Ama­zo­ni­ans in 3 More Cities can Sell to Lo­cals

Ama­zon’s Lo­cal Finds ex­pands ser­vices to Mum­bai, H’bad and Chen­nai

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Ben­galuru: On­line mar­ket­place Ama­zon In­dia, which had in­tro­duced cus­tomer-to­cus­tomer sales in Jan­uary, has ex­panded the ser­vice to three ad­di­tional cities apart from Ben­galuru. The Lo­cal Finds ser­vice, which is now also in Mum­bai, Hy­der­abad and Chen­nai, al­lows in­di­vid­u­als to register as sell­ers on the mar­ket­place to sell used items to oth­ers in the city.

The dis­cov­ery and C2C sale plat­form, which launched with books, has also gained trac­tion with lo­cal sell­ers and bou­tiques sell­ing hand­loom and hand­i­craft prod­ucts and ac­ces­sories, said Ma­hen­dra Nerurkar, di­rec­tor of new ini­tia­tives at Ama­zon In­dia.

“The Lo­cal Finds sec­tion has so far seen 30,000 trans­ac­tions and at any given time, the plat­form has 15,000 to 20,000 live list­ings for a city like Ben­galuru. Sell as an in­di­vid­ual is a global pro­gramme and we have made some In­di­aspe­cific tweaks to this,” said Nerurkar. He added that one of the spe­cific changes made as part of the pro­gramme was to pro­vide full­stack of ser­vices in­clud­ing pack­ag­ing, ship­ping, doorstep in­spec­tion for the buyer, among oth­ers, to ad­dress the need for op­ti­mum lo­gis­tics part­ners. The sec­ond change be­ing re­strict­ing the search re­sults to within the city for ease of de­liv­ery. ET had re­ported the devel­op­ment when the pi­lot was launched in Ben­galuru in Jan­uary. The plat­form sees a large num­ber of aca­demic books be­ing sold on it, fol­lowed by video games, mu­sic vinyl records and movies. “We have en­sured that the seller posts pic­ture of the prod­uct be­cause of which we have not seen an ex­tra­or­di­nary rate of re­turn,” added Nerurkar. The plat­form charges an in­tro­duc­tory fee of .₹ 10 on items val­ued un­der .₹ 1,000, fol­lowed by .₹ 50 per item sold which is val­ued be­tween .₹ 1,000 to 5,000 and .₹ 100 for prod­ucts more valu­able than this range.

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