Can a buyer back out of deal 6 months after paying for items?

UPDATED: Feb 4, 2014

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Can a buyer back out of deal 6 months after paying for items?

I sold a used washing and drying machine to a personal friend who paid for them with a $50 cash deposit and paid the remaining $200 in babysitting services for me. The buyer never picked up the machines because she didn’t have a place to store them. Then 6 months passed and now she says that she no longer wants/needs the washing and drying machines that she has already paid for and would like her money back. I had sold them to her because have been going through a period of financial misfortune and I currently do not have the expendable income to pay her. Am I legally obligated to pay her back after she waited 6 months before changing her mind about our sales agreement or is she still legally obligated to take the products?

Asked on February 4, 2014 under Business Law, Wisconsin


Gregory Abbott / Consumer Law Northwest

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, you have no obligation to cancel the sale - not the next day and certainly not 6 months later.  They are her property and you are storing them for her, presumably free.  If she does not want them anymore, that is not your problem - she should re-sell them herself.  Isn't that what Craigslist is for?

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