Do you read before you accept an agreement?

Devoting a few minutes could save you in the long run

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – In today’s society, it doesn’t take a piece of paper to create a binding agreement. All it takes is clicking the two words on your computer screen, “I agree.” And not many people read before they click.

Jessie Hall of Chicopee told 22News, “I never do. I’ll skim the beginning of it but I don’t really take the time to read it all. It’s not really worth my time I feel like.”

However, devoting a few minutes could save you in the long run. If you don’t read the agreement, you’ll have no idea what’s in it. It’s no longer just the legal disclosures that are in those contracts, but things that actually take away rights you would’ve otherwise had.

A California Law Professor found out that can include giving up your right to file a lawsuit, or rights to get a refund; even giving up the rights to your personal pictures or information.

“It’s definitely scary knowing they can just slip in anything, knowing pretty much none of it is going to be read,” said Ian Ostberg of Northampton.

Taylor Saimeri of West Springfield said, “You just don’t want to take the time to go through them, especially some of them you scroll down, you feel like you’re scrolling for four years, so it’s like where’s that button? Where can I click to agree?”

That’s why it is such a temptation for some online companies to take advantage of consumers who don’t read the fine print.

So what can you do if you agree before you read? Legally, not much right now. Bottom line, read the text before you agree to agree.

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