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General terms and conditions with customer information
1. scope of application
2. offers and service descriptions
3. order process and conclusion of contract
4. prices and shipping costs
5. delivery, availability of goods
6. payment modalities
7. reservation of proprietary rights
8. warranty for material defects and guarantee
10. storage of the contract text
11. final provisions
1. scope of application
1.1 For the business relationship between [Insert: DemoShop e.K., Owner: Max Muster Demostraße 1, 12345 Demostadt] (hereinafter referred to as "Seller") and the customer (hereinafter referred to as "Customer"), the following General Terms and Conditions shall apply exclusively in the version valid at the time of the order.
1.2 A consumer within the meaning of these GTC is any natural person who enters into a legal transaction for a purpose that can predominantly be attributed neither to his commercial nor to his independent professional activity. An entrepreneur 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.
1.3 Deviating terms and conditions of the Customer shall not be recognized unless the Seller expressly agrees to their validity.
2 Offers and service descriptions
2.1 The presentation of the products in the online store does not constitute a legally binding offer, but an invitation to place an order. Performance descriptions in catalogs as well as on the websites of the seller do not have the character of an assurance or guarantee.
2.2 All offers are valid "while stocks last", unless otherwise noted with the products. In all other respects, errors are excepted.
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3. ordering process and conclusion of contract
3.1 The Customer can select products from the Seller's range without obligation and collect them in a so-called shopping cart by clicking the button [add to cart]. Within the shopping cart, the product selection can be changed, e.g. deleted. Subsequently, the customer can proceed within the shopping cart via the button [Continue to checkout] to complete the ordering process.
3.2 By clicking the button [order with obligation to pay], the customer submits a binding application to purchase the goods in the shopping cart. Before submitting the order, the customer can change and view the data at any time and go back to the shopping cart using the browser function "back" or cancel the ordering process altogether. Required information is marked with an asterisk (*).
3.3 The Seller shall then send the Customer an automatic confirmation of receipt by e-mail in which the Customer's order is listed again and which the Customer can print out using the "Print" function (order confirmation). The automatic confirmation of receipt merely documents that the order of the customer has been received by the seller and does not constitute an acceptance of the application. The purchase contract is only concluded when the seller has shipped or handed over the ordered product to the customer within 2 days or has confirmed the shipment to the customer within 2 days with a second e-mail, explicit order confirmation or sending of the invoice. Acceptance can also be confirmed by a request for payment sent by the seller to the customer and at the latest by the completion of the payment process. In the event of several acceptance processes, the earliest acceptance date shall be decisive. If the Seller does not accept the Customer's offer within the acceptance period, no contract shall be concluded and the Customer shall no longer be bound by its offer.
3.4 In the case of customers who are companies, the aforementioned period for dispatch, delivery or order confirmation is seven days instead of two.
3.5 If the Seller allows payment in advance, the contract shall be concluded upon provision of the bank details and request for payment. If the payment is not received by the seller within 10 calendar days after sending the order confirmation, the seller withdraws from the contract with the consequence that the order is invalid and the seller is not obliged to deliver. The order is then completed for the buyer and seller without further consequences. Reservation of the item in the case of advance payment is therefore made for a maximum of 10 calendar days.
4. prices and shipping costs
4.1 All prices stated on the Seller's website are inclusive of the applicable statutory value added tax.
4.2 In addition to the stated prices, the Seller shall charge shipping costs for delivery. The shipping costs will be clearly communicated to the Buyer on a separate information page and during the ordering process.
5 Delivery, availability of goods
5.1 If advance payment has been agreed, delivery shall be made after receipt of the invoice amount.
5.2 If the delivery of the goods fails through the fault of the buyer despite three delivery attempts, the seller may withdraw from the contract. Any payments made will be refunded to the customer immediately.
5.3 If the ordered product is not available because the Seller is not supplied with this product by its supplier through no fault of its own, the Seller may withdraw from the contract. In this case, the Seller will immediately inform the Customer and, if necessary, propose the delivery of a comparable product. If no comparable product is available or if the customer does not want a comparable product to be delivered, the seller will immediately reimburse the customer for any consideration already paid.
