Although agreements for the sale of goods can be made verbally, it's always better to have something in writing and sometimes this is a requirement. When dealing with another business, the parties are generally more free to agree terms of business between themselves than when dealing with consumers, as there is a lot of consumer protection legislation. When using standard terms and conditions, it's particularly important to make sure you know who you are dealing with and whether they are purchasing for a business or as a consumer. The main advantage of using standard T&Cs is that they give you control over how the goods are sold. Terms and Conditions for the sale of goods to business customers cover a whole range of matters, which can include orders, delivery, pricing, payment, risk, warranties, defects, liability and confidentiality.
Contracts, including terms and conditions setting out the basis on which goods or services are sold, are a vital part of business. Whether goods and services are sold on a standard basis or to specification, standard terms and conditions of sale are a core part of most businesses. The specific, or unique, aspects of the sale (eg any unique specifications, quantity, delivery dates) are set out in a separate order. Make sure that you protect your business interests with professionally prepared T&Cs. For further information read Terms and conditions.
Standard terms and conditions for the sale of goods or supply of services help to make everyone aware of their rights and obligations from the outset and allow the parties to focus their energy on agreeing the specifics of a particular order. When it comes to consumers, there is in addition a considerable amount of legislation, aimed at protecting consumers, which must be taken into account when drafting T&Cs.