We have a merchant using one of our apps whose getting a ton of 500 errors when trying to create orders using the Shopify Order API. I ran some tests on one of our test stores and everything is working no problem. After digging into their data I noticed they are creating a bunch of orders all with the same email address/customer.
I've gotten this 500 error in the past while running tests. When a customer has a large number of orders associated with them, the Shopify Order API begins to constantly throw 500 errors. This is preventing the merchant from importing orders and I wanted to see if someone on the Shopify team could help us with this. I've recommended that they not associate all of their orders with a single email address/customer but I don't have control over their workflow. Either way, the Shopify API should not be 500ing at this rate.
I can consistently replicate this issue and also have request data (Shopify request ID) to help troubleshoot if needed.
Thanks for all your help!
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I just wanted to update this post in case anyone else runs into a similar problem. Thank you @scottydont for spending the time digging into the server logs and helping us figure out what was going on.
The merchant is adding a large number of orders to the same customer email address. They've also been associating shipping and/or billing addresses with the order which is adding them to the customer profile. Each order is for a different customer but for some reason they are adding them to the same email address. It seems this is causing a problem with the Shopify database/Order API.
This appears to be a known issue for customers with a large number of addresses. A potential work around for now would be to create the customer first and then assign them to the order.
Engineers are aware of the issue, there's no ETA on a fix.
I hope this will be helpful to someone in the future.