General Terms and Conditions
Table of Contents
- Scope of Application
- Conclusion of the Contract
- Right to Cancel
- Prices and Payment Conditions
- Shipment and Delivery Conditions
- Reservation of Proprietary Rights
- Redemption of Campaign Vouchers
- Applicable Law
- Place of Jurisdiction
- Alternative dispute resolution
1) Scope of Application
1.1 These General Terms and Conditions (hereinafter referred to as "GTC") of the company billerbeck Home Stores GmbH (hereinafter referred to as "Seller”) shall apply to all contracts concluded between a consumer or a trader (hereinafter referred to as "Client”) and the Seller relating to all goods and/or services presented in the Seller's online shop. The inclusion of the Client’s own conditions is herewith objected to, unless other terms have been stipulated.
1.2 For contracts regarding the delivery of vouchers, these GTC shall apply accordingly, unless expressly agreed otherwise.
1.3 A consumer pursuant to these GTC is any natural person concluding a legal transaction for a purpose attributed neither to a mainly commercial nor a self-employed occupational activity.
1.4 A trader pursuant to 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 the Contract
2.1 The product descriptions in the Seller’s online shop do not constitute binding offers on the part of the Seller, but merely serve the purpose of submitting a binding offer by the Client.
2.2 The Client may submit the offer via the online order form integrated into the Seller's online shop. In doing so, after having placed the selected goods and/or services in the virtual basket and passed through the ordering process, and by clicking the button finalizing the order process, the Client submits a legally binding offer of contract with regard to the goods and/or services contained in the shopping cart. The Client may also submit his offer to the Seller by e-mail or postal service.
2.3 The Seller may accept the Client’s offer within five days,
- by transferring a written order confirmation or an order confirmation in written form (fax or e-mail); insofar receipt of order confirmation by the Client is decisive, or
- by delivering ordered goods to the Client; insofar receipt of goods by the Client is decisive, or
- by requesting the Client to pay after he placed his order.
Provided that several of the aforementioned alternatives apply, the contract shall be concluded at the time when one of the aforementioned alternatives firstly occurs. Should the Seller not accept the Client’s offer within the aforementioned period of time, this shall be deemed as rejecting the offer with the effect that the Client is no longer bound by his statement of intent.
2.5 If the Client chooses the payment method “Amazon Payments”, payments are processed by the payment service provider Amazon Payments Europe S.C.A., 38 avenue John F. Kennedy, L-1855 Luxembourg (hereinafter referred to as „Amazon“).
If the Client chooses “Amazon Payments” as payment method during the online ordering process, he, at the same time, makes a payment order to Amazon when initiating the payment transaction by clicking the button finalizing the ordering process. In this case, the Seller declares his acceptance of the Client’s offer at the time when the Client initiates the payment transaction by clicking the button finalizing the ordering process.
2.6 When submitting an offer via the Seller's online order form, the text of the contract is stored by the Seller after the contract has been concluded and transmitted to the Client in text form (e.g. e-mail, fax or letter) after the order has been sent. The Seller shall not make the contract text accessible beyond this. If the Client has set up a user account in the Seller's online shop prior to sending his order, the order data shall be stored on the Seller's website and can be accessed by the Client free of charge via his password-protected user account by specifying the corresponding login data.
2.7 Prior to submitting a binding order via the Seller’s online order form, the Client may recognize input errors by reading attentively the information displayed on the screen. The enlargement function of the browser to enlarge the display on the screen may be an effective method for better recognizing input errors.
The Client can correct all the data entered via the usual keyboard and mouse function during the electronic ordering process, until he clicks the button finalizing the ordering process.
2.8 The German and the English language are exclusively available for the conclusion of the contract.
2.9 Order processing and contacting usually takes place via e-mail and automated order processing. It is the Client’s responsibility to ensure that the e-mail address he provides for the order processing is accurate so that e-mails sent by the Seller can be received at this address. In particular, it is the Client`s responsibility, if SPAM filters are used, to ensure that all e-mails sent by the Seller or by third parties commissioned by the Seller with the order processing can be delivered.
