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Did you actually pay for the sectional?
Ok, then unfortunately, there was just an offer to sell the sectional that was never legally accepted by you. An offer can be rescinded or revoked at any time prior to it being accepted and any consideration paid..
So legally they can revoke their offer to sell at any time up until you hand them the money..
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No, it is just an offer that was cancelled before it was accepted. Bait and switch is where you go into a retail merchant to purchase an advertised item and they then try to sell you a different item, normally for more, or one of inferior quality to the one that was advertised.
That doesn't apply in a private person to person transaction..
Unfortunately yes.... until a sale is concluded with the money and the items exchanging hands, either party can back out. The seller couldn't force you to buy the sectional if you showed up and decided you didn't like it.. So it goes both ways..
And Craigslist is just a public bulletin board...they don't police or control how transactions occur between buyers and sellers.