Google is attempting a significant push into the European retail industry with plans to launch a service aimed at giving traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers a base from which to market and sell their goods online.
The US-based search engine company plans to develop Google Base, a product still in testing, into an online retail platform. The service would give retailers access to the hundreds of millions of Google users.
But traditionally Google starts products in the US, and then later expands them internationally. So wouldn't it do the same here? (And note that for Europe Google would have to both be multi-lingual and meet the legal regulations of both the European Community and the several countries--much more difficult than the one language, one country United States).
just becuase you succeed in A, does nto mean that you will succeed in B. I have a feelign Google will not fair well in this. dependign on how $$ they put in, they could make a profit, but I doubt they will change the world or anything. Shopping is at least slightly more complicated than this
You can't expect them to succesfully rival paypal, 2checkout, among others, without some serious alpha/beta testing with select groups. I think it'll be much like the other products--with invites or something along those lines--based on volume.