Google's merchant system has been around for a while now. Google encouraged merchants to add Google Checkout as an option to their web site through offering discounted or free merchant fees and added visibility on their AdWords ads. Today is the day that Google's pricing structure for Google Checkout changes.
Prior to May 5th:
|Sales Through Google Checkout||Transaction Fees until May 5, 2009|
|Sales of up to 10 times your monthly AdWords spend||FREE|
|Sales in excess of 10 times your monthly AdWords spend||2% + $0.20 per transaction|
|Sales for Merchants that do not advertise with AdWords||2% + $0.20 per transaction|
|Monthly Sales Through Google Checkout||Fees Per Transaction|
|Less than $3,000||2.9% + $0.30|
|$3,000 - $9,999.99||2.5% + $0.30|
|$10,000 - $99,999.99||2.2% + $0.30|
|$100,000 or more||1.9% + $0.30|
When we asked our readers if they will continue to use Google Checkout after trial period the majority, 60%, said no they won't. But 40% said they will continue to use it. Why? I suspect because it was already added and they still benefit from the added visibility in the AdWords listings.
I wonder if the poll I mentioned will be accurate or not?
Forum discussion at Search Engine Watch Forums.