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Instalment [installment]

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Note: Products with the instalment [installment] attribute are not eligible for cross-border trade, and can have only one targeted country.

Use the instalment [installment] attribute to tell customers the details of a monthly instalment payment plan that you offer.


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When to use

OptionalOptional for each product

Display ads: This attribute isn't available for display ads.
Vehicle ads: This attribute is available for vehicle ads in certain countries (the UK, France and Germany). The instalment [installment] attribute will account for a purchase financing or lease option for your vehicle, including a deposit and recurring monthly instalment payments. The price [price] attribute will be treated as the full cash vehicle price.
When used with vehicle ads, this attribute applies to the following Google product category codes:
  • Cars, Trucks & Vans (916)
Australia: This attribute is not available in Australia. For wireless devices such as mobile phones or tablets advertised in Australia, use the price [price] attribute to specify the minimum total cost ('minimum quantifiable price') of the device, including deposit, instalment payments and wireless subscription plan. Use the title [title] attribute to indicate that the device is payable in instalments.
Shopping ads and free listings: This attribute is available in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) for all product categories.
In certain other countries, the attribute is available for showing wireless products and services only, for example products with the following Google product category codes:
  • Watches (201)
  • Mobile Phone (267)
  • Tablet Computers (4745)
  • Mobile Phone Pre-Paid Cards & SIM Cards (6030)
  • GPS Tracking Devices (6544)

The attribute is available for showing wireless products and services in the following countries:

  • Africa: South Africa
  • Asia-Pacific: Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand
  • Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
  • Middle East: Israel, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
  • North America: Canada, United States

Costs associated with a wireless subscription plan can also be added using the subscription cost [subscription_cost] attribute in these countries, except the United States.

This attribute uses four sub-attributes:

  • Months [months] (required)
    Integer, the number of instalments that the buyer has to pay.
  • Amount [amount] (required)
    ISO 4217, the amount that the buyer has to pay per month.
  • Deposit [downpayment] (optional)
    ISO 4217, the amount that the buyer has to pay upfront as a one-off payment.
    • Note: The default option for this sub-attribute will be 0 or 'no deposit'. Deposit is not supported in LATAM since deposits are uncommon in this region.
  • Credit type [credit_type] (optional)
    Supported values: finance [finance], lease [lease]. Defaults to finance [finance] if unspecified. Only applicable to vehicle ads.

Format

Follow these formatting guidelines to make sure that Google understands the data that you're submitting.

Learn when and how to submit values in English

Type Number plus currency
Repeated field No
File format Example entry
Text feeds

Format the attribute header by including the sub-attributes that you're submitting. Include instalment [installment] and then, in brackets, add the names of the sub-attributes that you want to submit, separated by a colon (:).

For example, to submit months [months], amount [amount] and deposit [downpayment], submit them in the attribute header:

installment(months:amount:downpayment)

If you provide the two default sub-attributes months [months] and amount [amount], you can just provide the attribute name (installment) in the attribute header.

Format the value by submitting the values for the sub-attributes separated with a colon (:). Don't use quotation marks. For example, for 6 monthly payments of 50 GBP each and with a 200 GBP deposit, submit:


6:50 GBP:200 GBP
XML feeds

<g:installment>

  <g:months>6</g:months>

  <g:amount>50 GBP</g:amount>

  <g:downpayment>200 GBP<g:downpayment>

</g:installment>

To format your data for Content API, see the Content API for Shopping resource.

Note: To ensure that this product data attribute is recognised by our system correctly, remember to submit your data feed file in a format that we support.

Minimum requirements

These are the requirements that you'll need to meet to show your product. If you don't follow these requirements, we'll disapprove your product and let you know in your Merchant Center account.

  • Match the instalment plan that you display on your landing page. You can also display other instalment options on your landing page, but the plan that you submit must be straightforward to find on the landing page.
  • Don't require that users have a loyalty card in order to choose the instalment option that you submit.
  • Avoid using the instalment attribute for software subscriptions. Software subscriptions must be prepaid, and the yearly prepaid cost must be submitted using the price [price] attribute.
  • Use in approved countries only. Use of the instalment [installment] attribute in unapproved countries will result in disapproval of your product.
  • Use for approved product categories only. Use of the instalment [installment] attribute for other categories of products will result in disapproval of your product.

Best practices

These best practices can help you to go beyond the basic requirements to optimise your product data for performance.

  • Submit exact values for your instalment costs in accordance with ISO 4217. For example, submit 1.01 GBP instead of 1.0012 GBP, otherwise we will round the submitted value.
  • If your product is combined with a subscription cost plan, submit the same number of months for the subscription cost [subscription_cost] attribute as for the instalment [installment] attribute. If the number of months is different and we need to combine your instalment payment and subscription cost amounts due to space constraints, then we shall use the highest of the two values. For example, if your instalment plan is 12 months, but your subscription contract is 24, then we will use 24 months.
    Note: The subscription cost [subscription_cost] attribute is not supported in all countries.
  • If the instalment amount for your product increases after a certain period of time, you must submit the highest monthly cost in the 'amount' sub-attribute. For example, if the instalment amount increases from 20 GBP to 40 GBP after 6 months, specify 40 GBP.
  • For vehicle ads only, provide the credit type [credit_type] sub-attribute with a value of finance [finance] or lease [lease] to specify the type of instalment credit provided.
  • For vehicle ads only, if the vehicle is not offered for a full cash vehicle price and is available for lease only, set the price [price] attribute to 0. For other product categories, always specify the full up-front payment option using the price [price] attribute.
  • For products targeting Latin America, the deposit [downpayment] sub-attribute should not be provided or should be provided with a value of 0 since deposits are not supported.

