Preloved – The secondhand market place

Preloved began in 1998 and has grown to become one of the largest classified advertising sites in the UK with hundreds of thousands of adverts in over 500 categories. They have over 6 million registered members, buying and selling every week in over 500 categories.

We caught up with Lauren O’brien, one of the trading managers at Preloved, and asked her about Preloved and the future of buying and selling online.

– Who are you and what do you do?

We are the UK’s Most Trusted Online Marketplace, Preloved. We began in 1998 and have since have grown to be one of the largest classifieds advertising sites in the UK with over 850,000 ads on site.

Preloved is a website where you can list items for sale, as well as find second-hand items at a fraction of the price of new. The power of second chances and new beginnings is why our mission is to become the UK’s most loved and trusted community of creators, buyers and sellers.

– What do you/the business want to achieve this year?

Preloved want to help spread the word that second-hand isn’t second best and, in turn, reduce the UK’s landfill problem. We also want to connect people with unwanted items to the people who want to give them a home. As a business, we want to continue to grow our community and help support responsible buying and selling on our site.

– What changes are exciting you in the world of second-hand buying and selling?

Seeing the general public find a new excitement for second-hand and the way it can support us to give the environment a helping hand, is something we’ve especially loved recently. It’s great to be leading the charge on something that is so exciting and having a positive impact.


– What is the most interesting thing someone has ever sold on Preloved?

We’ve sold everything from a plastic two and-a-half foot donkey, a papier mache moose head and a Tuk Tuk autorickshaw.

– Where do you see the future of the online second-hand marketplace?

We see more and more people selling and buying second-hand as a result of making more considered purchasing decisions. The online second-hand marketplace is on cusp of a buying revolution and huge growth as people make the switch to reduce their environmental footprint.


Preloved is supporting EXACTcycle in our efforts to make buying and selling second hand bikes safer. You can find more about that here.

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EXACTcycle social media handles: Facebook, Instagram