Table of Content
- Conclusion of Contract
- Right of Withdrawal
- Prices and Terms of Payment
- Delivery and Shipping Conditions
- Retention of Title
- Liability for Defects (Warranty)
- Voluntary right of return
- Redemption of Promotional Vouchers
- Redemption of Gift Vouchers
- Applicable Law
- Code of Conduct
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
1) Scope of application
1.1 These General Terms and Conditions (hereinafter referred to as "GTC") of Swiss Organic Partners AG (hereinafter referred to as "Seller") apply to all contracts for the delivery of goods concluded by a consumer or entrepreneur (hereinafter referred to as "Customer") with the Seller with regard to the goods presented by the Seller in its online store. The inclusion of the Customer's own terms and conditions is hereby objected to, unless otherwise agreed.
1.2 These GTC shall apply accordingly to contracts for the delivery of vouchers, unless otherwise agreed.
1.3 A consumer within the meaning of these GTC is any natural person who enters into a legal transaction for purposes that are predominantly neither commercial nor self-employed.
1.4 An entrepreneur within the meaning of these GTC is a natural or legal person or a partnership with legal capacity who, when concluding a legal transaction, acts in the exercise of his commercial or self-employed professional activity.
2) Conclusion of Contract
2.1 The product descriptions contained in the Seller's online store do not constitute binding offers on the part of the seller, but serve for the submission of a binding offer by the customer.
2.2 The customer may submit the offer via the online order form integrated into the Seller's online store. In doing so, after placing the selected goods in the virtual shopping cart and going through the electronic ordering process, the customer submits a legally binding contractual offer with regard to the goods contained in the shopping cart by clicking the button that concludes the ordering process.
2.3 The Seller may accept the customer's offer within five days,
- by sending the Customer a written order confirmation or an order confirmation in text form (fax or e-mail), in which case the receipt of the order confirmation
- by the Customer shall be decisive, or
- by delivering the ordered goods to the customer, in which case the receipt of the goods by the customer shall be decisive, or
- by requesting payment from the customer after the customer has placed the order.
If several of the aforementioned alternatives exist, the contract shall be concluded at the point in time at which one of the aforementioned alternatives occurs first. The period for acceptance of the offer begins on the day after the customer sends the offer and ends at the end of the fifth day following the sending of the offer. If the Seller does not accept the Customer's offer within the aforementioned period, this shall be deemed to be a rejection of the offer with the consequence that the Customer shall no longer be bound by its declaration of intent.
2.4 When submitting an offer via the Seller's online order form, the text of the contract shall be stored by the Seller after the conclusion of the contract and transmitted to the Customer in text form (e.g. e-mail, fax or letter) after the Customer's order has been sent. The Seller shall not make the text of the contract accessible beyond this. If the Customer has set up a user account in the Seller's online store before sending his order, the order data shall be archived on the Seller's website and can be accessed by the Customer free of charge via his password-protected user account by providing the relevant login data.
2.5 Before bindingly placing the order via the Seller's online order form, the Customer can identify possible input errors by carefully reading the information displayed on the screen. An effective technical means for better recognition of input errors can be the enlargement function of the browser, with the help of which the display on the screen is enlarged. The customer can correct his entries during the electronic ordering process using the usual keyboard and mouse functions until he clicks the button which completes the ordering process.
2.6 The German and English languages are available for the conclusion of the contract.
2.7 Order processing and contacting usually take place via e-mail and automated order processing. The customer must ensure that the e-mail address provided by him for order processing is correct, so that e-mails sent by the seller can be received at this address. In particular, when using SPAM filters, the customer must ensure that all e-mails sent by the seller or by third parties commissioned by the seller to process the order can be delivered.
3) Right of Withdrawal
3.1 Consumers are generally entitled to a right of withdrawal.
3.2 More detailed information on the right of withdrawal can be found in the Seller's cancellation policy.
3.3 The right of withdrawal does not apply to consumers who do not belong to a Member State of the European Union at the time of conclusion of the contract and whose sole place of residence and delivery address are outside the European Union at the time of conclusion of the contract.
4) Prices and Terms of Payment
4.1 Unless otherwise stated in the Seller's product description, the prices quoted are total prices which include the statutory value added tax. Any additional delivery and shipping costs will be indicated separately in the respective product description.
4.2 In the case of deliveries to countries outside the European Union, additional costs may be incurred in individual cases for which the Seller is not responsible and which are to be borne by the Customer. These include, for example, costs for the transfer of money by credit institutions (e.g. transfer fees, exchange rate fees) or import duties or taxes (e.g. customs duties). Such costs may also be incurred in relation to the transfer of funds if the delivery is not made to a country outside the European Union, but the customer makes the payment from a country outside the European Union.
