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Google Checkout - No Processing Fees Through The Holidays!

 1:53 pm on Nov 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi everyone, I just recieved an email from google stating they are not charging processing fee's through the holidays. This is a real good deal for any ecommerce site!

<Admin note: Here's the online reference:>

  • From November 8 through December 31, 2006, we'll process all of your Checkout transactions for free, even if you aren't an AdWords advertiser. If you're already an AdWords advertiser, we'll process your Checkout transactions for free regardless of what you spend on AdWords.

  • Valid Checkout orders you receive during the promotion will automatically qualify.

  • There's no limit: we're processing all of your Checkout sales for free.


  • [edited by: tedster at 1:18 am (utc) on Nov. 9, 2006]



     9:32 pm on Nov 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

    If you wanna give it a test run now would be a good time.


     10:58 pm on Nov 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

    I really prefer Worldpay and would *never* use Google checkout. Worldpay has been in the online processing business for many years, I really doubt Google can do a good job.

    [edited by: SEOPTI at 10:59 pm (utc) on Nov. 10, 2006]


     11:56 pm on Nov 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Google can do a great job. Look @ their size and credit relationships

    they can compete head to head w/ paypal

    Tying this into adwords and then into their CPA offerings - will also give CJ a run for their money . . .


     12:25 am on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    interesting to see google do a 'loss-leaders' promotion - I'm still really on the fence about adding google checkout because most consumers don't have it and it may confuse some less-internet savvy shoppers.

    can't wait till they reach a large user base with consumers - google always does a fine job (or at least better than others) in whatever they do.


     1:18 am on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    The shopping cart icon on Adwords looks childish [emphasis mine] and dumb.


     2:24 am on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    We have it installed, still bugs with the API. But, it is much easier to use than pay pal! Plus, look at googles policies are much better!


     2:37 am on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    And of course I'm sure all of this data won't be used in future ranking algo's


     4:04 am on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    data, yea. Search term, rank, merchant, item, price, tied back to the consumer and the merchant. It's a pretty complete picture.


     4:33 am on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Is Google Checkout only available for US sites at the moment?

    Any plans for an international roll-out?

    It would be nice if the UK was next hint, hint... "special relationship" and all that :-)


     4:43 am on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Yes, only the US, but they are working on the world wide....


     4:56 am on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    No plans on using evil Google's Checkout. Very happy with Paypal and Authorize.Net.


     5:48 am on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    >> evil Google, data collection for Google's use

    That may be but the same could be said for purchasing your electricity or your beer. Care to debate the number of ways your spending and use habits are tracked by other businesses or the government?

    For Pete's sake, it's a tool! Yes, we should all know the risks of data collection and what Google might do with the data they collect but the benefits could be quite significant. So what if they garner some knowledge from our use of their products? You register a car and you're in the system. Do you have a credit card? Do you think that your usage isn't tracked? Hello? What about the data you gather from your own website? It's a bit hypocritical to condemn Google when we're doing the same thing - we're just not as clever and capable as they are.

    Consider that the number one search engine on the planet has decided to focus some of their time and effort on a universal issue - the checkout. From what we've seen of Google they have a track record of testing a variety of tools and services. Most of them are arguably quite useful. I like this aspect of Google. Smart business sense in my opinion and I hope they produce a useful service from what they learn. Why criticize them for trying something new? Especially when we know the braintrust and business sense they can bring to bare on the issue? I for one support their efforts 200% and hope they develop a product that is universally accepted and embraced! Do I want it to be the ONLY solution? No way. But I'm completely open to having a new option.

    [edited by: lorax at 12:10 pm (utc) on Nov. 11, 2006]


     11:55 am on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    I'm with Lorax, and hope Google will shake the sector up a tad. I too have been happy with PayPal and authorize.net but if Google can keep them on their toes then it should be good for everyone regardless of the payment provider you're hooked up with.


     2:39 pm on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    My problem with Google data collection is the granularity and completeness of the knowledge. Sure you're credit card company may know where you buy your groceries, gas and rent your movies, but they didn't know anything beyond that. The supermarket knows you like beef jerky and campbells tomato soup, but don't know also like musicals and steven segal movies, or that you pick up 6 pack of tall boys when you fill up on friday night.

