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

Globally, E-commerce share of total global retail sales up to 22% in 2023.

Online shopping is one of the most popular online activities worldwide with global eCommerce sales reaching 3.5 trillion U.S. dollars in 2019. With digital development exploding in the Asia Pacific region, it is no surprise that the fastest growing eCommerce market is India, followed by Spain and China. Ecommerce development in these countries is strongly connected to the constantly improving online access, especially in mobile-first online communities that have long struggled with the traditional fixed broadband connections due to financial or infrastructure restrictions but enjoy the advantages of cheap mobile broadband connections.

As growing dramatically of eCommerce, more companies adopt marketplaces as the best platform to promote online sales. We are well acquainted with the likes of Amazon, Alibaba, eBay, and Shopify, which are the giants of eCommerce. But who are the rising stars? Who are the other big players around the world? Which are the best marketplaces to sell niche products?

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

 

We start with the complete list of 153 marketplaces, then we look at the most popular product categories – fashion, electrics, books, and homewares – and finally take a look at the top marketplaces by country and region.

What is an eCommerce marketplace?

There are two key features that define an eCommerce marketplace:

  1. There are many sellers and buyers trading through the same system.
  2. Buyers are able to purchase products without leaving the system.

For this post, 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.

To summarize, we are looking at true eCommerce marketplaces where you can sell physical products to consumers.

 

