Retailer claims customers' immortal souls
You didn't know? You should have read the Ts&Cs
Games retailer GameStation has claimed that it owns the immortal souls of 7500 punters who purchased goods from its website earlier this month.
It said it mentioned this fact because it shows that rather a lot of consumers don't bother to check retailers' terms and conditons before making a purchase.
In fact, it said, 88 per cent of its customers don't read through the small print. Had they done so, they would have seen:
"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. 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."
GameStation offered punters who read this far the chance to "nullify your soul transfer", a move that provides them with a £5 voucher to set against web purchases on 1 April 2010.
Yes, it was an April Fool's gag, but as GameStation says, it shows just how few people read the fine print.
That 88 per cent figure suggests that 12 per cent of buyers did look at the Ts&Cs - or at least had been alerted to the sudden appearance of a £5-off coupon. But it also suggests GameStation had only 8500-odd customers on its website on the day. ®