Updated: We don’t need no stinkin’ Google Checkout. I’ve registered via alternative means, and looking forward to it.
Sigh. I was getting psyched about Seattle Startup Weekend in January. I know it’s odd, and I know it’s “cumbersome”, but it is real live meshing and I so love meshing with tech peers in a goal-oriented challenge. As an odd combination of old skool tech project lead and new school search strategist, I thought I could make an important contribution. I also thought I would be tested in my ability to deliver the search strategy message in a high-octane Einstein-cats environment. But, I won’t be going.
Why not? Because they only use Google Checkout.
I won’t use it not because I don’t want to tie my real name and email address to my local SEO activities (although honestly I don’t like to do that). I even got over my distaste for giving Google my credit card number and physical address, just to be able to pay the $20 reg fee for this event (against my better judgement). I really don’t like the idea of giving Google my financial data. Those issues weren’t enough to deter me this time. But just as it has EVERY OTHER TIME I HAVE TRIED TO USE IT, Google checkout choked on my payment submission.
So no, I won’t be attending and yes, it is simply because those Seattle Startup Weekend dudes don’t take anything but Google checkout. That’s a deal killer right there for privacy reasons (secondary), and performance reasons (primarily).
This time Gogle choked on my “ship to” being different than my “bill to”. Give me a break. This is a freakin’ $20 registration. There’s nothing to ship! I simply ddn’t want my physical address to show on my registration, so I entered my mailing address as the “ship to”. But, even though I had entered the proper bill to address for the credit card, Google couldn’t handle it. They actually emailed me back and asked for a copy of my driver’s license and a copy of a recent credit card statement, FAXED to them.
Thank you for using Google Checkout. We periodically review accounts to ensure a secure environment for our buyers and sellers, and unfortunately we were unable to verify some of your account information. As a result, your account has been temporarily suspended and your pending orders have been cancelled. So we can verify and reinstate your account, please fax or email us a copy of one of the following documents:
- Your driver’s license, passport information page, or other government-issued ID
- Recent credit card statement (please black out the first 12 digits of your card number)
Please fax these documents using our secure fax line: (650) 644-0159.
What the hell is a “secure fax line”? New rule in my house – any vendor insisting on using Google checkout as the only payment method does NOT get the sale. Ever. Period. No debate, no discussion.