Way back in 2010, 7,500 shoppers accidentally sold their souls to GameStation. In an April Fool’s joke now known as the “immortal soul clause,” GameStation cunningly implemented a clause into their terms and conditions which would grant the gaming giant possession of shoppers’ souls forevermore. Yikes.
What’s even more horrifying, however, is that only 12% of customers even noticed the threat – and we still haven’t learned our lesson, according to a 2017 survey, which found that 91% of Americans don’t read the T&Cs when committing to a service or product. So, do you read the T&Cs? And, apart from the loss of your soul, why else should you be taking a few minutes to do so?
Your privacy might be compromised
Ever wondered how cold callers got your number, or how spam emails ended up in your inbox? Luckily the data protection act has gone some way to safeguarding our private information, but if you’ve willingly signed the T&Cs, you may also have signed away your details, giving companies the right to sell your information. Ukrainian wife, anyone?
You might lose money
Say you’ve booked an all-inclusive summer holiday to Florida through a travel agency, having already paid for a third of the trip, the booking fee and holiday insurance. You’ve ticked every item off the family holiday checklist. Suddenly one of the kids comes down with chickenpox, and there’s no way you can risk infecting Mickey Mouse. No worries, you’re thinking – we’ll get a refund and spend Christmas in the sunshine instead. Wrong. If you’d read the T&Cs, you’d know that only the holiday insurance is refundable. Bet you wish you’d sacrificed the rodent now, huh?
You might be in for some plain old disappointment
Playing in the online casino can be a fun way of relaxing when you have a few spare minutes. You’ve chosen a game on which to use your free spins, you’ve set up your account and are looking forward to the fun and potential winnings! However, you might be in for a disappointment when it turns out you’re unable to claim that bonus after all. Using review sites is the first step towards this as Oddschecker, for example, publishes the most important T&Cs alongside each of the bonuses it lists. But it’s still your responsibility to check the full doc, so you know you’re safe.
We know you’d rather be doing literally anything other than reading the T&Cs, but it’s essential to knowing exactly what you’re committing yourself to when signing up for a product or service. Thank us later!