|Mon July 3 2006 22:09:33|
Google on PayPal
By: Ina Steiner
Google's Marissa Mayer tells BusinessWeek,"PayPal is a really excellent, mature product. And our service, if you actually look at what we are doing, doesn't really take aim at what they do and what their core competencies are. So there is just a misunderstanding of where the product is aimed" (link). See how gossip-blog ValleyWag interprets this (link).
Here are my questions for Google (asked 6/29, not yet answered):
Could you tell me if Google will allow Google Checkout to be used by merchants on marketplaces, such as eBay, Amazon, TIAS, and online classifieds sites like LiveDeal? Any integration efforts in the works with any marketplaces?
Has Google been working with eBay to see if eBay sellers will be allowed to use Google Checkout and to explore integration into the eBay marketplaces? If not, any plans to?
I wrote some articles last week on the topic and will continue to explore how Google Checkout may impact eBay and eBay sellers: "eBay's Fears Confirmed: Google Launches Checkout Service" (link) and "eBay Could Ban Google's GBuy as Payment Method" (link).
A seller sent me an email from eBay's customer service on Friday that told him that Google is not an accepted payment method on eBay, and that "We will re-evaluate this as their payment services progress." (Not the "official" word.)