We are currently in the process of setting up a new and bigger server for our shop. This Blog has already been moved to the new server and we are making preparations to move the actual shop within the next few days.
On Sunday (the morning after) we noticed a misconfiguration that broke the unencrypted website. It was not noticed right away because modern browsers would alway try the TLS encrypted website first but easily fixed. We also forgot a Reverse-DNS entry causing GMX to refuse a single email but this was easily fixed.
On Sunday evening we identified and fixed an issue causing a „We can’t add this item to your shoppingn cart“ for some (but not all) products.
Customer website works
Shopkeeper website works
Ordering seems to work.
Credit card payments seem to work.
Automatic DHL label creation seems to be broken but we can’t find out why just yet. We can however do that manually to continue operating. DHL issue fixed too.
Waiting to see if any live Paypal orders are coming in
While at it, we also performed a larger software update of the shop software
We had some trouble with 11 products on Amazon. We submit products with a very, very detailed „browse node“. In our case usually „Health & Personal Care -> Sex & Sensuality -> Sex Toys -> Dildos -> Anal Dildos“ Then Amazon uses that to choose a „product type“.
How it started
The problem was, that for these 11 prducts Amazon has chosen completely inappropriate product types. Product type: Toy Vehicles Product type: Animal Cages Product type: Pet Toys Product type: Other Shirts Product type: Plant seeds Product type: Toy Figures and Playsets
These had the effect that we where asked to enter mandatory information like a „T-shirt size“ for these dildos or they would not be visible.
We contacted the seller support about this.
How it’s going
At first they didn’t understand the issue.
Then they wanted us to tell them what product type to enter. However there is no public list of all product types and Amazon doesn’t display the product type for any correct toys. So we can’t possibly tell them.
Then they claimed „We have determined that the current categorization on the ASIN produces a better customer experience than the requested categorization. As a result, we will not be able to complete your request.„
And finally they claimed „Please note that we were unable to determine the correct categorization on this ASIN as the product data and images are inconsistent.„. Obviously our very-well-done product photos show dildod and not T-shirts, animal cages or plant seeds.
How it ended
Since there was no way to get these products fixed, we where forced to simply remove them from Amazon’s catalog altogether. We will wait until no trace of them is left in Amazon’s system and try to recreate a single one at a later time.
We had some issues with an update of the shop software not working out and had to restore from a backup. Since we do have hourly backups of the shop database, not a single order has been lost and the inventory count should still reflect reality.
Sorry for the outage of the website for a few hours earlier today.
Over the years our shop software has create a dozens of unused copies of product images. With a special script we just removed 21.5GB of unused images. Keeping 2.2GB of actually used ones. If you notice any missing images, please tell us. So far everything looks fine.
A while ago we added GLS as a third shipping option next to DHL and Hermes. However since after a year only a single customer ever wanted GLS, we have to disable it instead of expanding it from Germany to all of Europe. Sorry.
DHL informed us that they are experiencing way more parcel volume then even on a „normal“ Christmas. They say, that everything they have to transport parcels is moving and there are no spares left to increase capacity. So everything may be delayed by up to an additional day.
Liebe Kund*innen und Geschäftspartner*innen,
im Folgenden stellen wir Ihnen die wichtigsten Informationen zur aktuellen Bearbeitungssituation in Ihrem Abgangspaketzentrum Lahr zur Verfügung: Leider kommt es aktuell aufgrund von hohen Sendungsmengen zu Einschränkungen an Ihrem Standort.
Die Bearbeitung von Paketen in Ihrem Paketzentrum verzögert sich momentan um bis zu einen Tag.
Sie können die nächste Einmalige Abholung wieder ab dem 16.12.2021 buchen.
Aufgrund von sehr hohen Verkehrsmengen befinden sich unsere Transportbetriebsmittel momentan nahezu vollständig im Umlauf. Es kann in Einzelfällen dazu kommen, dass sich die Versorgung mit Wechselbrücken, Rollbehältern und weiterem Leergut verzögert oder nur im Tausch stattfindet.
Wir bitten, auftretende Verzögerungen zu entschuldigen.