Sight Unseen


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Sight Unseen

Describing a bid to buy a good or other asset without seeing it first. For example, one may purchase a house through an agent without ever going to the house oneself. Another example would be an offer to buy a rare coin after reading a description without actually seeing it.
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YOU DON'T OFTEN HEAR OF PEOPLE BUYING HOUSES sight unseen.
It is nigh impossible to assign values sight unseen.
THESE DAYS NO ONE WANTS to buy something sight unseen.
We especially looked for ones that publishing insiders were really pushing and that had a lot of "buzz" going--even sight unseen by ordinary readers.
The situation was even more incredible in the House, where members approved the bill sight unseen.
Big land companies, such as Florida Fruit Lands and Everglades Plantation, bought tracts of undeveloped wetlands and then sold more than 18,000 parcels to unsuspecting buyers, mostly in 10-acre chunks, usually sight unseen.
But, there are many opportunities that pass by your door every day, sight unseen.
According to the owners, who pride themselves on catering to the thrill of discovery with one-of-a-kind pieces, customers have already placed orders for the dinnerware, sight unseen.
A number of striking new paintings appear, and Trevor, who has already sold them sight unseen, comes to collect them.
It became abruptly clear to me that the author and photographer (Ms Slessor and Mr Hurstey) must have recently been hired by you or your subordinates sight unseen, and for this reason will be forgiven for their sophomoric critique, save for the astute opening paragraph.
While scientists continue to debate whether a Europan ocean contains life, most have accepted the presence of the ocean, sight unseen.
Says Tomasello, "The big issue in consumer relations for e-commerce sites is that many consumers don't want to use a credit card because of fear of security or because they don't trust merchandise sight unseen from an Internet source.