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Mon Aug 3 2009 14:29:35

PayPal Down, Outage Affects Some eBay Transactions

By: Ina Steiner

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Attempting to log in to PayPal results in an "Internal Server Error" message on Monday, and the outage is also affecting transactions on other sites, including eBay. There is an intermittent message on PayPal's site that reads, "We're sprucing things up right now, but we should be done by 11:20 PM PDT." The problem started at about 1:26 pm Eastern.

PayPal posted an announcement on its Systems board, "We are aware that you currently may be unable to log into your PayPal account or to complete a payment.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing. Please note that we are working to resolve these issues as soon as possible and will provide further updates as they become available."

eBay also posted an announcement on its board, "Some members may receive errors when trying to complete checkout with PayPal. We are aware of this issue and are actively working to resolve this as quickly as possible. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience."

eBay's Discussion Board also began having access issues as we researched this story.







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by: PayPunk

Mon Aug 3 14:36:41 2009

Let me see, the marketplace is sucking wind...they don't own the core technology for Skype...PayPal site can't stay up...

I guess this is the Power of Three Strikes, You're Out.

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by: just me

Mon Aug 3 14:43:04 2009

No problem for me. Printed postage for 35 packages without a problem. Sent invoices and money requests no problem. Even got money.

Must be paypal punishing the whiners. HAhA

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by: John

Mon Aug 3 15:04:45 2009

Please note that we are working to resolve these issues as soon as possible......Means they have no idea what is wrong


and will provide further updates as they become available......Means as soon as we can figure out how to fix it we will let you know....LOL

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by: phil

Mon Aug 3 15:06:42 2009

We definitely saw the effects. Web Accept carts not processing (either at all or with weird results). IPN notices not being sent for 'successful' transactions. Payments not showing up in our History page.

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by: Chad

Mon Aug 3 15:18:05 2009

I bought two items from two different vendors in the last hour.  I always pay right away but couldn't because PayPal wasn't working.  It eventually worked after trying about 5 times over about an hour.

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by: scott

Mon Aug 3 15:23:08 2009

1 hour later and the site seems to indicate you can log in, but log attempt results in "500 Internal Server Error".

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by: Mike

Mon Aug 3 15:25:41 2009

Tried 02:25pm CST, still down!

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by: fruity

Mon Aug 3 15:28:53 2009

I couldn't print postage. Paypal site is starting to degrade like ebay. Its all managements fault. Paypal ran relatively smooth for years and then bam, ever sice they started to move towards this new design and other changes.. just cant be relied on

Make ebay ashamed, just use the UNRELIABLE and LOSS OF CONFIDENCE statements. That'll make them sweat because people will think ebay outage all over again, millions lost in stock value! They'll get to work then and be transparent about what exactly is happening.

Outage and unreliable service is probably the only thing that you can do to get ebay to actually start providing service and communications about what is really going on.

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by: jason

Mon Aug 3 15:29:28 2009

Works find for me I just logged in and made a payment for an auction that I won.

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by: RuthK

Mon Aug 3 15:32:31 2009

Driving me mad as cannot pay for anything incl. holiday! said will be back by 7.20pm... just be honest please

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by: unaware

Mon Aug 3 15:44:29 2009

Just tried to get into my PayPal account and was NOT able to get in... 2:44PM CST

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by: ebay = penny stock

Mon Aug 3 15:45:33 2009

No problem for me. Just paid for an auction.

As a side note for all the naysayers. Ebay stock is almost 22.00 a share.

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by: A aldrid

Mon Aug 3 16:12:05 2009

Still down 21.15 been down since early morning, sent payment invoice, but customer cant pay. *issed off

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by: Jacob

Mon Aug 3 16:20:12 2009

FYI, as the CFO for our company, I see that we process close to 2.8 million dollars per year in ecommerce transactions through paypal (via their merchant account - not just express checkout).  I will also add that we had a $19,000 ad campaign breaking TODAY.  The result?  We are losing TONS of money because we cannot process payments via our ecommerce site, and customers are abandoning their shopping carts as a result.  

I called paypal to ask to speak with someone in upper management.  Instead, I had the pleasure of speaking a minimum wage robot (yes, you know the type) who was rude and unhelpful.  

I will broadly say that paypal is a lame giant.  Dumb employees, and obviously dumber management.  It would appear that they are so big, they could care less if they piss anyone off at all.  Sigh.  This sucks.  

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by: DW

Mon Aug 3 16:20:50 2009

Still down here in the UK. I need to pay for something urgently.... very annoying!

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by: Matt

Mon Aug 3 16:24:50 2009

Down in Germany, too. Have been trying for hours now. This really p****s me off, as the Duke would say.

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by: Tom

Mon Aug 3 16:48:53 2009

I've been trying to pay for an item for the last three hours here in Australia.  Clicking on the PayPal link either times out or you get a sketchy message, repeated in many languages, saying the service is currently down but that they are working on the problem.  I tell you...if my buyer's rating is affected I am going to give PayPal a royal roasting over the phone!  Not happy!!!

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by: ML

Mon Aug 3 16:50:23 2009

It really is about time that Ebay&PayPal took some responsibility for this type of problem. This is the second problem I have witnessed with the PayPal site in less than a week.

For the smaller/medium businesses this affect, the inability for customers to pay and/or transfer money out of your account to your bank, really can be damaging.

I wonder if a day of free Ebay/Paypal fee's as way of an apology would ever happen....Ha ha, what am I thinking, as if.

Ebay and PayPal should be shamed for the poor level of service they currently offer, at an ever increasing price to sellers...

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Mon Aug 3 17:11:16 2009

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by: buck efay

Mon Aug 3 17:14:56 2009

LOL, free day from Greedbay? Keep dreaming, they won't even extend your items a day to make up for this major inconvenience

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