eBay launches same-day shipping service eBay Now

By on August 6, 2012, 10:02 AM

eBay has introduced a new service called eBay Now that promises same-day shipping on products that are sold locally. In most instances, buyers can expect to see their order arrive in as little as an hour so long as the store they purchased from remains open for at least half an hour after the order is placed.

The new program is currently in beta for residents of San Francisco. The auction site has reportedly been sending out invites to those in the Bay Area for inclusion in the test run although anyone is allowed to register through the signup page. If accepted, you’ll receive a download link for the eBay Now iOS app.

San Francisco residents can place an order from any store on the Milo platform between the hours of 9am to 9pm Monday through Saturday and 9am to 6pm on Sunday. According to TechCrunch, the service is only offered for purchases that exceed $25 but early adopters will receive $15 off their first purchase and free shipping on the first three orders. After that, a $5 flat rate fee is applied to each order.

Participating retailers include Best Buy, Target, Toys’R’Us and Macy’s, just to name a few. If the beta proves successful on a small scale, we can expect to see eBay Now roll out to other large cities.

Rival e-retailer Amazon already offers a similar service called Local Express Delivery in select cities. Amazon Prime members can receive same-day delivery of eligible items for $3.99 per item.




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NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

LA gets all the good stuff -_-

Except the traffic

ikesmasher said:

now if ebay updated their policies so that buyers could stop ripping off sellers.

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

:o how do they rip off sellers?

ikesmasher said:

a lot of ways, people getting items and lying about the condition to ebay and getting their money back, all without sending the correct item back, ETC. Ive had a few friends get the same model of item get sent back just a different (broken) unit...so people get to keep the good item AND the money.

PhilipCohen PhilipCohen said:

Ah, more nonsense from the desperate ?eBafia Don? and eBay Dept of Spin ?

And, if you need a demonstration of the desperation and utter unscrupulousness, indeed criminality, of eBay, take the tour ...

?Shill Bidding on eBay: Case Study #5?

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eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking

ikesmasher said:

it goes both ways. Either way, I think many of us agree that ebay needs to overhaul a large majority of its policies and rules in order to make a safer experience for everyone. There are too many crooks in the world for ebay to be so lax. And it would not surprise me to find out that many of those in charge are crooks themselves.

Guest said:

I was an avid ebayer before, 100% FB, but now Powersellers spoiled the show, why would I buy on Ebay ? You can barely get a decent price (price vs risk/time) and you get ripped on the shipping most of the time.

So 2000's now...

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