I work for a company that installs custom made desks for manual labor.
Me: I’m just following up on the installation we made last week at your factory so we can tie things up before your final payment.
Client: We are still reading through the documentation and validating the installation, please call me later next week.
Weeks pass. I keep calling, they don’t respond. Finally:
Me: Have you finished your evaluation?
Client: Sorry, but last week we sold everything on the factory floor to someone. You should be able to get your payment from him.
Me: Uhhh… no. This was not agreed to and is a breach of contract.
Client: Oh no, no, no, no. We still have everything on the factory floor. We were thinking you could come and take it back. We were just showing the new owner what he could do with the space when he moves in. Like a work in progress exhibit.
Me: So you sold the desks to the new owner, but you want us to come pick them up so you don’t have to pay for them?
Client: YES! You still have time to pick them up, and then the new owner will buy them back from you. He will want them installed at his factory right away.
Client: This is good business for both of us.
Me: Expect a message from our lawyers.