Another scoop from a quality tipster: Google sent out a notice to testers recently that they are holding a confidential beta of a system to make purchases from “high-quality merchants” using their Google Accounts. They listed a great selection of stuff, including cell phone and iPod accessories, music and movies, health and beauty supplies, furniture, housewares, sports and outdoor gear, toys, games and more. The test is currently closed to international residents, and is a closed beta (so most of us won’t be getting in for a long time).
I can’t wait for more info to leak on this service, since what I’ve seen so far leaves a lot of questions. The service URL is listed as purchases.google.com, which currently contains the Google Purchase system used by Google Base. Google could just be launching the ability for large stores to set up shop at Google Base, starting a new “Google Mall” online store, or starting a new service where stores can allow purchases through Google accounts (a la PayPal).
Needless to say, if you are a Google Trusted Tester, I wouldn’t mind some more inside info