5.4 Customers will be informed about delivery times and delivery restrictions (e.g. restriction of deliveries to certain countries) on a separate information page or within the respective product description.
5.5 In the case of customers who are companies, the risk of accidental loss and accidental deterioration of the goods shall pass to the Buyer 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; the stated delivery dates and deadlines are not fixed dates, subject to any promises and agreements to the contrary.
5.6 The Seller shall not be responsible for delays in delivery and performance due to force majeure and due to unforeseeable events that make delivery significantly more difficult or impossible for the Seller vis-à-vis customers who are entrepreneurs, even in the case of bindingly agreed deadlines and dates. In this case, the Seller shall be entitled to postpone the delivery or service by the duration of the hindrance plus a reasonable start-up period. The right to postpone the deadline shall also apply to customers who are entrepreneurs in cases of unforeseeable events that affect the operations of a pre-supplier and for which neither the pre-supplier nor the Seller are responsible. During the period of such hindrance, the customer shall also be released from its contractual obligations, in particular payment. If the delay is unreasonable for the customer, the customer may withdraw from the contract by written declaration after a reasonable period to be set by the customer or after mutual consultation with the seller.
6. payment modalities
6.1 The customer can choose from the available payment methods within the framework of and before completion of the order process. Customers will be informed about the available payment methods on a separate information page.
6.2 If payment by invoice is possible, payment must be made within 30 days after receipt of the goods and the invoice. For all other methods of payment, payment must be made in advance without deduction.
6.3 If third-party providers are commissioned with the payment processing, e.g. Paypal, their general terms and conditions shall apply.
6.4 If the due date of payment is determined according to the calendar, the customer shall already be in default by missing the deadline. In this case, the customer shall pay the statutory default interest.
6.5 The Customer's obligation to pay default interest shall not preclude the Seller from claiming further damages for default.
6.6 The customer shall only have a right of set-off if its counterclaims have been legally established or recognized by the seller. The customer may only exercise a right of retention if the claims result from the same contractual relationship.
7. retention of title
Until full payment, the delivered goods remain the property of the seller.
For customers who are entrepreneurs, the following shall apply in addition: The seller shall retain title to the goods until all claims arising from an ongoing business relationship have been settled in full; the buyer shall be obliged, as long as title has not yet passed to him, to treat the purchased goods with care. In particular, he is obligated to insure it adequately at his own expense against theft, fire and water damage at replacement value, if this is appropriate or customary in the industry. If maintenance and inspection work has to be carried out, the Buyer shall carry this out in good time at its own expense. The processing or transformation of the reserved goods by the customer shall always be carried out for the seller. If the reserved goods are processed with other items not belonging to the Seller, the Seller shall acquire co-ownership of the new item in the ratio of the value of the reserved goods to the other processed items at the time of processing. In all other respects, the same shall apply to the item created by processing as to the goods subject to retention of title. The customer also assigns the claim to secure the claims against him which arise against a third party through the connection of the reserved goods with a property. Access by third parties to the goods owned or co-owned by the seller must be reported immediately by the customer. The customer shall bear any costs for a third-party action or costs for an extrajudicial release arising from such interventions. The customer is entitled to resell the goods subject to retention of title in the ordinary course of business. The customer already assigns to the seller by way of security all claims arising from resale or other legal grounds with regard to the reserved goods (including all balance claims from current account). The Seller revocably authorizes the Customer to collect the claims assigned to the Seller for its account and in its own name. This direct debit authorization may be revoked if the customer does not properly meet its payment obligations. The Seller undertakes to release the securities to which the Seller is entitled at the Customer's request when their total sales value exceeds the sum of all outstanding claims of the Seller arising from the business relationship by more than 10% (or by more than 50% if there is a risk of liquidation). The selection of the securities to be released shall be incumbent upon the Seller. With the settlement of all claims of the seller from delivery transactions, the ownership of the reserved goods and the assigned claims are transferred to the buyer. The choice of the securities to be released is incumbent on the seller.
8 Warranty for material defects and guarantee
8.1 The warranty (liability for defects) shall be governed by statutory provisions subject to the following provisions.
8.2 A warranty exists for the goods delivered by the Seller only if it has been expressly given. Customers are informed about the warranty conditions before initiating the ordering process.
