Google Checkout Blog

Finding ways to give back during the holidays

Monday, December 17, 2007

Since launching Google Checkout for Non-Profits a few months ago, we've gotten a lot of email from people wanting to know where they can use Checkout to make donations. The volume of email has only increased as we've moved further into the holiday season, so we thought we'd launch a holiday page that highlights some of the organizations you can support using Checkout.

The holiday season is a wonderful time to give, and we have some great organizations accepting donations through Checkout, including AmeriCares, Direct Relief, the March of Dimes, and UNICEF. Using Google Checkout, you can donate $35 to buy a water pump for Action Against Hunger, fight global warming with Clean Air-Cool Planet, and help kids achieve their dreams through The Global Fund for Children. And when you donate, every penny of your donation goes to the organization.

Free transaction processing beyond the holidays

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

As you merchants out there may know, we originally planned to transition back to Checkout's standard fee structure on January 1. Considering how busy this time of the year is for you, we're extending our free transaction processing offer an extra month -- to February 1, 2008.

After that, you'll still be able to earn free credit card processing by using AdWords, Google's performance-based advertising program. For every $1 / £1 you spend on AdWords, you'll be able to process $10 / £10 of sales through Checkout for free. For anything outside of that, you'll be charged 2.0% plus $.20 per transaction if you're in the US, and 1.5% plus £0.15 if you're in the UK.

So if you're an AdWords advertiser, make sure you link your AdWords account with Checkout by the end of January to earn free transaction processing moving forward. If you aren't an AdWords advertiser, learn more about AdWords and sign up to earn free transaction processing with Google Checkout.

Holiday shopping with Product Search and Checkout

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

When thinking about ways to help people use both Google Product Search and Google Checkout to do their holiday shopping this year, a few of us from these teams decided to have a little fun. The result is a short video featuring our very own Kristin and Brian in their holiday finery. So if this video inspires you to shop, make sure to visit our holiday special offers page. And happy holidays to you.