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  • Comparing Google Checkout and PayPal - entering tracking #s and other comparisons

    Each has its pluses and minuses.

    1. Entering tracking numbers on GC is definitely faster. The Google system opens up new windows much faster, and there are less windows to navigate back to after entering the tracking number.

    a. With PayPal:
    1. Click Track
    2. Click Add tracking info
    3. Enter tracking / select pull down menus / Click Save
    4. Click Return to My Account
    Each one of these Clicks takes a good few seconds to navigate to the next screen. Also, even after Returning to your account, the PayPal system still might not show the item as Shipped in the "recent activity" view.
    One tip is to use the right click on your mouse to open a new window, and then collapse the whole new window rather than navigate to "return to my account" each time. That saves a few seconds on each operation.

    b. With Google Checkout:
    1. Once you are in the "My Sales" view:
    2. Click under "Action" to Ship
    3. Enter tracking number / select pull down menu (Carrier) / Click "Send Confirmation"
    GC pages open and load very quickly. GC will never delay updating their system to show items as shipped - happens instantly.

    2. PayPal does offer more options in the pull down menu - not just "Shipped" but also "In Process," "On Hold," "Cancelled," and "Returned." However - who has time to log in and change the status from "In Process" to "Shipped." I just enter the tracking right away, even if I do not ship for a day or two.

    3. With GC if the tracking number is entered erroneously, that's it. No chance to ever change it. With PayPal, you can modify it at any time, including remove the tracking numbers and change to the word "Delivered" or some such if it is something you don't even want a record of ever having been shipped. :-)

    Also overall: with GC, whether you enter the tracking or not, if there is a dispute, Google will email and ask you for the proof of tracking as if they cannot even access your account to pull it from the order details themselves. With PayPal, if the tracking is in place, they will not ask for it again.

    BUT this brings me to one over all difference between PayPal and GC: once a payment is processed on GC, that's it: unless the buyer initiates a dispute or chargeback, your payment will not be reversed (provided your account itself stays in good standing). But with PayPal, PP itself can reverse a payment sua sponte, even without a buyer complaint, and PP sometimes does this days after the payment has landed and you think all is well.

    So, to summarize:

    GC is a quicker, albeit slightly more limited, tracking input operation. PayPal has a few more options available for shipping status.

    GC is nicer about getting you YOUR money short of buyer chargebacks or disputes. And...final point: even if there is a buyer dispute GC will NOT snag the money from your account until AFTER the dispute is completed. PP locks up (holds) the disputed amount the moment the buyer dispute comes in. If a dispute comes in shortly after you have initiated a PP withdrawal to your bank account, PP will even reverse that withdrawal if those funds are needed for the "hold" that happens when a buyer dispute is initiated.
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    For a more detailed analysis of the differences, and information on how to avoid losing any money to chargebacks and buyer disputes, consider hiring me for tech support. Those techniques are best not posted in public.
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    • #3
      in paypal where it says "print shipping label" in "my account" you can click on the far right and theres a button to quickly enter tracking information

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      • #4
        Very nice. Thanks for the tip.

        It still does take a little while for the browser to take the information and return you to the "My account" page. The Google system is much quicker.

        Also, if you have more than one page of sales to enter, you still have to wait (and wait....) while the next pages loads in PayPal.

        But your tip definitely saves a couple of steps in the process!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Modee View Post

          BUT this brings me to one over all difference between PayPal and GC: once a payment is processed on GC, that's it: unless the buyer initiates a dispute or chargeback, your payment will not be reversed (provided your account itself stays in good standing). But with PayPal, PP itself can reverse a payment sua sponte, even without a buyer complaint, and PP sometimes does this days after the payment has landed and you think all is well.
          This also means exactly what it implies - that Google, especially once you get established with them, cares more about making certain that the credit card payment passes all fraud checks and risk management algorithms. In other words, their scrutiny is primarily of the BUYER.

          Paypal on the other hand, is constantly looking into WHAT you sell and whether your business is "high risk."
          PayPal new policy - no "high likelihood of being fraudulent" type sales - Free EBAY, PayPal, Business and Law Forums - Ebay Suspension, PayPal Limited
          -in other words, they scrutinize you the SELLER.
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          • #6
            Another thing I have noticed is that when you ciick to withdraw funds from PayPal, it takes 2 - 3 business days.

            With Google Checkout, while you have no control over the withdrawals (all funds are swept out to your bank on a regular basis), once the withdrawal shows on your GC account it appears the same day in your bank.

            So...what is PayPal doing with our money during the interim when it is neither in our PayPal accounts nor in our banks? Those pennies of interest add up to millions!

            Also check out
            Another way PayPal fleeces us - ACH withdrawals happen faster than ACH deposits - Free EBAY, PayPal, Business and Law Forums - Ebay Suspension, PayPal Limited
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            • #7
              PayPal payments may be reversed sua sponte by PayPal itself!

              Check this out:
              PayPal payment received, settled into PayPal account, next business day reversed - Free EBAY, PayPal, Business and Law Forums - Ebay Suspension, PayPal Limited

              PayPal payments, as noted in this thread, may be reversed by PayPal itself even though the buyer himself initiates no dispute.
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              • #8
                The ugly reality for consumers, particularly smaller payees, dealing with the clunky, unscrupulous PayPal ...

                Page not found - EcommerceBytes

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                • #9
                  Although GoogleCheckout has been retired as of November/December 2013,
                  Google Checkout for web merchants to be retired on November 20th | Engadget
                  still this is a good study in comparison and really shows you what PayPal is about.
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