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rita offer to sell an mp3 player to Steve but receives a letter

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rita offer to sell an mp3 player to Steve but receives a letter of acceptance from Tony. a valid contract exists between
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  attySince1978 replied 8 years ago.
If the offer to sell the player was only made to Steve than Tony has no right to accept since the offer was not made to him. Tony's letter of acceptance by law is nothing more than an offer by itself which must be accepted by Rita. There is no valid contract unless both an offer to sell is made and an acceptance is made. However, there should be some consideration given for an acceptance, such as a deposit. That is why many seller request a deposit from a potential buyer. The deposit will hold the item for them.

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