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    ABW Ambassador Rehan's Avatar
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    Is Retailmenot also stuffing eBay cookies?
    I was looking at eBay's cookies tonight, and I happened to come across Retailmenot's page for eBay.com coupons:
    retailmenot.com/view/ebay.com
    (^^ copy and paste that URL into your browser to see the page... they don't deserve a link from here.)


    It was odd that just visiting the page placed an eBay cookie in my browser, so I dug a little deeper and it certainly looks like RMN is stuffing eBay cookies in the browsers of users that simply visit RMN's eBay.com/.ca/co.uk/etc. pages without clicking anything else.

    Here's the cookie planted during the visit:
    Code:
    npii
    btrm/svid%3D569979642644ac566ca^
    ebay.com/
    1024
    3927720192
    30032648
    1936578992
    29959223
    *
    And this is the snippet of the HTML code that contains the 1x1 pixel image from rover.ebay.com with the affiliate campaign id in the url:
    Code:
        <div class="panel" id="thumbnail">
    
                <div class="affTracker"><img alt=""style='text-decoration:none; border: 0; padding: 0; margin: 0;' src='http://rover.ebay.com/ar/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?mpt=[CacheBuster]&adtype=1&size=1x1&type=1&campid=5335830464&toolid=10001&customid='></div><a href="/out/S136345" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" onclick="javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview('/track/clickthrough/aff/site/ebay.com');">                  <img id="bigThumb" src="http://thumbs.s.retailmenot.com/thumbs/l/136345.jpg" alt="eBay" /><br/>
                    <strong>visit ebay.com &raquo;</strong>
          </a>
        </div><!-- END: #thumbnail -->
    By comparison, this is the similar HTML code from RMN's Amazon.com page that doesn't contain the 1x1 pixel image:
    Code:
        <div class="panel" id="thumbnail">
                <a href="/out/S136341" target="_blank" rel="nofollow" onclick="javascript:pageTracker._trackPageview('/track/clickthrough/naff/site/amazon.com');">                  <img id="bigThumb" src="http://thumbs.s.retailmenot.com/thumbs/l/136341.jpg" alt="Amazon.com" /><br/>
                    <strong>visit amazon.com &raquo;</strong>
    
          </a>
        </div><!-- END: #thumbnail -->
    It seems like they've only targeted eBay with this cookie stuffing scheme. I browsed through their other pages and didn't see any other affiliate cookies dropped into my browser.

    Frankly, I'm not surprised to see this from Retailmenot, having seen the other threads about them here at ABW. But I am surprised that they would be doing this even after eBay launched a lawsuit against DP and others for stuffing cookies!
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    I took a look and it looks like an affiliate cookie, but it's not. That's an impression pixel for tracking page views. Here's what the link looks like generated for our account...
    Code:
    <img style='text-decoration:none; border: 0; padding: 0; margin: 0;' src='http://rover.ebay.com/ar/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?mpt=[CacheBuster]&adtype=1&size=1x1&type=1&campid=XXXXXXXXXX&toolid=10001&customid=MyTest'>
    Last edited by Boomers; October 2nd, 2008 at 12:35 PM.



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    Admin Note: After the thread was posted we moved it to the mod forum for review, and found that it does look like only impression tracking. I split off the mod decissusions, renamed the thread to a question (instead of statement) and moved from Unethical forum to the EPN forum.

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    Full Member TerriFalcone's Avatar
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    I happy to hear it was just a misunderstanding.

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    To further clarify....

    I was in touch with Steve, the programmers, and the quality department a month or so ago about this. Not this particular site but same situation.

    If you check the headers, the only one that throws an actual affiliate cookie is "rover.ebay.com/rover/".

    There are several other rover headers that set cookies that are not affiliate cookies such as "rover.ebay.com/roverns/", "rover.ebay.com/roverroi/", and "rover.ebay.com/ar/".

    Firefox has a great extension called Live HTTP Headers that is terrific to help determine cookie stuffing or not. Use the regex filter with the following....

    rover\.ebay\.com\/rover\/

    This will tell you right away.

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    ABW Ambassador Rehan's Avatar
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    Thanks for the clarification and information, guys.
    And yes, good to see that it was just a misunderstanding on my part.
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