Monday, November 23, 2009

national garage sale crashes....,

FT | Ebay became a victim of its own success at the weekend after a surge in the number of items for sale caused the world’s largest online auction site to crash.

Millions of shoppers were first unable to search for items on the website on Saturday, during the crucial run-up to Christmas, after a computer system failure.

Ebay said there had been a huge rise in the number of items listed for sale on its site in the run-up to the holiday season this year. It currently has more than 200m live listings, 33 per cent more than at this time last year.

On Sunday, the company’s website still said it was working to resolve the technical problems, which had first been noticed at about 11am Pacific Standard Time on Saturday.

It will be one of the worst outages suffered by the company in recent years. Ebay could be left with a hefty bill to compensate sellers for losses caused by the outage.