Mercado Libre in Chile: All You Need to Know

Category: Chile News

Author: ilovechile

Date: 28.09.2019

Mercado Libre in Chile: All You Need to Know

Category: Chile News

Author: ilovechile

Date: 28.09.2019

Have you guys ever heard of MercadoLibre? If not – do not worry! We’ve got your back! All the information needed is in this brief article.

What is Mercado Libre?

Mercado Libre (meaning “free market” in Spanish) is an Argentine company that manages online marketplaces dedicated to e-commerce and online auctions.

Up to date, this is the most popular e-commerce platform in South America, catering more than 170 million users in Argentina, Mexico, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

In Brazil, the e-commerce site is known as Mercado Livre, carrying the same meaning.

When was Mercado Libre launched?

Mercado Libre was founded in 1999 in Argentina by the back-then CEO, the businessman Marcos Galperín.

Two years later, in 2001, the giant eBay acquired a 19.5% stake in the business.

Nowadays, Mercado Libre operates under five main business segments. 

MarketPlace is the online platform where everyone can sell goods, Mercado Pago is the payment platform for online sales; Mercado Publicado is the advertising unit; Mercado Crédito is the credit division of the company, and Mercado Shops is the platform designed to intensify the overall ecosystem.

Does Mercado Libre have an app?

Yes, it does. You can download it for free and use it to buy/sell goods on an everyday basis, enjoying the exceptional door-to-door service.

Mercado Libre in Chile

Once you create and activate your account at the official website of the Chilean Mercado Libre (, you are free to buy and sell everything from food and technology to real estate.

In the upper right corner of the website, there is a section to track your purchase history.

Moreover, there is a section “Offertas de la Semana” (meaning “Offers of the week”) where you can buy various good at very good, discounted price.

Finally, if you want to return or replace something you already bought, reach the online Help desk. The company’s four customer service centers are located in Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, and Uruguay.

What is the most convenient way to pay?

The easiest way is to purchase goods through the e-commerce platform with an international credit card, such as MasterCard or VISA, particularly the payments that come in dollars will then have to convert the price to the local currency.

Is it secure to buy in Mercado Libre Chile?

It is the most secure way to buy goods in Latin America, especially with the possibility of paying through MercadoPago, this will provide you with extra purchase protection and return option guaranteed.


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