Authenticating your account

As an authenticated trader you are more trusted than non-authenticated members. Some listings are only available to authenticated accounts.

There are two ways to get authenticated:

  • top-up your Trade Me account with $1,
  • purchase something on Trade Me using Buy Now, and pay via Ping.

Once authenticated, you’ll have a red star beside your username this is a key indicator of authenticated accounts.

Why become authenticated?

Authenticated members are able to:

  • list items for sale, 
  • place bids over $5,000,
  • purchase 'authenticated accounts only' listings,
  • place bids on more than five separate auctions at once.


Authenticated traders are more trusted than non-authenticated members. We'll show you two easy ways to become authenticated.

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