Amazon has launched an eBay-style service for individual sellers in India, according to online delivery experts Fastlane International, which says it could be the precursor of an international site.
Amazon has finally launched a rival service to eBay for individuals to sell their items. It’s a service that has long been requested by small online marketplace traders and private individual sellers. The bad news is that it is only available in one region of India - for now.
However, e-commerce delivery experts Fastlane International says the new site – Individual Seller – could be a first glimpse of an eagerly awaited global service. Says Fastlane International’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT: ‘Sellers in Bangalore have got a great new service from Amazon. Included in the deal is doorstep pick-up, packaging and delivery – so sellers get the benefit of Amazon’s logistics services. It’s what many sellers across the world have been hoping for.’
eBay and other online marketplaces, such as Etsy and Gumtree, will need to look to their laurels should Individual Seller expand beyond India to Europe and the US, says David. ‘Having access to Amazon’s millions upon millions of online users would be a dream come true for start-ups and individual sellers. Sellers simply list their products with Amazon and buyers order online; with no need for sellers to take calls, SMS messages or meet strangers; as is the case with Gumtree-style sites. The pick-up is scheduled from the seller's door; picked; packed and shipped by Amazon at no extra fee, and the seller receives their money within three days.’
There is another catch: the new service costs sellers roughly the equivalent of around £1 for an item worth up to £10 item, £5 for an item between £10 and £50, and £10 for an item over £50, with the fee including all delivery costs including packaging.
Says David: ‘That’s not exactly a bargain. If this pricing structure were to be introduced to such a service in the UK it would represent a significant cost. The tie in with Amazon deliveries comes at a price compared to using a parcel broker such as Fastlane International to find the best courier option. However, the ease of use and wide audience will still appeal to many casual sellers and small sellers looking to sell premium priced products very easily.’