eBay this week silently
announced that it does not allow the use of Google's Checkout online
payment system on its website. Sellers and stores operating on eBay are banned
from using Checkout, and if found will consequently result in such possible
actions as loss of PowerSeller status, loss of certain account privileges and
even account suspension.
According to eBay, Google Checkout has not been a tried and true online payment
service for an extended period of time. Reports
recently surfaced on eBay's new policy change and eBay's stance on Google Checkout remains firm. The online auction giant has not
released word on whether or not this will remain a permanent ban or a temporary
Google spokesperson said "Google Checkout is not a beta product. Google
has a long history in billing and payments for AdWords and for premium services,
such as Google Video." Google
launched its online payment service last week much to the anticipation of
the online community. Analysts speculated earlier this year that Google would
launch an online payment service that would compete directly with PayPal.
However, Google says that it is open to working with anyone and does not have a
closed door. The search giant says that Checkout does not compete with eBay and
is different from PayPal. eBay is the parent company of PayPal.
quote: Requiring customers of one product (an online auction) to purchase another (checkout/escrow services) appears, at first glance, to be a rather clear case of illegal tying.
quote: a tying arrangement is an agreement by a party to sell one product but only on the condition that the buyer also purchases a different product (often known as a positive tie), or at least agrees that he will not purchase that product from any other supplier (often known as a negative tie)
quote: Requiring customers of one product (Apple iPod) to purchase another (iTunes) appears, at first glance, to be a rather clear case of illegal tying.
quote: Payment Services permitted on eBay: Allpay.net, Bidpay, Canadian Tire Money, cash2india, CertaPay, Checkfree.com, hyperwallet,com, Moneybookers.com, Ozpay.biz, Payko.com, Paymate.com.au, Propay.com, XOOM
Payment Services not permitted on eBay: AlertPay.com, anypay.com, AuctionChex.com, AuctionPix.com, BillPay.ie, ecount.com, cardserviceinternational.com, CCAvenue, ecount, e-gold, eHotPay.com, ePassporte.com, EuroGiro, FastCash.com, Google Checkout, gcash, GearPay, Goldmoney.com, graphcard.com, greenzap.com, ikobo.com, Liberty Dollars, Moneygram.com, neteller.com, Netpay.com, Nochex.com, paychest.com, payingfast.com, paypay, Postepay, Qchex.com, rupay.com, scripophily.com, sendmoneyorder.com, stamps, Stormpay, wmtransfer.com, xcoin.com