AdWords UK Stops Accepting Switch Cards

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AdWords UK Stops Accepting Switch Cards

In a rather inexplicable move, Google UK has sent out an email to AdWords advertisers that they will stop accepting payments via Switch cards.

The email sent out yesterday informs advertisers that if they wish to continue running ads on Google AdWords, they will need to use Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit cards or switch to direct debit payments before the end of the month.

In their own words…

We are writing to inform you of an upcoming change affecting the use of Switch cards with AdWords. As of July 31st, 2009, we will no longer accept the use of Switch cards. Please select an alternative form of payment to fund your AdWords campaigns before July 31st, 2009 to keep your ads running. Google currently accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards.

No reason has been supplied for this change in policy.

The move could be to drive more advertisers to pay via direct debit, rather than credit cards. Google introduced the ability to pay for AdWords accounts via direct debit in the UK only in August last year. Current postpay users paying by credit cards can switch to direct debit.

Instructions for switching to direct debit can be found on the AdWords Help centre at:
http://adwords.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=50328

Google still does not allow pre-pay users to switch to postpay or direct debit.