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eBay Bans Google Checkout

July 7, 2006
Jay

Guardian Unlimited Business – eBay bans Google Checkout

eBay, online auction site, has banned their buyers and sellers from using Google Checkout, which is considered by most to be an effort to protect their interests in PayPal.

Founded in 1998, PayPal, an eBay Company, enables any individual or business with an email address to securely, easily and quickly send and receive payments online. While Google Checkout doesn’t directly compete with PayPal, it’s clear that eBay may be see Google as a potential competitor in the future. Any seller caught offering Google Checkout to prospective buyers faces having their listings cancelled, forfeiting their fees or even having their entire account suspended.

Ten Golden Rules recommends that if you want to continue to be an eBay seller and still take advantage of what Google Checkout has to offer, create an eBay outlet site, and then use Google Checkout on your regular e-commerce store. Two separate sites for two separate services. Just be aware if eBay puts two and two together and figures out that you’re using Google Checkout on another site, there may be issues.