Amazon India Now Lets You ‘Sell as Individual’

Amazon has just launched a new service called Sell as Individual, which allows you to sell your used goods. The service is currently only available in Bengaluru. With Sell as Individual, you can sell products locally in your city, and Amazon offers doorstep pick-up, packing, and delivery of used goods you’re selling.

Amazon India Now Lets You 'Sell as Individual'To sell a product, just go to the Sell as Individual page, and you have to fill in a small form, where you choose the category of the product, add a photo, price, and the pickup details. Although there is a city selector in a drop-down menu, Bengaluru is the only option in that menu for now.

Once you’ve made your listing, the product is listed on Amazon.in (as a used product), at the price you have listed. Other customers can now shop for it as usual, and make the purchase. Amazon will then email you once the product is sold, and schedule a pickup.

It will then come, collect the product, package it, and ship it to the buyer. In case the product it returned by the buyer, Amazon will ship it back to you, at no charge. Once the sale is completed, Amazon will transfer the money to you – minus a small fee.

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Its charges seem pretty reasonable – for items under Rs. 1,000 the fee is Rs. 10, for up to Rs. 5,000 it becomes Rs. 50, and for items of greater value, the fee is Rs. 100.
To promote the service, Amazon is also offering Rs. 1,000 as Amazon Pay balance, if you sell five books, video games, movies, or music; or, if you sell one mobile phone, tablet, or laptop.

Interestingly, the FAQ, terms and conditions, and other links on the Sell as Individual page lead you to links on the Junglee website. On Junglee too, there is now a banner ad for Sell as Individual, and the sell button in Junglee’s navigation takes you to the same sell page.

Amazon had launched Junglee in 2012 before its entry to India, as a price comparison website that helped discover sites across different e-commerce platforms.

In 2014, Junglee and Quikr partnered to show pre-owned product listings, and then in June 2016, Junglee launched a pilot to directly facilitate the sale of used goods. It would appear that the company is now folding this part of the business into Amazon, though we’re seeking official confirmation of this point from Amazon.

Amazon, Tata Housing Partner to Sell Luxury Flats Online

Amazon, Tata Housing Partner to Sell Luxury Flats Online

Realty firm Tata Housing has tied up with online marketplace Amazon India to sell luxury apartments from its six projects across four cities.

Tata Housing, the real estate arm of the Tata group, said in a statement that it has launched ‘The World’s Biggest Home Bonanza’ in association with Amazon India. The online sale will be held during January 17-26.

“This partnership will allow customers the unique opportunity to purchase a ready-to-move-in luxury apartment in 4 cities across the country,” it said.

The price of ready-to-move-in apartments is in the range of Rs. 75 lakh to Rs. 14 crores.

On www.amazon.in/tatahousing, the customers can purchase a Tata Housing apartment at selected properties, namely Prive (Lonavala), Aquila Heights (Bengaluru), Amantra (Kalyan – Mumbai), Eden Court (Kolkata) and Primanti and Raisina Residency (Gurgaon).

Customers will get an opportunity to purchase furnishings and home improvement products up to Rs. 27 lakh from Amazon.

Tata Housing is developing about 70 million sq ft and an additional 19 million sq ft is in the pipeline.

The Amazon.in marketplace is operated by Amazon Seller Services Pvt Ltd, an affiliate of Amazon.com, Inc.

Meizu M1 Note launched in India, exclusive to Amazon

The Meizu M1 Note is the first smartphone from the Chinese OEM to go official in India and the device is said to be exclusive to Amazon for now. The company will not be implementing the same flash sale approach as its competitors and the phablet will be openly available to all.

 The Meizu M1 Note is a pretty beefy device. It doesn’t have a premium design, but a simple look which resembles the iPhone 5C to some extent. Features like colorful polycarbonate shells and a circular home button are what suggest this as well. The handset isn’t first-class in looks, but it makes up for this in hardware.

Meizu M1 Note

The Meizu phablet comes with a FHD 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS LCD touchscreen spanning 5.5 inches wide. And powering it up on the inside is a 64-bit octa core processor from MediaTek based on the Cortex A53 clocked at 1.7GHz and dual core Mali T760 graphics. The phone has a 13MP camera on the rear with a dual-tone LED flash.

