Google Checkout is no Paypal-killer
Google Checkout came out yesterday and though I had a blog entry for it in draft, I’ve revised it and changed it to this one.
Checkout is practically just another payment gateway for merchants and shoppers, and has been predicted to be the next Paypal-killer. Um, maybe if you live in any of the 50 states (and 1 district) of the US.
Google Checkout is tied up with your Google Accounts so all you need to do is login and then fill out the credit card information page. But wait, look up at the screenshot and you will see that the CC info needed needs to have a US billing address.
That spoils every bit of excitement I had about the new service. Still, even if you have one, it doesn’t have that person-to-person Paypal transfer feature either.
A response from a Google rep posted on Digg stated :
At this time, only merchants with a United States address and bank account can integrate and process transactions through Google Checkout. You also must have a United States billing and shipping address to buy with Google Checkout.
We look forward to making the service more widely available in the near future.
I hope that future is near.