He had used eBay's preview feature (as recommended) to check for Active Content and had found none. But when eBay sent him an email this week showing he had over 300 listings containing soon-to-be-banned content, he checked some of his listings' HTML individually and found the Lastpass code.
His first concern was why eBay's preview feature hadn't alerted him to the fact his listings contained Active Content. The second concern was learning that a browser plug-in like Lastpass could modify his eBay listings. Not only that, but he was concerned about the fact that the code contained words like "new password" and "old password."
"eBay has a vulnerability in its system that Lastpass has exploited (no doubt accidentally)," he wrote. "eBay sellers were lulled into a false sense of security for months believing that since they previewed their listings (as recommended by eBay) by using the eBay preview tool and nothing showed up, that they were in compliance."
Other sellers have contacted us in recent days after receiving eBay warning notifications. We ran a test by putting some listings containing InkFrog, Vendio, and Auctiva tools through this Active Content checker
and found they contained Active Content.
InkFrog founder and CEO Greg Sisung reiterated the problem is not isolated to any single service provider. Sellers may have active content in listings from templates from other services or from older listing tools.
Inkfrog added a way for users to manually convert listings to become compliant with eBay's new policy, and recommends customers read this post
carefully, as there are consequences of disabling Active Content.
Each provider is dealing with the changeover differently. Some providers of eBay templates and tools say there's a silver lining for sellers, who could use the opportunity to take advantage of updated, mobile-friendly templates.
In the meantime, sellers should test their listings. Using this tool
, you can enter an item number and hit scan, and scroll down til you see the "Markup" tab.