Google Checkout Begins Charging Fees: Time To Drop Google?

May 5, 2009 • 7:26 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under Other Google Topics

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 CheckoutTransaction Fees until May 5, 2009
Sales of up to 10 times your monthly AdWords spendFREE
Sales in excess of 10 times your monthly AdWords spend2% + $0.20 per transaction
Sales for Merchants that do not advertise with AdWords2% + $0.20 per transaction

Going Forward:

Monthly Sales Through Google CheckoutFees Per Transaction
Less than $3,0002.9% + $0.30
$3,000 - $9,999.992.5% + $0.30
$10,000 - $99,999.992.2% + $0.30
$100,000 or more1.9% + $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.

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