Google Checkout will retire on November 20, 2013


On November 20, 2013, Google will be retiring it's payment processing product Google Checkout.

  • Merchants selling digital goods may transition to Google Wallet for digital goods
  • Merchants selling through Google-hosted marketplaces (e.g. Google Play) will be unaffected
  • Merchants selling physical goods will need to switch to third-party alternatives (see below)

Below are some important dates

May 20th, 2013 - Last day to sign up for Google Checkout November 20th, 2013 - Last day to charge orders November 21st, 2013 - Last day to ship orders November 27th, 2013 - All outstanding orders will be cancelled December 20th, 2013 - Last merchant refunds permitted through Checkout

I am disheartened by the closing of Google Checkout, especially since Google is not offering a replacement for physical Goods. I have clients that have spent considerable time and money to integrate Google Checkout into their online stores, and while good alternatives are available, its still hard to swallow that something you spent so much time and effort to get your customers to adopt is now going away. Remember when they offered $10 toward the cost of an order of $50 or more?

I suspect its going to be harder to convince clients to spend resources(Money) to integrate other Google services into their sites when it could go away at any time. (I now have to go inform a client that Google Checkout is closing then in the same meeting try to convince him to use Google Plus, Author Tags and Rich Snippets).

Below is taken directly from the Google Checkout announcement page.

Is Google offering a replacement product?

No, Google is not offering a replacement processing solution for physical goods and services. We’ve partnered with three premier players in the payments industry to offer alternatives for your eCommerce needs. The links below will guide you to more detailed information about each offering, including negotiated discounts for Checkout users: