After a successful test run in the UK, eBay (Nasdaq:EBAY) is bringing its eBay Hire service to the US. The service allows users to find local service providers for jobs ranging from plumbing services, movers, photographers and more.
Ebay Hire has begun accepting information from service providers who can sign up for the service by creating a profile page to list thier services, bios and rates. Customers needing services can then select a provider to hire and submit a request via eBay. The provider follows up with a quote via email or telephone, and once the deal is locked in, customers book and pay directly with the professional.
There is no fee to sign up for eBay Hire, and the site does not make commissions on services booked. Ebay will integrate the service into its regular site using localization technology so that when users search for products, local professionals related to their product search will appear in promoted ads in the sidebar.
The eBay Hire service comes on the heels of last month's expansion of eBay Now delivery service, which allows eBay shoppers to make purchases through eBay's main marketplace and pick them up the same day in-store or have the products delivered.
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