The e-commerce giant Monday launched Amazon Home Services, a marketplace that allows shoppers to search for professionals in more than 700 service options including snow removal and Spanish lessons.
The marketplace is expected to compete against consumer review sites like Angie's List and Yelp, as well as advertising sites like craigslist.
Amazon Home Services is available with varying levels of coverage in more than 40 states. Major metropolitan cities like New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco are currently the only ones with high coverage.
Professionals can join the service on an invite-only basis, and will be required to have insurance and undergo a background check, said Peter Faricy, vice president of Amazon marketplace.
No subscription is required to read reviews, and transactions take place on the site. Several services list estimated prices.I think it is entirely possible that Angie's List executives will seek to sell the company rather than compete head-to-head with Amazon.
Angie's List stock closed at $5.87 a share, down from last Wednesday's closing of $6.63.