Thursday, 25 June 2015

Rule #196: Fine print

I always feel that if you have to write something so small that people can't read it and make it so complicated that people can't understand it, you're obviously trying to hide something. Why can't everyone just be up front and honest about what is being offered? I know there are a lot of idiots out there that make some very redundant extra cautions necessary, which really make for some entertaining reading for the rest of us, but I hate the real fine print. You know, the 10 pages that come with cell phone service and things like that. The kind of reading you'd have to take a course to understand and put aside half a day and snuggle up with your contract and a dictionary to get through.

Aint nobody got time for that. When I see all that fine print, I basically think it says "this product is pretty crappy and if you need service we probably won't be available and even if we are, we'll make it so cumbersome to get to us, you'll give up before we have to do anything."

 Ever wonder if it's getting worse? Yes. For example, the first general-purpose credit card in 1959 had a half-page contract. Today, some credit card contracts are six pages of small type and all of it is one-sided in favor of the company. So if anything goes wrong, you will discover you are powerless.

In the new world, there will be no "fine print", just regular print containing...



Agree? Disagree? Lay it on me!