Say hello to eBay Now, a same-day shipping service that will deliver purchased items from select stores straight to your doorstep, all in the same day.
Yes, this service has the potential to make a huge immediate impact, given the number of active eBay users and the never-ending thirst for immediate gratification.
It’s currently a private launch in San Francisco, but you have to think that eBay will scale this nationally as soon as they iron any kinks out in the service or the app.
TechCrunch’s Josh Constine notes that Amazon’s CFO doesn’t believe that same-day delivery can operate on a broad scale while remaining economical.
Regardless, it’s an intriguing step for eBay and people will definitely be interested in seeing how effective this service can be in the limited rollout. I’m personally surprised that eBay was first to get to local delivery before Amazon, and it appears that eBay is well-positioned to make an early significant impact in San Francisco.