Did I have a contract/agreement to buy a boat via text and email?

Asked about 1 year ago - Duxbury, MA

I offered 2700$ for a boat (via email). The seller took some time to respond to my offer, but eventually responded via a text message "We're good, he [his boss] said yes" (I was buying it from a non-profit, the director had to approve the deal). He never was willing to set up a time to do the deal, and I came to find later that he was still soliciting offers from other buyers on Craigslist and even said at one point that he "had not accepted any offers yet" and thought he could get more than he initially listed it for. Did we have an agreement? Is he obligated to sell to me? Does my text and email evidence stand up in court?

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And, at this point he is not returning calls, emails, texts, etc.

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  1. William T Harrington

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    Answered . I think you have a good argument that a contract was formed, although I am assuming the asking price was relatively close to what you offered. However, a court likely would not specfically enforce the contract and, besides, there is not enough more involved to make it worthwhile to go to court. I would look for another boat.

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  2. Julie Court Molloy

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    Answered . Sounds like a scam.... count your blessings that you never paid any money, and run, not walk, away and as far away as you can.... save your paperwork (including where this person said "had not received any other offers"), in case he/she tries to go after YOU for the money!

    Best wishes.

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  3. Daniel Dufresne

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    Answered . Possibly, but a lawyer would need to carefully review the entire text/email history to form an opinion. Most lawyers in your area could advise you on this. Depending on the type of "boat," quite possibly covered by RMV regs and the UCC. Good luck.

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