We signed and paid a deposit on a kitchen and laundry renovation in January this year. At the time we were told by the designer/salesperson that he always "over quoted on the trades." We were given a "promotional discount" of three thousand dollars. Our next dealings were with the same person when he came to do the measurement and design of the kitchen. He had to make some adjustments to the design to keep the price under our top end figure, and we had to make some concessions on the design. Before he left he tore up the contract. He said another contract would be in the mail. He took the old contract with him. Except for two emails, this was the last time we dealt with this gentleman. No contract was received in the mail. The next visit was from the job manager. He also did a measurement and said that we had been under quoted by two thousand dollars, but that was alright because (he said) the discount we had received would easily cover that. By the time he left, after seeing my discomfort and after a phone conversation with the designer, the amount was dropped to fifteen hundred dollars. He also said that a new contract would be in the mail within a week. We have not signed a new contract. None came through the mail. They have not attempted to initiate any contact with us since the second measurement. After a few weeks we went to their shop and estimates were given to us (contractual terms were on the back of those estimates). All but one of the trades have given us written quotes; the tiler has done a written estimate. We are not sure if installation of the bench top is included in the pricing. There have been six changes to the kitchen company's pricing, mostly via email. The last price was less than the initial amount, and we agreed to it... subject to it being fixed at that price. We got an email from the store manager saying; "You drive a hard bargain! But I am pleased to confirm that we will provide a fixed price to supply and install your new kitchen." I went to the store at Gepps Cross (South Australia) to pay the progress payment, but I was still worried about the "fixed price" and I asked that a rider be added to the contract to reflect what had been said in the email. The store manager refused another contract and/or a rider saying the email was a legal document. (We do not have a signed copy of any contract whatsoever.) And I asked for final payment to be made after installation, or at least some part of it, as was agreed by him in the email. The store manager (then) told me that "I could not hold them to what was said in the email as it was not a legal document." I asked for our deposit back and was given the state manager's email address. I sent a short email to the state manager asking for our deposit to be refunded and got a curt reply basically saying that they would make us uphold our legal obligations. I sent a longer email, similar to what I have said here, and, after a few days, received a reply saying the the state manager would be talking to his management team next week to discuss our situation. What are the options under Australian Consumer Law or Contract Law? It has got the point where I have lost all trust in this company. I would like to wash my hands of the whole thing; get our deposit back, if possible. If not, then just legally getting quit of them would be a Godsend.