Purchasing systems and methods wherein a buyer takes possession at a retailer of a product purchased using a communication network

  • US 6,754,636 B1
  • Filed: 06/22/1999
  • Issued: 06/22/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/04/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method of operating a purchasing system, comprising:

  • communicating with a buyer through a communication network to establish, between the buyer and a purchasing system, a first price for a product;

    arranging for the buyer to take possession of the product at a retailer, the retailer being a different entity from the purchasing system, wherein the retailer that is a different entity from the purchasing system that offer, to buyers who do not establish the first price through the communication network, the product for sale at a second price that is different than the first price; and

    transmitting to the retailer verification information which enables the retailer to authorize the buyer to take possession of the product, wherein the buyer provides a payment, based on the first price, to the purchasing system in exchange for the right to take possession of the product at the retailer.

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