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Google Checkout in the UK
Does anyone actually pay using this?

 1:34 pm on Aug 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've just added PayPal to my UK site as an alternative payment method with pretty good success. Previously I've only accepted payment through my own merchant account.

I've been toying with the idea of also adding support for Google Checkout. It appeals a lot to me to add this so that I can get the Google Checkout stamp on my Adwords ads, and Google shopping listings.

But... does anyone actually pay using this?!





 2:15 pm on Aug 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Yes, it does get used.


 3:11 pm on Aug 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Do you also accept PayPal? How does the usage compare?

In my mind, I can't see any reason why I'd ever want to use Google Checkout! (though did use it a couple of times when they were giving money off!)

But then again, their icon on my AdWords may still make it worthwhile!



 4:25 am on Aug 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

We don't usually offer the choice between Google Checkout and Paypal on the same site - so I'm afraid I can't help you there. Now you mention it; it would be good to do some split testing.

Four motivating factors for google checkout over paypal in my mind:

  • Small segment of internet users hate paypal
  • Lower charges with google checkout
  • Comparing top-level free APIs, Google Checkout's is much more powerful - to get power like that from PayPal takes a significant monthly subscription
  • The Adwords logo
  • jweighell

     8:44 am on Sep 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

    Going by the lack of responses, I guess it's actually used very little then?



     9:55 am on Sep 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

    Nobody has ever asked us to pay using either paypal or google checkout. We are B2B so perhaps companies don't use either of those options. I suspect that for B2C sites the amazon offering will be more used simply because just about everybody has a personal amazon account. I doubt many companies do.

    The amazon option isn't available in the UK yet though :(

    [edited by: Jack_Hughes at 9:56 am (utc) on Sep. 3, 2008]

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