Amazon India has launched a pilot of its P2P service in Bangalore, enabling individual users to sell locally in their own cities. The service is available at amazon.in/p2p, and includes doorstep pick-up, packing and delivery. Interestingly, Amazon had piloted a project to let individuals sell second-hand goods on its e-commerce & price comparison portal Junglee in June last year; Junglee is sort of a testing ground for Amazon – it had also started selling unboxed and refurbished electronic products on Junglee, a few months before it did so on it’s primary website.
With this move, Amazon will compete with companies like Olx, Ebay and Quikr, which enable users to sell used or new goods, and also enters a territory which Flipkart is yet to explore. The company has been betting big on the Indian market, investing an overall Rs 7,000 crore in its India unit in this financial year.
(Nikhil adds: Flipkart has been complaining about Amazon fairly frequently over the last months, more recently, saying “they copy everything”. Lets see if Flipkart copies this.)
How it Amazon P2P works
To list products users need an Amazon account. Users can add used or new products to be sold in categories including mobiles, books, fashion jewellery, tablets, watches, laptops and video games, along with a mandatory photo of the item, title and price, and other personal details for pick-up. The ad is then posted on Amazon, and if a buyer orders the product, a doorstep pickup is scheduled by the company. The company picks, packs and ships the product, and sellers will receive their money in 3-5 days.
The service will cost individual sellers Rs 10 per item sold below the value of Rs 1,000, Rs 50 per item sold between the values of Rs 1,000 and Rs 5,000 and Rs 100 per items sold above the Rs 5,000 mark. As an introductory offer, Amazon is currently offering extra Amazon Pay balance for users selling used products.