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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Mon May 18 2015 07:53:38

eBay Tests Shipping Membership Similar to Amazon Prime

By: Ina Steiner

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eBay is testing a membership program similar to Amazon Prime, according to Wall Street analyst Shawn Milne of Janney. The loyalty membership program could potentially debut in the fall and cost $25/year for Free Next Day delivery on certain orders.

The report comes on the heels of reports that Walmart is going to launch a shipping membership program like Prime too. Amazon had raised Prime from $79 to $99 last year - reports said Walmart would charge $50/year for its program.

But how would eBay manage to fulfill next-day delivery on orders? Amazon Prime only includes items that are in the marketplace's own warehouse - though rumors also surfaced last week that it was considering adding third-party merchant fulfilled items to the program on a very limited basis.

Most likely any such program from Amazon or eBay would be limited to certain large brands and retailers. 

eBay actually has a shipping membership program already - in Chile. As we reported last year, eBay partnered with eShopex in  a program called eBay 365 that allows Chilean customers to pay an annual fee to receive an unlimited number of packages (up to 3 kg) purchased from eBay sellers in the U.S. "The program offers tracking on international shipments, as well as delivery protections should an item arrive damaged. The eBay 365 program, powered by eShopex, also offers a pay-as-you-go shipping plan (Plan 24/7) for discounted rates."

How do you see a Prime-like membership program working on eBay? Would you as a seller be interested in participating? And would you join the program as a shopper?

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This user has validated their user name. by: IDKwhoIare

Tue May 19 12:00:57 2015

Pffftt...
Not as a Seller and I do not buy on eBay anymore.  If I started buying there again...H No! I can't see it working for all the reasons posted by everyone else.

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by: meci This user has validated their user name.

Tue May 19 14:07:46 2015

Check this out.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/13156254/1/ebay-is-testing-
its-own-version-of-amazon-prime-in-germany.html

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This user has validated their user name. by: IDKwhoIare

Tue May 19 23:43:52 2015

CNET thinks eBay is a Seller of goods...egad. So maybe eBay thinks so as well and that is where they get the idea they can make eBay+ fly.

''These breakups will return eBay to its origin as strictly a seller of goods.''-Ben Fox Rubin

See article:
http://www.cnet.com/news/ebay-beats-1q-expectations-but-sa
les-in-marketplace-unit-drop/

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by: aim04744 This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 20 00:12:18 2015

How much is this "free" next day delivery going to cost Ebay? Oh wait. Nothing. Do they have ANY idea how much next day delivery costs? Even Amazon does 2 day. And the reason Amazon can do it is because they have the stock on one of many centers located all over the country. If Ebay wants to buy or build fulfillment centers all over the US and fund the cost of this next day delivery then I will consider it. But if ebay continues to make the promises and take none of the risk, no thanks.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: IDKwhoIare

Wed May 20 09:40:54 2015

Don't know why the above link did not land right.

Again:
http://www.cnet.com/news/ebay-beats-1q-expecta
tions-but-sales-in-marketplace-unit-drop/

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This user has validated their user name. by: The End

Wed May 20 14:13:59 2015

Program should be titled, "Ebay finds yet another way to stick it's nose in your business(AKA TRESPASS)".

Ebay: GET OUT OF OUR BUSINESS. YOU DON'T BELONG HERE. YOUR JUST A VENUE. YOU NEED A CHECK UP FROM THE NECK UP.
YOU REFUSE TO RECOGNIZE YOUR PLACE.

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by: Massachusets Howler This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 20 17:56:13 2015

Next day shipping on a $40 mens tie is $32 at the PO, $57 at UPS and $68 at FedEx.

Just HOW and WHAT is ebay going to PROMISE for $25 a year as I cannot even "overnight" a tie USPS for $25?
Reportedly, Amz charges $99 a year with free 2-day shipping but they get a 58% discount because of volume from USPS. There is no overnight shipping at Amz right, (unless 3rd parties who ship on their own/non-FBA offer it)?

Massachusetts Howler
Ina & David, Is there an ebay warehouse in Germany, do you guys know?

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by: Massachusets Howler This user has validated their user name.

Wed May 20 18:02:19 2015

(The problem is that instead of building WAREHOUSES like AMZ eBay's executives have been stuffing that $$ right into their pockets- those HUGE PAY and BONUSES should have been used for WAREHOUSES- Ebay COPIES Amz on everything but the MOST IMPORTANT part).
MH
For all of the BILLIONS STOLEN ebay COULD have a warehouse in every state! Now they just have a few SECRET warehouses for their PREFERRED Chinese vendors.

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This user has validated their user name. by: shabbychick

Sun May 24 11:39:06 2015

The trouble is Ebay wants to be like attractive big sister Amazon... only Ebay is the homely aggressive little sister. Like Amazon is Barbie and Ebay is sister Chucky..... like.... I could go on forever stop me!

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by: booklover27 This user has validated their user name.

Mon May 25 16:35:48 2015

Idiocy at its best...Ebay has lost their long term supporters they once had.   My favorites list looks like an abandoned building where all the tenants have left and gone else where.  The brilliant idea of purging sellers (American sellers) will never be forgotten and only newbies will try something like FBA Ebay style...It is probably the most un-empathetic company in the history of American corporations.  I cannot wait for the big slide down where they can take their rightful place next to Enron.

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