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Amazon upgrades Paypal Competitor

Like Google, Amazon has a number of products and services running in the background, unbeknown to most mortals.

The brick and mortar giant has been busy preparing Amazon Payments which is an online competitor to the likes of Paypal and Google Checkout.

Amazon has yet to open up to all third parties to use Amazon Payments as a means of payment and has limited rather than encourage its growth outside the Amazon ecosystem.

The e-tailer has released three widgets that are used just like a Paypal payment button : Static, Dynamic and Alternate Payment Method to suit the various needs of potential users.

However, as Mashable's Mark Hopkins (opens in new tab) writes, there's not enough incentives to drive people from using Paypal or Google Checkout.

Amazon's Payment service is said to be the most expensive of the three contenders with Google being the most aggressive both in terms of discounts and promotions to sellers and buyers alike.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.