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A big problem arises in purchase and sales agreements when the seller and buyer are not clear on the products that are to change hands.  The seller may ship a certain quality and quantity of products that he or she thinks the buyer wants, when in fact the buyer actually was hoping for something completely different.

In these cases it is always best for the buyer to inspect products upon receipt.  However, whether the buyer has an obligation to do so depends on the terms of the contract or whether the buyer is an experienced merchant or a normal person.  Merchants are held to a higher standard under the law and often required to check products that they purchase to make sure that the delivery meets with their expectations.

If you have any questions about purchase and sales agreements, please contact our office for a legal consultation.