Paypal vs Google Checkout

Posted by Mark Thompson - June 17, 2008 - Ecommerce - 7 Comments

When looking to setup a merchant account, both Paypal and Google Checkout are great solutions. They both have pros and cons but I wanted to give a brief overview of the two merchant solutions.

Solutions

Paypal

Paypal offers both a personal and business account.

Google Checkout

One type of account. Requires a Google Account to sign up.

Buttons Available

Paypal

Google Checkout

Integration

Paypal

  • Basic: Allows you to create simple “buy now” buttons. Perfect for someone selling only a few items.
  • Shopping Cart: This option will integrate Paypal into some of the most popular third party shopping carts.
  • Custom Integration: Similar to Google’s Feature Rich Integration, this will allow you to integrate into a custom shopping cart.

Paypal has a feature called the Paypal Sandbox Test Environment which allows developers to test the integration before they push it live to the site.

Google Checkout

Google has two ways of integrating Google Checkout into your website.

 Transaction Fees

Paypal

1.9% – 2.9% of transaction + 30 cents

Google Checkout

2% of transaction + 20 cents

Fraud Protection

Paypal

100% refund for fraudulent transactions of $50 or more

Google Checkout

100% refund for fraudulent transactions (must report within 60 days)

Security

Paypal

Industry standard SSL Security

Google Checkout

Industry standard SSL Security

Additional Benefits

Paypal

They have something called a Virtual Terminal. It is the equivalent of swiping a credit card at a brick and mortar store. It gives you the flexibility to take orders anywhere, on the phone, online, by fax. The great part is you do not have to invest money into expensive machines to process orders.

Paypal has the majority of the market share. As of right now, more people have Paypal accounts than Google Checkout accounts.

Google Checkout

When you accept Google Checkout as a form of payment, you will have the Google Checkout logo next to your pay-per-click ad. There have been studies that show an increase in CTR for ads that have the Google Checkout logo.


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About the Author

Mark Thompson

Mark is the creator of StayOnSearch and president of Search Creatively, a full-service Internet Marketing Company located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also contributes to many industry related blogs including Search Engine Journal and is active on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Mark on Twitter