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 Sat Oct 20 15:34:57 EDT 2012 Donald Yeager
4742 Sat Oct 20 12:11:05 EDT 2012 Anonymous
4741 Sat Oct 20 10:35:46 EDT 2012 Eddie Pitassi
4740 Sat Oct 20 07:06:32 EDT 2012 Dennis DeMarinis
4739 Fri Oct 19 14:32:53 EDT 2012 Dan a former ebay customer now!
4738 Fri Oct 19 14:02:58 EDT 2012 Billy Kemp You have got to be kidding... We are really subpose to find this in the find print... Really!
4737 Fri Oct 19 09:44:36 EDT 2012 Anonymous Forced arbitration is simply not fair, period. Please treat your customers fairly; it's the way to gain their loyalty.
4736 Fri Oct 19 06:02:41 EDT 2012 Martin Winter
4735 Fri Oct 19 01:58:43 EDT 2012 Cindy Scalf
4734 Fri Oct 19 01:47:30 EDT 2012 Joseph Axelrod
4733 Fri Oct 19 00:34:44 EDT 2012 Anonymous
4732 Thu Oct 18 19:03:36 EDT 2012 Derek Knehans
4731 Thu Oct 18 16:11:21 EDT 2012 Stuart Frankel
4730 Thu Oct 18 15:51:51 EDT 2012 Anonymous
4729 Thu Oct 18 15:27:46 EDT 2012 Anonymous
4728 Thu Oct 18 12:27:50 EDT 2012 Barry Kinske
4727 Thu Oct 18 12:22:52 EDT 2012 Anonymous
4726 Thu Oct 18 11:46:51 EDT 2012 Rabecca Gainey
4725 Wed Oct 17 23:26:03 EDT 2012 Jeanne Baggs
4724 Wed Oct 17 20:51:55 EDT 2012 Alicia Knoblock
4723 Wed Oct 17 15:16:11 EDT 2012 Anuja Cannon
4722 Wed Oct 17 15:11:02 EDT 2012 David
4721 Wed Oct 17 12:03:52 EDT 2012 Anonymous
4720 Wed Oct 17 11:06:01 EDT 2012 Anonymous
4719 Wed Oct 17 08:00:56 EDT 2012 Robert Barringer Time for a more consumer friendly Supreme Court as well.
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