by Olivia LaRosa, September 16, 2012
Giggling, but in annoyance, after reading the new eBay user agreement sent me this morning.
The agreement has a new arbitration clause that notifies the user that she may opt out of arbitration.
Why is this important? If you do not opt out of arbitration, you cannot join a class action suit against eBay for any reason.
So, in order to protect your legal rights you must write a real letter to eBay. eBay does not provide the ability to “click” anywhere to do this.
Show them you pay attention to their shenanigans! I find it unlikely that they have made a pact with the Post Office. Rather, they want to make it as time-consuming as possible to avoid their trap.
For your convenience, I have uploaded a sample letter should you choose to follow the same path as me. The text is also pasted below.
September 16, 2012
c/o National Registered Agents, Inc.
2778 W. Shady Bend Lane
Lehi, UT 84043
I do not agree with your Agreement to Arbitrate. The letter is my Opt-Out Notice.
Ebay ID: your eBay ID
Email address for my account: firstname.lastname@example.org
X (must sign the letter)
City, State, Zip