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Marktplaats logo.svg
Type of site
Founded Netherlands
Headquarters Netherlands
Industry Online auctions
Parent eBay
Alexa rank Positive decrease 963 (April 2016)[1] (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑrktplaːts pɵnt ɛn ɛl]) is a classified advertising site based in the Netherlands, started in 1999. The word means market place in Dutch. It was acquired by eBay on November 10, 2004 (€225M).


The website was created in 1999 by Rene van Mullem. Initially, posting classified ads was offered as free service. The site quickly grew in popularity and started attracting many visitors that posted more and more classified ads. By 2010 the community was posting over 260.000 classified ads every day and the platform counted over 6 million active ads. By the end of the year 1999, Bob Crébas organised the sale of the website for ƒ600.000 -ca. €273.000- to the company Het Goed from Emmeloord, a Dutch national chain of Charity shops. On November 10, 2004 the website was sold for €225 million to American internet giant eBay. According to Alexa Internet, mid-2015 the website ranked eleventh in terms of visitors in the Netherlands.[2]


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