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'''Caveat emptor''' is [[Latin]] for "let the buyer beware."
 
'''Caveat emptor''' is [[Latin]] for "let the buyer beware."
  
It is a [[conservative]] term that supports [[free enterprise]] rather than government regulation. It means that the terms of a trade or a contract are solely between the parties involved, and it is not the responsibity of a nanny state to intervene, in the alleged best interest of one party.
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It is a [[conservative]] term that supports [[free enterprise]] rather than government regulation. It means that the terms of a trade or a contract are solely between the parties involved, and it is not the responsibility of a nanny state to intervene, in the alleged best interest of one party.
  
For example, in the [[United Kingdom]] the [[Food Standards Agency]] regulates what food can be sold, how it can be packaged, and so on. A pure application of ''caveat emptor'' would argue for the FSA's abolition, leaving it up to consumers to decide what food to buy, and trusting to producers' best interests (eg desire for repeat business) to incentivize them to produce food that is safe and of a suitable quality (see [[invisible hand]]). More moderate advocates of ''caveat emptor'' might argue for a minimal role for the FSA, perhaps ensuring that food is safe to eat but not intervening further with health-related regulations such as [[salt]] and [[fat]] content.
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Avoiding the [[Worst College Majors]] is an example of ''caveat emptor''.
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Another example, in the [[United Kingdom]], is how the Food Standards Agency regulates what food can be sold, how it can be packaged, and so on. A pure application of ''caveat emptor'' would argue for abolition of the FSA's costly requirements, leaving it up to consumers to decide what food to buy, and trusting to producers' best interests (e.g. desire for repeat business) to incentivize them to produce food that is safe and of a suitable quality (see [[invisible hand]]). More moderate advocates of ''caveat emptor'' might argue for a minimal role for the FSA, perhaps merely requiring proper disclosure and ensuring the food is safe to eat, but not otherwise prohibiting what can be sold.
 
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Latest revision as of 11:51, 10 July 2017

Caveat emptor is Latin for "let the buyer beware."

It is a conservative term that supports free enterprise rather than government regulation. It means that the terms of a trade or a contract are solely between the parties involved, and it is not the responsibility of a nanny state to intervene, in the alleged best interest of one party.

Avoiding the Worst College Majors is an example of caveat emptor.

Another example, in the United Kingdom, is how the Food Standards Agency regulates what food can be sold, how it can be packaged, and so on. A pure application of caveat emptor would argue for abolition of the FSA's costly requirements, leaving it up to consumers to decide what food to buy, and trusting to producers' best interests (e.g. desire for repeat business) to incentivize them to produce food that is safe and of a suitable quality (see invisible hand). More moderate advocates of caveat emptor might argue for a minimal role for the FSA, perhaps merely requiring proper disclosure and ensuring the food is safe to eat, but not otherwise prohibiting what can be sold.