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    • Just because criteria won't agreed in writing, doesn't mean that there are criteria and they are not to be implied into the contract. As I've said, you have to give your contracting partner reasonable opportunity to complete their side of the bargain. If you employ a builder to build a wall and they start work, then you have to give them a reasonable opportunity to complete. Here you have an agent who apparently has found a tenant and the tenant has satisfied the reference requirements. You keep on saying that they were transparent – but you haven't told us what that means and the most important thing is that you might have to explain that to a judge. I'm afraid so far the impression one gets is that you are simply trying to escape a commitment – even if it is for the best of reasons. I see that you disagree with me. Well that's fine. It's not me that decides the outcome. I think that you are in difficult terrain in respect of your first grounds of objecting. I think that the unfair terms provisions are far more useful to you and are likely to have some success. Once again, your only answer to this is that a tenancy contract haven't actually been signed. Once again I say to you that all of the practical conditions for the contract to go ahead had been satisfied but on your hunch you then prevented the agent from completing their side of the bargain. I think that you are going to have to find a reasonable settlement. I don't think it will be very much – but you are certainly going to have to find a reasonable settlement – and if the agent objected, as well they might, at least you can then demonstrate to a court that you at least have attempted to act fairly and it is simply the agent who is being unfair. I don't think it would be too good for you if a judge came to the conclusion that the agent was trying to cheat you – but you also were trying to cheat them, for whatever reason. I don't thing I can say anything more  
    • Well I think it would be prudent to check them. I found several warranty details for your make of laptop but not UK. Surprisingly, they only say that they will repair defective parts and there is nothing as to what happens if the unit is not repairable. I suppose that being Acer, they have access to all the parts needed – in principle – and they reckon they can repair anything. Double check and see if you can get access to the warranty. Also, you need to decide whether you are prepared to issue a small claim. If you never done it before then read around this forum about how to take a small claim in the County Court. It's quite straightforward but you need to know the steps in advance. Once again, don't expect this to be sorted out by 18 December. I expect that you won't even have it sorted out by February – unless they suddenly react once they receive the court papers and move themselves. Of course you could say that by February the thing will be repaired anyway – but actually you don't know that. It could go on very much longer and at the moment I think you are being led around by the nose
    • As far as I remember and by looking at the receipt, it was already included in the price of the laptop.    Regarding the terms and conditions, I have no idea where to look for them. I might ask my mum to see if there is a mini book that came with the laptop and might contain the terms and conditions
    • But there were exceptional circumstance involved, they must count for something 
    • £1300 is fine. Don't worry about it. Don't worry about the disclaimer. It has no effect. They are trying to introduce a new term into a contract which has already been made. It has no relevance. Even if a certain delay was acceptable, the fact that they have already had your computer for three months and they are now effectively suggesting a further two months that is five months which amounts to about 20% of your period of ownership – is not acceptable. What I'd like to know – and I think is quite important – is what they say in their warranty if the computer is beyond repair. I'm assuming that you are prepared to bring a small claim against them – and that is what we will propose that they fall back on that term – especially if the term proposes that they supply you with a replacement. This would then avoid the problem for you that you would have to accept only a proportion of the purchase price. If you're not prepared to sue them – then frankly there's nothing you can do. If you are prepared to issue a small claim then your chances of success are better than 90%. The risk you if you lose is that you lose your claim fee. If you win then you will recover all of your losses. If you want to start a small claim that we will help you all the way but it will assist enormously if you can find the terms and conditions of the warranty. Have a look at their website and you may find references to it there or at the Currys website. Did you pay for this warranty or was it simply included as part of the purchase price? If you paid, then who did you pay? Did you pay Acer or did you pay Currys?  
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Hi all..


My lad has a Flip Slide toy from Smyth's that stopped working.  It's a bit like a Rubics style puzzle toy with flashing lights and a voice to explain various things.  It was bought last year in December and a couple of months ago the audio no longer works.  I can't choose the game type because I can't remember the options that would normally be spoken at the beginning.  Anyway, I took it back because I was returning his birthday present, which they promptly replaced but said as this Flip Slide was bought over 6 months old they wouldn't replace it.


It's not unreasonable to expect that device to have lasted at least a year is it?  Couldn't I suggest it wasn't fit for purpose or of unsatisfactory quality if it didn't last?  I'm not sure where I stand on it.  To be fair it's not terribly important as he'd stopped using it and it was only me that used it, but it'd be interesting to understand what's what.


Thanks in advance.


Link for anyone curious what the Flip Slide toy is, it's at https://www.smythstoys.com/uk/en-gb/toys/games-puzzles-and-books/board-games/children-s-board-games/flipslide-game/p/159748


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How much did you pay for it? What age group is it intended for?

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In fact I can see that it cost 20 quid and it's for eight-year-olds.

I'm afraid that you've had about eight months use out of it – it's certainly not worth going to court about and frankly I don't think there's much you can do.

The rule is that good should be of satisfactory quality and remain that way for a reasonable period of time. Satisfactory quality depends on the item, the price paid, what it is intended for – and any other relevant circumstances.

Although I can imagine that if people thought they were only going to last eight months, nobody would buy them – at the end of the day it may well be that you couldn't have expected much more life from it – may be in the hands of a young child.

In terms of finding the sequence of voice commands to access other functions, have you tried looking at YouTube? There are often all sorts of very surprising little videos on YouTube that can be a great help.

I'm afraid that you're probably just going to have to accept it.


Incidentally, the retailer is absolutely wrong simply to say that you have no redress because it is older than six months. Six months has nothing to do with it. It's really about satisfactory quality – but the problem here is that it is such a cheap item – that even if it is not satisfactory, it scarcely worth making trouble.

If you want to make trouble then we will help you – but it probably is much more effort than it's worth

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Thanks BankFodder.


I wasn't intending on making bones about it with them but I was irked at being dismissed with the phrase 'it's store policy'.  I returned it because I was returning an air hockey game which wasn't functioning properly.  I would have assumed that if it were designed as a toy for an audience that may be prone to dropping it, it would be made to be suitably durable.  I was expecting that a year would have been reasonable and by it not lasting it was, as you mentioned, not of satisfactory quality. Alas, it's not something I wish to pursue to find out for sure.


I do appreciate your feedback, as always on here, I like to know where I stand with these things.  Thanks also for the heads-up on the Youtube video, I had not thought of that.

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