Amazon Tests New Service Called “Sell as Individual”

Amazon Sell As Individual Pilot Tests eBay-Type Service

It looks like Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is slowly, but surely, moving into eBay’s turf. In August 2016, the retail giant allowed the sale of used books and now they look ready to take it further by introducing Sell as Individual test service.

True, the service is only available in Bangalore, India at the moment, but, if it’s successful, sellers in the U.S. might someday see a similar service.

Amazon Sell As Individual

The new option promises to take the headaches out of turning your old goods into cash as it encourages peer-to-peer sales.

In typical Amazon style, the retail giant not only offers a listing, but the company also arranges for pick-up, pack and delivery anywhere in the city. So, you definitely avoid awkward meet-ups and packaging hassles.

Are there any charges for using the service? Yes, but they are reasonable. For instance, the retail giant will only take 10 rupees (just under 15 cents in Indian currency) for every item sold that is under 1,000 rupees ($15). Sellers will also part with 50 rupees (a little under 75 cents) for items between 1,000 and 5,000 rupees and 100 rupees (about $1.50) for any item that’s above 5,000 rupees. Looking at the costs, it will be surprising if the service doesn’t become a big hit.

Amazon India has been ramping up its host of services in an effort to establish itself as a one-stop site for repeated transactions. But the global retail giant will likely eventually offer the service in other places too. Amazon in India earlier worked to localize businesses such as beauty and salon services, launched Video on Prime.The virtual retailer’s most recent move clearly indicates the intention of taking on sites like eBay and Craigslist.

For small businesses, a small fee will take care of everything, so what’s not to love?

It looks like Amazon is just testing this out so businesses here in the U.S. and elsewhere will just have to wait to see what happens next.

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Antony Maina Antony Maina is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. His beat includes social media, general business reporting and exploring how people relate to technology. With a background in freelance writing, he is a contributor to other tech websites and can be found at Word4Bloggers.

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  1. Amazon has been promoting scam sales on their Amazon site in the USA. I have been scammed by Amazon twice in December 2016. I purchased two separate weight sets on Amazon. The Amazon sellers gave instructions on Amazon’s website to pay with an Amazon gift card. Amazon sent an email to my email address requesting payment by gift card. I followed the instructions and was cheated out of $842 and $450 respectively. No merchandise was delivered. I contact Amazon numerous time and Amazon has failed to refund my money. Further Amazon has failed to call me when they said they would on several occasions. I would not trust Amazon.

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