Close
 

Five unexpected things that are trending, according to TradeMe

  • News
  • March 17, 2016
  • Jonathan Cotton
Five unexpected things that are trending, according to TradeMe

And just what is the locus of our attention at this particular point in time? We contacted TradeMe to find out, and in the process, secured something of an insight into the sometimes strange – and often utterly obvious – objects of our current affections. 

1.Sufjan Stevens (January 2016 – March 2016)

At our work, we’re as hip as the next middle-aged guy who’s been listening to the same three albums for the last twenty years, so we totally know who Sufjan Stevens is. A big deal, that’s who, especially if you go by the steadily increasing interest punters are expressing on TradeMe.

While we’re on the subject of acts we’re claiming to know about, local 'popera' group Sol3Mio seems to have piqued the interest of many a New Zealand mum during their recent tour. (January 2016 – March 2016)

2. Madonna (Jan 2016 – March 2016)

But neither Stevens nor Sol3Mio can hold a candle to everyone’s favourite material girl, who thrusted and gyrated her way to Auckland a week ago, bringing her own peculiar brand of high-concept dance-pop, dazzling pageantry and objectively terrible singing.

Simon Sweetman may have called her “the world’s oldest rotisserie chicken” (and he knows chicken), but, according to TradeMe, the punters love her just as much as they did back in the twenties, Err, their twenties.

3. Martin Crowe (March 2015 – March 2016)

Last week’s sad news that cricketer/legendary batsman/Kiwi legend had passed away following a long battle with cancer had Kiwis expressing their grief in various ways – Facebook posts, YouTube classic cricket binges and TradeMe searches. He was farewelled in a service in Auckland today, it’s not too late to log in and nab yourself some sweet mementos of New Zealand’s greatest ever batsman.


4. Three-way (January 2016 – March 2016)

When Lower Hutt lesbian couple Grace Whitaker and Chelsea Cameron decided to auction themselves off (a date that is) to fund a trip to Nepal, many predicted the whole affair would turn into outright sleaze in a matter of moments. Not so however. This was one auction that did not allow pickups.  

The lucky winner paid $400 and promised to build the pair a sandcastle or something weird, but not before a nation of rubber-neckers and lookie-loos logged into their favourite auction site for a gawk at the couple’s indecent proposal.

5. Harry Potter (March 2015 – March 2016)

The boy who lived is a perennial favourite on TradeMe, however rumours of a new book on the horizon had children, their supportive parents, and a frighteningly large subset of full-grown men and women heading to New Zealand’s favourite auction site to catch-up on any missed moments from the eight-strong series. If the TradeMe interest is anything to go by we might be in for another blast of Pottermania in the near future. Live long and prosper!



This story was originally published on Idealog.

​ ​

This is a community discussion forum. Comment is free but please respect our rules:

  1. Don’t be abusive or use sweary type words
  2. Don’t break the law: libel, slander and defamatory comments are forbidden
  3. Don’t resort to name-calling, mean-spiritedness, or slagging off
  4. Don’t pretend to be someone else.

If we find you doing these things, your comments will be edited without recourse and you may be asked to go away and reconsider your actions.
We respect the right to free speech and anonymous comments. Don’t abuse the privilege.

 

Direct sales: How multi-level marketing works

  • News
  • April 18, 2019
  • Sarah Dunn
Direct sales: How multi-level marketing works

The $200 million-plus direct sales economy contains many lessons retailers can use. As part of a wider look at this thriving corner of retail, we created a quick explainer showing how this business model typically works.

Read more
 
 

Direct sales: Meet the upliners

  • News
  • April 18, 2019
  • Sarah Dunn
Direct sales: Meet the upliners

We profiled different participants in the direct sales industry to find out what retailers can learn from them. Meet Isagenix distributors Adam Nesbitt and Bianca Bathurst.

Read more
 
 

Direct sales: Meet the business builder

  • News
  • April 18, 2019
  • Sarah Dunn
Direct sales: Meet the business builder

As part of a wider story looking at what retailers can learn from the direct sales industry, we profiled Isagenix distributor Ben Frost.

Read more
 

Social scoreboard

Zavy and The Register have worked together to create a scoreboard that compares how the top 25 traditional media advertising spenders in New Zealand have performed on social media over the past 30 days, updated in real time.

 
topics
Concept to closet
Business coverage of New Zealand Fashion Week.
Town centres
A positive retail environment over the past 12 ...
Amazon Arrival
Keeping up with all things Amazon as it ...
The Retail Yearbook 2017
As we battle our way through the busiest ...
Hospitality enhancing retail
Some think food and integrated hospitality offerings will ...
The future is bright
We spoke with four retailers in their twenties ...
Spotlight on signage
At first glance, the humble in-store sign might ...
Red Awards 2016
The Red Awards for retail interior design celebrate ...
Auckland Unitary Plan
Auckland is changing. The Unitary Plan will decide ...
How to open a store
Sarah Dunn considers what it would take to ...
All things to all people
Kiwi retailers share their omnichannel strategies.
Rising stars
Retail's top young achievers.
Delivering on your promises
The sale isn't over until your item is ...
Retail in heartland New Zealand
Retailers keep the regions pumping, but how strong ...
Sisterhood
Women in retail help one another. We spoke ...
The changing face of retail
Shifting demographics are creating big changes in New ...
The retail yearbook
With the help of experts in the retail ...
Retail rogues
We put the spotlight on staff training. Jai ...
Here come the giants
Topshop has arrived in Auckland’s CBD, David Jones ...
Window shopping: A spotlight on social media
Sarah Dunn and Elly Strang look at how ...
From retail to e-tail
Ecommerce has become part of the way mainstream ...
Loyalty in the digital age
How are retailers maintaining loyalty? Sarah Dunn, Elly ...
The Innovators | In partnership with Spark Business
Technology is rapidly changing the retail industry as ...
 
News

Leveling up: Exploring multi-level marketing in New Zealand

Is the $200 million-plus direct sales economy retail by another name or something different? Regardless, what can we learn from it?

 
 

A spectrum of retailers

  • Opinion
  • April 18, 2019
  • David Farrell
A spectrum of retailers

In recognition of April being Autism Awareness Month, retail commentator Dave Farrell considers the role of those on the spectrum in retail.

Read more
 

How on-trend is your retail business?

  • Sponsored Content
  • April 18, 2019
  • Sponsored content
How on-trend is your retail business?

New insights from Visa highlight five evolving trends emerging from savvy retailers around the world. We’ve taken these global trends and looked at how they are playing out with merchants in New Zealand, and we’d now like to hear what you think of them.

Read more
 
Next page
Results for
Topics
Jobs
About us.

The Register provides essential industry news and intelligence, updated daily. And the digital newsletter delivers the latest news to your inbox twice a week — for free!

©2009–2015 Tangible Media. All rights reserved.
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Privacy policy.

Advertise
The Register

editor@theregister.co.nz

Content marketing/advertising? Email anita.hayhoe@icg.co.nz or call 022 639 3004

View Media Kit

}