The world’s top eCommerce marketplaces

# Type Name Region/Country Product Category Visits/month
1 Amazon Global General 5.7B
2 PayPay Mall Japan General 2.1B
3 eBay Global General 1.6B
4 Mercado Libre South America General 661.7M
5 AliExpress Global General 639.1M
6 Rakuten Global General 621.5M
7 Taobao China General 545.2M
8 Walmart.com USA General 469.0M
9 JD.com Global General 318.2M
10 Etsy Global Arts, Crafts & Gifts 266.3M
11 Shopee Southeast Asia General 260.3M
12 Target.com USA General 258.3M
13 Flipkart India General 242.6M
14 Best Buy USA, Canada, Mexico Electronics 229.3M
15 Allegro Poland General 208.6M
16 Tmall China General 202.8M
17 Lazada Southeast Asia General 172.7M
18 Americanas Brazil General 134.6M
19 Wayfair North America, Europe Homewares 125.3M
20 Zalando Europe Fashion 119.0M
21 Wish Global General 111.6M
22 Coupang South Korea General 93.0M
23 trendyol Turkey General 82.7M
24 bol.com Netherlands General 78.0M
25 n11 Turkey General 77.9M
26 ASOS Global Fashion 76.3M
27 Tokopedia Indonesia General 74.2M
28 Cdiscount.com France General 68.7M
29 Gmarket South Korea General 65.1M
30 Ozon Russia General 64.4M
31 Fnac Europe General 62.7M
32 OTTO Germany General 57.3M
33 Snapdeal India General 56.4M
34 Myntra India Fashion 48.0M
35 GittiGidiyor Turkey General 47.3M
36 eMAG Eastern Europe General 43.8M
37 Discogs Global Music 43.6M
38 Poshmark USA Fashion 41.8M
39 Marktplaats Netherlands General 41.8M
40 Jumia Africa General 36.9M
41 Casas Bahia Brazil General 36.4M
42 Submarino Brazil General 33.3M
43 Newegg USA, Canada Electronics 32.4M
44 Dafiti South America Fashion 30.5M
45 Bandcamp Global Music 29.7M
46 Overstock USA General 28.2M
47 Souq Middle East General 27.9M
48 ManoMano Europe Homewares 27.6M
49 Barnes and Noble USA Books 26.8M
50 Real.de Germany General 26.3M
51 Rue du Commerce France General 26.0M
52 Farfetch Global Fashion 23.6M
53 Darty France General 22.8M
54 Trade Me New Zealand General 19.6M
55 La Redoute France General 19.4M
56 Sears USA General 18.7M
57 Houzz Global Homewares 18.6M
58 Extra Brazil General 17.0M
59 Lamoda Russia Fashion 16.1M
60 Reverb Global Musical instruments 15.4M
61 iPrice Southeast Asia General 15.3M
62 Linio South America General 15.0M
63 Conforama Europe Homewares 14.7M
64 G2A.com Global Electronics 13.6M
65 AbeBooks Global Books 13.2M
66 dba Denmark General 11.7M
67 Worten Europe General 11.4M
68 Tradera Sweden General 11.3M
69 cdon Scandinavia General 10.9M
70 GunBroker USA Weapons 10.7M
71 Ricardo Switzerland General 10.6M
72 Beslist.nl Netherlands, Belgium General 10.5M
73 Qoo10 Southeast Asia General 10.5M
74 Privalia Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Spain Fashion 9.8M
75 Zalora Southeast Asia Fashion 9.2M
76 Joom Europe General 9.1M
77 Wehkamp Netherlands General 8.4M
78 notonthehighstreet UK Arts, Crafts & Gifts 8.4M
79 Catch.com.au Australia General 8.3M
80 digitec Switzerland Electronics 8.1M
81 Spartoo Europe Fashion 7.9M
82 shopgoodwill.com USA General 7.9M
83 Kaspi Kazakhstan General 7.3M
84 Fruugo Global General 6.9M
85 TheRealReal USA Fashion 6.5M
86 Aukro Czech Republic General 6.2M
87 The Iconic Australia, New Zealand Fashion 6.1M
88 Grailed USA, Canada Fashion 6.1M
89 GAME UK Electronics 5.8M
90 Depop Global Fashion 5.8M
91 Shpock Europe General 5.7M
92 Bonanza Global General 5.4M
93 Vipshop China General 5.2M
94 Galeries Lafayette France Fashion 5.1M
95 ePRICE Italy General 4.8M
96 Nature & Découvertes France Homewares 4.7M
97 Tradesy USA Fashion 4.5M
98 Rue La La USA Fashion 4.0M
99 BrickLink Global Toys 3.7M
100 Tophatter USA General 3.5M
101 1stdibs Global Arts, Crafts & Gifts 3.4M
102 Delcampe Global Collectibles & Antiques 3.2M
103 Fyndiq Sweden General 3.1M
104 Cel Romania General 3.1M
105 Coolshop Europe General 3.1M
106 Vestiaire Collective USA, Europe Fashion 3.0M
107 Okazii.ro Romania General 3.0M
108 Konga Nigeria General 2.9M
109 Kaola China General 2.8M
110 MyDeal.com.au Australia General 2.6M
111 Storenvy USA General 2.4M
112 hood Germany General 2.4M
113 Jane USA Fashion 2.3M
114 eCRATER USA, UK, Australia General 2.1M
115 Trouva UK Homewares 1.9M
116 miinto Europe Fashion 1.9M
117 Lelong.my Malaysia General 1.7M
118 ZVAB Germany Books 1.5M
119 Jet USA General 1.4M
120 Moda Operandi Global Fashion 1.4M
121 Alibris USA, UK Books 1.2M
122 Biblio.com USA, UK, AU, NZ Books 1.2M
123 Cratejoy USA General 1.2M
124 Ruby Lane USA Collectibles & Antiques 1.2M
125 Micolet Europe Fashion 1.1M
126 OnBuy UK General 938.8K
127 Goxip East Asia Fashion 831.8K
128 Zilingo Southeast Asia Fashion 798.2K
129 Property Room USA General 798.1K
130 Hip eCommerce USA Collectibles & Antiques 666.4K
131 Kilimall Africa General 631.4K
132 ArtFire USA Arts, Crafts & Gifts 572.4K
133 Tanga USA General 478.6K
134 Hermo Southeast Asia Health & Beauty 465.1K
135 Gun Auction USA Weapons 444.4K
136 TheMarket New Zealand General 359.2K
137 TeszVesz Hungary General 328.7K
138 eBid Global General 300.0K
139 Yatego Germany General 294.1K
140 1st Choice Spares UK Auto 281.2K
141 eCampus.com USA Books 244.9K
142 Zibbet USA Arts, Crafts & Gifts 208.2K
143 Folksy UK Arts, Crafts & Gifts 178.6K
144 Yumbles UK Food & Drink 165.1K
145 Pixmania Europe General 163.3K
146 OpenSky USA General 145.9K
147 Valore Books USA Books 126.3K
148 Delamaison France Homewares 112.8K
149 TextbooksRush USA Books 107.7K
150 TIAS USA Collectibles & Antiques 93.1K
151 MassGenie USA General 86.0K
152 SFBest China Grocery 79.2K
153 sell.com USA General 76.4K

Estimated monthly visits for February 2020, from SimilarWeb. Traffic to different domains for the same marketplace (e.g. amazon.com, amazon.co.uk, amazon.de etc.) has been combined.

