Any Londoner familiar with the brilliant eBay Now probably has a major chip on their shoulder. Why? Because eBay Now, eBay’s remote delivery service is only available to customers in San Francisco, San Jose, the SF peninsula, and parts of New York City.
All this is changing though – at a press conference in London also announcing a partnership between eBay and Argos, eBay slipped in the announcement that spring 2014 will see eBay Now hitting our capital.
Why should you care? Because eBay Now means goods from local stores are delivered to you within the hour. In addition, you don’t even have to be at home. You can have items delivered to an an office, an eatery or virtually any other establishment with an address.
Probably the best bit is the price – at least in the US. Coupled with a minimum order of $25, delivery costs just $5. With retailers in the States including BestBuy, Target, Toys’R’Us, Urban Outfitters and Walgreens, it’s clearly a great service across the pond – lets hope retailers of a similar calibre sign up when it hits our shores, and it’s just as competitive.
The eBay Now app is currently available for iOS and Android, though eBay Now orders can be placed through a standard web browser, be it mobile or desktop. We would also imagine the service will be integrated into the Windows Phone app if a standalone app isn’t already in the works.
There’s been no word as to whether any of the UK’s other major cities are lined up for the service, so for now, all that’s left to do is watch this space until spring 2014 and head over to eBay for more information.