Dec 29 AT 3:05 AM Taylor Wimberly 28 Comments

What happened to PayPal payments in the Android Market?

Back in October we briefly saw PayPal announce that they were partnering with Google to become a new payment option for the Android Market. Then the blog post quickly disappeared and we have heard nothing since.

PayPal and Google are now in a standoff, but we have no clue what they are fighting over. I’ve done my best to try and get to the bottom of this story, but I have come up empty so far.

So now I toss the question to the interwebs and all the insiders that read this site. What happened to PayPal payments in the Android Market? If you have knowledge of the situation please contact me so I can share your story with the group.

Source: A&M

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  • atla

    well, my bets and hopes are that once the Android Web Market goes online we will also have PayPal as purchasing method. *hope hope*

    yeah, but it’s really strange that there is no new information right now :(

  • http://Website watbetch

    Paypal probably sent Google an email letting them know their account is under limited status and that their payment is going to be held for 6 months until they verify a dozen documents with them, 3 times over.

  • http://Website james

    Such a shame it isn’t available. I WANT to buy stuff from the market but can’t because I don’t have a credit card.

    • ViktorPrime

      Did you ever think of getting a greendot card?

      • http://Website BootsCats

        You do know GreenDot steals money, right?

        • http://Website zedd

          so does pay pal. they can freeze accounts. I haven’t read their latest TOS, but I stopped using them because their loose TOS seemed to allow them freedom to do whatever with your money, and they didn’t seem accountable for anything.

    • http://Website EJP

      Can you get a dedit card, i.e. are you in the US?

  • http://Website jorge

    PayPal is great from the buyer’s perspective but its shit for sellers, I bet Google is trying to get a better deal. After all, it would suck for them to have their fund frozen for no reason and not to mention not being able to touch your money for almost a month after the sale. Shame on you PayPal.

  • Jeff

    Complete speculation on my part. But I think the carriers don’t want paypal. It’s the walled garden. See Isis and direct carrier billing.

  • http://Website Jak Crow

    I’d be more interested to know why I can’t use my Amex for anything on the market.

    • http://Website LALA

      Are you in the USA? Android market doesn’t accept Amex if you purchase apps in a different currency then your own. I’m in Spain and cannot use my Amex to buy apps in dollars, I have to use my VISA. Outside of Andorid Market I can use Google Checkout the way I want (Amex or VISA).

      • Martin

        I buy Apps (and other products) priced in US$, Euros, UK£ etc on my AMEX.

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  • http://Website ChrisMav

    I really want this to happen, I’m sick of getting bank charges for an overseas payment, they make a very cheap app, a very expensive app.

  • http://Website deckoff

    For me, PayPal is the only option I have to buy. I live in Bulgaria, and I have no access to paid market. I am stuck with crippled ad-versions of some apps, and have no other way to use them other stealing them!!! I am not that cheap and can share the one coffee price tag set at the app, I just have no way to give it!!!!

  • http://Website Darwin

    They probably realized how much Paypal sucks. I’m not even allowed to send money to people using my primary checking account because I’ve been limited until I provide receipts for everything I had sold and verify my identity like 6 ways and this is with 100% positive eBay feedback!!

  • PhilipCohen

    Ah, another dose of spin direct from the eBay Dept of Spin …

    eBay’s many ongoing Donahoe-introduced problems are hardly worth discussing any more. Clearly, the headless turkeys have taken over the eBay farmyard and, in particular since the sociopath (psychopath?) John Queeg-Donahoe has been given a key to the larger “disabled” cubicle in the executive wash room, the eBay Marketplace is every quarter, in relative terms, being flushed further and further down the toilet.

    Since April Fools Day (how apt!) 2010 and the dumping of all “store” items into core, eBay’s data centers appear (still) to be effectively crippled or, if they are functioning as planned, it’s a very strange plan. Regardless, it would appear that for many users the eBay whale is now high and dry on a beach somewhere, has died, and the putrefying carcass is now very much on the nose.

