May 27, 2005 for approx. one hour from 6:25 PDT eBay users experienced sluggish performance and intermittent errors when attempting to sign-in.
Early on May 9, 2005 eBay’s bid and item servers began to have problems. We have been seeing "Page Not Responding" errors when browsing eBay’s various sites manually. We are continuing to monitor their site but there have been several posting on eBay’s System Announcement Board and a later situation update. eBay’s reliance on server farms was exposed after a simple power outage at a principle hosting facility in the S.F. Bay (an earthquake-prone) Area.
Mar 22, 2005 eBay users started receiving errors from eBay’s login servers. Over the past 24 hours there have been a few other cases were this has happened as well. Currently around ten percent of bids are being missed due to this problem. Users bidding manually on eBay might notice either page errors or random pages when trying to place a bid. This problem might be impacting new sign ups as well. At this time, almost all bidding is failing, even if you are trying to bid manually.
NOTE: At 6:10 PM CT eBay announced that users might be having problems browsing their website. For more information, please see eBay’s System Announcement Board.
LATE FEB 2005 saw major eBay server problems resulting in bidders and sniper services being unable to place bids, resulting in lower ending prices for affected sellers.
SEVERAL REPORTS OF regular auctions being closed as BINs (Buy It Now), when that wasn’t offered by the seller, have been reported beginning late June 2004. These occurred with regular and store listings - apparently a new eBay bug in the listing database is responsible. Details of unauthorized BINs here xxx. eBay billing glitches continue well into July 2004
UNITED KINGDOM SELLERS are extremely unhappy with a decision by eBay UK (May 2004) to change in the default category and search listings on eBay.co.uk to "Newly Listed" which has resulted in many UK auctions receiving few if any bids (or views) in their final day/hours. A few English eBay sellers scathingly suggested that it was probably coincidental, and nothing to do with the newly-implemented practise of soon-to-end listing being shunted to the back to make way for new listings. Previously on eBay UK the scheme was reversed so that interest in auction items peak at their end, and those items ending soonest to be given priority. eBay support staff member Henry suggested that a fix would be forthcoming within a few days to a week at the outside, since the database changes needed to be outsourced. Various threads can be found here: *** Browse Default Issues: Update ***, WE " THE UNDERSIGNED" STRONGLY OBJECT TO THE BROWSER CHANGES., and EBAY, what day will the browse sort order be returned to "ending soonest" by default ?.
LATEST EBAY PROBLEM (glitch #146509 in an ongoing series circa March 2004) affects bidders - they cannot place bids on seller’s auctions and get a pop-up message saying "you need to ask seller for permission to bid first" or "Seller doesn’t ship to your country" even if you are in the same country or geographical area. Several well known Power Sellers (volume sellers) on eBay have confirmed that this is due to an eBay database update which has screwed up some data fields. This likely necessitated a restoration of eBay data from backups.
SEVERAL MAJOR EBAY sellers announced they were cancelling their eBay auction listings (as of mid Nov. 2003) and suspended all further listings on eBay until such time as ebay’s ongoing technical problems affecting Seller’s account limits were fixed. (In our experience it took a week of emailing to get our eBay Seller account working again.) A large class of Sellers have been affected by this latest problem (intermittent thru late march 2004) which prevents registered eBay Sellers from listing or relisting items once their account owing balance exceeds US $25.00/UK £15.00. This was initially thought possibly a move by eBay management to have Sellers prepay listing and FV fees in advance, but was discounted as unlikely as it has not been announced in advance. If this latest eBay glitch continues for much longer it may affect their revenue in two of the busiest sales months of the year, which may have an impact on eBay’s stock price. Senior eBay management could not be reached for comment.
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