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See also Mailbox rule. An offer is effective when received. Acceptance is effective upon dispatch, provided that it is done as expressly authorized in the offer. Revocation is effective on receipt. An 'authorized manner' is one that is expressly stated in the offer, postage prepaid and properly addressed. If a manner is not specified it is then determined by a reasonable means as one that is as speedy and legally dependable, postage prepaid, and properly addressed. The mailbox rule does not apply to any type of option contract including a merchant's firm offer under UCC-2 2-205.

The general rule is that if mail is an acceptable medium of communication, a contract is complete and binding upon posting of the letter of acceptance. See, e.g. 12 Am.Jur., Contracts § 46 (1938, Supp.1963); 1 Williston, Contracts § 81 (3rd ed. 1957); 1 Corbin, Contracts § 78 (1950 Supp.1961). Some argue that the right to recall mail makes the Post Office Department the agent of the sender, and that such right coupled with communication of a renunciation prior to receipt of the acceptance voids the acceptance. They argue that acceptance is complete only upon receipt of the mailed acceptance. 


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