eBay not buying Google Checkout
It's yet another sign of the tension between web giants: eBay has decided not to allow its sellers to use Google Checkout, the payment service launched last week by the prolific search engine. Most bloggers see the eBay move as a transparent attempt to protect PayPal, eBay's own payment service. "This is eBay flexing their ... muscles to control the way sellers take credit cards ... if they feel it starts to infringe on the PayPal asset," writes Scot Wingo at eBay Strategies. (The outspoken Wingo, CEO of ChannelAdvisor, a company which helps large companies sell on eBay and which has taken an investment from the e-commerce giant, also points out that it is "ironic they would do this here, and in the same breath go to Congress and fight the Net neutrality battle.")
While eBay's move came without an official explanation, careful eBay observers like AuctionBytes point out that eBay has quietly changed the name of its "Safe Payments Policy" to "Accepted Payments Policy" -- suggesting that safety or reliability was not at issue.
All is fair in love and Internet competition, writes Microsoft exec Don Dodge: "Any company can set any rules and policies they want as to how to accept payments and how to issue refunds or credits...or not." But Ars Technica thinks the move may be shortsighted: "At best, eBay comes off looking petty and frightened of potential competition from Google. At worst, the online auction house could lose large customers."
Below is eBay's list of
Payment Services not permitted on eBay:
Our company is Scripophily.com and we are listed here. We buy and sell collectible stock and bond certificates and have no idea why eBay listed our company here. They never notified us about any of this. Their arrogance and paranoid behavior is beyond belief.
Nevertheless, if were are on the same list as Google, it can't be all that bad.
AlertPay.com, anypay.com, AuctionChex.com, AuctionPix.com, BillPay.ie, ecount.com, cardserviceinternational.com, CCAvenue, ecount, e-gold, eHotPay.com, ePassporte.com, EuroGiro, FastCash.com, Google Checkout, gcash, GearPay, Goldmoney.com, graphcard.com, greenzap.com, ikobo.com, Liberty Dollars, Moneygram.com, neteller.com, Netpay.com, Nochex.com, paychest.com, payingfast.com, Payko.com, paypay, Postepay, Qchex.com, rupay.com, scripophily.com, sendmoneyorder.com, stamps, Stormpay, wmtransfer.com, xcoin.com
Go eBay! I am tired of people switching services just because something is new. If it is not broke why fix it. eBays recipe works. Would it really be good business just to follow a fad like Google. Google is just trying to hold on to their edge and not fall over it like yahoo did. Fads fade; that is business.
I dont think it looks petty or frighting..My friend works at google and they have their hands in everything..they use the profits from their adware group to fund all their other krazy projects they have(many of which wont make them money but will allow them a chance to additional ads on.)I even hear they are trying to compete with microsoft by makeing a web browser and a suite of office software just so they can put more ads on it. If Ebay didnt put their foot down..one day they would wake up and find that they had lost their market to Google.
Excellent pickup of this story. I picked this up in my blog, precursorblog.com because it is a classic case of an indefensible double standard by eBay.
eBay has, and should retain, the freedom to discriminate in its pricing terms and conditions of its offering in a competitive market. What I find hypocritical and selfserving is that eay supports net neutrality legislation, because eBay does not want that freedom to be enjoyed by the competitive broadband providers. eBay wants freedom for itself and shackles for its competitors -- super un-principled.
Scott Cleland Chairman, Netcompetition.org
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