Do you ever use a Google product...

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  1. RKillian

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    ...and wonder how the hell their stock is "worth" $700 per share?

    I've been working on a Google Checkout integration and it's ridiculous. Documentation is scattered all over the place and half-baked at best. That's if the formatting, of mere links and paragraphs, isn't butchered because you're not on Chrome version 2099alpha++. A year out from the split of Checkout and Wallet and they're both still in semi-functional limbo. They have a few blogs that run for maybe 3 months before being abandoned but most of the posts are "X is coming! Stay tuned!" instead of anything useful. The forums, of which there are a few because of the same abandonment issue as the blogs, are even more of a basket case. I finally found an answer to a question I had (another user figured it out because nobody from Google ever responded), but only after I searched from a different physical location, and I can't even print it because the layout is so screwed up. And this clusterfuck was supposed to replace Usenet and a dozen other applications/devices?

    I swear, Google has a million "products" out there cluttering up my screen, most of them in some kind of orphaned state, and only a handful of them (search, mail, and uh...) show any kind of care or competence...
     
  2. Autobot Burnout

    Autobot Burnout ...and I'll whisper "No."

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    Pretty sure checkout was abandoned when Google realized they couldn't go up against paypal.
     
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    It's practically in orphan status; it's there but nobody pays it much attention.

    The handful of times I used it as a _buyer_, I thought it was a great alternative to Paypal. But that was a few years ago when Google's stuff was really simple and just worked. They started moving away from that when they started pushing Chrome and the launch of Google Plus really kicked it into high gear.