Accepting Credit Cards Online: A Paypal Alternative

Go To Great Panes, Kathryn Maloney Β©2008

We’ve been accepting credit card payments for sales through Paypal for years, but last year we decided to try Google Checkout:

Google Checkout
(affiliate link)

We’ve been very happy with their service, and really like how our money is automatically transferred to our bank account.

We don’t have to log in and tell them to send us our money, and instead of taking three to four days for it to show up in our account, it takes only two days.

The fees are lower than Paypal: 2% + $0.20 per transaction.
Update as of May 2009–the fees are now the same as Paypal:
2.9% + $0.30 per transaction.

Currently it’s only available to sellers in the US and UK, they are working on expanding, but it’s available to buyers in over 140 countries.

As of January 2008, these countries are able to pay using Google Checkout:

Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Antigua & Barbuda
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bolivia
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Botswana
British Indian Ocean Territory
Brunei
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
CΓ΄te d’Ivoire
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
Faroe Islands
Finland
France
Gabon
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kuwait
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nepal
Netherlands Antilles
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Puerto RicoQatar
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia and Montenegro
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Virgin Islands, British
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Need to send an email invoice
through Google Checkout?

See this post: Send a Google Checkout invoice


9 thoughts on “Accepting Credit Cards Online: A Paypal Alternative”

  1. I’ve been looking into putting a google checkout on my http://www.hyperloophoop.com site, but was a little worried that people wouldn’t have confidence in it to trust it yet. Have you found that people are happy to use it? I’ve stuck with paypal for now, but would really like to get away from using them if I can.

  2. In the past year we’ve only had two people request to pay by credit card through Paypal–both were Etsy sales. Everyone else was happy enough to use Google Checkout–both on Etsy and our website, except those who wanted to pay with Paypal transfers or through the mail, of course.

  3. I’ve been hearing about how Paypal is going to ‘hold’ funds for 21 days in conjunction with Ebay’s new fee changes etc… I really want to dump Paypal (I dumped Ebay) and will give Google Checkout a try. πŸ™‚
    One thing I will miss is the paypal shipping labels. πŸ™‚

  4. This is a really great post with some great info! Having had my own problems with paypal in the past, I think google checkout is looking like a great option πŸ˜€

  5. I just found you in an Etsy forum, and want to thank you for the well written and informative posts! I am looking to change how I accept credit cards and shopping around. I will check out Google Checkout today.

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