Earlier this week, Google rolled out a Play Store update and announced support for billing via PayPal on the Play Store. While the list of initial countries supported is relatively small compared to the overall number of countries with access to paid content on the store, it seems inevitable that this list will grow as time goes on.

In many countries, consumers have limited access to credit cards, and Google Play gift cards are either unavailable or inconvenient as an alternative. However, PayPal has become a widely used payment medium throughout much of the world thanks in large part to eBay, and because PayPal allows almost anyone with a bank account to sign up.

So, this leads to this week's question: if you're in one of the supported countries at launch, will you use PayPal over Google Wallet? And if your country is not in the list of launch countries, would you use it over Google Wallet (which currently only supports bank account integration in the US) or gift cards? Cast your votes.

Will / would you use PayPal on the Google Play Store (vs Wallet, gift cards)?

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  • Karlo

    If PayPal comes out whit worldwide Tap and Pay then Yes i would be using PayPal as my default,until then byebye PayPal.

  • xanok

    What sane person still uses PayPal?

    • AbbyZFresh

      Most of the world.

      • josuearisty

        I just buy on ebay with it. Nothing else.

    • Da Fuq

      What sane person still uses credit cards?

      • Robert

        Your mom.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I do. Every month.

      • Justin W

        Isn't that slightly different though? Most of us don't run websites with employees across the world where it's easier to pay with PayPal.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Maybe, but I also use it to pay relatives and friends, though much rarer than I'd like. Then again, I use venmo and wallet even rarer.

      • bobbutts

        That's a huge risk, Artem. Read up on Paypal's history of freezing accounts and refusing to support it. I hope you don't leave more than you can afford to lose.

    • Wesley Modderkolk

      What sane person uses Google Wallet?

    • Steve

      I use PayPal anytime it's offered. Except in this case. I trust them with my information more than giving my debit info to just any site.

      • comentariumd

        HA HA SO FUNNYY!!! I see paypal didn't "block" your account without any reasons and hold your money for half a year.... hope you will have this soon too so you change your mind... Paypal makes money from all of us!!! STOP USING PAYPAL !!!! DIE PAYPAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • David Sousa

      It's miles ahead of Google for those who RECEIVE payments, in my own personal opinion. As a Play Store developer, I still preferred when I received AdMob payments through PayPal. Wallet Merchant Center is too limited in my opinion.

      But since we are talking about Play Store usage to MAKE payments, I voted no. I'm satisfied using my CC with Wallet.

    • sadsadsadsad

      I do, better than give contact/address/card details to 1000s of websites

    • https://plus.google.com/+TroyLeonard Troy Leonard

      What sane person uses money I only barter

    • Nicholas Ruiz

      I have to for Swappa and when I use DVDPawn. Otherwise no.

    • Yuku Sugianto

      PayPal allowed me to receive Admob revenue share! At least before the Admob new system, which only allows me to receive the revenue share by WU or checks only.

  • yodatom10

    Wallet all the way... If my cards are tied into one place I only have one group to yell at if something goes wrong don't like too many floating variables

  • Raymond Berger

    No PayPal is evil...

    • Hans Hans

      Yes but it just friggin working. If stuped Google doesn't add the option to pay normally with bank accounts, i'll gladly use paypal. I dont care if they suck off 1-2%.

      This way i don't have to fetch gift cards at least, which create trash.

      • SHunter

        Whats wrong with linking a debit card that has fraud protection. ?

  • Grahaman27

    where is the DIE PAYPAL DIE option?

    • bruce2728

      I would have chosen this option if it existed.

      • Andres Schmois

        Same here

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      • https://plus.google.com/+TroyLeonard Troy Leonard

        As a eBay seller I got screwed to many times by PayPal I will never use it for anything ever again.

    • lljktechnogeek

      That was my first question as well.

    • Grey

      From previous experiences, that'd be my most likely response too if they put it in. That said, haven't used them for a bit.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Where is the option "No, I will continue using my Credit/Debit Card for Play Store payments"?

    I don't have Wallet available in my country nor do I use PayPal

  • mike__ch

    Wallet is basically just a Googly-looking PayPal, which means it has things like GMail integration and a tablet app but not much adoption beyond Google's own service. I use Wallet now and then, but I frequently use PayPal for most digital transactions such as Steam and PSN purchases, sometimes food delivery, etc. It's not just eBay anymore, although of course that remains a huge number of their transactions. It's a nice middleman to not have your CC# distributed among so many databases.

    I'll continue using Wallet for the Market because I set it up once and don't want to mess with it, and I think most people in the US feel the same way. However, if you took my credit cards away and I had to pay by bank account, I'd switch to PayPal. My Google login is used for too much stuff as it is, access to withdraw money from my chequing account is a bridge too far.

  • Fred

    What's the point of switching from wallet to PP? Is not like I'll get a discount.

    • JackPackage

      Well, not every person has a credit card or (like me) uses a prepaid credit card just for Google.... That was so uncomfortable, but now with PayPal it's the easiest way for me to buy stuff on the Play Store and I will now probably buy more things than before :)

      • enomele

        This. Adding this just makes it so more people have access. I use wallet but its good to see someone can take advantage of it.

