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i went to see some bedroom furniture from an ad on craigslist

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i went to see some bedroom furniture from an ad on craigslist last Sunday. I made an offer of $300.00 through text message to the seller the following Wednesday. He agreed to my offer. I told him that I would pick up Friday (today). Now I don't want the item. I changed my mind because I am concerned that i can get brand new furniture for not much more and this will give me piece of mind. Am I legally bound to continue with the purchase?
Welcome! My goal is to do my very best to understand your situation and to provide a full and complete answer for you.

Good afternoon. Though the seller could allege that you had a verbal contract, you need not worry about being liable for any damages. You have nothing signed in writing and the seller still has the furniture. So, if you simply refuse to purchase the furniture, the seller can sell it to someone else. The seller has thus suffered no damages. In order to prevail, the seller would have to show that not only did he rely on your text, but also that such reliance was to his detriment. Since he still has the furniture which can be sold to another buyer, if he were dumb enough to file a claim against you in small claims court, he would not prevail because he has no damages.

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