Wow…Google Checkout really hates Canada

Post ImageYou may recall that when Google launched their Checkout service back in June, I posted about how Canadian merchants were left out in the cold. I went back to the site every couple weeks hoping to see that Canada had been added as a valid merchant country, but it never happened. I gave up around late August and haven’t been back to the site since, until today.

John Battelle posted this morning about a promotion Google Checkout is running for the holidays. I figured, what the heck, might as well check. Nope, still only American merchants allowed. Then I stumbled on the page titled: Google Checkout is available to buyers with billing addresses in…

I was shocked that Canada wasn’t on the list. Then I figured that maybe they left countries like Canada and the US off the list because it was assumed that they were valid countries. Nope. As you can see, the US as well as The United Kingdom are both on the list. The Vatican, Kazakhstan, and Namibia all made the list, yet Canada didn’t.

Either they screwed up and forgot to put Canada on that page, or they screwed up because they don’t allow Canadians to use the service. Unacceptable either way.

UPDATE (12/8/2006): I just checked the page again, and Canada now appears on the list. I wonder if my post had anything to do with it?

Read: Google Checkout

11 thoughts on “Wow…Google Checkout really hates Canada

  1. Burkina Faso, definitely a big market there for Google users…grats on retarded lol.

    I mean come on Cameroon and Cambodian people definitely have way more sway than Canadians apparently LOL

  2. One of us is missing something. You start off talking about Canadian vendors (like me) being screwed. Then you notice that Google Checkout is available to Canadian BUYERS.

    From their website:
    Google Checkout merchants must have a U.S. bank account and address, plus either of the following:

    * A Social Security number and a valid credit card.
    * A Federal Tax ID/Employer Identification Number (EIN).

    Please tell me if I am wrong.

  3. I started off noting that Google Checkout doesn’t support Canadian merchants. And it doesn’t. If you are a Canadian, running a business here in Canada, there’s no reason for you to have a U.S. bank account or address, nor the required government numbers.

    I then noticed that they didn’t list Canada on their supported buyers page, but it was later updated. I always figured it would work for Canadian buyers.

  4. I guess our market is just not worth the time poor Canada we pay more, get less and sometimes get nothing and still pay.

  5. 4 years later they still don’t support canadians…

    So… this is how it goes…
    Either get scammed by paypal, cause your canadian and your at the fracking bottom of their priority list(if there is a dispute and its someone from india vs someone in canada, they will give it to the person in india). SO f*** we canadians really are screwed with internet businesses… just this week i’ve lost $500 to paypal from disputes, all from Non-US verified people, all trying to scam me to get a free piece of my software.

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