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2009/10/20 - Utilizing Google Checkout

posted Oct 21, 2009, 12:19 PM by Rick Anderson   [ updated Oct 21, 2009, 12:33 PM ]
Google released a Google Checkout gadget for incorporation into Google Sites which provides instantaneous e-commerce abilities to any Google Sites website.  I've been meaning to give it a test and did so this past weekend setting up an e-commerce site for selling painted miniatures.  Setup was straight forward and rather easy.  Step one was to receive a merchant account at Google Checkout.  Step one was to populate a spreadsheet with title info, product info, quantity, selling price, and a url link to a product photo.  Step three was to embed the gadget into a website.  There were a couple of lessons along the way which I documented.

Google Checkout can be used within Sites to sell virtually anything from products to services.  Google takes a small percentage (1.9% - 2.9%) based upon sales volume along with a $0.30 fee per transaction.

The final result is a clean looking website with product picture on the left, description in the middle, and pricing on the right.  The shopping cart is displayed on the top.  I tested the website in various browsers and on a mobile phone browser with good results.
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