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When we are on the web, we frequently check the box “I agree with the general conditions”. Indeed, a large percentage of people do so without taking the time to really read and understand the involvement. In this article, we will talk about the terms and conditions on the web. We will see why this is significant for both a visitor and a business. So, if you have a business, you will have some essential elements that you must consider when drafting your terms and conditions.
What are the general conditions?
In general, the products or services you take have general terms and conditions. For example, when you go to a store and pick up a washing machine, in the box you will find a document explaining how it is used. The document sometimes contains a text stating the manufacturer’s commitments to you. Knowledgeable users will take the time to better understand the document before using the product.
Why is this important?
Terms and conditions are crucial. Indeed, they do set the rules of the game between the company and its customers. Actually, they specify
- the rights and obligations of each party,
- payment terms,
- the delivery time,
- limitations of liability,
- confidentiality clauses,
- termination conditions, etc.
The terms and conditions document can be used as evidence in the event of a conflict between a consumer and a company. Therefore, if you are a consumer, it is essential to take the time to read carefully before committing. For a company, it is equally crucial to make a document explaining the terms and conditions so that the customers know what to expect.
Some advantages of the terms and conditions on the web or for your products
By drafting clear and precise terms and conditions,
- the company can protect itself against disputes and claims from its customers or users.
- In addition, the terms and conditions can also help strengthen the credibility of the company.
- It also demonstrates your transparency and professionalism.
Of course, to avoid frustration and abuse, refer your customers to your terms and conditions as needed.
How to better write terms and conditions for your business
Here are some tips on how to better write terms and conditions for your business:
- Be clear and precise: use simple language and avoid complicated legal terms that can confuse your customers or users.
- Be complete: Include all important information. You can, for example, include payment terms, delivery times, warranties, liabilities, limitations of liability, confidentiality clauses, termination conditions, etc.
- Be consistent: Make sure all terms and conditions are consistent with each other and with other documents, you use (contracts, registration forms, websites, etc.).
- Be transparent: clearly explain the terms and conditions and make sure your customers or users understand them. Please don’t hesitate to provide examples to clarify the terms and conditions.
- Be up-to-date: Regularly update your terms and conditions to reflect changes in your business or in applicable laws.
Notice to Internet users or customers
To avoid unpleasant surprises, sometimes take the time to read the general conditions before subscribing to the services or products. The majority of people have the habit of clicking on the validation buttons of the terms and conditions. This is fine until you run into a problem.