In fact, some experts have called the LOI a document whose use is primarily advocated or promoted only by amateurs and marginal dealers or "joker_broker" types in the crude trade business, especially the overzealous sellers' agents and brokers in a desperate hurry to land some buyers. Mr. Ziad K. Abdelnour, President & CEO of Blackhawk Partners, Inc, a New York_based advisory firm to traders and suppliers of metals, minerals and crude oil commodities, calls the LOI document something that is primarily "used out on the Internet by inexperienced traders," and by "inexperienced 'intermediary seller' who is claiming to be the supplier."
Secret: Time is NEVER on your side when you are buying. Never forget that. Keep in mind that if you are looking to explore the viability of a purchase, a good starting point is the LOI. Once you get beyond the "overview" of what you and the seller are looking for, detail everything out in the purchase contract, and keep all of the above in mind when doing so.