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Google based gadget sounds exciting for independent web sales and it is FREE!

Posted Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at 11:55 AM

This is still in an experimental stage but the potential is exciting. We have several websites but never turned them into commercial sites (sites that actually sell items) because we would have to buy add-ons or buy new packages.

If this Google gadget works as they project and if it stays free (IF) it could get many of us into our own commercial site without having to rely on other selling sites (eBay, OLA, Bonanzle, etc).

http://code.google.com/apis/checkout/dev...

While a successful launch will affect the other sites to an extent, I don't believe it will be the end answer for everyone because just having a selling site does not guarantee sales. Your site must be advertised and marketed like anything else. The other selling sites have done a LOT of marketing to get their market position, but if you use them wisely, you can help your personal sites as well.

eBay will not allow you to directly link to another selling site, while some of the others will. You can still use all of them to help promote, while selling through their site as well.

I have not looked at it closely yet, but you can bet I will and quickly. Most of our items are in Excel documents and it looks like we can upload those with minimal effort. WOW! What a time saver! And did I mention that it is FREE?

As I learn more, I will share it, but for those who already know more, PLEASE share it with us.


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Be warned if it makes you use Google checkout, because there are a ton of problems with that. Anyone can do a reverse charge for any reason, double charges, Google has reversed the charges even when the recipient has stated to Google they received shipment etc. Remember when it's free, you get what you pay for.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 2:43 PM

oh sweet, that is great information. Thanks Steve.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Tue, Aug 4, 2009, at 8:17 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.