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Google Checkout - £10 for your future custom?

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9y, 6m agoPosted 9 years, 6 months ago
I am speculating here. It seems to me that the only justification for this 'generous' giveaway is that they are harvesting info for targetted advertising. How could they otherwise profit from this deal?
I also find it strange that they don't want Electron cards. Electron customers tend to be those on low wages and/or under 18s and students.
Not lucrative enough to warrant the £10 giveaway? Those with credit cards and a £2000+ credit are much more lucrative. It reminds me a lot of QVC. They are also only interested in credit card owners who are also impulse buyers. No-one is interested in a customer who only has a limited bankroll to spend, right? I'd like to take advantage of it (sell my soul to Google, if you like), but they are not interested in my Electron card. I don't have enough future £$€ to spend thru them, why would I have an Electron otherwise?
In conjunction with their recent deal with DoubleClick, GC users shouldn't be surprised if they start receiving lots of Google sponsored offers and third party deals soon. Am I wrong? Like I said, i'm just asking, not statng fact.
It just seems that way.
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9y, 6m agoPosted 9 years, 6 months ago
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[admin]#1
You're possibly right. The only reason I've found for companies not accepting electron, is where adult material or things that aren't suitable for under 18s are available. To pay by electron does not prove you are 18, and so opens a whole new can of worms where they need another form of ID to prove age. Debit & credit cards are (I think) only issued to over 18s.....
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juliet_bravo
You're possibly right. The only reason I've found for companies not accepting electron, is where adult material or things that aren't suitable for under 18s are available. To pay by electron does not prove you are 18, and so opens a whole new can of worms where they need another form of ID to prove age. Debit & credit cards are (I think) only issued to over 18s.....


Worms :w00t:
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juliet_bravo
is where adult material or things that aren't suitable for under 18s are available.


Doesn't stop me :giggle:
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Your 1000th post ade2j. Well done!:thumbsup:
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palspal
Your 1000th post ade2j. Well done!:thumbsup:


Congrats ade2j :)

And congrats to you Palspal, Well Done!! :thumbsup:
#6
I'll wager that they start accepting Electron after Jul 1.
[admin]#7
It's not a £10 give-away Scribbles.

As I understand how it works is that Google gives that £10 as credit to the merchant to spend on Google adwords. So as long the merchant has an adwords budget it is like a free customer proposition for them and for Google it is free advertising and market penetration for Google Checkout.
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juliet_bravo
Debit & credit cards are (I think) only issued to over 18s.....


I've had my debit card since I was 16, I've used it on play.com, Amazon, Paypal (Paypal is supposed to be 18+) etc.

And quite a few others actually.

I haven't got an Electron though.
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Admin
It's not a £10 give-away Scribbles.

As I understand how it works is that Google gives that £10 as credit to the merchant to spend on Google adwords. So as long the merchant has an adwords budget it is like a free customer proposition for them and for Google it is free advertising and market penetration for Google Checkout.


Thanks never knew that. :thumbsup:
[admin]#10
Iom-RF
I've had my debit card since I was 16, I've used it on play.com, Amazon, Paypal (Paypal is supposed to be 18+) etc.

And quite a few others actually.

I haven't got an Electron though.


:thumbsup: Ta :) wasn't sure :whistling:
#11
juliet_bravo
wasn't sure :whistling:


You attempting to wipe out my balance to? :-D
#12
Admin
It's not a £10 give-away Scribbles.

As I understand how it works is that Google gives that £10 as credit to the merchant to spend on Google adwords. So as long the merchant has an adwords budget it is like a free customer proposition for them and for Google it is free advertising and market penetration for Google Checkout.


No, I know it's not a giveaway. That has no real relevence to what i'm saying. They accept other debit cards yet not Electron. Many press releases say they DO accept Electron, but apparantly they actually don't.
I just want to know why my Electron card has less buying power with Google than a Delta card, Switch or a Solo card? It is the same as a cheque, guaranteed payment if sufficient funds are in the account. It just has no credit facility.
Don't get me wrong, I have a Mastercard. I just won't use it out of principle, as I want to use my Electron. I should be as entitled to use Electron as I would be to use Solo, Delta, or Switch. Paypal accept Electron, why not Google?
[admin]#13
Ok well I was responding to:

It seems to me that the only justification for this 'generous' giveaway is that they are harvesting info for targetted advertising. How could they otherwise profit from this deal?


So they are making a heap of money and market penetration with this. I'm just pointing out that wouldn't have anything to do with not taking Electron.

Maybe a member who is a merchant can let us know but my guess is the either Electron carries larger fees or there is a much higher rate of fraud with these.
#14
I think another member reported Electron working if you just select VISA, Would need confirming though.
[admin]#15
You may be interested in this thread:

http://forums.multiplay.co.uk/archive/index.php/t-36149.html (found on a quick google)

It is because having a Solo or Electron card means you don't necessarily have an overdraft facility. There is no guarantee to the merchant that the funds are there.
You have an overdraft with Delta and Switch, so the banks will guarantee the funds are available.


Just to add a note about the Visa Electron's

They're designed as a Face-to-Face transactions only debit card for Under-19's.

The *ONLY* way you can use the card, according to the bank... is face to face, so any websites accepting the card are doing it against the T&C given by LTSB
[admin]#16
http://forum.moneysupermarket.com/forums/thread/515.aspx

It’s true that Visa Electron and MasterCard’s equivalent product Maestro are primarily designed for what are known as ‘card present’ transactions i.e. the card is swiped in the merchant’s terminal and the transaction amount is authorised by the bank that issues the card. This process can be supported for mail, telephone and internet transactions although the merchant may be exposed to a higher risk of fraud. For this reason, the merchant may decide not to accept Electron and Maestro and therefore you should ask the merchant why they don’t accept these cards. Given that you rely on cash, you could try using a prepaid card that has the full Visa or MasterCard badge. Cashplus offer such a product which you can top-up with cash at the Post Office – just watch out for the fees.
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Admin
Ok well I was responding to:


OK, no probs :)
I just want to buy some DVDs off of SVP, and I won't pay £30 when I should be able to pay £20 via GC. I don't want to use my credit card as the balance is already quite high. I could use the CC and pay the amt back to the CC from my Electron. I just find it weird that I can do that yet I can't just pay by Electron in the first place :?
It's just a little irritating to tell the truth. Hassle for the sake of hassle, when GC could just accept Electron like Paypal do.
I guess i'll have to throw principle to the wind if I want my £10 off. It isn't an entitlement, I realise that. It just seems that some customers are more valued by Google than others. That's what bites at me on this subject.
#18
Iom-RF
I think another member reported Electron working if you just select VISA, Would need confirming though.


Nope. 'Unrecognised card' :x
#19
Google Checkout enables purchases using existing payment methods, including Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Switch, Solo, Delta, and Electron.


Taken from here : http://www.google.co.uk/press/pressrel/checkout_uklaunch.html

Looks like its a fault with google.

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