Terms & Conditions
1) Scope of application
1.1 These General Terms and Conditions (hereinafter referred to as “GTC”) apply to all contracts for the delivery of goods, which a consumer or entrepreneur (hereinafter referred to as “Customer”) concludes with the Seller with regard to the goods presented by the Seller in his online store. The inclusion of the Customer’s own terms and conditions is hereby objected to, unless otherwise agreed.
1.2 A consumer within the meaning of these GTC is any natural person who enters into a legal transaction for purposes that can predominantly be attributed neither to his commercial nor to his independent professional activity. 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 independent 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. Furthermore, the customer can also submit the offer to the seller by telephone, fax, e-mail, mail or online contact form.
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 has sent his order. 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 recognize 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 magnification 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 that concludes the ordering process.
2.6 The English language is 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 revocation.
3.2 Shipping costs and proper packaging are the buyers' reponsability.
If the goods show damage or signs of usage, refunds will be denied.
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 has been agreed, payment shall be due immediately after conclusion of the contract, unless the parties have agreed on a later due date.
5) Delivery and shipping terms
5.1 The delivery of goods shall be made by dispatch to the delivery address specified by the customer, unless otherwise agreed.
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 concluded a specific covering transaction with the supplier with due diligence. 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.
6) Retention of title
6.1 With respect to consumers, the Seller retains title to the delivered goods until the purchase price owed has been paid in full.
6.2 With respect to entrepreneurs, the Seller shall retain title to the delivered goods until all claims arising from an ongoing business relationship have been settled in full.
6.3 If the customer acts as an entrepreneur, he shall be entitled to resell the reserved goods in the ordinary course of business. The customer shall assign to the seller in advance all claims against third parties arising therefrom in the amount of the respective invoice value (including value added tax). This assignment shall apply regardless of whether the reserved goods have been resold without or after processing. The customer shall remain authorized to collect the claims even after the assignment. The authority of the seller to collect the claims himself remains unaffected. However, the Seller shall not collect the receivables as long as the Customer meets its payment obligations to the Seller, is not in default of payment and no application for the opening of insolvency proceedings has been filed.
7) Liability for defects (warranty)
If the purchased item is defective, the provisions of the statutory liability for defects shall apply. The following shall apply in derogation thereof:
7.1 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 due to defects are generally excluded;
the limitation period shall not start again if a replacement delivery is made within the scope of liability for defects.
7.2 If the customer is acting as a consumer, the following shall apply to used goods with the restriction of the following clause: Claims for defects shall be excluded if the defect only occurs after the expiry of one year from the delivery of the goods. Defects occurring within one year from delivery of the goods may be claimed within the statutory limitation period.
7.3 The limitations of liability and shortening of time limits set forth in the foregoing clauses shall not apply to
to items which have been used in accordance with their customary use for a building and have caused its defectiveness,
to claims for damages and reimbursement of expenses of the customer, as well as
in the event that the Seller has fraudulently concealed the defect.
7.4 Furthermore, for entrepreneurs, the statutory limitation periods for the right of recourse pursuant to § 445b BGB shall remain unaffected.
7.5 If the Customer acts as a merchant within the meaning of § 1 of the Belgian Commercial Code , it shall be subject to the commercial duty to examine the goods and to give notice of defects pursuant to the Belgian Commercial Code . If the customer fails to comply with the notification obligations regulated therein, the goods shall be deemed to have been approved.
7.6 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.
The Seller shall be liable to the Customer for all contractual, quasi-contractual and statutory claims, including claims in tort, for damages and reimbursement of expenses as follows:
8.1 The Seller shall be liable for any legal reason without limitation
in case of intent or gross negligence,
in case of intentional or negligent injury to life, body or health,
on the basis of a warranty promise, unless otherwise regulated in this respect,
on the basis of mandatory liability such as under the Product Liability Act.
8.2 If the Seller negligently breaches a material contractual obligation, liability shall be limited to the foreseeable damage typical for the contract, unless liability is unlimited pursuant to the preceding clause. Material contractual obligations are obligations which the contract imposes on the Seller according to its content in order to achieve the purpose of the contract, the fulfillment of which makes the proper execution of the contract possible in the first place and compliance with which the Customer may regularly rely on.
8.3 Otherwise, any liability of the Seller shall be excluded.
8.4 The above liability provisions shall also apply with regard to the Seller’s liability for its vicarious agents and legal representatives.
9) Special conditions for the processing of goods according to certain specifications of the customer
9.1 If, according to the content of the contract, in addition to the delivery of the goods, the Seller also owes the processing of the goods according to certain specifications of the Customer, the Customer shall provide the Seller with all content required for the processing, such as texts, images or graphics in the file formats, formatting, image and file sizes specified by the Seller and shall grant the Seller the rights of use required for this purpose. The customer alone is responsible for the procurement and acquisition of rights to this content. The customer declares and assumes responsibility that he has the right to use the content provided to the seller. In particular, he shall ensure that no rights of third parties are violated thereby, in particular copyrights, trademark rights and personal rights.
9.2 The Customer shall indemnify the Seller against claims of third parties which the latter may assert against the Seller in connection with an infringement of their rights by the contractual use of the Customer’s content by the Seller. In this context, the Customer shall also bear the reasonable costs of the necessary legal defense, including all court and attorney’s fees in the statutory amount. This does not apply if the customer is not responsible for the infringement. In the event of a claim by a third party, the customer is obliged to provide the seller immediately, truthfully and completely with all information required for the examination of the claims and a defense.
9.3 The Seller reserves the right to refuse processing orders if the content provided by the Customer for this purpose violates legal or official prohibitions or offends common decency. This shall apply in particular in the event of the provision of anti-constitutional, racist, xenophobic, discriminatory, offensive, youth-endangering and/or violence-glorifying content.
10) Applicable Law
10.1 All legal relationships between the parties shall be governed by the laws of the Kingdom of Belgium to the exclusion of 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 state in which the consumer has his habitual residence.
10.2 Furthermore, this choice of law with regard to the statutory right of withdrawal shall 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.
11) Place of Jurisdiction
If the customer acts as a merchant, a legal entity under public law or a special fund under public law with its registered office in the territory of Belgium, the exclusive place of jurisdiction for all disputes arising from this contract shall be the registered office of the seller. If the customer has its registered office outside the territory of the Kingdom of Belgium, the seller’s registered office shall be the exclusive place of jurisdiction for all disputes arising from this contract if the contract or claims arising from the contract can be attributed to the customer’s professional or commercial activity. In the above cases, however, the Seller shall in any case be entitled to apply to the court at the Customer’s place of business.
12) Alternative Dispute Resolution
12.1 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.
12.2 The Seller is not obliged to participate in a dispute resolution procedure before a consumer arbitration board, but is willing to do so.
10/2021 translation, valid is the original in english language.