Call it the Amazon effect. eBay Australia is now offering customers free delivery and returns via a new membership option called eBay Plus. It also comes with a host of special offers and features exclusive to eBay Plus members. Here's everything you need to know.
What is eBay Plus?
eBay Plus is essentially eBay's answer to Amazon Prime, a paid subscription service that offers extra benefits to users. It provides Aussie shoppers with free domestic delivery and returns on approximately 15 million eligible eBay products.
In addition to free delivery and returns, the service promises exclusive deals and discounts that will not be available to non-members. You can also score early access to new products before they appear on the site proper.
As an added bonus, eBay Plus members will get double flybuys points on all eBay Plus purchases. There's also a "dedicated customer support team". If you regularly get screwed over by couriers and postal workers, this could be worth the asking price alone.
The budget is coming down tonight and despite the promise of a 'Santa Claus Scott Morrison' the results will probably require further tightening of those purse strings. There's no need to staple your wallet shut just yet though - with eBay and Flybuys announcing a partnership today, allowing you to earn and use your Flybuys points to shop at Australia's biggest online retailer.
How does it work?
Registered members can use a new Plus filter to see eligible items on the site. Products will also be accompanied by an 'ebayplus' logo in regular listings.
This video breaks down how it works in further detail:
How much does eBay Plus cost?
eBay Plus will set you back an annual fee of $49. However, there's a $29 introductory offer for the first year. eBay will also be offering a free 30-day trial.
When will eBay Plus launch?
eBay Plus is available now. You can sign up for the service here.
Is eBay Plus worth the money?
That obviously depends on how frequently you use the service. eBay reckons the average eBay shopper spends $71 on shipping per year so you should be saving around $20 per year. Naturally, if you shop on ebay more than the average person, your savings will go up accordingly.
Amazon Australia was touted, pre-launch, as a high-speed mass-transit hype train of cheap prices, fast delivery and traditional retail death. Instead, it has been more like a coal-fire locomotive, slowly gathering steam since it's early December launch last year. All the talk early was that it was a disappointment, but how true is that now? And what can we expect from Amazon Australia in 2018?
Does eBay Plus have any restrictions?
Well, duh. Buying cheap items from third-party sellers will attract the usual delivery fees. However, eBay claims to have over 15 million products available. Which is a lot.
Amazon's entry into Australia last year was underwhelming, but the company continues to shore up its local storefront in a bid to tempt shoppers. Part of that includes Amazon Prime, a paid subscription service that provides users with extra benefits, such discounts, deals and even streaming video. So, what does Prime have to offer Australians?
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