EBay Offers the Gift of Free, Same-Day Delivery
The question as to whether or not consumers will pay for same-day delivery of goods ordered online is being made moot by eBay for the holiday season. That’s because the company announced it would not charge customers for deliveries using its eBay Now service through Christmas Eve.
The service is currently available in Chicago, New York, San Jose and San Francisco. In an announcement made last month, eBay said it would expand the service to Dallas before the end of this year and add 25 more cities, including some in international markets, in 2014.
The online marketplace operator makes the move on the heels of a forecast it issued last month for the fourth-quarter that fell short of Wall Street’s expectations. The company’s share price has dropped nine percent since then.
- eBay Now Offers Free Delivery Throughout The Holidays – eBay Inc. Blog
- eBay Makes Same-Day Delivery Service Free for Holidays – Mashable
- eBay Brings Together the Best of Shopping with Significant Marketplace Enhancements and Expanded Local Capabilities – eBay/Business Wire
- Amazon at Record Shows Divergent Views on Holiday E-Commerce – Bloomberg News
Will free same-day delivery be a difference-maker for retailers that sell on the eBay Marketplace this holiday season? Do you think eBay will repeat the offer next year when it has rolled out eBay Now to many more cities? How do you expect competitive companies to react to the announcement?