45.9M

1 – Includes only marketplaces with more than one million visits per month.

Note that each marketplace has been assigned to just one region, or “Global”, for this analysis. Marketplaces that target shoppers in specific countries have been assigned to the region where most (or all) of those targeted countries are.

“Global”, however, means here that either:

  • The marketplace sells worldwide, with no specific country targeting.
  • The marketplace targets 5+ countries across 3+ major geographic regions.

European online marketplaces

# Type Name Region/Country Product Category Visits/month
1 Allegro Poland General 193.9M
2 Zalando Europe Fashion 71.3M
3 Cdiscount.com France General 61.9M
4 GittiGidiyor Turkey General 50.0M
5 eMAG Eastern Europe General 45.3M
6 Marktplaats Netherlands General 40.8M
7 OTTO Germany General 40.3M
8 Fnac Europe General 39.7M
9 bol.com Netherlands General 39.5M
10 ManoMano Europe Homewares 24.4M
11 Rue du Commerce France General 18.6M
12 La Redoute France General 15.7M
13 Darty France General 15.6M
14 Joom Europe General 14.7M
15 Real.de Germany General 13.8M
16 Conforama Europe Homewares 12.3M
17 Tradera Sweden General 9.4M
18 Ricardo Switzerland General 9.0M
19 dba Denmark General 8.8M
20 Beslist.nl Netherlands, Belgium General 8.0M
21 Spartoo Europe Fashion 8.0M
22 digitec Switzerland Electronics 7.6M
23 Privalia Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Spain Fashion 6.4M
24 Aukro Czech Republic General 5.6M
25 Wehkamp Netherlands General 5.4M
26 ePRICE Italy General 5.2M
27 Vestiaire Collective USA, Europe Fashion 4.5M
28 GAME UK Electronics 4.1M
29 Okazii.ro Romania General 3.4M
30 Cel Romania General 2.8M
31 notonthehighstreet UK Arts, Crafts & Gifts 2.8M
32 Galeries Lafayette France Fashion 2.7M
33 hood Germany General 1.8M
34 ZVAB Germany Books 1.7M
35 Fyndiq Sweden General 1.7M
36 Coolshop Europe General 1.3M
37 Nature & Découvertes France Homewares 1.1M
38 miinto Europe Fashion 1.0M
39 Trouva UK Homewares 765.9K
40 Delamaison France Homewares 639.4K
41 OnBuy UK General 624.3K
42 TeszVesz Hungary General 589.3K
43 Pixmania Europe General 451.1K
44 Yatego Germany General 426.6K
45 1st Choice Spares UK Auto 347.9K
46 Folksy UK Arts, Crafts & Gifts 173.6K
47 Flubit UK General 140.8K
48 Yumbles UK Food & Drink 128.1K
49 Cosmetics Megastore Europe Health & Beauty 24.0K
50 MatchaPart.com UK Auto Parts 20.0K
51 oodlique UK Arts, Crafts & Gifts 10.0K

Europe has 38 marketplaces which have more than one million monthly visits, and a further 13 with fewer than one million monthly visits.

Why does Europe have so many online marketplaces? It is likely because Europe consists of many developed economies with good transport, internet and payments infrastructure, but also many different languages and cultural differences.

The largest in Europe is Allegro, a Polish marketplace-only platform, with fashion retailer Zalando coming in second. Zalando is one of 11 marketplaces above which target multiple European countries.

Digging in deeper, we can see that Europe has a diverse selection of marketplaces, including a high concentration in France and Germany. France has four marketplaces in the top 15 above, plus three more lower in the list. Germany has only one in the top 15 but appears a total of five times overall.

The U.K. has ten online marketplaces on the list above, but the total traffic to them is only 9 million visits per month. In contrast, France’s online marketplaces have 116 million visits per month and Germany’s have 58 million visits per month. Despite the UK having the world’s highest ecommerce spend per capita, it’s domestic online marketplaces are weak compared to France and Germany.

