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    When do misdelivered goods legally become yours 30/60/90 days?

    Hi

    I placed an order for a jacket Sept 2006 & was informed about 3 weeks later it was out of stock, so I telephoned and cancelled the order & the money was refunded back to my credit card.

    On the 7th October 2006 the goods arrived but to this day my credit card has never been charged (the item has never been taken out of its polythene bag). I've been waiting to get charged for this or asked to return the item & I wondered when I can legally call it mine, obviously the company have forgotten all about this & far be it for me to jog their memory.

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    It will never legally turn over into your possesion. In fact by law you should go out of your way to return it since you know that you haven't paid for it. Without going into too much detail blablabla I doubt anyones going to come knocking at your door and arrest you, but its your legal duty to inform the company of the mistake and return it, even if that means you stump out for postage. Even though I know it sounds stupid. (this is correct of about a year ago, but i doubt the law has changed much since i did my a2)

    who says you received it?? :thumbsup:

    birdyboyuk

    who says you received it?? :thumbsup:



    Defo the best attitude to take if you want to keep it lol :whistling:

    It's unlikely to result in a prosecution... you only have to take reasonable steps to return any given item to it's proper owner, otherwise no dishonest, and therefore no theft. It's 100% subjective and I personally unless the item was hugely expensive, would never put myself to cost for someone else's mistake, either in time or money.
    What jury would convict for keeping an item you recieved in the post? None. Thus why CPS guidelines indicate no prosecution should be brought. (July 1999 Guide for Crown Court Prosecutors onward).

    Also any item you did not solicit should be dealt with under the Unsolicited Goods Act, which gives you an even wider berth to deal with things as you see fit.
    pawsntails

    It will never legally turn over into your possesion. In fact by law you … It will never legally turn over into your possesion. In fact by law you should go out of your way to return it since you know that you haven't paid for it. Without going into too much detail blablabla I doubt anyones going to come knocking at your door and arrest you, but its your legal duty to inform the company of the mistake and return it, even if that means you stump out for postage. Even though I know it sounds stupid. (this is correct of about a year ago, but i doubt the law has changed much since i did my a2)

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