Report: Amazon Is Launching a Service To Help You Find a Babysitter

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Reuters reports that later this year Amazon will start testing a marketplace for services, where users can find and hire everything from babysitters to handymen. It will be testing the service in limited areas to gauge demand and figure out logistics before moving forward with a broader launch.


According to the report, Amazon has been talking to service providers and startups in several categories, including home repair, as well as personal services like haircuts. This is an unconfirmed report, but it certainly sounds plausible.

Hiring babysitters and handymen can be nerve-racking, because it's hard to know who to trust with very important jobs. Putting your trust in an established marketplace like Amazon might help grease the transactions, and more importantly, help you find the right person for the job. [Reuters]

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If they can do it all and not ding the consumer, they will probably blow Angie's list out of the water.

My biggest complaint about Angie's List has been that they double (now triple, since they have a way to pay on their site) dip with the fees. The contractors pay to get listed and the customers pay to see the listings.