North American online marketplaces

# Type Name Region/Country Product Category Visits/month
1 Walmart.com USA General 286.2M
2 Best Buy USA, Canada, Mexico Electronics 118.8M
3 Target.com USA General 104.7M
4 Wayfair USA, Europe Homewares 79.2M
5 Wish USA General 79.0M
6 Newegg USA, Canada Electronics 49.1M
7 Barnes and Noble USA Books 20.4M
8 Overstock Shopping USA General 20.0M
9 Poshmark USA Fashion 19.6M
10 Sears USA General 17.3M
11 GunBroker USA Weapons 11.6M
12 Grailed USA, Canada Fashion 6.4M
13 shopgoodwill.com USA General 5.9M
14 Jet USA General 3.8M
15 Storenvy USA General 3.6M
16 Tophatter USA General 2.9M
17 Rue La La USA Fashion 2.3M
18 Tradesy USA Fashion 2.0M
19 eCRATER USA, UK, Australia General 1.9M
20 Biblio.com USA, UK, AU, NZ Books 1.9M
21 Alibris USA, UK Books 1.6M
22 Jane USA Fashion 1.5M
23 Cratejoy USA General 1.2M
24 Ruby Lane USA Collectibles & Antiques 1.2M
25 Property Room USA General 821.3K
26 Gun Auction USA Weapons 733.1K
27 MassGenie USA General 667.4K
28 ArtFire USA Arts, Crafts & Gifts 558.1K
29 Tanga USA General 544.0K
30 OpenSky USA General 509.3K
31 Hip eCommerce USA Collectibles & Antiques 501.6K
32 Pricefalls USA General 417.0K
33 eCampus.com USA Books 338.4K
34 Valore Books USA Books 289.9K
35 Zibbet USA Arts, Crafts & Gifts 242.1K
36 TextbooksRush USA Books 136.7K
37 sell.com USA General 104.0K
38 TIAS USA Collectibles & Antiques 94.0K
39 uBid USA General 47.1K
40 GoAntiques USA Collectibles & Antiques 38.5K
41 Modnique USA Fashion 36.2K

The marketplaces in this list are mostly focused on the U.S. and the top ten are all retailers with marketplaces, rather than pure-play marketplaces, with the sole exception of Poshmark.

The U.S. has a richer range of niche marketplaces than Europe, with 56% of U.S. marketplaces focusing on specific product categories versus 41% in Europe. This shows particularly strongly in the top 10, with electronics, homewares, fashion, and books all present.

Further down the list, there are multiple websites specializing in collectibles, crafts, fashion and even guns.

It’s worth noting, though, that this doesn’t illustrate the huge dominance of Amazon in the U.S., now accounting for over 50% of all online retail sales in the country.

East Asian online marketplaces

# Type Name Region/Country Product Category Visits/month
1 Tmall China General 202.5M
2 Yahoo.co.jp Japan General 125.1M
3 Taobao China General 24.1M
4 GMarket South Korea General 23.7M
5 Coupang South Korea General 12.9M
6 Vipshop China General 11.2M
7 Kaola China General 4.3M

The East Asian list includes marketplaces targeting China, Japan and South Korea.

China is the largest ecommerce market in the world, and Japan is the fourth, while South Korea also figures in the top ten. While online marketplaces in East Asia are not particularly numerous, and not at all diverse in terms of product categories, they are all very large.

Note that while Alibaba is one of the dominant forces in ecommerce in China, Alibaba.com does not feature in this post because it is a B2B website. AliExpress is included in this article, but it has a global rather than domestic focus. Only Alibaba’s China-facing websites – Tmall and Taobao – are featured in the table above.

South American online marketplaces

# Type Name Region/Country Product Category Visits/month
1 Mercado Libre South America General 634.7M
2 Americanas Brazil General 101.0M
3 Submarino Brazil General 25.3M
4 Dafiti South America Fashion 21.2M
5 Extra Brazil General 17.3M
6 Linio South America General 9.1M
7 Casas Bahia Brazil General 3.4M

Mercado Libre takes the top spot here, with Americanas and Submarino (owned by the same company) taking second and third place. South American marketplaces are mainly generalists, with the only exception being fashion retailer Dafiti.

Online marketplaces in South America target either Brazil, the largest economy, or multiple South American countries. Of the pan-region marketplaces, Mercado Libre and Dafiti have a presence in Brazil along with their other territories.

Only Linio concentrates just on Spanish-speaking countries and does not sell to Portuguese-speaking Brazil.

Online marketplaces in the rest of the world

# Type Name Region/Country Product Category Visits/month
1 Shopee Southeast Asia General 195.4M
2 Flipkart India General 192.6M
3 Lazada Southeast Asia General 152.3M
4 Tokopedia Indonesia General 128.8M
5 Yandex.Market Russia General 118.4M
6 Snapdeal India General 77.4M
7 Ozon Russia General 48.6M
8 Souq Middle East General 45.9M
9 Myntra India Fashion 23.9M
10 Jumia Africa General 20.8M
11 Trade Me New Zealand General 20.1M
12 Qoo10 Southeast Asia General 9.4M
13 Zalora Southeast Asia Fashion 7.6M
14 Catch.com.au Australia General 4.5M
15 Lelong.my Malaysia General 4.0M
16 The Iconic Australia, New Zealand Fashion 3.7M
17 Kilimall Africa General 1.2M
18 Konga Nigeria General 760.2K
19 MyDeal.com.au Australia General 680.8K
20 MarkaVIP Middle East General 17.7K

