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Old 06-10-2015, 12:07 PM   #1
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Purchase Agreement Or No Purchase Agreement

Hey everyone,

I am in the middle of trying to procure a load of Kahrs wood floors and underlayment with a supplier in Jersey. After shopping around the quote the supplier has come up with the best offer. He is also going to curb side deliver the materials.

Now the materials have to be delivered on a certain day from 9 to 5, and I am trying to get him to agree via email to that delivery window, but he isn't quite binding himself to it, rather he's using a lot of "probably's" and "shoulds" and other conditionals.

Now, the other thing is that in order to get this great price, he wants a certified check in advance of the purchase. I have an email quote setting out all the details of the product, prices, quantities and specs. But as far as I can tell, I won't be receiving much else other than the email pre-delivery.

Company is called Highway Flooring, in Edison NJ.

First (1) Anyone work with them before and can attest to their trustworthiness.

(2) I'm new to all this, and I'm wondering if I should insist on a purchase agreement or something like that? Is that common place? Or is this kind of quote into check into delivery more common?


(I think I put this in the right forum topic, but if not I apologize)
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Old 06-10-2015, 02:41 PM   #2
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Re: Purchase Agreement Or No Purchase Agreement

See if he will take a credit card. That way you have some protection if the product is not up to spec or they don't deliver on time. If the delivery is set up well enough in advance, there shouldn't be a problem with meeting that time frame.

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Old 06-10-2015, 02:59 PM   #3
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Re: Purchase Agreement Or No Purchase Agreement

I'm in Queens and he is in Edison NJ. It isn't that far, just a drive through Staten Island and brooklyn. He'll be coming in midday, or worst case, in the opposite direction of rush our traffic, so that shouldn't be a problem.

He was adamant that he wanted a certified bank check. His online presence is substantial and he has all excellent reviews, with no BBB complaints - and he is listed on Kahr's website as an authorized reseller.

However, to be careful, I made sure to get all of the details I wanted - i.e. material type, quantity price and delivery window with a "by the latest" time specified - concretely in our email correspondence and then reiterated those details both on a signed purchase letter accompanying the check and, more succinctly, on the memo portion of the check. I figure if he tries to deliver subpar material or renege on the delivery window somehow, in defiance of his online reputation, there's enough of a paper trail to make a compelling stink about it. Would have preferred AMEX - but his pricing was excellent.

Fingers crossed I suppose. I think I vetted this all properly, but I've never really done this before...
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