Odds are at some point or another you’ve said to yourself “I really wish I could use PayPal with Amazon”. Most of us have been there and after the popular payments service split from eBay last year, we had high hopes that Amazon would partner with them to allow customers to buy with PayPal. However, that’s not going to be happening anytime soon.
In an interview with CNET, the Vice President of Amazon Payments, Patrick Gauthier said “It’s quite simple, Amazon starts with the customer. If our customers were asking for it, it would have been on Amazon already.”
It’s safe to assume that in the past PayPal simply couldn’t connect with Amazon simply because of an agreement with eBay, a leading Amazon competitor. However now the company claims that it’s due to a lack of consumer demand. Gauthier also mentioned that there’s no clear benefit for Amazon to add the payment option since they already have their own “Pay with Amazon” service.
“Pay with Amazon” is a PayPal alternative that allows customers to use their Amazon log-in to make purchases from other retailers without needing to create a new account or re-enter their payment details. While the service is still far smaller than PayPal, it has gathered over 23 million users since it launched in 2013.