The eBay Germany program, which will offer benefits for shipping and returns, will be rolled out in the second half of 2015. San Jose-based eBay has yet to announce any pricing, though there have been reports that it will cost between €15 and €20 ($16-$22) per year. The company is currently testing the program with a select number of sellers before opening it to the public.
"Through this new program, sellers will have the opportunity to commit existing customers even more strongly to themselves and to gain new customers in addition," eBay Germany director of communications Maike Fuest said in an interview.
In order for sellers to participate in the program, reportedly called eBay+, they will have to maintain a status as a "top-rated seller," ship products quickly, and offer free returns for the month following a purchase. When asked to clarify how quickly products will ship, Fuest simply said that sellers will be responsible to send a package the same day an order occurs but did not clarify if there was a requirement for when the package would arrive. On the program announcement page, it notes that sellers will have to select a delivery method in which packages "usually" arrive the next day.