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Google Checkout versus Paypal




8:33 am on Aug 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Are there any statistics available that compare G checkout to Paypal?

Opinions of users?


3:00 pm on Aug 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

Man I wish...


5:03 pm on Aug 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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We offer Credit Card processing, PayPal and Google.
After the initial bump last year when Google Checkout was being hyped, GC has faded back to less than 1% of our transactions.

PP has remained a steady 45% of our website transactions for several years now.

As a user, to me the GC flow is clunky. PP's checkout is pretty smooth if you have your account setup with a default CC.

If GC closed down tomorrow, we wouldn't even notice.


6:33 pm on Aug 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

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100 to 1 in favor of paypal from our system.... not sure why google hasnt done better.


9:26 pm on Aug 19, 2009 (gmt 0)

Man I wish...

Don't worry, you'll (hopefully) learn some day if you start a real business.


11:55 pm on Aug 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I read this week on a website that Google Ecommerce has no phone technical support. THAT issue is enough for me to run to PayPal.


4:53 pm on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

I don't have internet wide paypal -vs- g-checkout stats re: conversion/sales rates... and as far as I know nobody else has either. I use both, plus I use 2checkout. I also had my own merchant account through my bank until they got redneck with me and I lost it.

My philosophy is the more options I give my customers to pay - the better off I am.

I can give you my own stats but they'll be worthless to you. Appx 40% of my sales go through paypal, 40% through 2checkout, and 20% through G-checkout. G-checkout ranks last. I even get the oddball who wants to mail me a check every now and then. Which I'll take. These numbers aren't going to mean anything to you though. The demographics of your buyers is probably/likely different than mine.

The OP asked for specific statistics comparing G-checkout to Paypal. I don't have those. As far as I know, no one else does either.

Don't worry, you'll (hopefully) learn some day if you start a real business.

You're right fargo.. I need a real business. Something to keep me challanged. This 5K a month affiliate marketing thing I've had going for the last 11 years has gotten old. I'm probably pretty much unemployable right now. I'm not current on anything and I've gotten lazy. Too much Bud lite and spinner baits on the lake....

Oh well...


7:43 am on Aug 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Google have scaled down Google Checkout after spending reputedly $100 million without making a dent in the market.
They have shut down operations in Europe and now seem to be simply keeping up appearances with a scaled down operation which is no longer being actively promoted.
If you have the option pick an e-Commerce solution which allows you to combine multiple payment services such as ShopFactory, so if you want you can have PayPal and Google Checkout in the mix - but Google Checkout isn't really worth it. Anyone who has an account with them will also have other means of paying. Google tried to take on PayPal with a badly planned solution and lost. Apart from being given away free of charge for a while it never had much going for it.
Nevertheless the more popular payment methods you can combine, the more sales you will have; research on that is pretty clear.

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