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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 one.

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if you cant beat em... ban em...
 

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Hmm, not sure if this might be found to break some competition law somewhere... if not then good for Ebay. Not sure if this is such a good move.
 
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i agree with ebay on this one, the google alternative isnt tried and tested yet and if it begins life anything like GMail with all the security problems that had then this is going to be very unsafe to use for quite sometime. The main purpose is to secure the money from themselves rather than some 3rd party taking a share of its profits.
 
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Anyon know when GBAYs comming? lol
 

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I wonder if this has anything to do with Ebay owning the competition(PayPal). I'm sure it doesn't.;)
 
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Just so you all know, it's not legal (in most countries) for eBay to do this, so we can all (most) ignore them.
This would come under attempted monopolisation, which if you remember, is what M$ are always in the sh*t for...
This move is also similar to an auction house saying: "no buyer can pay with cheque, only cash" - I am afraid this is never the choice of the auction house, as they do not own any part of the listed item, and are only hosting its sale... This is especially true in eBay's case, and I am sure their stance cannot, and will not last.

So; It is the buyer's and seller's mutual decision, not eBay's...
 

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i agree with ebay on this one, the google alternative isnt tried and tested yet and if it begins life anything like GMail with all the security problems that had then this is going to be very unsafe to use for quite sometime. The main purpose is to secure the money from themselves rather than some 3rd party taking a share of its profits.
But if no one can use it how can it evolve and become safer? If they really cared about the security they would give users a warning and possibly clamp down on it a bit, but not ban it. It is because they want people to use PayPal because it belongs to them.
 
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I wonder if this has anything to do with Ebay owning the competition(PayPal). I'm sure it doesn't.;)

Well NOW THAT COMES AT NO SURPRISE:laugh:
 
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v-zero said:
Just so you all know, it's not legal (in most countries) for eBay to do this, so we can all (most) ignore them.
This would come under attempted monopolisation, which if you remember, is what M$ are always in the sh*t for...
This move is also similar to an auction house saying: "no buyer can pay with cheque, only cash" - I am afraid this is never the choice of the auction house, as they do not own any part of the listed item, and are only hosting its sale... This is especially true in eBay's case, and I am sure their stance cannot, and will not last.

So; It is the buyer's and seller's mutual decision, not eBay's...

I agree !! Bet ya there will be sueing issue .
 

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if you cant beat em... ban em...
Yes, the sure sign of "I can't win & am losing, BAD!"

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I'm sure there will probably be some sort of lawsuit behind this at one point or another. Google isn't the type to sit idle as something big like this happens.
 

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I'm sure there will probably be some sort of lawsuit behind this at one point or another. Google isn't the type to sit idle as something big like this happens.
Maybe... but, it may be a difficult one to win, imo @ least - think about it.

(It'd be like someone telling someone else in their house how to live, etc.)

EBay doesn't (imo @ least) apparently mind the "bad press/p.r.", & that imo, would be something to avoid, because to me, it indicates they really do fear GOOGLE... not a good impression to leave on me, or anybody else.

APK

P.S.=> IMO & those of others I know in regards to "bad press/p.r."?

From what I have seen/heard from folks that run businesses (& yes, websites) is along the lines of:

"NO big deal & I don't worry - I can look bad today, people forget by tomorrow"

(& perhaps, that viewpoint is correct in the long-haul scheme of things)... apk
 
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I vote Google
 
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if you cant beat em... ban em...

Yup. Blizzards policy.

Sounds to me like ebay is shakin in their boots....

Then again, I would be too if I sucked as bad as paypal did...
 
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I'm sure there will probably be some sort of lawsuit behind this at one point or another. Google isn't the type to sit idle as something big like this happens.

Nah. Not really any way you could sue for this one... thats like trying to sue walmart for not letting a meijer employee sell stuff in their store. ;)
 

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It's eBays site and they can and will write anything they want to into their T&C's, especially if they feel a security element is at risk.

As for them fearing Google, I don't think so, not yet anyhoo. PayPal is the big boy on the block and has been for a long time as far as online secure payments are concerned. Google has a lot of ground to catch up on. As for bad/negative PR, PayPal has had shitloads of bad PR in it's time and still it's by far the most used and employed online pay system.

As for legalities, Google would be stupid to go that route till they can prove in time they have a secure and competitive system, till then they will just Beta away till they are ready to go to war if they so choose. As stated above though, eBay can and will pick and choose who you are allowed to use and deal with concerning any payment system. Some places do not allow cash, cheques or credit cards, you are as a business allowed to decide which forms of payments you are prepared to allow or deal with.
 
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A scientific study that oddly substantiates my idea above...

See subject-line/title, & this URL:

Are you reading the news?

http://physicsweb.org/articles/news/10/7/3/1

:)

* Folks don't have the time usually, & other more immediate things in life "get in your face" as well (plus, you can only deal SO LONG w/ disgusting crud, imo, lol!)

APK
 

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Interesting stuff, especially for us Webmasters.
 
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As for them fearing Google, I don't think so, not yet anyhoo. PayPal is the big boy on the block and has been for a long time as far as online secure payments are concerned. Google has a lot of ground to catch up on. As for bad/negative PR, PayPal has had shitloads of bad PR in it's time and still it's by far the most used and employed online pay system.
Thats what the marketting people @ hotmail, yahoo and every other free e-mail service said...

Until Gmail went public.

Looks like everyones offering 2gb space now aren't they? ;)
 
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And Gmail still beats 2GB of space easily now.