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PostSubject: 7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls   Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:07 pm

7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls

A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions agreed to by online shoppers.

The retailer, British firm GameStation, added the "immortal soul clause" to the contract signed before making any online purchases earlier this month. It states that customers grant the company the right to claim their soul.

"By placing an order via this Web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk or one of its duly authorised minions."

GameStation's form also points out that "we reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act. If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction."

The terms of service were updated on April Fool's Day as a gag, but the retailer did so to make a very real point: No one reads the online terms and conditions of shopping, and companies are free to insert whatever language they want into the documents.

While all shoppers during the test were given a simple tick box option to opt out, very few did this, which would have also rewarded them with a £5 voucher, according to news:lite. Due to the number of people who ticked the box, GameStation claims believes as many as 88 percent of people do not read the terms and conditions of a Web site before they make a purchase.

The company noted that it would not be enforcing the ownership rights, and planned to e-mail customers nullifying any claim on their soul.


That's sad, 88% of people never read terms and conditions.They could say anything.

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PostSubject: Re: 7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls   Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:07 pm

haha thats kinda funny
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PostSubject: Re: 7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls   Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:49 pm

A lesson to everyone - always read the small print no matter how boring it may seem Wink

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PostSubject: Re: 7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls   Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:48 pm

^ I would say so. Lol. I'm sure those people will from now on.
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PostSubject: Re: 7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls   Thu Apr 22, 2010 3:03 pm

I used to do that all the time (read the small print), but now there is so much bs that I don't feel like it. For the love of god if small print wasn't as long as a dictionary with every word from every language in it, then reading it wouldn't be so bad.
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PostSubject: Re: 7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls   Thu Apr 22, 2010 3:14 pm

I wonder if some of them did read it and thought the company had just added that in to be funny. Or even read it and thought "Yeah, whatever."


I must be having a stupid fit, because it doesn't make sense to me after reading these two parts seeker All people making purchases it would seem from this would have had to click the link and thus retained their souls.

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The retailer, British firm GameStation, added the "immortal soul clause" to the contract signed before making any online purchases earlier this month. It states that customers grant the company the right to claim their soul.

If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction."
There must have been a way to bypass this and go on to make purchases without clicking that link.
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PostSubject: Re: 7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls   Thu Apr 22, 2010 5:23 pm

I gave my soul years ago to someone else.

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