After eBay pulls ads, Google cancels offending party

A contrite and repentant Google canceled a party that irked eBay and that a source said led eBay to remove all of its ads from Google's U.S. network earlier this week. On Monday, Google announced it would throw a party in Boston on Thursday evening designed to attract eBay merchants who would be in town to attend the eBay Live annual seller conference. The purpose of the party: Protesting eBay's decision to forbid merchants in its marketplace from using Google's Checkout online transaction system.

The online auction company found Google's move to be in bad taste, and at some point after the party was announced, eBay took the drastic measure of pulling all of its ads from Google's AdWords U.S. network. A source familiar with the situation said that the decision to turn off the ads had come from eBay's top executives who were steaming over what they perceived as a low blow by Google designed to embarrass eBay in front of its top merchants. It would be hard to disagree with eBay executives' assessment, considering the mocking tone of Google's party announcement, encouraging eBay merchants to gather at the Old South Meeting House, where in 1773 mass protest meetings were held, leading to the Boston Tea Party.

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Ebay is just scared because they know their own system (paypal) is riddled security issues. Looking at it objectively and leaving out my own opinions, I feel ebay would see an increase in users if people could use a system such as google checkout. I know there are other payment sites available for use with ebay, but the general public has no idea who those companies are. But everyone knows google. IMO its a win win for google and ebay.

Seems you're the only other person that sees this the way I do. Google, whose company motto is "Do No Evil" is slowly becoming what it pretends not to be! Whats funny about it also is that everyone just accepts it as Google trying to give consumers more choice.

Well last time I checked, eBay has several different forms of payment for buyers and sellers to use. Google is now a competitor to eBay and eBay should treat them as such. I would not doubt it if at sometime in the future Google buys a competing auction site (if they already haven't).

People need to stop thinking of Google as the ambitious upstart that it was. Google now has investors that want results and to achieve those results Google must take on the industry leaders. In effect, taking the fight to the enemy!

No, we're not all that naive. Google wants consumer's only "choice" to be Google. Their "do no evil" is the biggest load of crap I've ever heard. Their cry fest about not being the default search provider in Microsoft's latest operating system was just shameful.

C_Guy said,
Their cry fest about not being the default search provider in Microsoft's latest operating system was just shameful.

If you want to be a Google basher, get your facts straight !! Google complained about Vista search engine to be "at the time" not optional - and therefore using google desktop was redundant and caused heavy cpu usage. They NEVER asked to be default search engine in Vista.

While I am sure Google would rather just them get in , i think ebay should open up more doors for other methods of payment in general

but noooo...ebay doesnt want to because they can have a monopoly (just about) on payment processing and rip you off horribly -.-

SkyyPunk said,
ebay doesnt want to because they can have a monopoly (just about) on payment processing and rip you off horribly -.-

QFT!

I think it's in bad taste for eBay to ban Google Checkout, and I don't see Google doing anything wrong in trying to garner some support to get it allowed.