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Old 22nd July 2006, 11:02 AM   #1
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Default Google Checkout vs. Paypal

Google Checkout was launched last month and many are expecting it to give Paypal a run for their money. However, Paypals user base is 100 million strong and Google Checkout is just getting off it's feet.

My question is this. . .is anyone out there using Google Checkout and what are your thoughts regarding it vs. Paypal for conducting business on the internet?



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Old 6th October 2006, 05:41 PM   #2
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Google Checkout was launched last month and many are expecting it to give Paypal a run for their money. However, Paypals user base is 100 million strong and Google Checkout is just getting off it's feet.

My question is this. . .is anyone out there using Google Checkout and what are your thoughts regarding it vs. Paypal for conducting business on the internet?


Sannwood,

My company just started using Google Checkout. It is going great so far. There may need to be some updates, so it can function similar to PayPal. However, if you are an Adword client, all the fees can be free to you. Eventually, it would compete with PayPal. I do have some thoughts about paypal. There are a lot of people with duplicate accounts with PayPal. Google will be more precise in their membership.

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Old 14th November 2006, 08:30 AM   #3
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We have been using Google Checkout for over a month now and are very pleased with it.

The biggest difference between them and PayPal is that they control the order flow. There is a lot of communication from them, but everything is somewhat asynchronous. The customer is not redirected back to your site to "complete" the sale.

So you are basically maintaining orders on your internal systems and on Google's.

And you can't accept additional payments for an order (as of now). They have an invoicing system, but I need to do some more research on that.

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Old 9th December 2006, 07:37 PM   #4
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Google Checkout was launched last month and many are expecting it to give Paypal a run for their money. However, Paypals user base is 100 million strong and Google Checkout is just getting off it's feet.

My question is this. . .is anyone out there using Google Checkout and what are your thoughts regarding it vs. Paypal for conducting business on the internet?

Google Checkout is a lot less expensive than Paypal. One thing Paypal offers that Google Checkout does not offer is a virtual terminal - buyers must complete the sale online with Google Checkout. With Google Checkout, vendors do not have the option of processing the buyer's credit card in some other manner, such as over the phone.

If a vendor sells strictly online, I think Google Checkout is a great deal because the rates are so cheap. But if vendors need to process credit cards in some other manner, then they'll have to use some other merchant service.

At this point, my opinion is that one is not better than the other. Google wins with price, but Paypal wins with greater range of processing options. So it just depends on what each business needs.


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Old 20th December 2006, 01:34 AM   #5
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Wow!!! Thats great!!! I never heard about google chkout!!! Anyway thx for sharing guys...



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Old 20th December 2006, 01:03 PM   #6
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Wow!!! Thats great!!! I never heard about google chkout!!! Anyway thx for sharing guys...

I never heard of Google Checkout until I visited a website that had it. I think they are growing like crazy.

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Old 20th December 2006, 06:30 PM   #7
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Default WOW! Gang you are really fantastic.

Thank you so much for the tip on Google checkout. The new business is going okay but no sales yet...people are coming to visit tho and that means our name is out there! So we haven't needed the PayPal account but I think we will stick with it anyway - the account is FREE if it is a business account.

In spite of my lack of knowledge on metatags, we seem to be getting a lot of visitors thru search engines, Google, Yahoo, and MSN ... so we are hopeful.


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Old 20th December 2006, 06:37 PM   #8
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There was an article in New York Times about Google Checkout on 12/20.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/20/te...0checkout.html

Read it soon before the article goes into archive. Then you have to pay to read it.

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I was told by the Director of PayPal (the big guy), that google does not provide alot of account information from the client. If capturing the data is important, go with paypal.

On the other hand, you get some free advertising if you use google.

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Also, if your long term strategy includes an affiliate program to boost your online sales, be cautious with Google Checkout. It has a nasty habit of wrecking the tracking in an affiliate program, which is a sure way to get your affiliates to stop promoting you.

I understand there are workarounds, but they sound pretty manually intensive.

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