eBay

eBay has announced a deal which will allow customers to collect items from Argos.

The online auction site has partnered with high street retailer Argos to offer customers a 'click and collect' service. The pilot scheme will see shoppers able to buy goods from eBay and then pick them up from one of 150 participating Argos stores.

To begin with 50 sellers will participate in the scheme. eBay said that the service will be fast, free and local. It will combat those missed deliveries and having to collect from post office or scheduling a re-delivery.

"This new way to shop–with different online merchants & collection at convenient locations–could create immense opportunities for sellers" said Devin Wenig, President of eBay Marketplaces.

eBay said the UK rollout will be mirrored around the world. John Walden from Argos said: "Click & Collect is growing quicker, and may eventually surpass delivery".

It's eBay Now service is also coming to Europe. It means that you can buy an item online via eBay and get a local store to deliver to you within an hour. For example, you forgotten your trainers for the gym so you can find new ones, choose the size, pay and get them delivered easily via eBay.

There is a risk that the service may eat into some of Argos' own collection service sales, hence why it is a trial.