According to eBay, the provision is an attempt to clarify, not mislead.
Still, Junkbusters looks toward the worst case scenario.
“If companies can disclaim all other representations besides the fine print of their privacy policies, then consumer protection is headed for a premature death,” said Jason Catlett, president of Junkbusters Corp., Green Brook, NJ.
Even so, Catlett admitted that he had not actually found any contradictions within the eBay Web site.
Despite that a similar complaint against Amazon.com in December 2000 did not yield the desired result, Catlett is optimistic that the FTC will act this time.
Pursglove, however, said that including such summaries on the eBay site was done at the urging of the FTC in the first place. EBay is fairly confident that the FTC will find no wrongdoing on its part.