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Please help me setttle an argument with DH.

Okay, so...we listed an old Sony television on Craigslist. The guy comes to pick it up, gives us the money and proceeds to carry it to his car. He gets to his car, opens the door and drops the tv. The tv (not the tube) breaks apart of course and now the tv is on the curb waiting for the garbage man. Should he get his money back. Yes or no?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:15 PM on Oct. 16, 2008 in Home & Garden

Answers (20)
  • Legally, I wouldn't think so, it was in his possession at the time it broke. Although, if you wanted to be nice and give the money back that would totally be up to you.

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 2:17 PM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • I hate to say it but it was his fault and it wouldn't be fair to you guys since you can't resell it so you would be at a loss. How about just giving him some of his money back! That would be the nice thing to do

    Answer by zionsmom1 at 2:18 PM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • nope.

    Answer by flutterfae at 2:19 PM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • Any lawyer will tell you no. He was the rightful owner at the time of the occurence and he was the one who dropped it. Now, if you helped him and let it slip or if he tripped over something in the driveway, you might be partially to blame. Tough break.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:26 PM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • No, you don't have to give the money back. He dropped it after he bought it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:28 PM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • You didn't drop his TV. It's a shame he dropped it but money changed hands which made it his not yours at that point. It's not like you're a major department store and can give him a replacement TV and send that one back to the manufacturer. Did he ask you for the money back?

    Answer by happy2bme7 at 2:28 PM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • Nope, no money honey. Tough Break for him, but when he paid for it and the appliance left your house, it was in one piece. Regardless of him dropping it in front of your house or not has nothing to do with you. It was his T.V. at that point.

    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 2:33 PM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • Let's see... the guy gives you money for your tv, carries your tv outside, drops it and breaks it and then asks for his money back? If you give it back, he basically just came over to your house, picked your tv up, dropped it and broke it and then left. Giving his money back is absolutely insane. It would be like paying a thief when you discover that the thief has emptied out your house or has ruined your belongings.

    It became HIS property when he gave you the money for it and walked out of your house with it. If HE dropped HIS television and broke it, that's HIS problem. You do not legally or ethically owe him anything.


    Answer by AvasMommy810 at 2:34 PM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • I'd say he's up sh** creek with out a paddle, the TV and the money.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:39 PM on Oct. 16, 2008

  • Did you intentionally lube it up with oil? Doubtful. His clumbsiness isn't your issue. Unfortunate it happened but let it go, this isn't something to place on your mind. We all would feel bad for someone stubbling with their purchase out a store and may stop to help someone but to buy/replace their purchase because they unfortunately took a spill that just happened... NO.

    Answer by notjustamom380 at 3:14 PM on Oct. 16, 2008

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