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Could you explain the law regarding cash deposits? My son intended buying a parrot and put down a £50 deposit at the pet shop. He mentioned the bird in passing to his GP, who advised him against it, since my son suffers from asthma. However the pet shop has refused to give him his money back.

Your son entered into a contract with the shop to buy the parrot and then broke the contract by refusing to complete the purchase. His reasons for pulling out of the deal are immaterial, although some shops might have returned your son’s money for the sake of goodwill. Under s.49 of the Sale of Goods Act, the pet shop could in theory have claimed the full price of the parrot from your son if it had been unable to sell the bird to anyone else.

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