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Carousell is a free mobile application that allows anyone to buy and sell online. It was founded in 2012 by three friends, Siu Rui Quek, Marcus Tan, and Lucas Ngoo, after an internship at Silicon Valley. In just seven years, the three founders grew their start-up into a US$500-Million company and the company is well on its way to becoming one of the US$1-Billion start-ups in Southeast Asia.

Carousell is known for its simple and easy listing process. It is similar to posting on social media. Just snap a photo of your item, describe, and post! Buyers can even follow their favorite sellers. You can buy or sell in various categories such as clothing, accessories, beauty products, electronic gadgets,  furniture, books, luxury goods, cars, bikes, services, real estate, and even jobs. Aside from the mobile app, users can also access the platform through a web browser.

At present, Carousell operates in Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. It has been downloaded more than 10 million times on Google Play Store.

Quick facts

  • Registration is free
  • Users can register with an email address, Facebook, Google, or Apple ID
  • Posting listings can be done as fast as 30 seconds
  • Free listings with up to 10 photos
  • Listings can be shared through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Telegram & Whatsapp
  • Users using a web browser can contact sellers via chat without having an account


  • Rates are paid in Carousell Coins. S$1 = 100 coins.
  • Bump: Puts your listing on top of the category to improve visibility of your product. Instant Bump (1x/day for 1 day) – 178 coins; 3-days (1x /day for 3 days) – 298 coins; Urgent Bump (2x/day for 3 days) – 538 coins
  • Spotlight: Pins your listing across categories in search results. You pay only for the clicks you get for your item. Rates start at 100 coins.
  • Profile promotion: Advertises your entire profile along with the items you are selling. Rates start at 261 coins.
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