satisfactory quality

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An implied condition that goods sold in the course of business will meet the standard that a reasonable person would regard as satisfactory. In assessing this, account is taken of any description of the goods, the price (if relevant), and all other circumstances. The quality of goods includes their state and condition, taking account of their fitness for purpose, appearance and finish, freedom from minor defects, safety, and durability. Most commercial agreements exclude the implied conditions and replace them with express warranties, although unreasonable exclusions in standard-form contracts, even between two businesses, may be void under the law relating to unfair contract terms. Satisfactory quality replaced the term merchantable quality by the Sale and Supply of Goods Act 1994.

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