Sunday, June 15, 2008

Tin Hat Warning: Is Google Messing with eBay and PayPal?

Okay, get your Tin Hats ready as we take a look at what appears to be a growing battle between Google and eBay. Google seems to be throwing some road blocks up for eBay and PayPal.
  • First, Google is outed as the mystery protester in the ongoing battle between eBay/PayPal and Australian regulators at the ACCC.
  • Next, word that Google Checkout's API is blocking PayPal developers, this was later called a bug by Google.
  • Now today I'm hearing from a reader that the Googlebase Store Connector is no longer working correctly. This is the application that eBay Store sellers use to get their items into Google's Product Search. Word is that the problem revolves around the Payment Options field.

Now, you can take off your "Tin Hats" the problems are most likely coincidence and these are just technical glitches with nothing nefarious going on here, but it does add fuel to the ongoing battle between eBay/PayPal and Google Checkout.

Just my 12%


Cliff said...

Hey Randy,

The Google Base Store Connector problem with eBay seems to be universal. I found this post on the Google Base Help Discussion board which addresses it.

Taking off the tin hat, it looks to be a glitch that Google is addressing, even offering an alternative way of publishing (which I'm about to give a try). On the other hand, who knows. I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt for now though.


Cliff Aliperti said...

This looks to be the solution, temporarily at least.