eBay recently made some changes to their user agreement that should be noted. I received this from one of their "eBay messages" (which I usually ignore). However, in that message there was no information on how to "opt-out" of the arbitration agreement that eBay is trying to sneakily have you agree to.
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While this is not a hot deal, this is very important for anyone using eBay to know and understand that their new changes to the user agreement make arbitration your only solution should you ever have a legal disagreement with eBay; this is also on an individual basis. eBay is more and more becoming a pain the the A$$ to deal with, and some of their practices sketchy at best. Based on this NEW CHANGE, if there ever was a class action lawsuit against eBay, you would not be eligible because you agreed to their "arbitration" as the only means to resolution.
*** The only way out of this is to "opt-out" in writing. If you don't send eBay a written letter opting out, you are agreeing to arbitration as your only solution against eBay should a legal problem ever arise. Certified Mail (or similar) would be a wise choice. For those of you thinking that it is not worth the stamp because you may get a whopping $1 should a class action lawsuit come about... well, remember the lawnmower engine class action lawsuit, that was more than a $1
Updated provisions governing how disputes between eBay and eBay users are resolved.
The User Agreement contains an Agreement to Arbitrate, which will, with limited exception, require you and eBay to submit claims to binding and final arbitration, unless you opt-out of the Agreement to Arbitrate by November 9, 2012. Unless you opt-out: (1) you will only be permitted to pursue claims against eBay on an individual basis, not as part of any class or representative action or proceeding and (2) you will only be permitted to seek relief (including monetary, injunctive, and declaratory relief) on an individual basis.
You can choose to reject this Agreement to Arbitrate ("opt-out") by mailing us a written opt-out notice ("Opt-Out Notice"). For new eBay users, the Opt-Out Notice must be postmarked no later than 30 days after the date you accept the User Agreement for the first time. If you are already a current eBay user and previously accepted the User Agreement prior to the introduction of this Agreement to Arbitrate, the XXX Opt-Out Notice must be postmarked no later than November 9, 2012 . You must mail the Opt-Out Notice to eBay Inc., c/o National Registered Agents, Inc., 2778 W. Shady Bend Lane, Lehi, UT 84043.
The Opt-Out Notice must state that you do not agree to this Agreement to Arbitrate and must include your name, address, and the user ID(s) and email address(es) associated with the eBay account(s) to which the opt-out applies. You must sign the Opt-Out Notice for it to be effective. This procedure is the only way you can opt-out of the Agreement to Arbitrate. If you opt-out of the Agreement to Arbitrate, all other parts of the User Agreement and its Legal Disputes Section will continue to apply to you. Opting out of this Agreement to Arbitrate has no effect on any previous, other, or future arbitration agreements that you may have with us.
Where I found the above information...
Or go here
Mods... if this information is posted somewhere, I could not find it. This is very important to know and I felt it best in the Hot Deals forums because it will get more visibility here.
Thanks erratic*attic (whoever you are)