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Fine print

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Fine print is any print that is made to be noticeably inconspicuous with the primary intent to deceive. It's a kind of bullshit primarily used in advertising or contract law.

Fine print is usually the result of a legal technicality — a requirement for full disclosure, but few/no restrictions on the manner (typeface, size, color, etc.) of disclosure. In television, fine print is often neutralized with pleasant background images or music, and may be shown only very briefly, or in an inconspicuous color. The radio equivalent of fine print is "fast talking" — fine print read aloud and artificially sped up by computer. Fine print is ubiquitous, and research suggests most consumers do not read it.[1][2] Many offers, advertised in large print, expire very quickly, or only apply when certain conditions in the fine print are met; in many cases, these conditions are difficult or nearly impossible to meet. Fine print may even simply say the opposite of what the larger print says. Excessive fine print is a hallmark of quackery, pseudoscience and scams, and a practice that in extreme cases constitutes consumer fraud.[3] The Quack Miranda Warning is an example of fine print that has become standardized due to case law.