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bravosixx stuffs eBay affiliate cookies in eBay listings
July 31st, 2008 by estreet

eBay seller bravosixx has multiple eBay listings that stuff eBay Partner Network affiliate cookies. Here’s one: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300246242550

Bravosixx is using the HTML object tag to force the cookie. Tracing the header info when the eBay listing loads, you can clearly see this http header roll by:

http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?type=1&
campid=5336016432&toolid=10001&customid=

eBay’s response to this junk is to ban all active content starting in 2009. No Javascript or flash. Only a subset of html tags will be allowed. I imagine the object and iframe tags will be blacklisted. See eBay’s active content plans.

Bravosixx is also a pulser. This listing for a “Real live ghost! Trapped in a box!” has 1,135 watchers.

You can see the latest watcher count on this page: http://watcher.esellerstreet.com/?page=watchitem&ebayID=bravosixx

Cookie stuffers on eBay are annoyingly short-sighted. The trick never lasts. They will get caught soon and it makes my job of complying with eBay rules more difficult.

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