Pay with your Google…

Technology November 15th, 2007

Yup, that’s right! It’s old news that merchants were testing out a new payment system codenamed GBuy (or some prefer to call it Google Buy), which could be running head-on-head with one of the most popular online payment systems around – Paypal. After news of it spread in December 2006, which is almost 1 year ago, further updates about this online payment system had ceased and no one knew anything about it. At least not me.

However, if you do a search on google.com, you would find that there is another system that Google is building that sounds suspiciously like GBuy. Presenting to you, Google Checkout!


Google Checkout is a fast, secure way to buy from stores across the web. However, Google Checkout is only available to U.S. and U.K. merchants. In addition, U.S. Google Checkout merchants must have a U.S. bank account and address, plus either of the following:

  • A Social Security number (optional) and a valid credit card.
  • A Federal Tax ID/Employer Identification Number (EIN).

U.S. and U.K. buyers and buyers from many other countries outside the United States and United Kingdom can also sign up for the service and make purchases (in U.S. dollars or Pounds Sterling) through Google Checkout. Check the Location: drop-down menu on the sign-up page to see if Google Checkout is available in your buyer’s location. They are working towards making Google Checkout more widely available in the near future. At this time, however, they cannot provide any details regarding when Google Checkout will be available in specific countries.

You may wish to check out their slides here. In addition, they also have a blog for it. So go on, sign-up and explore the wonders of GBuy Google Checkout!

Since you are here, you might want to relive history here, here and here.



Reader's Comments

  1. pubed | November 15th, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Gbuy sounds obscene…

  2. Simply Jean | November 15th, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    @pubed: hehe… ya… it was an afterthought =P

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