eBay Rolls Out Same-Day Shipping Service in San Francisco

August 6, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We have earlier reported how Amazon is now trying to overthrow the offline retailer entities by expanding its presence in the US and by offering fast paced shipping options. However, it looks like eBay, a close rival is also following suit by experimenting with same-day shipping offers.

As part of it, the online retailer has invited some San Francisco users to try a same-day shipping service called eBay Now.

The exclusive beta program offers the download link for an iOS app if any user from San Francisco area signs up for the service. The app will let users get same-day shipping on products from local stores at a $5 fee.

The idea is not new. Startups like TaskRabbit and Uber have tried the same. But they could not succeed. But, eBay and Amazon have enough money to pump in to make such an idea live, unlike the start up firms.

The service is offered for purchases above $25. Though there is a $5 deliver fee for the orders made through the service, the beta users can have a stunning $15 off for their first eBay Now order. Moreover, they can get free shipping for the first three orders.

However, there are certain terms. The service is open on all days from 9am to 9 pm except on Sundays when it runs from 9 am to 6 pm.

Deliveries may take up to an hour and it is a must that the shop was open for at least half an hour before the order was placed. The feedback of the program will decide the scope of large scale roll out.

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