Adhesion Contracts Discourage Equitable Playingfield


  • Leanet Gutierrez


A consumer saves up for months intending to purchase a computer to complete homework and save himself the burden of going to the library each night. One fateful day he goes to the store and purchases a computer costing six hundred dollars. The consumer gets home, begins to unravel the packaging, and sets up his new computer. After the personalized selection feature the screen acclaims, “You’re almost there,” however there is one last thing he must do to finally own his new computer… select “yes” on the terms and agreements. The license agreement consumers must sign expects consumers to select yes, otherwise the product is non-functional. These agreements are not only found in computers but throughout services and products that consumers frequent in modern society. These types of contracts are contracts of adhesion, “take it or leave it contracts.”