General Terms and Conditions and Client Information
1) Scope of Application
1.1 These Terms and Conditions of the company Botanic & Organic e.K. (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 online shop of the Seller. The inclusion of the Client's own conditions is herewith objected to, unless other terms have been stipulated.
1.2 A consumer pursuant to these Terms and Conditions is any individual acting for purposes which are wholly or mainly outside that individual’s trade, business, craft or profession. A trader pursuant to these Terms and Conditions is any person acting for purposes relating to that person’s trade, business, craft or profession, whether acting personally or through another person acting in the trader’s name or on the trader’s behalf.
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 by 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 virtual basket.
2.3 The Seller may accept the Client's offer within five days
- by transferring a written order confirmation or an order conformation 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/she placed his/her 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.
2.4 The period for acceptance of the offer shall start on the day after the Client has sent the offer and ends on expiry of the fifth day following the sending of the offer.
2.5 The contract’s content will be stored by the Seller and will be sent to the Client in writing including these Terms and Conditions and Client Information (for example via e-mail, fax or letter) after the Client has submitted his order. In addition, the contract’s content will be stored on the Seller’s website and can be found by the Client in the customer login via the password-protected customer account, provided the Client has created a customer account in the online shop prior to submitting his order.
2.6 The Client can correct all the data entered via the usual keyboard and mouse function prior to submitting his binding order. In addition, prior to submitting the order, all data entered will be displayed in a confirmation window and can be corrected here as well, via the usual keyboard and mouse function.
2.7 The contractual language is English.
2.8 Order processing and contacting usually take 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. Particularly, 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
Consumers are entitled to the right of cancellation. Detailed information about the right of cancellation are provided in the Seller’s instruction on cancellation.
4) Price and Delivery Costs
4.1 Unless otherwise stated in the product descriptions, prices indicated are end prices and include the statutory value-added tax. Any possible additional delivery and dispatch costs are specified separately in the respective product description.
4.2 For deliveries to countries outside the European Union, additional costs may arise which are beyond the Seller’s control. They shall be borne by the Client. Such costs are for example money transfer costs (transfer fees, exchange rate charges) or customs duties or import taxes.
4.3 Payment can be made using one of the methods mentioned in the Seller’s online shop.
4.4 If payment in advance has been agreed upon, payment shall be due immediately upon conclusion of the contract.
5) Shipment and delivery conditions
5.1 Goods are generally delivered on dispatch route to the delivery address indicated by the Client, unless otherwise agreed. For the transaction procedure the delivery address specified by the Client in the ordering process shall be applicable.
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 hereby exercises his right of cancellation, or if he/she has been temporarily impeded to receive the offered service, unless the Seller has notified the Client for a reasonable time in advance about the service.
5.3 The Seller reserves the right of partial delivery. In this case the Seller informs the Client at which point of time all instalments will be delivered. Delivery should be completed within a reasonable period of time. Additional costs will not be claimed for such partial delivery. However, if the Client has asked for partial delivery, the Seller reserves the right to charge the Client the additional delivery costs.
5.4 The risk of accidental destruction and accidental deterioration of the sold goods shall in principle be transferred to the Client when they come into the physical possession of the Client or a person identified by the Client to take possession of the goods. Should the Client act as a trader, the risk of accidental destruction and accidental deterioration in the event of a sale by dispatch shall be transferred upon delivery of the goods to a qualified transport person at the Seller's place of business.
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 without delay and payments made by the Client will be immediately refunded.
5.6 Collection by the Client is not possible for logistical reasons.
6) Liability for defects
Should the object of purchase be deficient, statutory provisions shall apply.
6.1 If the Client is a trader
- a marginal defect shall generally not constitute claims for defects,
- the Seller may choose the type of subsequent performance,
- for new goods, the limitation period for defects shall be one year from transfer of risk,
- for used goods, rights and claims for defects are generally excluded,
- the limitation period shall not recommence, if a replacement delivery is carried out within the scope of liability for defects.
6.2 If the Client is a consumer and he uses his short-term right to reject the product, he has to return the product at his cost.
6.3 For traders, the aforementioned limitations of liability and the restrictions of limitation periods do not refer to claims for damages and reimbursement
of expenses that the buyer may assert due to statutory provisions for defects according to the following Section .
6.4 Furthermore, for traders the statutory limitation periods for recourse claims remain unaffected. The same shall apply for traders and consumers in the event of willful intent or gross negligence and fraudulent concealment of a defect.
6.5 If the Client is a businessperson, he has the commercial duty to examine and notify defects. Should the Client neglect those duties, the goods shall be deemed approved.
6.6 The forwarding agent has to be immediately notified by the Client of any obvious transport damages and the Seller be informed accordingly. Should the Client fail to comply therewith, this shall not affect his statutory or contractual claims for defects.
The Seller shall be liable for any contractual and quasi-contractual claims and for claims of liability in tort regarding damages and effort compensation as follows:
7.1 The Seller shall face unlimited liability
- in case of intent or gross negligence,
- in case of injuries of life, body or health resulting from intent or negligence,
- in case of a promise of guarantee, unless otherwise provided,
- in case of liability resulting from mandatory statutory provisions such as the product liability and safety law.
7.2 Provided that the Seller negligently infringes an essential contractual duty, the liability to pay damages shall be limited to the foreseeable, typically occurring damage, unless unlimited liability applies pursuant to Section 7.1. Essential contractual obligations are obligations the contract imposes on the Seller according to its content to meet the purpose of the contract and whose fulfillment is essential for the due and proper implementation of the contract and on the fulfillment of which the Client can regularly rely.
7.3 For the rest the Seller’s liability is excluded.
7.4 The aforementioned provisions on liability apply also for the Seller’s liability regarding his legal representatives and vicarious agents.
8) Law and jurisdiction
8.1 If a Client acts as a consumer pursuant to Section 1.2, any contractual relationships between the parties are governed by the law of the country where the Client has his habitual residence, excluding the UN-Convention on Contract for the International Sale of Goods and the courts of the State where the Client is domiciled will have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute relating to these relationships.
8.2 If a Client acts as a trader pursuant to Section 1.2, any contractual relationships between the parties is governed by the law of the country where the Seller has his place of business, excluding the UN-Convention on Contract for the International Sale of Goods and the courts of the State where the Seller has his place of business will have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute relating to these relationships.
9) Alternative dispute resolution
9.1 The EU Commission provides on its website the following link to the ODR platform: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr.
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.
9.2 The trader is neither obliged nor prepared to attend a dispute settlement procedure before an alternative dispute resolution entity.