Amazon and PayPal have discussed letting shoppers pay for Amazon purchases using their PayPal accounts, highlighting how the digital payments company can attract new partners since its 2015 split from Amazon rival EBay.
“We have been in conversations with Amazon,” PayPal Chief Executive Officer Dan Schulman said Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg News. “We’re closing in on 200 million users on our platform right now. At that scale, it’s hard for any retailer to think about not accepting PayPal.”
There are no details to announce, but Schulman said the conversations have focused on “how to use one another’s assets to the mutual benefit of our customers.”
A spokesman for Seattle-based Amazon declined to comment.
Paypal is still just as much of a competitor to Amazon now as it was before it spun off Ebay, or even when Ebay owned Paypal, so this deal might surprise some, but not me.It just makes too much sense.
Both Amazon and Paypal offer a payment processing solution. Paypal’s solution works both direct and on third-party sites, while Amazon’s solution works mainly on external websites.
So yes, these two compete, and you can find both listed as a payment option on sites like Humble Bundle, but they are also out to maximize revenues, which in this case means working with a competitor.
So this deal is going to happen sooner or later.
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