Amazon’s payment gateway “Checkout By Amazon” (CBA) will soon be discontinued and be replaced with their new gateway “Pay With Amazon”. Starting April 1st, 2017 customers on your eCommerce website will no longer be able to use CBA to pay for your products and services. Merchants have until August 1st, 2017 to ship orders to customers that have already paid through CBA. On January 1st, 2018 Amazon will phase out CBA completely.
Pay with Amazon is a more streamlined payment gateway that focuses purely on payment processing rather than order management which was CBA’s focus. Pay with Amazon will be able to integrate with Shopify, Opencart, PrestaShop, Miva, ShopSite, X-Cart, 3dcart, and Lemonstand. The Gateway will keep track of what you charged a customer (including shipping and handling). This new service does not provide order details like shipping subtotals and sales tax. Merchants will not be able to see reports on the number of items a customer purchased. Essentially, Pay with Amazon will be a tool that streamlines how you collect money and not a tool that handles your entire order process.
There are many benefits with this new payment gateway. Pay with Amazon will feature inline address and payment widgets that keep customers on your site. A new feature is the ability to process recurring payments. Merchants know this is tough to set up on hosted platforms. Amazon will handle monthly payment processing for the merchants. Pay with Amazon is optimized for mobile . This is key in this day and age, where mobile eCommerce is continuously growing. The payment gateway also supports payment for digital services (non-physical items) such as software, or e-books. Merchants can offer their customers a Pay with Amazon option.
A Few Things to Know
As a merchant, you’re probably filled with questions about this new payment gateway, like how do you get paid? Money collected will still go into your bank account that you’ve set up with Seller Central. You’ll receive your first payment two weeks after you’ve set up your Pay with Amazon account. You will need to create a new Pay with Amazon merchant account because your CBA merchant account will not transfer over. The good news is if you use the same registration information you used for your CBA account (including email) your merchant ID and keys for authentication will remain the same. Pay with Amazon reports can be seen in Seller Central.
Amazon will not inform your customers about this new gateway. They will also not inform them about the discontinuation of CBA. This change of gateway will not affect your 1099-K forms. If you’ve agreed to receive your 1099 electronically, you will continue to do so once you’ve transitioned to Pay with Amazon. Furthermore, Amazon’s CBA button will not work after April 1st, 2017. Amazon wants you to use the new Pay with Amazon buttons for customers to make purchases. Merchants can manually close their CBA accounts by contacting the Amazon support team, or wait it out and leave your account open for it to be automatically closed when Amazon terminates CBA for good.
One of the biggest questions merchants have is how long it will take to integrate this new gateway to your eCommerce stores. It all depends on the type of integration. A more sophisticated integration takes more time, especially one that requires an API integration.
Amazon’s goal is to streamline the way you collect payment and make it easier for merchants to receive these payments. If your eCommerce platform needs to make the switch to Pay With Amazon, don’t hesitate to reach out to 1Digital. Whether an implementation or a more sophisticated API integration, we can help make your transition as smooth as possible. Contact us today!
- Dan Kogan
- December 1, 2016