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UserofGames1233
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Should we the people ban corporations from using fine print?

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Started: 3/16/2019 Category: Economics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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tyrel82

Pro

Using fine print is manipulative and their policies should be outlined very clearly. We the people have a right to know everything. About policies usually corporations with fine print get sued for manipulation and it doesn't work. Don't fine print things state things in your agreement using the same font or don't state them at all. No more fine print.
UserofGames1233

Con

While I do agree that fine print may be inconvenient for us, I'll just be saying that it is our duty to read the entire agreement thoroughly before agreeing. Most people do not even read it. Did you ever download or buy an application (game, App, Etc. ) and read their terms and conditions, Or the EULA? I know that a lot of people wouldn't, Since most EULAs are very long. It wouldn't be the fine print's fault if the people wouldn't read the terms and conditions anyway. Fine print may be bad for the consumers, But they should the entire thing before accepting. They aren't compelled to accept it.
Debate Round No. 1
tyrel82

Pro

Most people don't and companies know this.
UserofGames1233

Con

If most people don't read the agreement first, Then how can it be the fault of the fine print? Even if companies know this, It's not like they can force us to read something we don't. Even if they remove the fine print and make it normal size, That still won't make us read it, Especially since it will look like it's longer.
Debate Round No. 2
tyrel82

Pro

The print is deceiving and dishonest. Always beware of the fine print.
UserofGames1233

Con

The fine print may be deceiving, But the purpose of the fine print is to just add some extra information that may be useful to know. For example, You have a coupon, And it says there 20% off. The fine print on the bottom usually has something like the promotion period and additional information on when you can use it. If we remove the fine print, Then it will not be able to fit on the coupon, Which will make it even more confusing. Not only that, As I mentioned before, And you acknowledged it, Most people don't even read the agreement at all. In that case, How can it be the fine print's fault? It's like you have a car, And you don't know how to drive, So whether or not it has fuel wouldn't matter since you can't even drive in the first place. So, What I'm saying is, What is the purpose of banning fine print if people won't even read the agreement the first place? Removing it won't make people finally read before agreeing. Not only that, By making the fine print into normal size, It will just make it seem longer since the less important additional information will be the same size. In other cases, Like the coupon I mentioned, If you remove fine print, Then the print wouldn't fit anymore. It may be deceiving and manipulative, But everything is like that, When used by the wrong people. That is all.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by tyrel82 3 years ago
tyrel82
Agree with WreckITRalph
Posted by WrickItRalph 3 years ago
WrickItRalph
Agree with Pro's basic assertion. However, As was mentioned below, Legal jargon has to be somewhat small do to the robust nature of legal terms. On the internet, This isn't much of an issue, Because the words can be zoomed in on.

I think a better approach would be to aim for less confusing language, Instead of adding a font size restriction.
Posted by K_Michael_Tolman 3 years ago
K_Michael_Tolman
1. Legal language, As you may have discovered, Tends to have a lot of words that don't mean much. If you've ever actually read a Terms and Agreements License, There isn't anything tricky there in most cases, Just understandable stuff to avoid piracy.
2. It's an inconvenience for companies to print "the fine print" if they put it at the same size as everything else. It would take up several more pages. And it's not as if legal companies, Etc. , Will deny you the ability to look at the small print in more detail. Sure, Bringing a magnifying glass would be inconvenient on your part, But as I already said, Changing fine print to normal font would be an inconvenience as well.
3. Care you nothing about the trees? Yes. I know that we live in a digital age, But there are plenty of times when paper is used. Once again, Larger fonts take up more space, Using more paper.
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