Table of Contents
- Scope of Application
- Conclusion of the Contract
- Right to Cancel
- Prices and Payment Conditions
- Shipment and Delivery Conditions
- Granting Rights of Use for Digital Content
- Reservation of Proprietary Rights
- Special Conditions for the Processing of Goods According to Client's Specification
- Redemption of Campaign Vouchers
- Redemption of Gift Vouchers
- Applicable Law
- Alternative dispute resolution
1) Scope of Application
1.1 These General Terms and Conditions (hereinafter referred to as "GTC") of the company SUSTAIN | Gruber & Plichta GbR (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 These GTC shall apply accordingly to contracts for the supply of physical data carriers that serve exclusively as carriers of digital content unless something to the contrary is regulated in this respect. Digital content within the meaning of these GTC is data that is created and made available in digital form.
1.3 These GTC apply accordingly to the supply of digital content, unless expressly agreed otherwise. Digital content within the meaning of these GTC is data that is created and provided in digital form.
1.4 Regarding the purchase of vouchers, these GTC shall apply accordingly, unless expressly agreed otherwise.
1.5 For contracts regarding the delivery of vouchers, these GTC shall apply accordingly, unless expressly agreed otherwise.
1.6 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.
1.7 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.
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 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.
2.6 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.
2.7 The German and the English language are exclusively available for the conclusion of the contract.
2.8 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.
3.3 The right to cancel does not apply to consumers, who are no nationals of a member state of the European Union at the time of concluding the contract und whose exclusive domicile and delivery address were located outside of the European Union at the time of concluding the contract.
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 In case of delivery to countries outside the European Union, additional costs may incur in individual cases for which the Seller is not responsible and which have to be borne by the Client. This includes for example transfer fees charged by banking institutes (transfer charges, exchange fees) or import duties or taxes (customs). Such costs regarding money transfer may also incur, if delivery is not made in a country outside the European Union and the Client carries out the payment from a country outside the European Union.
4.4 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
4.5 Credit card payment via Stripe
When selecting the payment method credit card, the invoice amount is due immediately upon conclusion of the contract. Payment by credit card is processed in cooperation with Stripe Payments Europe Ltd., 1 Grand Canal Street Lower, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, Ireland (hereinafter referred to as "Stripe"). Stripe reserves the right to carry out a credit assessment and to refuse this payment method if the credit check is negative.
4.6 If the payment method "immediate bank transfer" is selected, payment processing is carried out via the payment service provider SOFORT GmbH, Theresienhöhe 12,80339 Munich (hereinafter referred to as "SOFORT"). If he wants to be able to pay the invoice amount via “immediate bank transfer,” the Client must have an online banking account that is activated for participation in “immediate bank transfer”. Furthermore he must have the appropriate credentials during the payment process, and must confirm the payment instruction to SOFORT. The payment transaction will be executed immediately afterwards and the Client’s bank account debited accordingly. Further information on the payment method “immediate bank transfer” can be called up by the Client at https://www.klarna.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 Personal collection is not possible for logistical reasons.
5.4 Digital content will be provided to the Client exclusively in electronic form as follows:
- via download
5.5 Vouchers will be provided to the Client as follows:
- by download
- by e-mail
5.6 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) Granting Rights of Use for Digital Content
6.1 Unless otherwise stipulated in the description of contents displayed in the Seller's online shop, the Seller grants the client the non- exclusive right, unlimited in relation to place and time, to use the contents supplied for private and professional purposes.
6.2 The transmission of content to third parties or the production of copies to third parties in a way not covered by the GTC is prohibited, unless the Seller has consented to the transfer of the contractual license to third parties.
6.3 The granting of rights shall become effective only when the Client has fully paid the contractually owed remuneration. The Seller may also grant provisional permission to use the contractual content before this date. Such provisional authorization does not constitute a transfer of rights.
7) 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.
8.1 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:
8.2 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.
8.3 If the Client acts as a consumer, the following applies to contracts for the delivery of used goods subject to the restriction of the following clause: The limitation period for claims for defects is one year from the delivery of the goods if this was expressly and separately contractually agreed between the parties and it the Client was specifically informed of the shortening of the limitation period before submitting his contractual declaration.
8.4 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.
8.5 Furthermore, for traders, the statutory limitation periods for any statutory right of recourse that may exist shall remain unaffected.
8.6 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.
8.7 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.
9) Special Conditions for the Processing of Goods According to Client's Specification
9.1 If, according to the terms of the contract, the Seller owes the delivery of the goods as well as the processing of the goods according to certain specifications of the Client, the Client shall make available to the operator all contents required for processing such as texts, images or graphics in the file formats, formatting, image and file sizes specified by the operator and shall grant the operator the necessary rights of use. The Client is solely responsible for the procurement and acquisition of rights for such content. The Client declares and assumes responsibility that he has the right to use the content provided to the Seller. In particular, he shall ensure that no third-party rights are infringed thereby, in particular copyrights, trademark rights and personal rights.