4.3 The payment option(s) will be communicated to the Customer in the Seller's online store.
4.4 If prepayment by bank transfer is agreed, payment is due immediately after conclusion of the contract, unless the parties have agreed on a later due date.
4.5 If the payment method purchase on account is selected, the purchase price shall be due after the goods have been delivered and invoiced. In this case, the purchase price shall be paid within 7 (seven) days of receipt of the invoice without deduction, unless otherwise agreed. The Seller reserves the right to offer the payment method purchase on account only up to a certain order volume and to refuse this payment method if the specified order volume is exceeded. In this case, the seller will inform the customer of a corresponding payment restriction in his payment information in the online store. The Seller further reserves the right to conduct a credit check when selecting the payment method purchase on account and to reject this payment method in case of a negative credit check.
4.6 If the payment method SEPA direct debit is selected, the invoice amount shall be due for payment after a SEPA direct debit mandate has been issued, but not before the expiry of the period for advance information. The direct debit is collected when the ordered goods leave the seller's warehouse, but not before the deadline for the pre-notification. Pre-notification is any communication (e.g. invoice, policy, contract) from the seller to the customer announcing a debit by SEPA direct debit. If the direct debit is not honored due to a lack of sufficient funds in the account or due to the provision of incorrect bank details, or if the Customer objects to the debit although he is not entitled to do so, the Customer shall bear the fees incurred by the reversal of the respective credit institution if he is responsible for this.
4.7 If a payment method offered via the payment service "Klarna" is selected, the payment will be processed by Klarna Bank AB (publ), Sveavägen 46, 111 34 Stockholm, Sweden (hereinafter "Klarna"). More detailed information as well as the terms and conditions of Klarna in this regard can be found in the Seller's payment information, which can be viewed at the following Internet address:
5) Delivery and Shipping Conditions
5.1 If the Seller offers to ship the goods, the delivery shall be made within the delivery area specified by the Seller to the delivery address specified by the Customer, unless otherwise agreed. When processing the transaction, the delivery address specified in the Seller's order processing shall be decisive.
5.2 If the delivery of the goods fails for reasons for which the Customer is responsible, the Customer shall bear the reasonable costs incurred by the Seller as a result. This shall not apply with regard to the costs for the return shipment if the customer effectively exercises its right of revocation. In the event of an effective exercise of the right of revocation by the Customer, the provision made in the Seller's revocation instructions shall apply to the return costs.
5.3 If the Customer is acting as an entrepreneur, the risk of accidental loss and accidental deterioration of the sold goods shall pass to the Customer as soon as the Seller has delivered the goods to the forwarding agent, the carrier or any other person or institution designated to carry out the shipment. If the customer is acting as a consumer, the risk of accidental loss and accidental deterioration of the goods sold shall in principle pass to the customer only upon delivery of the goods to the customer or a person authorized to receive the goods. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the risk of accidental loss and accidental deterioration of the goods sold shall pass to the customer, even in the case of consumers, as soon as the seller has delivered the goods to the forwarding agent, the carrier or any other person or institution designated to carry out the shipment, if the customer has commissioned the forwarding agent, the carrier or any other person or institution designated to carry out the shipment and the seller has not previously named such person or institution to the customer.
5.4 The Seller reserves the right to withdraw from the contract in case of incorrect or improper self-delivery. This shall only apply in the event that the Seller is not responsible for the non-delivery and the Seller has, with due diligence, concluded a specific covering transaction with the supplier. The Seller shall make all reasonable efforts to procure the goods. In case of non-availability or only partial availability of the goods, the customer will be informed immediately and the consideration will be refunded without delay.
5.5 Self-collection is not possible for logistical reasons.
5.6 Vouchers are provided to the customer as follows:
- via download
- via e-mail
6) Retention of Title
If the seller makes advance payment, he retains ownership of the delivered goods until the purchase price owed has been paid in full.
7) Liability for Defects (Warranty)
7.1 Unless otherwise provided for in the following provisions, the provisions of the statutory liability for defects shall apply. This does not apply to contracts for the delivery of goods:
7.2 If the customer acts as an entrepreneur,
- the Seller shall have the choice of the type of subsequent performance;
- in the case of new goods, the limitation period for defects shall be one year from delivery of the goods;
- in the case of used goods, the rights and claims for defects are excluded;
- the limitation period shall not start again if a replacement delivery is made within the scope of liability for defects.
7.3 The above-mentioned limitations of liability and shortening of the period shall not apply to
- to claims for damages and reimbursement of expenses of the customer,
- in the event that the Seller has fraudulently concealed the defect,
- for goods which have been used for a building in accordance with their customary use and have caused its defectiveness,
- for any existing obligation of Seller to provide updates for digital products, in case of contracts for the delivery of goods with digital elements.
