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I would like to create a website that will be looking like it is selling products that actually cannot be sold yet. I want to make the website as a valuable and (hopefully) educational insight into "what could be" in this particular industry in the future. This website will be for fun and it should be plainly obvious to people that the things on this website are not possible to buy. However, I would like to create the website to look like a proper commercial website.
Would I get into any legal troubles with doing this? Would I have to post a note on every page at the bottom stating: this website is meant for fun and in no way is selling anything. Or similar. Anything I am overlooking?
Thanks for the input!
In the UK my understanding is that if you offer something for sale at a certain price you are obligated to deliver it at that price. That law mainly concerns the price, in that you cannot attract attention with a low price and then charge more, or charge more due to the color or sex of the buyer etc.
It also prohibits offering something and then refusing to sell it or selling the same single item to 2 or more people etc.
So while the law is not necessarily designed for such a thing you could well end up getting tangled in it.
One option is to put "Coming soon!" for each and every item, then as someone mentioned just put your disclaimer on the sales link.
That said, you might want to chat with an attorney based with trademark/manufacturing/business expertise.
It is one thing to say "Fabulous Wireless Widgets!" with descriptions opposed to having a what appears to be commercial site offering fabulous wireless widgets.
Best suggestion is a "You've been pranked!" checkout if determined to make it look like an ecommerce site.
My concern would be that I would be dreaming up smart ideas and names for products that don't exist, and that other people would then go out and make them (and possibly trademark them).
Getting a cease and desist from "Acme Non-stick Glue" would make life interesting.