9.2 The Client shall indemnify the Seller from claims of third parties asserted against the Seller in connection with a violation of their rights by the Seller’s contractual use of the Client’s content. The Client shall also bear the reasonable costs required for the necessary legal defense, including all court and lawyer's fees according to the statutory rate. This shall not apply if the Client is not responsible for the infringement. In the event of claims by third parties, the Client shall be obliged to provide the Seller promptly, truthfully, and completely with all information that is necessary for the verification of the claims asserted for a corresponding defense.
9.3 The Seller reserves the right to refuse processing orders, if the content provided by the Client for this purpose violates legal or official prohibitions or morality. This shall apply in particular to the provision of content that is anti-constitutional, racist, xenophobic, discriminatory, offensive, or youth-endangering, and/or if it glorifies violence.
10) Redemption of Campaign Vouchers
10.1 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.
10.2 Individual products may be excluded from the voucher campaign, if such a restriction results from the conditions of the campaign voucher.
10.3 Only one campaign voucher can be redeemed per order.
10.4 The goods value should meet at least the amount of the campaign voucher. The Seller will not refund remaining assets.
10.5 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.
10.6 The campaign voucher credit will not be redeemed in cash and is not subject to any interest.
10.7 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.
10.8 The campaign voucher is transferable. The Seller may render performance with discharging effect to the respective owner who redeems the campaign voucher in the Seller’s online shop. This does not apply, if the Seller has knowledge or grossly negligent ignorance of the non-entitlement, legal incapacity or of the missing right of representation regarding the respective owner.
11) Redemption of Gift Vouchers
11.1 Vouchers which can be purchased via the Seller’s online shop (hereinafter referred to as "gift vouchers") can only be redeemed in the Seller’s online shop, unless otherwise stipulated in the voucher.
11.2 Gift vouchers and remaining assets of gift vouchers can be redeemed by the end of the third year following the year of the gift voucher purchase. Remaining assets will be credited to the Client’s voucher account.
11.3 Gift vouchers can only be redeemed prior to the conclusion of the order procedure. Subsequent offsetting is not possible.
11.4 In case of an order, several vouchers can be redeemed.
11.5 If the value of the gift 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.
11.6 The gift voucher credit will not be redeemed in cash and is not subject to any interest.
11.7 The gift voucher is transferable. The Seller may render performance with discharging effect to the respective owner who redeems the gift voucher in the Seller’s online shop. This does not apply, if the Seller has knowledge or grossly negligent ignorance of the non-entitlement, legal incapacity or of the missing right of representation regarding the respective owner.
12) Applicable Law
12.1 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.
12.2 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.
13) Alternative dispute resolution
13.1 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.
13.2 The Seller is neither obliged nor prepared to attend a dispute settlement procedure before an alternative dispute resolution entity.
Supplements to "General Terms and Conditions"(Supplements status: 02/22/2021)
A 1) Addition: Online auctions
A 1.1 So-called online auctions are carried out in this online shop. Here, the customer submits a purchase offer (hereinafter: "bid") within a period specified by the seller (hereinafter: "offer period") using the function provided in the online portal. This bid indicates the maximum price he is willing to pay for the item in question. The starting price or the currently lower bid will be outbid by one bidding step until the amount of the bid has been reached. The current bid amount of the highest bid can be lower than the bid actually submitted by the highest bidder. The bidding steps can vary depending on the item, usually one bidding step is between 1 and 5 euros.
A 1.2 Bids can only be submitted via the auction tool in the online shop. A submitted bid is binding for the customer.
A 1.3 A customer account must be set up in order to submit bids. The customer is responsible for providing truthful and complete information about his data. When participating in an online auction, the freely selectable user name can be viewed publicly along with the bid amounts in the course of the auction.
A 1.4 A minimum price is set for some offers. If no bid reaches the minimum price after the offer period has expired, all bids made for this item will expire.
A 1.5 If there is a fixed price offer for an auction item, the customer can submit an offer at this fixed price. The offer period ends with the acceptance of this offer by the seller.
A 1.6 After the offer period has expired, a customer has the option of placing the auction item in the virtual shopping cart, provided the minimum price has been reached. As a rule, this option is given to the customer who has submitted the highest bid during the offer period or has made an offer at a fixed price. This customer will be notified by the seller and must complete the electronic ordering process within 48 hours of the end of the auction.
A 1.7 With the conclusion of the sales contract, all other bids made for an item expire.
A 1.8 The online auction offers are generally used items. The description of the articles is made to the best of the seller's knowledge and belief - the lack of information on the state of preservation has no explanatory effect. Traces of use do not represent a material defect. The agreed quality of the article corresponds to the actual state of preservation at the time of the bid.
A 1.9 The seller reserves the right to change or end the offer period at any time, to delete bids or to exclude users from participating in auctions.