Examples

Variants (Latin America only)

If your product comes in multiple colours or sizes, you might also have different prices for each of these variants. For example:

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Product data for green Android T-shirt, no deposit
Attribute Value
ID [id] 9876-S-GRN
Title [title] Android T-shirt – Green – Small
Price [price] 30 MXN
Instalment [installment] 3:10 MXN
Colour [color] Green
Size [size] S
ID [id] 9876-S-GRN
Item group ID [item_group_id] 9876

 

Product data for blue Android T-shirt, no deposit
Attribute Value
ID [id] 9876-S-GRN
Title [title] Android T-shirt – Blue – Small
Price [price] 30 MXN
Instalment [installment] 3:10 MXN
Colour [color] Blue
Size [size] S
Item group ID [item_group_id] 9876

 

Product data for yellow Android T-shirt, no deposit
Attribute Value
ID [id] 9876-S-GRN
Title [title] Android T-shirt – Yellow – Small
Price [price] 30 MXN
Instalment [installment] 3:10 MXN
Colour [color] Yellow
Size [size] S
Item group ID [item_group_id] 9876
Mobile phone or tablet sold with instalment payments

You can submit a price as low as 0 for mobile phones or tablets that come with monthly instalment payments. Learn more about price requirements.

An illustration with 3 different colors of one mobile phone

Product data for a Midnight Blue Google Nexus 6 – 32 GB priced at a 900 GBP full payment at checkout or an alternative instalment payment option with a 200 GBP deposit.
Attribute Value
Title [title] Google Nexus 6 – 32 GB – Midnight Blue – (with 24 monthly payments)
Price [price] 900 GBP (full payment at checkout)
Instalment [installment] 24:29.95 GBP:200 GBP
Google product category [google_product_category] Electronics > Communications > Telephony > Mobile Phones

 

Product data for a Black Google Nexus 9 – 32 GB priced at 300 GBP full up-front payment or an alternative monthly instalment payment option with a 0 GBP deposit.
Attribute Value
Title [title] Google Nexus 9 – 32 GB – Black – (with 12 monthly payments)
Price [price] 300 GBP
Instalment [installment] 12:30 GBP:0 GBP
Google product category [google_product_category] Electronics > Computers > Tablet Computers

Phone or tablet sold with instalment payments and bundled with a subscription plan

Submit the full up-front payment price for the device in the price [price] attribute as well as an instalment option (with a deposit as low as 0) in the instalment [installment] attribute. Specify in your title that your wireless product requires a subscription plan of a certain duration and instalment payments. Learn more about the price attribute.
Note: The subscription cost [subscription_cost] is not available in the US or Latin America.
An illustration with 3 different colors of one mobile phone

 

Product data for a Midnight Blue Google Nexus 6 – 32 GB with 18 EUR monthly instalment payment option. 0 deposit. 5 EUR activation fee.
Attribute Value
Title [title] Google Nexus 6 – 32 GB – Midnight Blue – (with contract, 12 instalment payments)
Price [price] 221 EUR
Instalment [installment] 12:18 EUR:5 EUR
Subscription cost [subscription_cost] month:12:10.00 EUR
Google product category [google_product_category] Electronics > Communications > Telephony > Mobile Phones

Phone or tablet sold with instalment payments (Latin America countries only)

Submit a total value for the purchase amount in the price [price] attribute. Also provide an alternative monthly instalment payment option using the instalment [installment] attribute. LATAM doesn't support deposits, so the deposit doesn't need to be provided.
An illustration with 3 different colors of one mobile phone

 

Product data for a Midnight Blue Google Nexus 6 – 32 GB priced at 1,080.00 BRL, with instalment payment options
Attribute Value
Title [title] Google Nexus 6 – 32 GB – Midnight Blue
Price [price] 1080 BRL
Instalment [installment] 12:95 BRL
Google product category [google_product_category] Electronics > Communications > Telephony > Mobile Phones

The subscription cost [subscription_cost] attribute should not be included since there is no service contract.

Learn more about the best practices for advertising wireless products and services.

Phone or tablet sold with instalment payments (Australia only)

Submit the total minimum cost of the device including instalment payments in the price [price] attribute. Use the title [title] attribute to specify that your wireless product is sold with an instalment payment plan. Learn more about the price attribute
Attribute Value
Title [title] Google Pixel 4 – 32 GB – Midnight Blue with 12 monthly payments
Price [price] 1500 AUD
Google product category [google_product_category] Electronics > Communications > Telephony > Mobile Phones

 

The instalment [installment] attribute and the subscription cost [subscription_cost] attribute shouldn't be included.

Vehicle sold with instalment payments (vehicle ads only)

Submit the financing- or lease-based payment schedule. Only available in certain European countries.
Attribute Value
Instalment [installment] 36:20000 GBP:1000 GBP:lease
Google product category [google_product_category] Vehicles & Parts > Vehicles > Land Vehicles > Cars, Trucks & Vans

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