Thanks. This is useful information.
I'm not sure that makes any difference, a US bank account, address and EIN or SSN is still required
Yes, Noticed that too..
Maybe they have not updated all pages. So we wait and see..
I don't think so - bit of a false alarm I'd say.
No, that link is for sellers, the original post says its open to more buyers....
FYI, anyone can get a US bank account and EIN. You just have to file with the US Federal Government. Most foreign companies that get sold on the US stock market have EIN's and US bank accounts.
I'm curious how Google Checkout handles shipping charges for International buyers. The cost of shipping is magnitudes higher for a customer on the other side of the pond.
For a cart using level 2 integration, GC requires that you "use average or typical rates" as default shipping values, prior to learning the customers "anonymous address".
How do you determine a "typical shipping rate" if you don't know if the customer is 100 or 2000 miles away?
|Mr Bo Jangles|
Can someone tell me (because I can't determine this from Google' site) if we want to use the service as a seller, do we have to disclose to the buyer our location? Reason for the question is this, we are in Australia, and most of our clients are in the US, and we have found that US prospective purchasers want to buy from US companies, and so we don't want to disclose our location - is that possible?
The address that you give to Google is displayed on the customers' shopping cart page as they check out.
google come to europe. i am waiting for you here.
I would hardly call it available in other countries based on this:
"Keep in mind that all orders are billed in US dollars, and Google Checkout support services are only available in US English."
I sell primarily in Australia, I don't want people being billed in $US.
The credit card companies convert the currency, US dollars generally have a lower value, so it can work to the advantage of certain countries.
It's a good idea to add a currency calculator in your cart so they can see the actual cost in their currency
It is difficult to use Googles' system to calculate international shipping as it has to be a flat rate or their system will give a default message to your customers telling them that you do not ship to their country.
The way around this is to create a drop down menu that requires your customer to select his country and add the shipping cost as a product such as---
Blue Widget $50
Red widget $40
UK shipping $30
Send to Google.Checkout