If, however, the subsequent conduct of the parties-particularly, performance by both parties under what they apparently believe to be a contract-recognizes the existence of a contract, under Subsection 2-207(3) such conduct by both parties is sufficient to establish a contract, notwithstanding the fact that no contract would have been recognized on the basis of their writings alone. Subsection 2-207(3) further provides how the terms of contracts recognized thereunder shall be determined.
With the above analysis and purposes of Section 2-207 in mind, we turn to their application in the present case. We initially observe that the affidavits and the acknowledgment forms themselves raise the question of whether Collins & Aikman’s forms constituted acceptances or confirmations under Section 2-207. The language of some of the acknowledgment forms (“The acceptance of your order is subject to . . .”) and the affidavit of Mr. William T. Hester, Collins & Aikman’s marketing operations manager, suggest that the forms were the only acceptances issued in response to The Carpet Mart’s oral offers. However, in his affidavit Mr. J. A. Castle, a partner in The Carpet Mart, asserted that when he personally called Collins & Aikman to order carpets, someone from the latter’s order department would agree to sell the requested carpets, or, alternatively, when Collins & Aikman’s visiting salesman took the order, he would agree to the sale, on some occasions after he had used The Carpet Mart’s telephone to call Collins & Aikman’s order department. Absent the District Court’s determination of whether Collins & Aikman’s acknowledgment forms were acceptances or, alternatively, confirmations of prior oral agreements, we will consider the application of section 2-207 to both situations for the guidance of the District Court on remand.