Key:  = marketplace and  = retailer

It’s no surprise that Amazon and eBay are in the top 3, with Amazon pulling in nearly 6 billion visits per month and eBay getting 1.6 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.

Japan’s PayPay Mall features in second on the list, which may come as a surprise to the many westerners who have never heard of them before.

These three are the only marketplaces to break the one billion visits mark, although Mercado Libre, AliExpress and Rakuten aren’t too far behind with over 600 million visits per month each.

Looking at the Product Category column, the top 20 marketplaces overwhelmingly sell general merchandise, with only four 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 now made by marketplace sellers. But it also includes companies like Walmart, JD.com and Target. 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 geographic regions, there is a really diverse mix represented in the top 20. Six are global brands, but there are also marketplaces in Japan, South America, China, North America, Southeast Asia, India and Europe 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.

What has changed in 2020?

Three major marketplaces closed down during 2019:

  • Pricefalls was acquired by Canada’s largest retailer, Loblaw, for their technology but not the marketplace itself.
  • UK marketplace Flubit was acquired by cryptocurrency site MonetaryUnit and does not appear to be trading again.
  • iOffer closed down amid speculation around counterfeit goods being sold.

There were also a number of high-profile brand changes:

  • Amazon acquired Souq.com, and rebranded the Souq UAE site to Amazon.ae. Souq’s Egyptian and Saudi Arabian sites continue to run under the Souq brand.
  • Rakuten Brazil has rebranded as GenMarket.
  • PayPay Mall was launched in October 2019 and has replaced Yahoo.co.jp.

Top product categories sold by online marketplaces

# Product Category Marketplaces (1) Visits/month
1 General 77 15.8B
2 Fashion 22 431.7M
3 Electronics 5 289.3M
4 Homewares 6 192.9M
5 Books 5 44.3M
6 Arts, Crafts & Gifts 3 279.0M
7 Music 2 73.3M
8 Collectibles & Antiques 2 5.1M
9 Musical instruments 1 15.4M
10 Weapons 1 11.2M
11 Toys 1 3.7M

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 nearly 60% of all marketplaces, and 16 out of the top 20.

Online marketplaces selling mainly fashion take the second spot, despite only being featured first at place number 20 by Zalando.

Electronics, Homewares and Books come next, ranking above Arts, Crafts & Gifts. Although Etsy features at #10 in the overall list, there are only two other marketplace in the Arts, Crafts & Gifts category with more than one million visits per month – the UK’s notonthehighstreet and global site 1stdibs.

Fashion online marketplaces

# Type Name Region/Country Visits/month
1 Zalando Europe 119.0M
2 ASOS Global 76.3M
3 Myntra India 48.0M
4 Poshmark USA 41.8M
5 Dafiti South America 30.5M
6 Farfetch Global 23.6M
7 Lamoda Russia 16.1M
8 Privalia Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Spain 9.8M
9 Zalora Southeast Asia 9.2M
10 Spartoo Europe 7.9M
11 TheRealReal USA 6.5M
12 The Iconic Australia, New Zealand 6.1M
13 Grailed USA, Canada 6.1M
14 Depop Global 5.8M
15 Galeries Lafayette France 5.1M
16 Tradesy USA 4.5M
17 Rue La La USA 4.0M
18 Vestiaire Collective USA, Europe 3.0M
19 Jane USA 2.3M
20 miinto Europe 1.9M
21 Moda Operandi Global 1.4M
22 Micolet Europe 1.1M
23 Goxip East Asia 831.8K
24 Zilingo Southeast Asia 798.2K

Clothing and accessories are one of the most popular online marketplace niches, and business is booming. Most of these marketplaces have over one million visits per month, with only 2 of the 24 below this mark, and even those have around 800,000 visits.

There are six more fashion marketplaces on our list than last year, demonstrating the growth in this industry. These are Farfetch, Lamoda, the RealReal, Moda Operandi, Micolet, Goxip and Zilingo. Fashion Plaza and Modnique are also operating in this space, but their traffic was not high enough to be included in our list.

Retailers who have added an online marketplace to their website, such as Zalando and ASOS, make up 11 of the 24 fashion marketplaces. The other 13 are pure-play online marketplaces. Interestingly, only one of the newer fashion marketplaces is also a retailer. Does this suggest a change in business model, or perhaps these newer marketplaces will add a retail strand when their business matures?

