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  (Source: Venture Beat)
The service is initially being rolled out in San Francisco

EBay seems to be following in Amazon's footsteps with a new same-day shipping service called eBay Now. 
EBay Now is a same-day shipping convenience that is initially being rolled out in San Francisco. Residents here can register for the iOS app, eBay Now Beta, and receive same-day shipping from select local stores like Target, Best Buy, Macy's and Toys 'R' Us on its Milo platform.
For now, eBay Now only works on orders over $25. Those taking part in the beta testing get $15 off their first eBay Now purchase as well as free shipping on their first three orders. After that, a $5 delivery fee is applied to each eBay Now order. 
EBay Now testers can place orders Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some packages will deliver as soon as an hour after being placed.
As of right now, people are being invited to use the service, but other SF residents are allowed to sign up. However, those invited will receive access first.
Last month, it was announced that Amazon was getting ready to launch its own same-day delivery service. This was a result of Amazon agreeing to collect sales tax in certain states (which it previously fought regarding the same issue) in exchange for more Amazon distribution centers within those states. Amazon poured a lot of money into these distribution centers, making sure that they're efficient with picking robots that accurately improve shipping times, and by placing "lockers" in nearby drug stores and convenience stores where people can pick up same-day orders near their jobs, if more convenient. 

You can sign up for eBay Now here

Source: TechCrunch

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RE: Screw Ebay!
By aurareturn on 8/6/2012 8:36:09 PM , Rating: 2
I used to check Ebay whenever I bought something online.

Now I just go to Amazon, use my prime, get 2 day shipping and I don't have to deal with amateur sellers, sellers from outside of the U.S., poor return policies, and PayPal.

With Amazon, I can pretty much return anything I want. They'll even send me a free label and refund my money before I even send the item.

It's not worth it to save $2 on Ebay. I'd much rather buy on Amazon.

RE: Screw Ebay!
By Pirks on 8/6/2012 10:04:42 PM , Rating: 2
It's not worth it to save $2 on Ebay
I saved $100 when I got my Galaxy Note on eBay recently and I don't care about your $2 or whatever.

RE: Screw Ebay!
By bah12 on 8/7/2012 11:36:49 AM , Rating: 2
But DOA's are a fact of life. I don't know your hourly rate but at some point even $100 savings isn't worth the return hassle/time vs Amazon's no questions asked period approach and they pay return shipping in most cases.

Arguably a $100 savings was probably worth it, but I doubt that is the norm so quit your trolling. Honestly I've seen you defend some stupid sh!t, but eBay ... can honestly sit there and argue that it is as good as it once was (which was the OP's point)? Everyone knows it isn't even you. Can you still find the occasional deal...sure... but it is clear that is a rarity not the norm. Hell I could probably find a few "deals" on, but that doesn't exactly mean I'd argue it was better than Amazon.

RE: Screw Ebay!
By sheh on 8/6/2012 11:42:57 PM , Rating: 2
What's wrong with non-US sellers or PayPal?

I find eBay useful for buying the occasional item from Hong Kong, or China, or Taiwan, etc. Also bought a few pieces of used computer hardware from US sellers. I'm hardly a heavy buyer, but so far so good.

PayPal seems to me just like a way to protect one's credit card through indirection. I heard complaints about them from sellers, but at least the other way around seems good.

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