The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted peoples’ lives in immeasurable ways, including what they buy and sell.  Since social distancing began in March, record numbers of Americans have come to Mercari to buy practically everything they need from home.  And record numbers of people have come to Mercari to sell valuable things they no longer use. 

Our “no meetups” marketplace lets users buy and sell from home.  Since late March, Mercari’s daily traffic has increased dramatically, as people are staying safe at home.  During this time, people have also turned to Mercari seeking hard-to-find items with faster shipping windows than Amazon or other large e-tailers have been able to offer.

Here’s a look at what was on the top of shoppers’ lists last month:

Along with buying, listing and selling have noticeably increased since social distancing began. In April 2020, the average Mercari seller made $183, 50% more than sellers made on average in April 2019.  

For listers and sellers, top categories are similar to what buyers have been interested in: 

While buying and selling activity on Mercari has increased nationwide during social distancing, certain metro areas stand out:

All of this buying and selling has led to users being able to find the things they need and make a little extra money from home. 

In fact, Mercari recently hit an important threshold for sellers nationwide: sellers on Mercari have been paid over $1 billion since our launch in the US in 2014. 

Way to go! 

To learn even more about how Americans are turning to Mercari during the coronavirus pandemic, read the full report here.

— Team Mercari