  • Rami

    Why would I trust Google with my PayPal password?
    Google wallet for Google payments
    PayPal for other payments

    • blahmoomoo

      Like many things where you sign in to one site from another, I'm sure that Google isn't handling your password at all. Rather, your password goes to PayPal, who then provides Google with an authorization code to use your account for certain things. That way, Google can't do things it shouldn't do, like change your account details, and you can revoke those permissions without changing your password.

  • Kim Eeckeleers

    PayPal, we have no play store gift cards 😬
    I don't own a visa/mastercard/american express

    I finally can buy things in th play store!!!

  • Joery

    I've already bought Monument Valley with it. I don't have CC and Gift Cards are not available in my country. I can buy them from other sites but there's an extra fee on it. PayPal will be my primary payment source. (And of cource there's 50 cent left in my wallet what will be there forever.)

  • Mn_1

    No, Google Wallet works well.... and I have to say that I hate Paypal. (Too much issues with them).

  • A2theC

    bitcoins FTW!

  • BoFiS

    I have PayPal and all, but since I also already have a Google Wallet account, I'll keep using it for the Play Store

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    What gift cards? Oh yeah, the ones that still aren't available for purchase in The Netherlands.

    I would have been more open for Google's own payment options if they weren't being such a bitch about releasing it in different countries.

    • Calvin Uijlen

      You have my vote sir, also from The Netherlands here.

  • DrMacinyasha

    Considering PayPal banned me for "proprietary reasons" with no justification, no way to challenge their decision, and after 10 years of being a user without a single reasonable claim against me? Fuck PayPal with a rusty rake in the ass.

    • comentariumd

      +1 !!! fuck paypal !!!! DIEEEE PAYPAL !!!!!

  • Matthew Merrick

    PayPal is only for when somewhere doesn't have Google or Amazon powered checkout. It's better than giving some website I've never been to before my personal information, but only by a little

  • [A]dri[A]n

    I love PayPay. I use it whenever I can because it makes checking out so much easier. But no real need to use it on the Play Store.

  • primalxconvoy

    I've never trusted PayPal, plus their website automatically changes language depending on the country (and won't allow English) making it useless as an international service for me. Their customer service line is also fully automated (which I despise). I because of that, I immediately deleted my account a mere few minutes after creating it.

  • mantra2

    Honestly if it were me getting into Android now -- I would probably use PayPal, but, since I've been setup with Google Wallet for years now I won't bother switching. Though, even though I kind of hate them, I do use PayPal whenever I can just out of the ease of it.

  • dude

    Not for my primary Google account, but there is also my family account which I probably will.

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    Paypal is the best way to shop online, or with a card. Hey secure

  • paz9

    Would be nice to use this, but my play store still hasn't received the update necessary.

  • Nasir Uddin

    I probably won't use it, but it's good that they have an option. It'll definitely help someone somewhere

  • bobbutts

    Paypal is overpriced and poorly supported. I'd only use it for very small purchases and never to receive any large amount of money. They choose to freeze (steal) your money whenever they feel like it.

  • Paul Faraday

    Nope, I prefer adding the payment to my carrier's bill.

  • http://www.scottcolbert.com/ ScottColbert

    PayPal lost my business years ago, with their crappy service and fees for everything.

  • David Spivey

    Where is the sometimes option?

  • http://bit.ly/11F2eas Philip Cohen

    “PayPal’s new POS service is a Piece Of Sh*t”


    An early but still relevant—and accurate—summary of the clunky “PreyPal” POS offering, “Pay Here With PayPal” …

    Rakesh (“Rocky”) Agrawal blogs on technology; a list of his other comments on eBay’s clunky “PreyPal” products can be found at http://blog.agrawals.org/?s=paypal

    However, “Rocky” recently accepted the “shilling” offered by eBay’s Johnny Ho and took a position as a paid “PreyPal” shill—see the sub-item “PayPal-related tweets” at http://blog.agrawals.org/2014/04/27/social-media-and-the-new-world-of-work-my-take/

    It is truly amazing what a little money can do to change a person’s perceptions …

    [Sound of explosion!] Well, that sojourn did not last very long …

    Hmmm, too much to drink, maybe; then, what other basis could there be for such an outburst, from a so-called “technology” commentator, about some of his “PreyPal” co-workers? Regardless, a claim of “truth and public interest” may well have been a valid defence …

    Someone has to protect we mere consumers from the criminal eBay’s clunky “PreyPal” operation. At least “Rocky” can now go back to honestly appraising—and justifiably denigrating—“PreyPal” products, as he has well done in the past …

    eBay Inc, where the incompetent mingle with the malevolent and the criminal ...

  • Yuku Sugianto

    YES. Because Google blocks my 2006-created account from using Google Wallet, despite my attempt to fulfill what Google asked – scan of utility bill, identity card. No Play purchase, no Google Storage purchases anymore. And I still have a few dollars in my Play Store Gift Card – and it can't be used. Google is not human nor humane, they do not put into consideration that I have been loyal since 2006.

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  • Skip Flem

    Paypal FROZE my account, so I use AMAZON!!!
    I hope PAYPAL DIES... with my $150.

  • comentariumd

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