EBay Launches Beta Version of New Same-Day Shipping Service Called "eBay Now"
August 6, 2012 6:34 PM
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The service is initially being rolled out in San Francisco
EBay seems to be following in
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
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RE: Screw Ebay!
8/7/2012 8:37:51 AM
The problem with eBay is that it has no competition. I'm not going to use any bidding site that forces you to pay the amount you bid when you bid even if you don't win. eBay is good when both the buyer and seller are legit and honest which is usually the case. But if you get a douchebag, eBay will screw you. Just search consumerist.com for eBay horror stories. eBay's had really good customer service until they bought PayPal. Which leads me to my main complaint with eBay: for online payments you must use PayPal.
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