3) Right to Cancel
3.1 Consumers are entitled to the right to cancel.
3.2 Detailed information about the right to cancel are provided in the Seller’s instruction on cancellation.
4) Prices and Payment Conditions
4.1 Unless otherwise stated in the Seller’s product description, prices indicated are total prices including the statutory sales tax. Delivery costs, where appropriate, will be indicated separately in the respective product description
4.2 Payment can be made using one of the methods mentioned in the Seller’s online shop.
4.3 If prepayment by bank transfer has been agreed upon, payment is due immediately after conclusion of the contract, unless the parties have arranged a later maturity date
4.4 When selecting the payment method “invoice purchase on account” via Unzer, the purchase price is due after the goods have been delivered and invoiced. In this case, the purchase price shall be paid without deduction to Unzer GmbH, Vangerowstr. 18, 69115 Heidelberg (hereinafter "Unzer") within 14 (fourteen) days of receipt of the invoice. The payment method “invoice purchase on account” requires a successful credit check by Unzer. If, after the credit check, the payment method “invoice purchase on account” is permitted, the payment shall be processed in cooperation with Unzer, to whom the Seller assigns his payment claim. In this case, the Client can only make payment to Unzer with discharging effect. The Seller shall remain responsible for general customer enquiries, e.g. regarding goods, delivery time, dispatch, returns, complaints, declarations of revocation and revocation or credit notes, even if the payment method of “invoice purchase on account ” via Unzer has been selected.
The payment method “purchase on account” via Unzer is excluded,
- if the order value is less than 10,00 Euro,
- if the delivery address indicated by the Client is not identical with the billing address, in particular if a packing station or P.O. box is indicated as the delivery address, or
- if the Client is under 18 years of age.
The Seller also reserves the right to offer the payment “purchase on account” via Unzer only up to a certain order volume and may reject this payment method if the specified order volume is exceeded. In this case, the Seller will inform the Client in his payment information displayed in the online shop of a corresponding payment restriction.
4.5 If the payment method Direct debit via Unzer is selected, payment processing is carried out via the payment service provider Unzer GmbH, Vangerowstr. 18,69115 Heidelberg (hereinafter referred to as "Unzer"), to which the Seller assigns his payment claim. Prior to acceptance of the Seller's declaration of assignment, Unzer shall carry out a credit assessment using the Client data transmitted. The Seller reserves the right to refuse the Client the method of payment direct debit via Unzer in the event of a negative test result. If the method of payment Direct Debit via Unzer is permitted by Unzer, Unzer will collect the invoice amount from the Client's bank account after issuing an SEPA Direct Debit Mandate, but not before expiry of the deadline for pre-Notification. Pre-notification means any communication (e. g. invoice, policy, contract) to the Client announcing a debit via SEPA direct debit. If the direct debit is not honoured due to insufficient account coverage or due to the indication of an incorrect bank account, or if the customer objects to the debit, even though he is not entitled to do so, the Client shall bear the fees arising from the reversal of the respective bank, if he is responsible for this.
Payment by direct debit via Unzer is excluded,
- if the order value is less than 10,00 Euro,
- if the delivery address provided by the Client is not identical with the billing address, in particular if a packing station or a P. O. box is specified as the delivery address, or
- if the Client is under 18 years of age.
The Seller reserves the right to offer the direct debit payment method via Unzer only up to a certain order volume and to reject this payment method if the specified order volume is exceeded. In this case, the Seller will inform the Client in his online payment information of a corresponding payment restriction.
4.6 If a payment method offered via the payment service "Unzer" is selected, the payment shall be processed via the payment service provider Unzer GmbH, Vangerowstraße 18, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany (hereinafter: "Unzer"). The individual payment methods offered via Unzer are communicated to the customer in the seller's online shop. For the processing of payments, Unzer may use the services of third party payment service providers, for which special payment conditions may apply, to which the customer may be informed separately. Further information on "Unzer" is available on the Internet at https://www.unzer.com
5) Shipment and Delivery Conditions
5.1 If the Seller offers to ship the goods, delivery shall be made within the delivery area specified by the Seller to the delivery address specified by the Client unless otherwise agreed. When processing the transaction, the delivery address specified in the Seller's order processing shall be decisive.
5.2 Should the assigned transport company return the goods to the Seller, because delivery to the Client was not possible, the Client bears the costs for the unsuccessful dispatch. This shall not apply, if the Client exercises his right to cancel effectively, if the delivery cannot be made due to circumstances beyond the Client's control or if he has been temporarily impeded to receive the offered service, unless the Seller has notified the Client about the service for a reasonable time in advance.
5.3 If goods are delivered by freight carrier, the goods shall be delivered free curb that is to say to the public curb stones which are closest to the delivery address, unless otherwise stipulated in the shipping information displayed in the Seller’s online shop or unless otherwise agreed.
