The Federal Trade Commission said the settlement requires Dell and Micron to
“provide consumers with clear, readable, and understandable information in
their lease advertising.”
The proposed settlements would require the companies to provide consumers
with clear, readable, and understandable information in their lease
For example, the FTC said a Dell Internet ad said a $2,288 machine would
lease for $86 a month. But the FTC said that to actually compare the cost of
leasing to buying, a consumer would have to “scroll diligently through a
number of complicated, densely filled screens.”
A Micron ad promised a monthly lease fee of $98.96 for a $2,499 machine, but
omitted information about $250 in fees due at the signing and buried
information about terms of the lease, the FTC said.
The FTC, which has in the past brought similar
charges against auto makers and dealers on deceptive leasing, is conducting a
workshop Friday about how its ad rules and other rules apply to the Internet.