chapter  7
Sale of Goods
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In the Commonwealth Caribbean, the law relating to contracts for the sale of goods is derived from both common law and statutory sources. The body of case law governing contracts for the sale of goods grew up out of a willingness of courts to mitigate the harshness of the early common law ‘ caveat emptor ’ rule, according to which a buyer in a transaction is responsible for examining the goods to be purchased, so that, in the absence of an express warranty (on which he could insist to protect himself), he could not bring an action against the seller if the item failed to meet his expectations.