5.4 Personal collection is not possible for logistical reasons.
5.5 The Seller reserves the right to withdraw from the contract in the event of incorrect or improper self-supply. This only applies if the Seller is not responsible for the non-supply and if he has concluded a concrete hedging transaction with the supplier. The Seller shall make all reasonable efforts to obtain the goods. In case of non-availability or partial availability of the goods he shall inform the Client and grant him immediately counterperformance.
6) Reservation of Proprietary Rights
If the Seller provides advance deliveries, he retains title of ownership to the delivered goods, until the purchase price owed has been paid in full.
7.1 Unless otherwise stipulated , the provisions of the statutory liability for defects shall apply. Deviating therefrom, the following shall apply to contracts for the delivery of goods:
7.2 If the Client acts as trader
- the Seller may choose the type of subsequent performance,
- for new goods, the limitation period for claims for defects shall be one year from delivery of the goods,
- for used goods, the rights and claims for defects are excluded,
- the limitation period shall not recommence 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 of limitation do not apply
- to claims for damages and reimbursement of expenses of the Client,
- if the Seller has fraudulently concealed the defect,
- for goods which have been used in accordance with their customary use for a building and which have caused its defectiveness,
- for any existing obligation of the Seller to provide updates for digital products with respect to contracts for the supply of goods with digital elements.
7.4 Furthermore, for traders, the statutory limitation periods for any statutory right of recourse that may exist shall remain unaffected.
7.5 If the Client is a businessperson pursuant to section 1 of the German Commercial Code (HGB) he has the commercial duty to examine the goods and notify the Seller of defects pursuant to section 377 HGB. Should the Client neglect the obligations of disclosure specified therein, the goods shall be deemed approved.
7.6 If the Client acts as a consumer, the forwarding agent has to be immediately notified of any obvious transport damages and the Seller has to be informed accordingly. Should the Client fail to comply therewith, this shall not affect his statutory or contractual claims for defects.
7.7 The Seller shall not be liable for defects in the performance of the telecommunications contract for which the respective service provider is solely responsible. In this respect, the relevant statutory provisions and any deviating contractual conditions of the respective service provider shall apply.
8) Redemption of Campaign Vouchers
8.1 Vouchers which are issued by the Seller free of charge, for a specific period of validity in the context of promotional activities and which cannot be purchased by the Client (hereinafter referred to as "campaign vouchers”) can only be redeemed in the Seller’s online shop and only within the indicated time period.
8.2 Individual products may be excluded from the voucher campaign, if such a restriction results from the conditions of the campaign voucher.
8.3 Only one campaign voucher can be redeemed per order.
8.4 The goods value should meet at least the amount of the campaign voucher. The Seller will not refund remaining assets.
8.5 If the value of the campaign voucher is not enough for the order, the Client may choose one of the remaining payment methods offered by the Seller to pay the difference.
8.6 The campaign voucher credit will not be redeemed in cash and is not subject to any interest.
8.7 The campaign voucher will not be redeemed, if the Client, in the context of his legal right to cancel, returns goods paid fully or partially by a campaign voucher.
8.8 Campaign vouchers are only intended for the use of the person designated on the voucher. Transferring the campaign voucher to a third party is not permitted. The Seller is entitled but not obliged to check the entitlement of the respective voucher owner.
9) Applicable Law
9.1 The law of the Federal Republic of Germany shall apply to all legal relationships between the parties under exclusion of the laws governing the international purchase of movable goods. For consumers, this choice of law only applies to the extent that the granted protection is not withdrawn by mandatory provisions of the law of the country, in which the consumer has his habitual residence.
9.2 With regard to the statutory right of cancellation, this choice of law does not apply to consumers who do not belong to a member state of the European Union at the time of the conclusion of the contract and whose sole place of residence and delivery address are outside the European Union at the time of the conclusion of the contract.
10) Place of Jurisdiction
If the Client is a businessman, a legal entity of public law or a separate estate under public law with its seat in the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Seller’s place of business shall be the sole place of jurisdiction for all legal disputes arising from this contract. If the Client is domiciled outside the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Seller’s place of business shall be the sole place of jurisdiction for all legal disputes arising from this contract provided that the contract or claims from the contract can be assigned to the Client’s professional or commercial activities. In any event however, regarding the aforementioned cases the Seller is entitled to call the court responsible for the seat of the Client.
11) Alternative dispute resolution
11.1 The EU Commission provides on its website the following link to the ODR platform: https://ec.europa.eu
This platform shall be a point of entry for out-of-court resolutions of disputes arising from online sales and service contracts concluded between consumers and traders.
11.2 The Seller is not obliged to use ADR entities to resolve disputes with consumers, but he is ready for this.