    Do I think they are watching me specifically no but the completeness of the data they have is staggering, and they have a lot of smart people who could put things together in a lot of interesting ways.


     4:04 pm on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Do you really want a private company access to all of this information? CNBC did a whole workup on how Google is one of the only Internet properties that keeps your data forever. Atleast with the gov't there is some sort of regulation. With private industry, not really, especially when Google is the main factor.


     6:18 pm on Nov 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

    If they keep your data forever you should be really concerned using, google checkout, google urchin, google adwords ...


     2:24 am on Nov 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Yea, I also agree. I am still concerned over their policy within GMail though. Anyone know for sure how they handle that data?


     4:18 pm on Nov 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

    If your really concerned about google having access to data, then your in the wrong business. There are privacy laws that protect us all.

    What is the difference of google/paypal/authorize having financial data? If your in business to make money it really does not matter.


     9:55 pm on Nov 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

    >What is the difference of google/paypal/authorize having financial data? If your in business to make money it really does not matter.

    By using google checkout you have not only given up your privacy but also sacrificed your customers privacy as well.


     4:48 pm on Nov 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

    SEOPTI, do you have an ulterior motive in this thread?


     8:06 pm on Nov 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Seopti said. "I really prefer Worldpay and would *never* use Google checkout. Worldpay has been in the online processing business for many years, I really doubt Google can do a good job."

    Worldpay is ok what I don't understand about your post is your lack of understanding. Have you read worrlpay's privacy policy?

    Some quotes from their privacy policy page
    "We may use and share your information with other members of the Group to help us and them:"

    "We may transfer your information to other countries. If we do this we will ensure that anyone to whom we pass it provides an adequate level of protection."

    "From time to time we may change the way we use your information"

    This is a free ticket to sell your information to whoever they want to. I wouldn't use or trust them.

    Google by far I feel would be a better place for my personal information.

    "We will not sell or rent your personal information to companies or individuals outside of Google."


     8:25 pm on Nov 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

    I agree, the privacy policy is even better than paypals and you can not beat gbuy's rates...

    For ecommerce, its a great deal. It will save us a couple of thousand dolars this month.


     7:55 pm on Nov 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Has anyone integrated Google Checkout without trouble? Specific Zen Cart experiences would be appreciated...


     9:40 pm on Nov 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

    I have it working partially with zen cart


     3:40 am on Nov 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Someone said "they (Google checkout) can compete head to head w/ paypal" Sure they can, but the result was that they got their you know whats knocked in the dirt. If you look at the big picture picture, the backlash of Google's offering has really benefited PayPal. A few month's ago everyone was on the Google Checkout bandwagon, they dropped the ball ... and PayPal made a significant coupe with a bunch of major retailers recently. Now PayPal's critical mass in this market will make it impossible for Google, the giant that they are, to compete in the exact same market.

    Google kind of reminds me of a rich kid with a trust fund investing in a lot of cockamamie schemes. (Google's trust fund being their adwords revenue). Eventually, if the beanstalk doesn't grow, they're never going to find another golden goose.


     3:12 pm on Nov 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

    Great News! (if they make it available in the UK)

    We build and manage hundreds of websites for different companies. We've setup WorldPay, PayPal and Protx.

    - PayPal is best for economy but confuses non-web-savvy buyers.
    - WorldPay is best for support but costs the most.
    - Protx are well priced and quite helpful.

    Competition is a great thing, it keeps the others improving. So I like the idea, and yes, Google's track record and brand are big enough to engender confidence in the buyer. For serious business sites I really don't give a stuff about the data issues, its a fair and reasonable trade.

    Of course, if Google think the world map is composed of America and Foreign then its a bit primative. Lets see if they improve it.


     11:10 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

    I couldn't agree more with kapow.

    When google is in competition with ANY company in any field, the leaders in this market would be on their toes and the only beneficiary is we the customers.

    The only problem with google and other many many companies is that they think the world is rolling around the US.

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