eBay announced today that eBay Now will offer free shipping through Dec. 24. Normally, consumers must pay a $5 fee to have products delivered to their doorstep, but won’t have to do so for the next month.
eBay Now is available in the Bay Area, New York, and Chicago. Dallas will have the service live later this year, and other markets, including London, will have access to the service some time in 2014.
There are hundreds of stores to shop from on eBay Now. eBay’s courier service can deliver any product that will fit inside of a car, but cannot chauffeur items like alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, major appliances, TVs bigger than 42 inches and items requiring a service contract like cell phones.
The free shipping announcement comes a month after Amazon decided to increase the threshold for scoring free Super Saver Shipping, increasing it from $25 to $35.
Amazon, eBay and Google are all trying to crack the delivery business. Many online startups have tried to do so over the years, but it appears the big tech giants have the best shot of making it work. Amazon has already expanded its Amazon Fresh grocery delivery business to California, while Google continues to test out its same-day service in the Bay Area.