And accompanying the screen on the front is a 5MP selfie shooter. Coming to memory, the M1 Note offers 16GB of flash storage and a microSD card slots which is said to support up to 64GB. There are dual SIM card slots as well, with 4G LTE connectivity. Lastly, a 3140mAh battery gets things up and running and can deliver up to 15 hours of video playback, 40 hours of 2G talk time or around 60 hours of music playback.

Meizu M1 Note specs:

– Android 2/ Flyme 4 OS
– 5.5-inch 1080p FHD display
– 1.7GHz octa core MediaTek 64-bit chipset
– 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable storage
– Dual SIM w/ 4G LTE
– 5MP front camera, 13MP rear shooter
– 3140mAh battery

The Mezu M1 Note will go on sale via Amazon on May 20. Its price is unknown for now, but should be set around Rs 10000.

Amazon Most Visited E-Commerce Site in India in October

As e-commerce players battled for consumer attention during the festive period, Amazon India saw maximum visitors on its Web and mobile sites in October at over 200 million visitors, as per the recent data from Internet analytics firm comScore.

In comparison, rival Flipkart saw 164 million visitors to its Web and mobile sites combined, whileSnapdeal saw 109 million visitors in October.

An annual comparison shows that Amazon has also seen the most rapid growth in one year between November 2014 to October 2015.

Amazon India saw a wide arc in its growth from 85 million visitors last year to over 200 million this year.

Flipkart, which was leading the pack last year with 140 million visitors in October 2014, stood at about 163 million visitors in October 2015, the data shows.

Snapdeal saw a marginal growth from about 90 million visitors, to about 110 million visitors in the one year period.

Interestingly, even as more than 70 percent of sales for Amazon reportedly take place through the mobile application, the company saw more than 30 million unique monthly visitors on the desktop site in October.

This is higher than other comparable e-commerce players, including Flipkart which saw 26.9 million unique desktop visitors, comScore numbers revealed.

The data corroborates Amazon’s sales numbers that show its India business has quadrupled in the last year.

The number of sellers on the platform have also grown by over 250 percent, the company had reported last month.

Amazon India, which now has over 21 fulfilment centres in the country, has tripled its capacity in the last year alone with a cumulative storage capacity of five million cubic feet.

Last year, the online retail giant had announced an investment of $2 billion (roughly Rs. 13,312 crores) to expand its operations in India and is committed to pump further investments in the country, which is a key market.

Amazon, which competes with Flipkart and Snapdeal among others in India, operates under a marketplace model here as regulations in the country do not allow foreign capital in business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce.

According to a recent report by Boston Consulting Group, the e-commerce industry in India is expected to touch $60-70 billion (roughly Rs. 3,99,360 crores – Rs. 4,65,920 crores) by 2019 from $17 billion in 2014.

Harmonix Admits Its Employees Posted Positive Rock Band 4 Reviews on Amazon

Rock Band 4 is out this week and while its princely price makes it an expensive proposition in countries like ours, that hasn’t stopped employees at Harmonix the developer and co-publisher of the game, (with peripheral giant Mad Catz being the other co-publisher), from trying to prop up its sales in other markets. Albeit through means that might not necessarily be ethical.

Eagle-eyed Redditors have noticed that Harmonix employees have been taking to Amazon.com and leaving stellar reviews for Rock Band 4. On being caught out, Harmonix issued the following statement to gaming website Destructoid

“Harmonic has clarified its internal policy about posting reviews of our own products on retail sites, and we’ve asked that existing reviews be edited to identify Harmonix employees or be removed entirely. While we believe the reviews posted by a few employees were sincere and without ill intentions, as a studio we don’t believe these are appropriate actions. We appreciate the feedback from the community, and take our relationship with our fans seriously.”

Rock Band 4’s co-publisher Mad Catz explicitly stated that there’s a lot riding on the game, failing to meet sales expectations would “raise substantial doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.” This could explain Harmonix’s employees trying to pepper Amazon with great reviews as doing so increases the product’s visibility on the e-commerce platform.