    I suspect that the eBay Marketplace must by now be obtaining most of its stagnant revenue stream from re-listing fees for items that remain unsold, FVFs from shill-bidding professional sellers buying their own stuff, and from advertising on sellers’ item pages that takes buyers away from the seller and even away from eBay itself, than from fees on any genuine sales. How long can that situation continue?

    It appears that the only people that have ever had any benefit out of eBay’s supposed stash of overseas cash are the senior managing executives, and even they have been recently selling their eBay stock: eBay’s chief headless turkey and Bain & Co shill, John Donahoe, has been dribble selling his eBay stock on a monthly basis since June, probably hoping that no one will notice:

    Methinks that this latter-day “Captain Queeg” and his fellow incompetents are provisioning their personal lifeboats for the inevitable announcement that the now completed three-year Donahoe “turn around” cruise has indeed not yet left port but is still “spinning” around, and around, and around, and, as a result of Donahoe’s “destructive innovations”, the rusting old hulk “eBay” is now so low in the water, it must be on the point of going submarine.

    Surely, the people currently making the decisions at eBay need to be psychologically appraised: I suspect that all that Koolaid has detrimentally affected them, and one has to wonder just how much longer the eBay Board is going to let this destructive Bain & Co shill and his cretinous minions continue their destruction of this once unique and commercially most successful entity.

    Shill Bidding on eBay: Case Study #4
    This latest study provides an indication of eBay’s desperation to mitigate its lessening sales activity and very effectively demonstrates eBay’s effective aiding and abetting of criminal shill bidding “wire fraud” activity by unscrupulous sellers on unsuspecting buyers:

    eBay/PayPal/Donahoe: Dead Men Walking.

    • Noyabronok

      Waaaay too much to read. Comments should be short, not like a chapter in a book.

    • http://Website Daniel

      Oh and a quick search for this comment shows that exactly the same text has been posted as comments several times before this.. Another reason not to read it!

  • http://Website counsel

    What happened to the payment through the carriers???

  • http://Website stefanrusek

    I think it is probably due to international regulations. In the USA PayPal is almost completely unregulated, but when it comes to other countries it varies. This is why in some places (particularly in the USA) they are able to freeze people’s accounts for almost no reason. Working out a deal that only applied to the USA would be easy, but much more work for all counties where PayPal operates. My bet us that they had a deal that only applied to the USA, then someone at Google realized that was a pretty stupid idea, since the biggest demand for PayPal in the market is in counties outside the USA.

  • http://Website fanSte

    Lol, till Paypal is supported I will download illegal apps and games. Many, many people don’t have a fucking Creditcard, so I use Applanet, Appbucket and websites to search for apps and games. I think I have download for about 200 dollar of apps and games so far.

    I really want to buy apps and games, but when it isn’t possible to buy, I download it!

  • http://Website YoSaintLaurent

    I’m surprised they were even considering allowing PayPal to profit in anyway from them seeing as PayPal is owned by eBay and eBay did everything in there power to make it so you couldnt use Google Checkout or any other payment service other than PayPal until that class action lawsuit by users.

  • brad

    The livestrong app seems to have vanished as well. I went to reinstall after getting a new phone and it is nowhere to be found and nothing about why it’s not there on their site.

  • http://Website Travis

    I think that PayPal just realized that no one, and I mean no one, actually pays for applications on Android. You’re ad-supported, or you’re nothing.

    So what’s the point of payment processing? Exactly.

  • thechad

    good article thanks

  • Kerri

    Sounds like sellers are unhappy with PayPal? As a buyer I love them. It’s quick and easy, I usually don’t have to re-enter information or create accounts I’lll never use again, I only have to update my personal info in one place. The one time I had a problem with a seller they were excellent. Nothing like having the big guy in your corner. As sellers you should realise – we don’t want uneccesary data entry, accounts, your advertising crap or want to give you our financial details to keep. I am new to Android, but I will generally purchase an app I am using or delete it. I am seriously unhappy about not being able to use PayPal. I wonder if more people would purchase if it was easier? I also suspect that they are disagreeing over fees.