eBay Vs. Google Checkout
The Google Checkout Store is a new web tool from google that allows you to place a store inside any blog or web page. The store inventory is managed using integration with Google Docs Spreadsheets. It is simple enough to set up and perfect for bloggers who want to sell niche products. The store is embeded in the page through simple html code which is easily copied and pasted. Let's take a look at some of the major benefits:
The Google Docs spreadsheets are set up to contain the following information:
As you can see there is no option for categories meaning the only way to make more is to create a new store for each category. Google is working on a fix but it is still in Beta Testing. There are some other notable disadvantages to Google Checkout as well:
eBay Vs Google Checkout
*Alexa is a service that ranks websites according to popularity that is by views and unique visitors. The lower the rank the higher the traffic, currently Google.com is ranked #1.
**PayPal also charges 2.9% for each transaction through eBay.
It really doesn't make sense to compare the cost of a Google Checkout Store to that of listing items on eBay. Sure the simple 2.9% that Google charges sounds great but success with a Google Checkout store is dependent on many factors. The most important being the actual site that you will embed the store in. Also, you will need a way to get targeted traffic to your site to buy (which is usually not free). However Google Checkout could be perfect for those who already have a web page or blog and are looking to monetize it with related items. Or for those who already have a large following on eBay who have built a brand for themselves. Then it would just be the simple task of getting those buyers to look for the new store.