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How will eBay be compensating sellers for the tech problems? #ebaydown

By Dan Wilson September 7, 2014 - 10:56 pm

Last week, many sellers reported that they were having difficulties accessing their seller accounts and processing orders over the course of several hours. At the time eBay said this:

““While many users were unaffected, we know any interruption for our users is frustrating. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused the buyers or sellers involved. We will credit sellers for fees related to listings affected by this and make sure their seller rating is not impacted by defects or the inability to upload tracking or print shipping labels. Affected sellers will be contacted by email in the coming days.”

We wrote about the problems last week on Tamebay here.

But what we’re curious about now is what action eBay has taken and whether you’ve been contacted with an offer of compensation for affected sales. So this is a plea: do get in touch when you hear anything from eBay because we are very keen to report it.

Updated to add: eBay have told us that they’re emailing affected users:

For several hours starting on Wednesday 3 September, some users experienced issues when visiting eBay. We acted quickly when the disruption began shortly before 6pm BST, and the issue was fixed for most users within two hours. Transactional issues were completely resolved for all users by 12:16am BST Thursday 4 September.

This service interruption was the result of a technical issue that occurred during scheduled server maintenance. The personal information of our users was not compromised.

While many users were not affected, we know that any interruption for our users is frustrating. Please know that as a seller with transactions impacted by this issue, we’ll be protecting you as follows:

• You’ll receive a credit for all fees for auction-style listings (except those that sold for a Buy it now price) and any fixed price listings without a sale (except 30-day and Good ‘Til Cancelled listings) that ended between 5:46pm BST on Wednesday, 3 September and 2:20am BST on Thursday, 4 September.

• If the affected listing was a free listing, you can relist it within 7 days for free, even if you’ve used all your regularly allotted free listings.

• Any transaction defects we can identify as resulting from this issue will be automatically removed and will not impact your performance record.

The credits will be applied to your account by 16 September and will be reflected on your next invoice.

We understand that this type of service interruption has an impact on your selling activity. We’re taking steps to prevent this from happening again and we sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.

As always, thank you for selling on eBay.

  • Andy R
    2 years ago

    Don’t believe a word about Ebay paying compensation.

    No contact and don’t expect any from Ebay, who hope it’s all going to die down again.

    My Ebay still has major problems 4 days on and I’m being told by CS that it’s because I’m using the wrong browser!!!

    With poor quality customer service like that, there will be no compensation.

    • Daryl
      2 years ago

      My partner was unable to withdraw money from Paypal last week. I had sent the money from my Paypal to his and Paypal advised they were “holding” the money pending a review. When I phoned and asked what that meant they said it was connected to the problems with ebay. They did release the money pretty quickly after I had telephoned though.

  • 2 years ago

    I am still having problems,since last night I have been unable to list anything due to the message invalid value flashing up every time I try to submit anything. My sales are down as from last week too,but hardly surprising.

  • Chris
    2 years ago

    Our sales are up from a reasonable August, but this week into September are excellent, best all year.
    *touch wood it continues*

    Coincidence since the problems, I’m not sure?

  • 2 years ago

    More luck than because of probs I would say Chris. sales are down for lots of sellers this past week or so. As a buyer also when I cant purchase an item i go elsewhere. Bad news all round.

  • Steve
    2 years ago

    Compensation???

    What?

    Am I dreaming? Are you serious? No chance. Get real!! Will never happen. Daft timewasting thread.

  • Martin
    2 years ago

    This is valueless speak from ebay. “Most users were unaffected” because most users don’t go on ebay every day. Compensation if a transaction was affected – so what?

    What about all those sellers like me who only took 20-25% of normal sales, or those in a worse situation who took none at all during this period? Are they not due some compensation too?

  • 2 years ago

    My Orders have never been so bad, in fact the only orders I’ve had are from International Buyers. I spoke to CS rep this morning on live chat and she confirmed they are still having issues. It’s a absolute nightmare and no one to turned to regarding it either.

  • mouth
    2 years ago

    twats – ebay… u twats

  • Mark
    2 years ago

    I’m looking forward to the day I have enough online and offline alternatives to drop ebay. Worthwhile only for the marketing. I would be staggered if I got any compensation for their latest horror.

  • janet
    2 years ago

    Is anybody else having problems today with EBAY again?
    Keep getting “problem loading page” message every time i try to access it…Sunday 14th September 11.45 BST.
    All other sites are fine so i know its not a problem with my connection e.t.c
    If it is down again this is really not good enough EBAY!!!

    • John
      2 years ago

      Same here-search not working.
      Another day, another glitch-why bother?

    • Rachel
      2 years ago

      We cannot sign in. Therefore that means that the buyers cannot buy anything.

      AGAIN!!!!

      Sort it out ebay!!

    • Rachel
      2 years ago

      On the upside though, our Amazon sales are doing quite well. If ebay want to be like Amazon, they better pull their fingers out and get their site operating consistently. I have never NOT been able to sign into Amazon.

