Etsy launched a same-day delivery option for buyers of vintage and handmade goods through its marketplace, announcing the new service to users on Tuesday. Unlike other marketplaces and Internet giants, it’s not trying to build a courier service itself.
Etsy ASAP is made possible through a partnership with Postmates, an on-demand courier service, Etsy explains. The delivery option is actually in test mode – the pilot program is available in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn and Queens.
Etsy ASAP is available at a flat rate of $20 per order, regardless of the order’s contents or destination.
“At this time, Etsy ASAP is only available as a pilot for a limited number of sellers in a prototype team,” Etsy explained. “If you are interested in offering Etsy ASAP for your listings and live or work in a covered ZIP code, feel free to apply to the EASAP team here.”
You can also find more information about the program on this page of the Etsy website.
Buyers must agree to be available to receive the delivery and sign for the order. “If you are not available, the courier is asked to reach out to their headquarters for further instruction. He or she will then be told to leave the package in a safe place and take a photo to prove that it has been delivered. Etsy and Etsy sellers are not liable for damaged or stolen goods left unattended.”