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When a consumer makes a purchase from a business seller, they will have certain 'statutory' rights under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and the Sale and Supply of Goods to Consumers Regulations 2002.
The law states that the goods must be of satisfactory quality, as described and fit for purpose. If they are not, you will have certain legal remedies against the seller. There is no protection against fair wear and tear, misuse or accidental damage, faults that were pointed out at the time of sale or if you change your mind and no longer want the goods.
If the goods are not as described, of satisfactory quality or fit for purpose, you have the following rights:
1. Reject the goods and request a refund - this is only possible if the rejection occurs within a 'reasonable time'. This period depends on the circumstances, although it is generally accepted to be within the first month after purchase, so must not be delayed. However, if these were custom made goods, for example something built specifically for you based on measurements, etc then the right to request a refund only applies if the item is fault, not if it is not as described.
2. Ask for a repair or replacement – if you are too late to reject the goods, or the goods are custom made and not faulty you can ask the seller for a repair or replacement without causing any significant inconvenience.
As there is still time to reject the goods and request a refund, you may do so, bit only I the goods were not custom made or if they were – if they were faulty. You can quote the applicable laws and rules as mentioned above. If they appear reluctant to assist, write to them one more time, warn them that they have 7 days to comply and inform them that if they fail to meet their legal obligations, you will have no choice but to report them to Trading Standards and start legal proceedings to seek compensation for your losses.
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