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eBay ‘Object Object’ Popup Bug Drives Users Crazy

eBay experienced a bug on Wednesday that was driving users crazy as they continually encountered a popup box that included the words “object Object” in brackets. On this eBay discussion board thread, a user shared a picture of the popup.

“It’s all of us, isn’t it,” the poster wrote. “It does not matter your operating system, your device, or your version update on the browsers, it seems like eBay is using seventh-grade tech majors to tinker with their site! Every few seconds this box pops up with the demand free to push OK before you can do another thing.”

Another responded, “Yes, its driving me nuts!!!!!!”

Users reported the problem to eBay’s Jim Griffith (Uncle Griff) during the weekly chat session on Wednesday. “There seems to be a new glitch on eBay… many of us are being plagued with pop-up’s when we view items. Below is the one I see. Per reports in the AC/DBs, there are different versions of this that include eBay’s web URL & an Xbox. So far, these are interfering with both PCs & Mac’s, as well as most browsers & platforms (everything from Vista to MS10).”

Initially Griffith responded, “I would need item numbers for the listings where these are appearing,” but after a user provided a link to a thread about the problem, he replied, “The issue is reported. No update at this time.”

A user wrote on the Ecommerce EKG board, “Be thankful you got the popup box instead of what it references, it looks like someone is trying to inject code using one of the ads on the site. Seems to be targeting Chrome and Firefox browsers. eBay is definitely in a race to the bottom at this point.”

Discussion of the problem stopped later in the day, indicating it had been cleared up.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.