Amazon to Ban Sale of Apple TV, Google Chromecast

Amazon will stop allowing the sale of Google and Apple video-streaming devices on its site as it focuses on its own Prime Instant Video streaming service.

Prime Video has become an important part of Amazon’s $99 annual Prime loyalty membership program. The video-streaming devices sold on the site should be able to work with Prime Video, the company said Thursday.

“It’s important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion,” Amazon said.

Along with Amazon’s Fire TV, the site will still sell other companies’ video-streaming devices that are compatible with Prime Video, including Roku, Xbox and PlayStation. But Apple TV and Google’sChromecast will be not be sold.

Google Inc. and Apple Inc. did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Seattle-based Amazon has been rapidly expanding its Prime Video Service, including recently inked deals to stream NBCUniversal’s critically acclaimed drama “Mr. Robot” and a multiyear licensing agreement with CBS.

Amazon.com Inc. shares closed up $8.83, or 1.7 percent, to $520.72 Thursday.

Yu Yureka Plus With Android – Not Cyanogen OS – Available via Amazon

There have been a few murmurs that the partnership between Micromax and Cyanogen is near end-of-life, and here’s a clear sign that Micromax’s Yu might be looking at life beyond its software partner. Yu’s popular Yureka Plus smartphone – that originally launched with Cyanogen OS 12 – has been listed on Amazon India with Android v4.4.4 and is available via an open sale at Rs. 8,999. The listing says the Yureka Plus is upgradable to Androi v5.0.2.

Rest of the specifications seem identical to the Yu Yureka Plus (Review) that launched with Cyanogen OS in July, with the smartphone featuring a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display and a 64-bit oct-core Snapdragon 615 SoC (MSM8939) clocked at 1.5GHz, coupled with Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The Yu Yureka Plus sports a 13-megapixel autofocus camera with an LED flash, and a front-facing 5-megapixel fixed-focus camera is also on board. The Yureka Plus comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage with microSD card support (up to 32GB), and packs a 2500mAh battery.

The Yu Yureka Plus is a dual SIM (GSM+GSM) smartphone that comes with connectivity options like Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Yu Yureka Plus include sensors such as accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and gyroscope.

To recall, the Yu Yureka Plus was launched carrying a price tag of Rs. 9,999 but the price was slashed to Rs. 8,999 within a couple of weeks of launch. The Yureka Plus with Android is available at the new price of Rs. 8,999, albeit in only the Mooniest Grey colour. The Yu Yureka Plus is limited to one unit per customer, Amazon India notes.

Yu Yureka Plus With Android – Not Cyanogen OS – Available via Amazon

There have been a few murmurs that the partnership between Micromax and Cyanogen is near end-of-life, and here’s a clear sign that Micromax’s Yu might be looking at life beyond its software partner. Yu’s popular Yureka Plus smartphone – that originally launched with Cyanogen OS 12 – has been listed on Amazon India with Android v4.4.4 and is available via an open sale at Rs. 8,999. The listing says the Yureka Plus is upgradable to Androi v5.0.2.

Rest of the specifications seem identical to the Yu Yureka Plus (Review) that launched with Cyanogen OS in July, with the smartphone featuring a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display and a 64-bit oct-core Snapdragon 615 SoC (MSM8939) clocked at 1.5GHz, coupled with Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The Yu Yureka Plus sports a 13-megapixel autofocus camera with an LED flash, and a front-facing 5-megapixel fixed-focus camera is also on board. The Yureka Plus comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage with microSD card support (up to 32GB), and packs a 2500mAh battery.

The Yu Yureka Plus is a dual SIM (GSM+GSM) smartphone that comes with connectivity options like Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The Yu Yureka Plus include sensors such as accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and gyroscope.

To recall, the Yu Yureka Plus was launched carrying a price tag of Rs. 9,999 but the price was slashed to Rs. 8,999 within a couple of weeks of launch. The Yureka Plus with Android is available at the new price of Rs. 8,999, albeit in only the Mooniest Grey colour. The Yu Yureka Plus is limited to one unit per customer, Amazon India notes.

