Sharetribe is a service which enables you to easily create product- or service-oriented marketplaces. You may be wondering which types of marketplaces have been built using Sharetribe... Here's the answer.
In order to find examples of marketplaces powered by Sharetribe, I searched for the procedure to connect a custom domain to a Sharetribe instance, which you can find here.
It shows you that both 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 are A records used in the DNS zone of Sharetribe marketplaces.
If you search for these IP addresses on MyIP.ms, you'll easily find a list of marketplaces hosted by Sharetribe.
Here are some examples on 126.96.36.199, ranked by popularity (Alexa Ranking).
Here are the screenshots of the home pages of the five first marketplaces.
#1 https://www.huego.io/ Book Athletic Spaces. Anytime. Anywhere.
#2 https://www.quibloo.com/ Probably a testing general purpose marketplace. It doesn't look very active.
#3 https://www.efravel.com/ Car sharing / free rental marketplace (owners looking for someone to drive their car from A to B vs travellers looking for a cheap / free way to travel from A to B).
#4 https://www.gamedevmentors.com/ 1-on-1 game development mentoring.
#5 https://www.myhifi24.com/ Hi Fi products buy & sell marketplace
#1, Huego, according to MyIP.ms, would have (August 2019) a traffic of around 4,000 visitors per day. #5, MyHIFI24, < 200 visitors per day.
These are rather small numbers, reminding us - if needed - that the hard work of developing a marketplace starts when the website goes live.
You have to raise the awareness around the service, both on the demand and supply sides. In my opinion, the smartest project among the five examples listed above is probably Game Dev Mentors, focused on a very specific niche. It could attract a decent following.
This one https://www.thequiver.com/, a marketplace to exchange surfboards and paddle boards, is listed by Sharetribe among its success stories. In early August 2019, it's ranked 2,185,169 on Alexa, which means it might have anywhere between 100 and 200 visitors per day.
Here are some examples on 188.8.131.52, ranked by popularity (Alexa Ranking).
The traffic of the marketplaces on this IP starts slightly lower than the ones on 184.108.40.206.
#2 https://www.littlexchanges.com/ generates around 900 visits per day.
#3 https://www.helpondemand.global/ attracts around 200 visitors per day (or less).
#4 https://www.simplelots.com/ has around 200 daily users (or less).
#5 https://www.bookaprovider.com doesn't exist anymore...
This one https://www.rockndoze.com/ ranked #23 doesn't have a lot of traffic but the idea is interesting, even if it has a limited scope "a home sharing platform for touring musicians, bands and music fans". It could be a sub-category on AirBnB...
Marketplaces are undoubtedly a popular endeavour among online entrepreneurs but, as you can deduct from the rather small traffic numbers of all these examples, it's a very tough game. Be prepared to hustle to build a sizeable audience!
You can find a lot of other examples in this list compiled by the team at ThinkBox: https://thinkbox.io/?ref=producthunt#sharetribeexamples
Share in the comments below what you think about the marketplace opportunity in general and the keys to build a successful marketplace, on Sharetribe or on another platform.