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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.

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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.


Oh, well.

P.S.
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.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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8 Responses

  1. kzap says:

    its a test launch, hey its google, you gotta expect them to bring it here eventually

  2. Lol, they changed it.

    I got my Philippine-issued Credit Card registered with no problems as well as a Philippine billing and shipping address.

    Tho there aren’t enough stores yet so I didn’t bother buying for a product.

    Regardless, I learned from my past experience with PayPal. Once a payment gateway goes up, register your CC and shipping address right at the moment it goes online because later, you won’t be able to do so.

    A friend of mine with a Philippine issued CC and shipping address stilll have his PayPal account active until now and he can use it normally as any other PayPal account today.

    I lost mine, changed credit card, so now I don’t have a PayPal account with a Philippine issued CC and shipping address.

  3. Leo says:

    Google checkout is already available in the philippines. Anyone using it?

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  5. gonkyouka says:

    @leo and jacob
    I have to problem linking my unionbank’s eon card to my google checkout.

  6. gonkyouka says:

    @leo and jacob
    I have no problem linking my unionbank’s eon card to my google checkout.

  7. gonkyouka says:

    @leo and jacob
    i mean i have “no” problem.

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