Instagram Launches Checkout Feature to Let Users Store Payment Info for Quick Purchases

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    Instagram today is rolling out a new shopping feature within its iOS and Android apps, allowing users to complete purchases without having to leave Instagram (via The Verge).

    Before the update, shopping links on Instagram opened up a pop-up web window on the retailer's site, which lacked stored payment information and likely caused many people to close the window. Now, Instagram users will be able to store their payment information in Instagram to use for many purchases on the social network.

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    In return, Instagram is charging all retailers a selling fee, but the amount of the fee wasn't disclosed. Checkout on Instagram is starting with around 20 brands, including Nike, Dior, H&M, MAC Cosmetics, Michael Kors, Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Uniqlo, Warby Parker, and Zara. More brands are said to be coming down the line.

    Items eligible for the new feature will have a "Checkout on Instagram" button below their post. The first time that users tap this, they will be asked for a name, email, billing information, and shipping address. After the first order, the information is securely stored in Instagram.
    According to Instagram, payment information stored in the app will only be used on Instagram, and not on Facebook. Instagram will also send notifications about shipment and delivery inside the app, to keep users updated on their orders.

    Checkout on Instagram is rolling out in the social network's mobile apps starting today.

    Article Link: Instagram Launches Checkout Feature to Let Users Store Payment Info for Quick Purchases
     
  2. Mr. Donahue macrumors 6502

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    Yikes! I would never trust a transaction that convoluted.
     
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    Why ON EARTH would I make any purchases on instagram? This is getting beyond stupid
     
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    Lol you must be joking or living under a rock
     
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    Hahaha, the last time I heard that I laughed so hard I fell off my dinosaur.

    Instagram = Facebook. Neither site is getting my credit card information. No way, no how.
     
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    Maybe you're just getting beyond disconnected. People shop online. Brands, namely in fashion and makeup and influencers who show them off are incredibly popular on Instagram. Yes, people will buy things directly from IG and it's a brilliant move to monetize the platform.
     
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    This is a great idea except the fact that instagram = facebook = Not getting my credit card information anytime soon
     
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    I totally agree, especially how they’re making it so you can tap on the product, it’ll tell you what it is, and then buy — no more hastling with the company’s website
     
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    Theoretically yes, but most product ads on Instagram I've seen are from scam brands selling fake products whose website would disappear after a couple of months. IG should really improve ad standards if they're doing this or there would be a lot of unhappy users.
     
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    I’m not talking about ads. People follow influencers on Instagram and build trust with those people. Many of those influencers show off their fashion or makeup or whatever and tag those brands. What this update does is allow users to click on the brands that the influencer is wearing and instantly buy the product. This is going to be huge for IG and for people with a lot of followers who can now monetize the platform directly.
     

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