Upload & Sell: Off
Thinking Google Checkout was a viable alternative to Paypal, I just initiated my first B&S transaction with a fellow FMer yesterday. Today I received the following from Google:
We found that you're processing orders using email invoices and haven't listed a Public Business Website URL in your Google Checkout merchant account. Please complete the form below to verify your account.
Collect the following documents, and write your Google Checkout Merchant ID number at the top of each document:
Business catalog or brochure with company name
Inventory receipts or supplier contact information
Identification card or proof of address
Copy of professional license
Scan or copy each document, making sure the copies are clear and legible. Submit the documents to Google within five business days using the form below. Alternatively, you may fax the information to 650 469 0611. If you have a website that displays the products or services you sell, but haven't included the URL in your account, please add your Public Business Website URL immediately. If you do not have a website of your own and sell on other websites, you may specify the URL showing the products on these websites, as the Public Business URL in your account. Once your website URL has been added, you're not required to submit additional documentation.
Failure to add a Public Business Website URL or submit the requested business documentation will result in your Google Checkout account being suspended.
So does this mean a private individual (non-business entity) cannot use this Google service? I have NONE of the requested documents except for maybe proof of address. Anyone have experience with this? I've asked for clarification but they say it may take 4-5 business days for them to reply.
My inclination is to refund the charge and cancel the transaction before Google terminates my acct.