Most fashion marketplaces are focused on customers in the USA, Europe or worldwide, but Australasia, South America, East Asia, Southeast Asia, India and Russia also feature. We looked into the best places to sell clothes online in a previous article.

Electronics online marketplaces

# Type Name Region/Country Visits/month
1 Best Buy USA, Canada, Mexico 229.3M
2 Newegg USA, Canada 32.4M
3 G2A.com Global 13.6M
4 digitec Switzerland 8.1M
5 GAME UK 5.8M

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

Homewares online marketplaces

# Type Name Region/Country Visits/month
1 Wayfair North America, Europe 125.3M
2 ManoMano Europe 27.6M
3 Houzz Global 18.6M
4 Conforama Europe 14.7M
5 Nature & Découvertes France 4.7M
6 Trouva UK 1.9M
7 Delamaison France 112.8K

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

Six out of the seven top homewares marketplaces are European. Although Wayfair’s websites in the US and Canada have the highest traffic at over 99 million visits in total, they also have a strong presence in Europe, with a total of 22.6 million visits to its sites in the UK and Germany.

Books online marketplaces

# Type Name Region/Country Visits/month
1 Barnes and Noble USA 26.8M
2 AbeBooks Global 13.2M
3 ZVAB Germany 1.5M
4 Alibris USA, UK 1.2M
5 Biblio.com USA, UK, AU, NZ 1.2M
6 eCampus.com USA 244.9K
7 Valore Books USA 126.3K
8 TextbooksRush USA 107.7K

Books is perhaps an unlikely category for the fifth 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 the US, with only Germany’s ZVAB targeting any other region (incidentally ZVAB is AbeBook’s brand in Germany).

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 notonthehighstreet and Folksy in the UK, and ArtFire and Ruby Lane in the US.

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 online marketplaces by country and region

# Region Marketplaces (1) Visits/month
1 North America 50 4.9B
2 East Asia 16 4.5B
3 Europe 63 3.6B
4 South America 13 894.9M
5 Southern Asia 5 652.6M
6 Southeast Asia 12 494.2M
7 Middle East 6 238.0M
8 Australasia 8 135.5M
9 Africa 3 52.5M
10 Central Asia 2 9.3M

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

The largest regions: developed economies and China

North American consumers generate the most traffic to online marketplaces, with nearly 5 billion visits per month, and 50 different marketplaces having 1 million or more visits each.

This is followed by East Asia, primarily China and Japan, with 4.5 billion visits, but a less diverse landscape with only 16 sites having more than 1 million visits each.

European consumers use the most number of different marketplaces – 63 had over 1 million monthly visits and generated a total of over 3.6 billion visits.

Smaller regions: emerging markets and Australasia

After these big three regions, representing most of the developed economies of the world, traffic levels drop substantially.

South America, Southern Asia (primarily India) and Southeast Asia all have between around 500 million and 1 billion visits to online marketplaces each month. The Middle East and Australasia fall into the 100 million to 250 million range. Africa has only 50 million visits to online marketplaces per month, and only 3 marketplaces breaking the one million visits mark.

Online marketplaces in emerging markets

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 growing strongly in all regions, with Southeast Asia, India and Russia leading the way.

Middle Eastern ecommerce is also building up momentum (front-runner Souq was recently acquired by Amazon), and is attracting 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.

United States

# Type Name Region/Country Product Category Visits/month
1 Amazon Global General 2.3B
2 eBay Global General 637.9M
3 Walmart.com USA General 446.4M
4 Target.com USA General 249.5M
5 Best Buy USA, Canada, Mexico Electronics 180.3M
6 Etsy Global Arts, Crafts & Gifts 170.3M
7 Wayfair North America, Europe Homewares 86.7M
8 Rakuten Global General 56.7M
9 Poshmark USA Fashion 38.3M
10 AliExpress Global General 33.4M
11 Overstock USA General 26.4M
12 Wish Global General 24.8M
13 Barnes and Noble USA Books 24.4M
14 Newegg USA, Canada Electronics 22.8M
15 Sears USA General 17.5M
16 PayPay Mall Japan General 13.7M
17 ASOS Global Fashion 13.4M
18 Houzz Global Homewares 11.5M
19 GunBroker USA Weapons 10.3M
20 Taobao China General 9.7M
21 Reverb Global Musical instruments 9.5M
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