Q: I was given an item to sell. How can I acquire it for myself, even according to the first opinion mentioned last week that I am considered like the seller?
A: There are a number of options:
1) Notify the owner of your decision to acquire (C.M. 185:3).
2) Pay the owner, even if you don’t state that you are the buyer, since the owner intends to sell to whoever pays, so that he remains the seller (Machaneh Ephraim, Shluchim #20).
3) Some allow you to appoint an agent to acquire for you. Thus, although you are considered the “seller,” your agent can serve on your behalf as the “buyer.”
4) Some allow you to give the item to someone the owner considers trustworthy and appoint him as the agent to sell in your place. You can then acquire from him. This option is not valid regarding real estate, since real estate cannot be physically handed over, and therefore the agency cannot be transferred (Erech Shai 185:2).