Amazon Flex Retailer’s Uber-Like Effort to Bring You Packages

Amazon.com said Tuesday that it is building its own network of delivery couriers through a program called Amazon Flex – the latest attempt by the e-commerce giant to bring something close to instant gratification to the process of online shopping.

With Amazon Flex, the company says, drivers can make from $18 to $25 an hour ferrying packages to customers that were ordered as part of its one-hour Prime Now delivery service. As with on-demand car services such as Uber and Lyft, drivers will be independent contractors who select their own work hours.

The new approach is part of the retailer’s ongoing obsession with getting items to customers faster, and could help reduce Amazon’s dependency on major shipping carriers such as UPS and FedEx. And with Uber also experimenting with using its network for deliveries, it could also put these two big names in the tech sector in direct competition.

“They are more and more starting to confirm for themselves that for them to be such a big online retailer, having some capabilities of their own [for] distribution is a core competency, and not an outsourced one,” Satish Jindel, president of logistics advisory firm SJ Consulting Group, said of Amazon.

But Flex also could ensnare Amazon in many of the wage and policy debates that Uber has faced as it has expanded rapidly across the country. There has been a flurry of legal battles over whether such on-demand drivers should be considered employees instead of independent contractors, and labor groups have criticized companies such as Uber, Instacart and others with similar business models for not giving these contractors benefits and other perks.

Amazon Flex is already active in Seattle and will soon be coming to other cities where Amazon’s Prime Now program is offered, including Baltimore, New York, Miami, Dallas, Austin, Chicago and Atlanta. On its Web page about Flex, Amazon says that, along with delivering Prime Now orders, Flex drivers may someday deliver other types of Amazon orders, too.

Amazon frequently tests unconventional ways to get packages to customers. In April, Audi announced that it was testing an offering in Germany in which shoppers could have Amazon boxes delivered directly to their car trunks, and the Wall Street Journal has reported that Amazon tested a bike delivery service in Manhattan. Plus, the e-commerce company is famously experimenting with drone delivery.

Sucharita Mulpuru, an e-commerce analyst at Forrester Research, said she is skeptical that Amazon Flex will viable, since shoppers have again and again proven they hate to pay for shipping, and merchants might not be crazy about paying for this speedy delivery, either.

“That leaves Amazon subsidizing it, similar to what Instacart and the other delivery startups are doing,” Mulpuru said in an e-mail. “That doesn’t make for profitable transactions or loyal customers.”

Jindel said that the key to making Flex sustainable will be building density. If each driver is being paid about $20 per hour, he reasons, five deliveries in an hour could get costs for Amazon down to $4 per package, a good price. But if a courier only delivers one package in an hour, the price no longer looks so good.

Overall, Jindel estimates that Amazon ships 4.5 million packages a day, about half of the volume that FedEx Ground does in a given day.

Amazon says Flex drivers will need to pass a background check and must be 21 years old. They also must have an Android phone, a sign that its app for drivers likely only works (or works best) on these devices. The company promises on its Web site that Flex drivers will be able to get “consistent work,” as deliveries take place seven days a week.

Amazon Fire TV Lands In Japan October 28th

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Amazon recently announced that they would be launching their Prime Video in Japan and now the company has revealed that their Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick will land in Japan next month.

On the 28th of October, Prime Video, the Fire TV and Fire TV stick will be launching in Japan, Prime Video will be available to existing Prime members in Japan.

Today, Amazon is excited to introduce its best-selling Fire TV family of devices in Japan—Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, small devices connect to your home Internet and plug into your HDTV for easy and instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows from Hulu, Prime Video, GYAO!, Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube.com, niconico, Video Market, and more. Since launch, Fire TV has become the #1 best-selling Amazon device category, with Fire TV Stick quickly becoming Amazon’s fastest-selling product ever. Today, Amazon is introducing the next generation of Amazon Fire TV—the new Amazon Fire TV with support for 4K Ultra HD, and the new Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote in Japan.