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Unformatted text preview: epted. It may not be very nice of Emily, but it is legal, and the offer has terminated.
But there are some exceptions to this general rule—in other words, some situations where
the offeror cannot terminate, even though the offer has not yet been accepted. Two common exceptions are the option and the UCC’s firm offer.
Options exist when the offeree has given the offeror consideration to keep that offer open
for a period. Suppose in the example above, Terrell wants to make sure he has until Friday noon to accept. He can pay Emily $10 for an option. This means in exchange for the
money, Emily is giving up her right to revoke. If she now changes her mind on Thursday,
Terrell can just ignore the phone call. If he accepts by calling Emily on Friday morning and
saying “I’ll take that bike!” they will have a contract.
Note that Emily is not getting a down payment with that $10. Terrell still has to pay the
full $100 for the bike if he accepts, and if he declines he will not get the $10 back. In a down
payment situation, a contract has already been made. rog80328_04_c04_062-088.indd 71 10/26/12 5:42 PM CHAPTER 4 Section 4.2 The Offer The UCC has a special rule when merchants are offering to sell goods. Under Section
2-205, if a merchant makes an offer in a signed writing, giving assurance that the offer
will stay open, it is a firm offer that she cannot revoke. However, the time period cannot
exceed three months (if the offer states it is open for six months, the UCC automatically
shrinks it down to three months). Some examples:
Example 4.12. ABC Inc. sends the following letter to Courtney: “We will
sell you the Futura laptop with premium software loaded for $450. This
offer is good until January 15.” The letter is signed by Andy Andrews, VicePresident. This is a firm offer.
Example 4.13. ABC Inc. calls Courtney with the same offer. This is not a
firm offer, because it was oral.
Example 4.14. ABC Inc. offers in a signed letter to service Courtney’s
company’s computers on...
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