All the speculation about Amazon's same-day shipping service may have been wishful thinking, but it seems like eBay is really going to give it a shot. The auction service has started sending invites to the beta of "eBay Now," which provides just that.
Local to San Fransciso at the moment, eBay Now will apparently let residents order from local stores and get same-day shipping to their homes for just $5. Right now, the service is in beta, but even those invited are reported to be unable to open the app.
According to TechCrunch, the text of the email reads as follows:
We know you love shopping on eBay. But sometimes you just can't wait for shipping. Sound familiar?
If so, we've created an exciting new way to shop. Starting today, for purchases of $25 or more, San Francisco shoppers can order products from local stores and have them delivered to their door - at home, at work, or anywhere else in San Francisco. The new service is called eBay Now, and you can download it here for your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod® touch.
Since eBay Now is in beta, we're taking $15 off your first order and offering FREE delivery for your first three! After that, each delivery during the beta period is only $5. Your orders arrive fast - usually within an hour! Pretty convenient, huh?
Download the app now and try it out. If you like it, share it!
You have three invites for friends and family.
The eBay Now Team
If Amazon is or was working on a same-day delivery service, they better step to it and get busy. Sure, it's been a while since eBay was super relevant, but this move — if successful — could revitalize it's importance in the online market scene. [TechCrunch]