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A UK based wholesaler in UK is advertising its products for

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A UK based wholesaler in UK is advertising its products for sale on its website. Can such wholesaler be selective in which potential client it wishes to deal with? Can they decline a cash sale based order for any reason other than lack of particular stock?
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Thank you for your question and welcome to Just Answer. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will try to help with this.

In order to give you an answer tailored to your circumstances, I will just need to ask you some preliminary questions so that I can consider your position from all angles.

-Could you explain your situation a little more?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I am based outside of UK and run a small used book retail business. Most of my stock is sourced in UK. I tried to place an order with a UK based supplier (cash basis) whom I introduced myself to 15 months ago even though no business was transacted. The company is failing to respond to my emails - perhaps they do not wish to do business with me as I failed to place an order with them last year! I am aware that the company is in full operation and has more than adequate stock to fulfill my order. It is difficult for me to proceed when all I get from the other side is silence! I could find another supplier, however at this time, this company is the only one which I believe would be capable of supplying me with my requirements. All shipping arrangements and costs would be for my account and would be set up by me separately.

Thanks for the information.

I know this isn’t going to be the answer you want to hear, and it’s certainly not what I want to tell you. However, I wish to be completely honest with you, so I feel obligated to not give you false hope.

I am sorry but they are perfectly free to refuse to deal with you for any reason they like unless that reason offends against something like equal opportunities legislation. Nobody can be forced in law to contract with any person.

Of course, generally speaking traders will not refuse to contract save for a very good reason as its not in their interests but they are free to take this action if they do want to lose business.

I'm sorry this isn't the answer you wanted but it is the position that you face and I have a duty to inform you truthfully.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you need more information.
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