What Does the Sale of Goods Act State?


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The Sale of Goods Act 1979 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom which establishes a strict set of rules that sellers and retailers must follow. Whenever a consumer purchases a product, they enter a contract with the seller of the goods.

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Under the Act, consumers are entitled to expect that any items purchased from a seller must be of satisfactory quality, as described and fit for any purpose made known to the trader. The items sold must also match any brochure description or any sample that was given to the consumer.

According to the Act, consumers do not have real grounds for a complaint if they were informed about the fault before the item was purchased, they examined the item during purchase and should have seen the fault, made a mistake when purchasing the item or simply changed their mind about the item they purchased. The Act does not include services and has limited applications in private sales. If both the seller and the buyer agree the Sale of Goods Act will not apply, the buyer loses any protection under the Act.

In the United States, each state has its own laws governing the transactions for the leasing and sales of goods. However, every state, excluding Louisiana, has adopted Article Two of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) as the main body of law that regulates transactions in goods.

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