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jaya44
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A wrote a letter to B offering to sell my engineer machine for £2000. On receiving the offer letter B sent a letter of a counter offer of £1900 to A. But, later on the same day B changed her mind, and sends a letter to A accepting the A offer of £2000. Both letters (counter offer and acceptance) arrive simultaneously to A house. A read the counter offer first.

What would you advise A? Has the contract been accepted? Does A have to sell the goods to B?

Please Help! Could someone please answer this. Thanks
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A wrote a letter to B offering to sell my engineer machine for £2000. On receiving the offer letter B sent a letter of a counter offer of £1900 to A. But, later on the same day B changed her mind, and sends a letter to A accepting the A offer of £2000. Both letters (counter offer and acceptance) arrive simultaneously to A house. A read the counter offer first.

What would you advise A? Has the contract been accepted? Does A have to sell the goods to B?

Please Help! Could someone please answer this. Thanks
The problem is to do with the 'postal rule' with regard to offer and acceptance, whereby the response is counted from the time and place it was posted, rather than from when it is read. That then plays into the question of whether the offer was accepted before the counter offer was made, and whether it operates to cancel the original offer, etc.

I'm not going to give you all the answers since that would defeat the point of you being set a question, but that should be enough to point you in the right direction.
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