Amazon launching “Angie’s List” service next week, sources say
According to sources close to TechCrunch, Amazon will be opening an Angie’s List competitor called Amazon Home Services. The service is expected to be announced on Monday.
- Despite initially rolling out in late 2014, Amazon Home Services only featured providers that could help Amazon customers with a recent purchase, like mounting a TV, for example.
- Now, the service is expected to contain a multitude of providers over a large spectrum, including “plumbers, auto mechanics, and yoga instructors,” according to TechCrunch.
- The top-tier categories on Amazon Home Services will include Home Improvement, Lawn & Garden, Automotive, Computer & Electronics, and Lessons. There is also a “more” category.
- Amazon will hand-pick (computer-pick?) the services and service providers allowed on Amazon Home Services.
- Amazon will take a percentage of provider’s earnings, as is standard with all purchases and services on the retail website. They are expected to split the service fees into three tiers: standardized, custom and recurring, “each with a 5 percent transaction fee, and then with varying “service platform” fees ranging from 15 percent (standardized) to 19 percent (custom) to 5 percent (recurring),” according to TechCrunch.
The new service will be available in Miami, San Francisco, New York, Houston, Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Dallas, Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, San Jose, Portland, Minneapolis, Detroit, Denver, Riverside, Tampa, Orlando, Austin, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Cincinnati, Charlotte, and St. Louis.