Google Checkout Blog

Introducing Google Checkout for Non-Profits

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Today, I'm happy (OK, more like ecstatic) to introduce Google Checkout for Non-Profits -- with this launch, U.S. non-profit organizations (IRS-certified 501(c)(3)s) now have an easy way to accept online donations, and donors have a fast and secure way to support their favorite groups. The best part: it's completely free for the organizations. Through at least the end of 2008, non-profits will pay 0% + 0 cents in transaction fees for each donation they accept through Checkout. And that means donors can support these groups knowing that 100 percent of their donations will reach their charity.

Besides being free, Checkout for Non-Profits is designed to make the entire donation and collection process more efficient. For donors, it enables you to complete a donation with just your Google login, and it helps you track your giving in a convenient and central place (a feature that should be particularly useful for those of us who tend to start our tax returns on April 14). It also helps to drive more donations to non-profits by making it easier for donors to give, and it makes collecting funds as easy as pushing a button. With Checkout for Non-Profits, we hope to do for donations what we're currently doing for e-commerce: increase the volume of transactions by making the process as simple and secure as possible for everyone involved.

To learn more, head over to our Checkout for Non-Profits page, and take a look at non-profits like the William J. Clinton Foundation and the March of Dimes , which are already using it to drive online giving on their YouTube channels.

Sell digital content using Google Checkout for mobile

Friday, September 14, 2007

Great news: you can now sell and deliver digital content with Google Checkout for mobile!

In the first release of Checkout for mobile, we provided people with an existing Checkout desktop account the ability to purchase physical goods using their mobile devices. Now folks can purchase digital goods, like ring tones and music. And people have the option of signing up for a Checkout account directly on their phones, making it easy to purchase digital downloads right away.

Use the Digital Delivery API to sell a digital item. No additional integration steps are necessary — it's that simple.

At next week

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Next week (Sept. 17-19) we're attending the Annual Summit in Las Vegas. If you're at the show, stop by and visit us in booth #429 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. We'll have team members on hand to explain how Google Checkout works to increase your sales and provide free credit card processing, plus folks from the Product Search team to talk about the benefits of increased traffic to your store.

Time for end-of-summer shopping in UK

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Whether it's for electronics or clothes or sporting goods, more and more people are shopping online these days. And one of the benefits is that you can easily shop whatever the weather. Beginning today, a number of Google Checkout stores in the UK are offering exclusive savings of up to £10 for Checkout buyers. This offer is for a limited time only, so start shopping — and saving — now!

One more thing: to explore products from Google Checkout stores, be sure to add the gadget to your iGoogle homepage by clicking here: Add to Google

Giving buyers more insight into Checkout orders

Friday, September 07, 2007

One of the highest goals of our seller team is to offer store partners the flexibility and tools they need to serve their customers. Starting this week, merchants based in the U.S. will have greater flexibility in communicating order fulfillment status to buyers. New API commands will enable you to ship and assign tracking numbers to individual items or groups of items. You can also mark individual items as back-ordered, returned, or canceled. Together, these capabilities give your buyers greater visibility into the status of their orders. For more details, check out the Order Processing API section in the Developer's Guide. Support for merchants based in the UK is coming soon, too.