      We only joined them because ebay were becoming so bad, but our Amazon sales far exceed our ebay sales now.

    • 2 years ago

      yep, same here, no access to ebay since around 9.30 this morning. Have stuff ending today as well, so obviously wont get the bids on them if peeps cant sign in. Its a joke, getting so fed up with all this nonsense from ebay. Never heard a thing from ebay about the last mess up around 3.9.14 so sure as hell don’t expect to hear from them about this one either.. Maybe I should give amazon a go as well, not sure where I start tho, but if I can navigate myself around the confusing and ever changing ebay site, sure I must be able to work amazon out lol.

    • Darrin1471
      2 years ago

      14/09/14 12.05
      I can not go to most of my eBay site including help & contact link. Tried different accounts, PCs browsers and incognito. Started 20 minutes ago.
      Can only get to eBay through Google. Links appear not to be working.

    • those-halcyon-days
      2 years ago

      Yes, its down again.

  • JANET
    2 years ago

    Just checked here http://downdetector.co.uk/problems/ebay

    YES ITS DOWN AGAIN!!

    This is now becoming an absolute joke!

    • john
      2 years ago

      yup its down for me….lol

    • darrin1471
      2 years ago

      eBay down again for me 12.26 14/09/14

  • 2 years ago

    Not been here for some time, Note to myself, must visit more often!
    Note to ebay, get your bloody act together, stop ripping us small sellers off, and realise that we are your customers, not the people that buy off of us, they are our customers, and that you need to treat your customers with respect and honesty
    As for ebay offering compensation, thats a laugh, they only send an email out about these now numerous problems at least a week after they have happened, and of course its full of their usual pathetic excuses that do not tell us the real reason behind the problem.

  • Darrin1471
    2 years ago

    Back up and working now. Down for half an hour

  • 2 years ago

    Cant believe this is happening again. The site is down and all product searches on the app fail. Seems to be a complete system failure.

  • oldhand
    2 years ago

    Every ebatty search/item link goes to a sign in page which hangs.

    I can access my selling pages.

    I have some high value auctions with bidding wars going on ending in the next 9 – 12 hours.

    The CTO just left – linked?

    Don’t fancy Google taking over eBay, more data-sucking.

    Love to see Apple get in to online auctions! :)

  • JD
    2 years ago

    Another train wreck. Unable to sign in.

  • Simon M
    2 years ago

    Down for me too – so glad I downloaded my orders this morning into my order processing software so I can still pack and dispatch while it’s offline.

    S.

  • Richard
    2 years ago

    Just managed to get in after many failed attempts, sales so far….. a big fat nothing today. This really is getting silly now for want of a better word. .

    • Richard
      2 years ago

      Almost as bad if you’re lucky enough to be able to log in, you can’t log out. Not a major problem personally but for many others it could be.

    • JD
      2 years ago

      Eventually signed in and out but now not able to sign back in. It seems very ‘flakey’.

      Whilst signed in could not access PSB.

    • Richard
      2 years ago

      Got kicked out by the system now can’t log back in. ho hum. :-( As for the Powerseller board I can’t can’t log into that either, not that I’m really too bothered on that one. ;-)

  • Martin
    2 years ago

    Ditto. Was working OK around 10.45. Now zilch. Just managed to log in to .com after much waiting.. .co.uk unobtainable. What kind of company is this?

  • Robert
    2 years ago

    eBay is one big failure :( Time to move somewhere else …

    • Simon M
      2 years ago

      After the 2nd (3rd?) outage a couple of weeks back, I decided to list some of my products on Amazon that previously I had never even considered would be worth the effort.

      To my absolute astonishment, I’m selling more on Amazon now than on eBay. Plus, their fee structure is such that I can list my products more cheaply, and still make a bigger margin.

      So in that respect, eBay’s outage has had a positive impact on my part-time business, and I’m grateful to them for pushing me away!

      S.

  • pj
    2 years ago

    ebay still down, this is getting beyond a joke, as for compo, from ebay, ever, hahaha

    ebay used to care about its sales, only thing ebay cares about these days are lining their pockets so for giving out compo, will never ever happen

  • Alistair
    2 years ago

    Unable to log in, sales are rubbish, when is eBay going to put their finger out and invest some money on a system that works 24/7 ?

    • oldhand
      2 years ago

      eBay had a system that worked, then they started to weight it down with more code that does nothing to help buyers and sellers.

      Best match and third party adverts are the two most obvious complicated coding that have zero benefit to genuine and reasonably intelligent users.

      eBay should stick to competing with Amazon and sell the auction business to someone who cares about real people.

  • Curlykale
    2 years ago

    I was selling 4 items one hour before the glitch but then it happened! I couldn’t get into ebay for the next two hours. I ca assume that potential bidders couldn’t bid on my items and so the sold for less than if there had been no problem. I am furious with ebay and the least the could do is not take any listing fees including any % of my final ‘sold’ prices. They are greedy beyond belief and won’t spend the money on decent tech support.

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