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About Trade Tested

Trade Tested has grown to be New Zealand’s top online, outdoor hardware shop. 100% locally owned and operated, we’re a combination of new technology and good old fashioned Kiwi customer service. As we don’t have a chain of giant shops, or a million staff, our prices can’t be beaten.

It all began in 2001 when we started importing to a small garage in central Auckland, selling on what was then a little site called Trade Me. As Kiwis got more used to buying things online, we got more used to selling them. After several years of being one of the most popular businesses on Trade Me, we decided to start a website. Just for us.

So after a few sleepless nights and lots of coffee, TradeTested.co.nz launched on the 10th of July, 2010. Our goal – deliver Kiwis the best deals on everything for their backyards straight to their front door. And since then we have been able to do just that.

From the humble water blaster in Ponsonby to the giant farm shelter for an orchard in Cromwell, no matter how big your backyard is we’ve got you covered. Last year alone we are proud to have delivered to over 60,000 satisfied customers all around the country.

Over the next few years we’re going to continue to grow, adding a bunch of new product lines and categories. So if you have any questions, queries, suggestions or theories, we’d love to hear from you.

Richard Humphries
Trade Tested Founder

Why Trade Tested?

At Trade Tested, we manufacture a lot of the products you see when browsing our catalogue. Using our office in Shanghai, we are able to stay in constant contact with our suppliers. This allows us to be very hands on with the design and development process.

When we try out a new range, it all gets tested by someone at our headquarters in Auckland. We go back and forth with changes and improvements, finally ending up with something we know our customers will be happy with. Only then are we confident enough to put our sticker on the side and call it Trade Tested.

In saying that, as a Kiwi business we also like to partner with well established locals like Skellerup, McGregors, Gasmate, Steel Fort and Hills. All of these companies have great, reliable products that have been around for years and have proven to withstand the toughest New Zealand conditions.

So if you have a trusted Kiwi brand and are keen to see your products up on our site, get in touch today. We’d love to hear from you.

You Can Trust Our Service Network

We have a network of over 50 reliable service and repair agents stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. So should anything go wrong, or you just need some handy tips, there is always someone nearby who can help you out.

To find the agent closest to you, just give us a bell or send us a message.

Service Agent Coverage Map

Our Store & Warehouse

Outside the showroom
A typical day out at the Trade Tested store and warehouse by Auckland Airport.

Inside our warehouse
We started out in a garage and soon realised we may need a bit more room. So this is our new garage - the Trade Tested warehouse.