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Used and "As Is" Goods

Used goods are covered under implied warranties if the seller is a merchant who is in the business of selling similar products. A private individual who chooses to sell a toaster at a flea market is not expected to take responsibility for the product’s performance.

In most states, goods can be sold “as is.” These goods do not require the seller to offer even an implied warranty. What the seller is required to do for these products is make clear to consumers that the product is being sold in less than prime condition and that the consumer assumes all responsibility for any faults and flaws. Some states prohibit this practice, including the following: Alabama, Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. If a product is sold as is and it turns out to have a defect that results in personal injury, the seller is liable even in the absence of any warranty.

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