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12:00 pm on Jun 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

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John Battelle reports [battellemedia.com] that PayPal and "The Find" [paypal.thefind.com] have built a cobranded shopping engine to develop shopping search engine of PayPal stores:

Press Release

TheFind, Inc. (www.thefind.com) today announced the launch of paypal.thefind.com, a new shopping search engine built specifically to enable consumers to browse products exclusively from merchants who accept PayPal payments.

Just like results on TheFind.com, products will be shown to PayPal customers as visually compelling catalog-like images, not simply text links or thumbnail images. Unlike traditional comparison shopping sites, merchants will not have to pay for their products to appear in search results on paypal.thefind.com; instead, products from PayPal merchants will be indexed and become part of the natural search results.

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That's a neat concept to promote PayPal Merchants, I like it! I'm not real impressed with the search results just yet. :(

You'll want to make sure that you are listed as a PayPal Merchant and get your feeds ready...

TheFind.com - Add a Merchant
[thefind.com...]

Thank you for submitting a merchant site for inclusion on TheFind. We appreciate your help and want to provide you with an update on our initial review.

We will review the site you've submitted for inclusion into our search engine. If the site is added, products will begin to appear on our site in 7-10 days.

We appreciate your submission to make our search engine even better! If you would like to add another merchant site, simply use our Add a Merchant form again.

Look for Fatbot.

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Hmm. I like the experience. Search is easy, you can find products visually which i like most. It seems to have good options for narrowing the search.

It will be interesting to see what features are enabled for paypal users and what ones aren't. Right now I'm not logged in to paypal but still seeing images.

Lot's of potential.

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It is an utter fantasy to believe that people seek out merchants who will take paypal.

In fact if you only take paypal, you are most certainly losing customers.

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It is an utter fantasy to believe that people seek out merchants who will take paypal.

I've been looking for some more recent numbers but, on 2006 February 15, PayPal released information stating that they had exceeded the 100 million registered users mark. Those users are spread out amongst 55 countries.

And I'll agree, there probably isn't a large group of people seeking out PayPal Merchants. But, if they promote it right, they could change that mindset.

[edited by: pageoneresults at 3:38 pm (utc) on June 12, 2007]

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Not sure it the post is worded correctly as I can see numerous websites that don't use paypal as a checkout showing up.

I really don't see ebay stores listed so it may be just another search engine were I assume Ebay down the road they will take over the listings as they have done in all the other search engines...

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It was about time, someone took this idea to that level! Give them a few weeks to tweak around and it should be fine!

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It is an utter fantasy to believe that people seek out merchants who will take paypal.

I have money in my paypal account already so I might as well use that instead of withdrawing it to my credit account.. I'm sure I'm not alone in this regard. If you already have a approved paypal account with cash inside, its incredibly easy to purchase something.

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It is an utter fantasy to believe that people seek out merchants who will take paypal

Maybe that was a fantasy a couple years ago, but in this age of ramped identity theft and credit card fraud, it seems to be the future of secure online payments.
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It is an utter fantasy to believe that people seek out merchants who will take paypal

You couldn't be more wrong on this point. PayPal cash is often highly discretionary cash that has been acquired through liquidating assets via Ebay. This money doesn't feel like real money, and the ease with which its spent makes it an ideal source for making impulse purchases.

I have frequently preferred suppliers by their ability to accept PayPal, and when looking to buy online, am drawn to PayPal merchants for the reasons I have stated.

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It is an utter fantasy to believe that people seek out merchants who will take paypal

Well for the users who do want to use paypal, they can use this search engine to locate stores. For general online shoppers who don't care about the processing company behind the site, (most shoppers) this will draw extra users.
This Promotes paypal stores to paypal users, and promotes paypal to non paypal users. Win Win.

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I dropped them an email about our site and got a reply in less than an hour!

Anyways, it is a nice looking site and it may be very successful. It will be easy for them to eclipse froogle.

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What feed format does paypal use? And where can I learn more about it.

thanks

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It is an utter fantasy to believe that people seek out merchants who will take paypal.

Totally wrong IMO.

I just checked, and 4% of our sales came directly from Paypal merchant search. While 4% may not seem like much, it ranks 5th, and represents over $200,000 in sales.

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Is this only for merchants selling in US dollars?
 

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