Stand Up to eBay’s Arbitration Absurdity

Tell eBay to Remove Forced Arbitration from Its Terms of Service or at Least Allow Users to Opt Out Online


EBay’s new terms of service would be laughable if they weren’t so outrageous.

To buy or sell something on eBay (a popular online auction site), users need only point and click.

But if eBay users want to protect their constitutional rights by opting out of a forced arbitration clause and ban on consumers joining together in class actions in the user agreement … that’s quite a bit more complicated.

According to eBay’s new terms, users may opt out of these provisions — BUT, in order to do so, eBay requires users to print and mail a signed letter to an agent in Utah.

There is really no reason why users shouldn’t be able to opt out by clicking a button – just like everything else they do on eBay’s website. To ask for snail mail is absurd.

Add your name below to tell eBay: Don’t deny your customers’ rights, and don’t hide behind a bogus offline opt-out.


We, the undersigned, call on eBay to remove from its terms of service the forced arbitration clause and the ban on joining together in a class action. EBay customers should not be required to sacrifice their legal rights. If eBay refuses to remove these terms, the company should at least provide an online opt-out option.

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How to Opt Out


DEADLINE: EBay's terms require current users to opt out by Nov. 9, 2012. New users have 30 days from the day they sign on to eBay's terms.

The only way to opt out of eBay’s forced arbitration provision is by mailing eBay a signed letter that includes specific information. We’ve prepared a sample letter for eBay customers who want to opt out.

Here’s what to do:
1. download the sample letter as a PDF (move your cursor over each box to see what information to enter) or Word file (edit as indicated)
2. print it
3. sign it (It must be signed!)
4. make a copy to keep for your records
5. mail your signed letter to:
eBay Inc.
c/o National Registered Agents, Inc.
2778 W. Shady Bend Lane
Lehi, UT 84043
(This suggestion is not intended as legal advice.)

Public Citizen's Letter to eBay


Read Public Citizen's letter urging eBay to remove the forced arbitration clause and class action ban from its terms of service (PDF)

What exactly do these stealth provisions do?


A forced arbitration clause means that if you ever have a dispute with the company, you can’t go to a public court. You’ll have to go to a private, secretive tribunal chosen by eBay.

The class action ban means that you can’t band together with other customers to make pursuing claims worthwhile. If eBay rips off every user by a few dollars, that would mean millions of dollars in ill-gotten gains with no accountability.

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151-175 of 4893 signatures
Number Date Name Add a Comment
4743 Fri Oct 19 00:34:44 EDT 2012 Anonymous
4742 Thu Oct 18 19:03:36 EDT 2012 Derek Knehans
4741 Thu Oct 18 16:11:21 EDT 2012 Stuart Frankel
4740 Thu Oct 18 15:51:51 EDT 2012 Anonymous
4739 Thu Oct 18 15:27:46 EDT 2012 Anonymous
4738 Thu Oct 18 12:27:50 EDT 2012 Barry Kinske
4737 Thu Oct 18 12:22:52 EDT 2012 Anonymous
4736 Thu Oct 18 11:46:51 EDT 2012 Rabecca Gainey
4735 Wed Oct 17 23:26:03 EDT 2012 Jeanne Baggs
4734 Wed Oct 17 20:51:55 EDT 2012 Alicia Knoblock
4733 Wed Oct 17 15:11:02 EDT 2012 David
4732 Wed Oct 17 12:03:52 EDT 2012 Anonymous
4731 Wed Oct 17 11:06:01 EDT 2012 Anonymous
4730 Wed Oct 17 08:00:56 EDT 2012 Robert Barringer Time for a more consumer friendly Supreme Court as well.
4729 Wed Oct 17 03:18:32 EDT 2012 Miles Coatsee To everyone reading this: You can easily accomplish much more than just signing this petition to eBay. Contact your congressperson and senators and tell them to support the Arbitration Fairness Act!

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4728 Tue Oct 16 23:39:49 EDT 2012 Shelly Peterson
4727 Tue Oct 16 16:41:58 EDT 2012 Mark Dempsey
4726 Tue Oct 16 13:14:48 EDT 2012 Nicole Gaborek 207 -->206It is simple (meaning our family, relatives,neighbors, friends, and co-workers ) will NOT shop at E-bay any more! We will shop at there competitors and not be bullied by large corpoRATe companies.
4725 Tue Oct 16 10:20:04 EDT 2012 David Johnson
4724 Tue Oct 16 07:32:59 EDT 2012 Jonathan Morgan
4723 Mon Oct 15 17:57:22 EDT 2012 Rebekah Hardeson
4722 Mon Oct 15 16:01:30 EDT 2012 Jennifer Wiggs
4721 Mon Oct 15 10:30:15 EDT 2012 Mary Wylie
4720 Mon Oct 15 10:12:46 EDT 2012 robert bailey
4719 Mon Oct 15 03:40:08 EDT 2012 Amy Lippert
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