|Mon Feb 11 2019 15:01:29|
A Glitch That Impacted eBay Not Sellers
By: Ina Steiner
How many times have readers said that glitches always impact sellers and not eBay? Here's an exception to the perceived rule.
The Justice Department said a buyer exploited a glitch on eBay and racked up lots of purchases without technically paying for them. The government said a glitch permitted repeated uses of the same gift card.
It made the claim in a press release in June
when it announced it had charged a Pennsylvania man with wire fraud in connection with a scheme to over-redeem gift cards.
"The information alleges that between October 29, 2016, and January 10, 2017, Broudy intentionally conducted approximately 1100 fraudulent transactions triggering this glitch, and in the process over-redeemed approximately $320,582 from the company's gift cards," the US Attorney's office alleged.
It's rather embarrassing for eBay. While there's no indication of when the glitch came into being, the government said it was in place for at least 2-and-a-half months.
Presumably sellers weren't held responsible for the alleged fraud since items were purchased with an eBay gift card, so mark this down as a case where a glitch cost eBay rather than eBay sellers.