If you live in San Francisco, you can be one of the first to try out eBay’s latest service, and it’s going to make the impulse buy even harder to resist for many. That’s because eBay Now offers the pinnacle of the pursuit of instant gratification for consumers – same day shipping.
Yes, that means you can order something and get it the same day – eBay even claims it can be as fast as one hour between order and delivery.
How are they pulling this off? That’s one reason it’s only available in San Francisco right now – it’s going to be a strictly local service. eBay has partnered up with many stores like Macy’s, Target, and Best Buy to roll out eBay Now. As it stands now, orders of $25 or more will be eligible for same-day shipping, as long as the order is placed before a half an hour to store close. It’s not clear yet who is actually doing the delivering, or whether or not this will be a viable service for the future. But, that’s why they call it a beta, right?
If eBay can find a way to figure out the logistics of this on a semi-large scale, it’ll put them on par with Amazon, which is also planning its own same-day delivery service. Having said that, a Tech Crunch article reports that even Amazon execs are skeptical over same-day delivery being viable on a large scale – probably because it would be a logistical nightmare. There’s no doubt that it would be a popular service, but the coordination, money, and manpower needed to pull it off might not be worth it to either company.
Currently, the service is available only for San Francisco residents during normal business hours, but you can sign up for the beta now and receive a notification when (if?) eBay Now comes to your area.
Via Tech Crunch