Google Checkout Having Problems Gaining Traction?

Now they’re offering free Checkout transactions for a whole year.

From November 8, 2006 through December 31, 2007, we’ll process your Checkout transactions for free, even if you aren’t an AdWords advertiser. If you’re already an AdWords advertiser, we’ll process your Checkout transactions for free regardless of what you spend on AdWords

Doesn’t mean a lot to me, because I’m not in the US. Google Checkout is only available if you have a US social security number.

It has also been reported that, far from being a PayPal killer, Google Checkout perhaps ‘aint all that”. The thing is, if it doesn’t work very well, and loses sales, then transaction costs will be the least of a merchants worries. has reportedly removed the Google Checkout payment processing option from its Web site due to peformance shortcomings, acccording to MarketWatch.

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