You can eBay Now from any store on its Milo platform, the service is open to SF residents M-Sat 9am to 9pm and Sunday 9am-6pm, and deliveries can arrive in as little as an hour but a store must be open at least a half hour after an order is place. Partnered stores include Macy's, Toys'R'Us, Target, and Best Buy.
Msg#: 4482183 posted 12:34 pm on Aug 6, 2012 (gmt 0)
impressive and the way that online purchases are heading ... one wonders of course if this will further squeeze the smaller sellers and shows the direction ebay may be heading (eg. more like a comparison shopping site for the big guys)
Msg#: 4482183 posted 4:51 pm on Aug 6, 2012 (gmt 0)
Amazon is already doing 'Local Express Delivery' which is same day shipping. [amazon.com...]
Of course Walmart has had same day pickup of online orders at their stores for quite some time now.
It's obvious the only way the little guy will be able to compete in the future of ecommerce will be to use one of the big guys fulfillment centers so they too can offer cheap shipping (Amazon Prime) and same day shipping in some areas vie eBay, Amazon, etc.
Msg#: 4482183 posted 4:55 am on Aug 7, 2012 (gmt 0)
I was thinking of moving my small warehouse from California to Missouri to be more centrally located. I wonder if that is still worthwhile in light of all this. It's hard to say how quickly everything will happen I suppose.
Msg#: 4482183 posted 8:52 pm on Aug 7, 2012 (gmt 0)
Well, this seems to indicate that the big guys seem to think an internet sales tax is pretty much assured. One would presume their goal is to roll this out in all of the major urban centers in the U.S.. They'd never do this in the current state of affairs given this would create nexus for them in most states.
Msg#: 4482183 posted 5:47 pm on Aug 8, 2012 (gmt 0)
this seems to indicate that the big guys seem to think an internet sales tax is pretty much assured
In the end tax won't be the deciding factor. Deciding factors will be variety, availability, price, shipping and overall convenience. FWIW, Amazon often gets my business because it already hits all those deciding factors, plus product reviews to help me decide
Besides, tax was never an issue for big retailers that already have a physical presence in every state like Walmart, Target, etc. as they already have to charge tax. They're competing by adding free or next to free shipping, like Walmart's $0.97 shipping charge for clothing items, it costs more to drive there than $0.97! Then they use other tricks like free site-to-store shipping or same-day-pickup where you pick it up often mere hours after ordering.
That's why same day shipping from the online giants was inevitable IMO.