Saturday, July 25, 2009

Honest browsers, buyers and sellers


We learned yesterday that one may not ask a business proprietor about the price of an item if one does not intend to buy. However: If it is standard practice for people to ask a price without intending to buy immediately, then one may ask the price without intend to buy immediately.

Similarly, one would be permitted to browse store displays without intending to buy, if that were known to be standard practice; the owner understands what is going on, and is not defrauded.

One who is trying to sell a product is not allowed to omit mention of a flaw in the product; he must be up-front and declare the flaw, even if the consumer would not have expected it. This applies regardless of who the consumer is and what his type of conduct is; it is the merchant's honesty that matters.

(Code of Jewish Law Choshen Mishpat 228:6)

Have a good day,

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