eBay Now Lets Users Get Items Within An Hour

By: Chris Crum - August 6, 2012

eBay is testing a new same-day shipping service called eBay Now in San Francisco. Presumably, if successful, it will expand to more areas.

Merchants in the test group (which includes Postmates, TaskRabbit and Uber) can reportedly offer the service to customers for $5.

Owen Thomas at Business Insider has a step-by-step look at how it works, after making a purchase and accepting a delivery. According to Thomas, the service functions as an “on-demand delivery service,” which “picks up goods from local stores,” and delivers them to your door in about in about an hour. The couriers, he says, call themselves “shoppers”.

A really good point is brought up in that step-by-step slideshow: “The hour-long delivery window makes a lot of impulse buys possible.”

The whole thing brings something of an instant-gratification factor to e-commerce. Historically, when people have shopped online, they’ve had to wait to get their products. This really does bring more of an offline shopping element to the table. Imagine if they added a mobile fitting room service, allowing you to try on clothes before purchasing.

According to TechCrunch, users can use the eBay Now option with any store on the company’s Milo platform.

Users can simply pay with their credit cards or PayPal accounts.

You can sign up for the beta here, if you live in the area.

Chris Crum

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  • http://www.oldshopmanuals.com www.oldshopmanuals.com

    In theory it is a great idea. In practicality it will never work. When buyer’s remorse sets in because they overspent their budget or just bought for the heck of it,the seller will ultimately suffer for it. Paying the ebay fees,the shipping fees if offering free shipping,the time shipping and packing,the packing & shipping supplies,the trip to the shipper,etc. If Ebay would back the seller and charge the buyer for returning the items(ie: no more that the actual costs.see above) then it would be fair. jmo

  • http://www.ecommercebytes.com/forums/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=24611 Philip Cohen

    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”

    eBay / PayPal / Donahoe: Dead Men Walking

  • http://www.wildflowersaromatherapy.com Peter

    What goes around comes around,some companies are slow on the uptake we have been offering 1 hour shipping for the past 13 years.Ha ha ha!