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:
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
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.
|Number||Date||Name||Add a Comment|
|4693||Sat Oct 13 00:11:56 EDT 2012||AE Tuomey|
|4692||Fri Oct 12 23:50:19 EDT 2012||Stephen Liss||Thou shalt not steal.|
|4691||Fri Oct 12 23:36:52 EDT 2012||Menon Barcas||These are the same schmucks that turned on Wiki leaks when the chips were down. They play hardball, and so should we.|
|4690||Fri Oct 12 22:47:26 EDT 2012||Rohan Paris|
|4689||Fri Oct 12 21:15:02 EDT 2012||Elisabeth Kelly|
|4688||Fri Oct 12 18:01:13 EDT 2012||Bruce Pringle|
|4687||Fri Oct 12 16:25:52 EDT 2012||Kathy Van Dame|
|4686||Fri Oct 12 16:23:26 EDT 2012||JC Honeycutt|
|4685||Fri Oct 12 16:17:04 EDT 2012||Anonymous|
|4684||Fri Oct 12 15:03:00 EDT 2012||Anonymous||Why are you turning on your customers this way?
A good reliable, ethical company would not do this.
|4683||Fri Oct 12 14:06:14 EDT 2012||Anonymous|
|4682||Fri Oct 12 12:10:39 EDT 2012||Sandra Fulmer|
|4681||Fri Oct 12 10:22:36 EDT 2012||Kurt Sperry||I've seen the Street View imagery of the house's unsecure mailbox in UT you want to force my personal information sent to, a house that is also a sleazy drop box for other questionable businesses. The More....|
|4680||Fri Oct 12 09:46:52 EDT 2012||Sara Dustin|
|4679||Fri Oct 12 09:06:08 EDT 2012||GREGG crossman|
|4678||Fri Oct 12 09:02:29 EDT 2012||Patrick Murphy|
|4677||Fri Oct 12 08:57:40 EDT 2012||Steve Overton|
|4676||Fri Oct 12 08:07:45 EDT 2012||Walt Bruun||eBay isn't the only on-line auction game in town anymore, so if eBay still wants to pursue this mistaken policy go right ahead and you'll lose millions of eBayers to your competition.|
|4675||Fri Oct 12 01:29:38 EDT 2012||Russ Berger|
|4674||Fri Oct 12 00:15:27 EDT 2012||Amanda Keller-Scott|
|4673||Thu Oct 11 20:28:14 EDT 2012||Anonymous|
|4672||Thu Oct 11 20:09:37 EDT 2012||Bruce Christopher|
|4671||Thu Oct 11 19:25:34 EDT 2012||Stuart Mork|
|4670||Thu Oct 11 19:21:56 EDT 2012||Donna Maier|
|4669||Thu Oct 11 18:20:52 EDT 2012||janice palma-glennie|
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