eBay bans Google Checkout as payment method

— 10:26 AM on July 7, 2006

eBay has banned Google Checkout as a payment method for its users. Google Checkout launched last week, and while its target market is different from PayPal's, it could still chip away at the eBay-owned service's market share. To justify the ban, eBay claims Google Checkout is too new to be considered safe:

eBay spokesman Hani Durzy said Google Checkout was added to the prohibited payment services list on Thursday primarily because it is so new and untested.

Among the factors considered "is whether the payment service has a substantial historical track record," he said. "I won't say that's the only reason, but I will say that is a factor in evaluating payment services...Google Checkout is, what, a week old?! At this point we're saying it does not meet the factors needed to allow it as an accepted payment."

Despite these apparent security concerns, eBay renamed its "Safe Payments Policy" to "Accepted Payments Policy" to coincide with the addition of Google Checkout as a prohibited payment method. Aside from PayPal, eBay's accepted payment systems include BidPay, Canadian Tire Money, and Cash2India. Barred services, meanwhile, include e-gold, Cardservice International, and now Google Checkout.
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