I fear this post will be a bit boring, but considering I havn’t had the chance to update in over 2 weeks, boring is better than nothing. In any case, it has come to my attention that not everyone is familiar with this thing called Google Checkout. I’m not too surprised, as it was launched around mid 2006, and unless you buy a ton of stuff online, you may have never had a reason to use it. Personally, I myself have never been on the consumer end, and my experience has always been from the merchant side of things. However, I’ve done a bit of reading and feel that I can give you a good idea of what to expect when using Google Checkout.
First of all, why Google Checkout? If you have dealt with us before, you know it is our preferred method of payment. Yes, we can take checks, but then you have to allow for the check to arrive to us and then wait for the check to clear. A process that can take just minutes with Checkout. So yes, it is a time saver, and when a last minute order is placed, we can certainly use all the extra time we can get.
Most importantly though is the issue of security. Along with other security checks that Google has set-up to prevent fraud, we will never see your credit card number. We can simply tell if the payment was made and cancel it if need be. So, when you call us and ask if we can take your order over the phone. Well, the answer is no, not really. Meaning, we won’t take your credit card information over the phone. We can however take down your e-mail address, and then send you an invoice via Google Checkout. (But wait!? I have no affiliations with Google – how does this work? umm… I’m getting to that. Promise.)
This brings me to my next point. Google Checkout is convenient. (Here’s the part where I have no experience to speak from, but I’ve done some reading, so bare with me. ) Once you have used Google Checkout once, you can keep using your account at any site that offers it. So instead of filling out your personal information at every place you shop, you can just use your Google Checkout account as long as it is an available option. Simply sign in with your e-mail address and password.
So how does it work exactly? Well, for us, unless you are purchasing a sample, we will send you an invoice for the total amount due via e-mail. Once you open the e-mail, you will find a link labeled “Pay now through Google Checkout…”. Once you click on the link, you will be asked to either sign in to Google Checkout, or if it is your first time, sign up for Checkout. If you need to sign up, you will be asked to provide the standard information – name, e-mail address, and credit card information. Once you are logged in you can confirm your order and hit the box that states “place your order now” to make your purchase. At this time, an e-mail confirmation will be sent to us alerting us that an invoice has been paid. If you are purchasing a sample packet, the process is very similar. Except that instead of receiving an invoice, you just click the little blue “buy now” button on the website.
So, while we know it may be new and different to some of you, and new and different can equal strange and scary, we really don’t think there is anything to be worried about. Here are a few other things you might be interested in knowing:
- No, you don’t need to have a g-mail account to use it.
- No, you don’t even need to know what g-mail is for that matter.
- You can store as many credit cards as you would like in your account.
- You can choose to keep your e-mail address confidential. So, if we need to contact you, we will just send a message to an address that looks pretty much like jumbled letters followed by @checkout.google.com.
- It allows you to rate merchants.
- It allows you to track your orders from wherever you make purchases.
- And lastly, no, you will not be giving Google complete control over the world by using their services. (at least, I don’t think so…)
Disclaimer: The information provided in this post is in no way affiliated with or promoted by Google or Google Checkout.