eBay To Withdraw Third-Party Checkout Redirect

News leaked at eBay Live that eBay are eliminating the Checkout Redirect feature, which allows third-party developers to substitute eBay's checkout with their own.

Little detail about the removal of Checkout Redirect has been released by eBay, but a representative of ProStores (eBay's own web store solution) has stated that the change will go into effect in mid-2009.

Checkout Redirect is used to encourage up-selling (adding accessories to a purchase) and could also allow the use of unapproved payment methods, such as Google checkout. Due to extensive developer requirements, it is only usually employed by the larger solution providers such as ChannelAdvisor and Infopia.

System problems at Andale, including poor Checkout Redirect availability, lead to its downfall in 2006.

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