Online marketplaces are the dominant force in ecommerce across the entire world. This final table covers marketplaces in:

  • Southeast Asia
  • Australasia
  • Middle East
  • Africa
  • India
  • Russia

In the developing world, marketplaces are often mobile-centric because consumers are less likely to own a desktop or laptop computer. In 2015, India’s Flipkart went so far as to shut down its mobile website and force users to download their app (although it later reversed this decision).

Ecommerce faces challenges in many developing countries, due to low adoption of credit cards, slow internet access and patchy delivery logistics. Despite that, online marketplaces are thriving in all regions, with Southeast Asia, India and Russia leading the way.

Middle Eastern ecommerce is growing rapidly (front-runner Souq was recently acquired by Amazon), and is attracting a lot of interest from European online sellers. There are a growing number of affluent consumers there, a demand for western products, and the Middle East is geographically close to Europe.

African ecommerce is finally picking up pace with Jumia being the largest player. Africa has probably the greatest challenges for ecommerce of all regions, with many countries and languages, low trust in online payments and very variable logistics. Still, those factors are more consistent in the largest cities, and innovations such as paying by cash in local stores are helping to address these issues.

Australia and New Zealand have their own unique ecommerce websites. eBay has long been the leader in Australia, but Amazon launched in the country in 2017. Australia also has significant domestic marketplaces Catch.com.au, The Iconic and MyDeal.com.au. New Zealand has a homegrown eBay equivalent in Trade Me, dominating ecommerce in the country.

About the data

This is the first edition of the World’s Top Online Marketplaces.

The lists are ranked by estimated website visits, based on SimilarWeb data for February 2019. Traffic to different domains for the same marketplace (e.g. amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, amazon.de etc.) has been combined. Marketplaces with zero traffic data have been excluded.

While GMV (gross merchandise value) would be an ideal measure of marketplace size, this is not reliably available for most online marketplaces. Traffic data provides a consistent measure of popularity that can be applied to all marketplaces worldwide.

“Online marketplaces” are defined in the main text above. We have excluded some marketplaces which are only a small part of the overall offering from much larger websites. These include Facebook Marketplace, Google Shopping Actions and Groupon Goods. It is not possible to separate marketplace traffic from other website traffic for these sites.

For companies that own multiple marketplaces, we have included them separately if they are different brands. For example, eBay-owned Gmarket and GittiGidiyor have their own unique branding so they are included separately. Where brands are simply localized for different countries, they are included with the main brand. For example, AbeBooks is known as IberLibro in Spain, but the brand is identical in every other way.

Have we missed any marketplaces or made any mistakes? Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments below!

17 comments on “The World’s Top Online Marketplaces 2019

  1. What about online classified sites, like Gumtree, Preloved and Vivastreet?

    You made a mention to exclude sites that only have sales of used goods to the publisher, but c2c should thus be fine to be in the list….right?

    1. Hi Paul, thanks for the comment.

      Classified sites don’t fit the definition for online marketplaces, because you can’t make a purchase online – there’s no checkout function. You have to go and meet the buyer.

    1. Yes, CDON.com makes it clear that it’s a marketplace.

      After some research, I can see that Lamoda is also both. They don’t make it obvious at all!

      Thanks again for your input.

      FYI here is our current list of ones to add:

      Kaspi.kz
      ttHigo
      JD.com (change from JD Worldwide to be consistent with Tmall)
      Shangpin
      SF Best
      Goxip
      1stdibs
      Farfetch
      Lamoda
      CDON.com

    1. So for WeChat, do you mean WeShop?

      For Seam, I can find very little information although it does seem to be a marketplace.

      Both of these are problematic, because SimilarWeb doesn’t report traffic well for apps. Seam has zero estimated traffic, and WeShop only 20.2K, which is way too low. I think we might have to exclude app-only marketplaces.

  2. OK!

    I have a few more

    The realreal
    Bonanza

    I’m just curious how many there are out there! Let me know if you want me to stop 🙂

    1. No it’s great, thanks for your help. Although if you could provide them by email that might be better as the comments thread is getting a bit overrun. I’m andy@ (this website). Or I could share a Google sheet to add them to.

      We already have Bonanza by the way.

      I think we found The RealReal before and we should have included them as they do have a B2C model as well as consignment for C2C.

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