7.4 Furthermore, for entrepreneurs, the statutory limitation periods for any statutory recourse claim, if any, shall remain unaffected.
7.5 If the Customer is acting as a consumer, he is requested to complain about delivered goods with obvious transport damage to the deliverer and to inform the Seller thereof. If the customer does not comply with this, this shall have no effect on his statutory or contractual claims for defects.
8) Voluntary right of return
8.1 We grant you a voluntary 30-day right of return without prejudice to your statutory rights. To do this, send the goods back to us within 30 days of the day on which you received the goods. To comply with the return period, it is sufficient that you send the goods before the end of the period to:
Swiss Organic Partners, at Livingcare GmbH
79798 Jestetten, Germany
If you return goods in accordance with this voluntary return policy, we will refund the purchase price you have already paid, but not the shipping costs of your original purchase. Accordingly, you will bear the transport risk as well as the return shipping costs.
8.2 The voluntary right of return applies to all undamaged and unopened goods (not broken seal on bottle or packaging) which are sent to us in their original packaging. We ask that you contact us before returning the goods if they do not meet these requirements.
8.3 For the refund, we will use the same means of payment that you used for the original transaction, unless expressly agreed otherwise with you.
8.4 The right of return voluntarily granted by us under the contract does not affect your statutory rights. These remain unrestricted and independent of the right of return. In particular, the statutory warranty claims and your right of revocation shall of course remain unaffected.
9) Redemption of promotional vouchers
9.1 Vouchers issued free of charge by the Seller as part of promotions with a specific validity period and which cannot be purchased by the Customer (hereinafter "Promotion Vouchers") can only be redeemed in the Seller's online store and only during the specified period.
9.2 Promotion Vouchers can only be redeemed by consumers.
9.3 Individual products may be excluded from the voucher promotion, provided that a corresponding restriction results from the content of the promotion voucher.
9.4 Promotion vouchers can only be redeemed before the order process is completed. Subsequent offsetting is not possible.
9.5 Only one promotional voucher can be redeemed per order.
9.6 The value of the goods must be at least equal to the amount of the promotional voucher. Any remaining credit will not be refunded by the seller.
9.7 If the value of the promotional voucher is not sufficient to cover the order, one of the other payment methods offered by the Seller may be chosen to settle the difference.
9.8 The credit balance of a promotional voucher is neither paid out in cash nor does it bear interest.
9.9 The promotional voucher will not be refunded if the customer returns the goods paid for in full or in part with the promotional voucher within the scope of his statutory right of withdrawal.
9.10 The promotional voucher is intended only for use by the person named on it. Transfer of the promotional voucher to third parties is excluded. The Seller is entitled, but not obliged, to check the material eligibility of the respective voucher holder.
10) Redemption of Gift Vouchers
10.1 Gift vouchers that can be purchased through the Seller's online store (hereinafter "Gift Vouchers") can only be redeemed in the Seller's online store, unless otherwise stated in the Gift Voucher.
10.2 Gift vouchers and remaining balances of gift vouchers are redeemable until the end of the third year after the year of the purchase of the Gift Voucher. Remaining credits will be credited to the customer until the expiration date.
10.3 Gift vouchers can only be redeemed before the order process is completed. Subsequent offsetting is not possible.
10.4 Only one gift voucher can be redeemed per order.
10.5 Gift vouchers can only be used for the purchase of goods and not for the purchase of additional gift vouchers.
10.6 If the value of the gift voucher is not sufficient to cover the order, one of the other payment methods offered by the Seller may be chosen to settle the difference.
10.7 The balance of a gift voucher is neither paid out in cash nor does it earn interest.
10.8 The Gift Certificate is intended only for use by the person named on it. Transfer of the Gift Certificate to third parties is excluded. The Seller is entitled, but not obliged, to verify the material eligibility of the respective Gift Voucher Holder.
11) Applicable Law
All legal relationships between the parties shall be governed by the laws of the Swiss Confederation, excluding the laws on the international sale of movable goods. In the case of consumers, this choice of law shall only apply to the extent that the protection granted is not withdrawn by mandatory provisions of the law of the country in which the consumer has his habitual residence.
12) Code of Conduct
The Seller has submitted to the Trusted Shops quality criteria, which can be viewed on the Internet at http://www.trustedshops.com/tsdocument/TS_QUALITY_CRITERIA_de.pdf.
13) Alternative Dispute Resolution
13.1 The EU Commission provides a platform for online dispute resolution on the Internet at the following link: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr.
This platform serves as a contact point for the out-of-court settlement of disputes arising from online purchase or service contracts involving a consumer.
13.2 The Seller is not obliged to participate in a dispute resolution procedure before a consumer arbitration board, but is willing to do so.