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Amazon offering service to help get jobs done around the house

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SEATTLE (AP) — is introducing a referral service to help people to get projects and chores done around their homes.

The recommendation system, called Amazon Home Services, marks the e-commerce company’s latest attempt to expand its empire beyond online shopping.’s move poses a potential threat to other online referral and business rating services, including Angie’s List, Yelp and Thumbtack, a startup whose backers include Google.

About 700 different services in major U.S. cities can be booked through, spanning from housecleaning to goat grazing. isn’t charging consumers a fee to use the service. Instead, the company will collect a commission ranging from 10 percent to 20 percent from most of the professionals. says it’s doing background checks on all professionals listed in its service and guaranteeing all the work.


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