8.3 If the customer is an entrepreneur, he shall inspect the goods without undue delay, notwithstanding any statutory obligations to give notice of defects, and shall notify the supplier in writing of any visible material defects without undue delay, at the latest within two weeks after delivery, and of any non-visible material defects without undue delay, at the latest within two weeks after discovery. Deviations in quality, weight, size, thickness, width, equipment, pattern and color that are customary in the trade and permissible in accordance with quality standards or minor deviations shall not constitute defects.
8.4 If the customer is an entrepreneur, the choice between rectification or subsequent delivery of defective goods shall be made by the seller.
8.5 Notwithstanding the liability provisions of these GTC, material defects shall become statute-barred one year after the transfer of risk for customers who are entrepreneurs, unless longer periods are prescribed by law, in particular in the case of special provisions for the recourse of the entrepreneur. For used goods, the warranty of customers who are entrepreneurs is excluded.
8.6 If the Customer, who is an entrepreneur, has installed the defective item within the meaning of Section 439 (3) of the German Civil Code (BGB) in another item or attached it to another item in accordance with its type and intended use, the Seller shall, subject to an express agreement and without prejudice to the other warranty obligations, not be obliged to reimburse the Customer for the necessary expenses for the removal of the defective item and the installation or attachment of the repaired or delivered defect-free item within the scope of subsequent performance. Accordingly, the Seller shall also not be obliged to reimburse expenses for the removal of the defective item and the installation or attachment of the repaired or delivered defect-free item within the scope of a recourse by the Customer within the supply chain (i.e. between the Customer and its customers).
9.1 The following exclusions and limitations of liability shall apply to the Seller's liability for damages, without prejudice to the other statutory requirements for claims.
9.2 The Seller shall be liable without limitation insofar as the cause of the damage is based on intent or gross negligence.
9.3 Furthermore, the Seller shall be liable for the slightly negligent breach of essential obligations, the breach of which jeopardizes the achievement of the purpose of the contract, or for the breach of obligations, the fulfillment of which enables the proper execution of the contract in the first place and on the compliance with which the Customer regularly relies. In this case, however, the Seller shall only be liable for the foreseeable damage typical for the contract. The Seller shall not be liable for the slightly negligent breach of obligations other than those specified in the above sentences.
9.4 The above limitations of liability shall not apply in the event of injury to life, limb and health, for a defect following the assumption of a guarantee for the quality of the product and in the event of fraudulently concealed defects. Liability under the Product Liability Act shall remain unaffected.
9.5 Insofar as the liability of the Seller is excluded or limited, this shall also apply to the personal liability of employees, representatives and vicarious agents.
10. storage of the contract text
10.1 The Customer may print out the text of the contract before submitting the order to the Seller by using the print function of his browser in the last step of the order.
10.2 The Seller shall also send the Customer an order confirmation with all order data to the e-mail address provided by the Customer. With the order confirmation, but at the latest upon delivery of the goods, the customer will also receive a copy of the terms and conditions together with the cancellation policy and the information on shipping costs and delivery and payment terms. If you have registered in our store, you can view your orders in your profile area. In addition, we store the contract text, but do not make it accessible on the Internet.
10.3 Customers who are entrepreneurs may receive the contract documents by e-mail, in writing or reference to an online source.
11. final provisions
11.1 If the Buyer is an entrepreneur, the place of performance shall be the Seller's registered office, subject to other agreements or mandatory statutory provisions, while the place of jurisdiction shall be at the Seller's registered office if the Customer is a merchant, a legal entity under public law or a special fund under public law or if the Buyer has no general place of jurisdiction in the Seller's country of domicile. The right of the seller to choose another permissible place of jurisdiction is reserved.
11.2 In the case of entrepreneurs, the law of the [Federal Republic of Germany / Republic of Austria] shall apply to the exclusion of the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, as long as there are no mandatory statutory provisions to the contrary.
11.3 The contractual language shall be German.
Note: Please note below that the link http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/ must be clickable.
11.4. platform of the European Commission for online dispute resolution (OS) for consumers: http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/. We are not willing and not obliged to participate in a dispute resolution procedure before a consumer arbitration board.