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
- Special Conditions for Repair Services
- Special Conditions for the Processing of Goods According to Client's Specification
- Special Conditions for Assembly/Installation Services
- Redemption of Gift Vouchers
- Applicable Law
- Place of Jurisdiction
- Code of conduct
- Alternative dispute resolution
1) Scope of Application
1.1 These General Terms and Conditions (hereinafter referred to as "GTC") of the company Tailwind Brands 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 Regarding the purchase 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. A trader pursuant to these GTC is any natural or legal person or partnership with legal capacity acting in the performance of a commercial or self-employed occupational activity when concluding a legal transaction.
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 English language is 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.
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 Kreditkartenzahlung 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.
4.5 When choosing a payment method offered via the payment service "Shopify Payments", payment will be processed via the payment service provider Shopify International Limited, Victoria Buildings, 2nd floor, 1-2 Haddington Road, Dublin 4, D04 XN32, Ireland (hereinafter referred to as "Shopify"). The individual payment methods offered via Shopify are communicated to the Client in the Seller's online shop. Shopify may use other payment services to process payments, which may be subject to special payment terms, to which the Client customer is separately referred. Further information on "Shopify Payments" can be found at https://www.shopify.com/payments.
4.6 If the payment method "Installment purchase by easyCredit" is selected, payment is processed via TeamBank AG Nürnberg, Beuthener Straße 25, 90471 Nürnberg (hereinafter referred to as "TeamBank AG"), to which the Seller assigns his payment claim. Before accepting the Seller's declaration of assignment, TeamBank AG will carry out a credit check using the Client data provided. The Seller reserves the right to refuse the Client the payment method "installment purchase by easyCredit" in case of a negative check result. If the payment method "Installment purchase by easyCredit" is permitted by TeamBank AG, the Client must pay the invoice amount to TeamBank AG at the conditions specified by the Seller, which are communicated to him in the Seller's online shop. In this case, he can only make payment to TeamBank AG with debt discharging effect. However, the Seller remains responsible for general customer enquiries, e.g. regarding the goods, delivery time, dispatch, returns, complaints, declarations of revocation and revocation or credit notes, even in the case of assignment of claims. In addition, the General Terms and Conditions for Installment Purchase by easyCredit apply, which can be downloaded from the Internet at https://www.easycredit-ratenkauf.de/service-integration/marketingmaterial-schulung/allgemeine-geschaeftsbedingungen/
5) Shipment and Delivery Conditions
5.1 Goods are generally delivered on dispatch route and to the delivery address indicated by the Client, unless agreed otherwise. During the processing of the transaction, the delivery address indicated in the Seller’s order processing is 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 Should the Client collect the goods himself, the Seller informs the Client by e-mail that the goods are available for collection. After receiving the e-mail, the Client may collect the goods in consultation with the Seller at the Seller's place of business. In this case shipment costs will not be charged.
5.4 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 Should the object of purchase be deficient, statutory provisions shall apply.
7.2 Deviating hereof regarding used goods: Claims for defects are excluded if the defect does not occur until one year after delivery of the goods. Defects that occur within one year of delivery of the goods can be asserted within the statutory limitation period.
The shortening of the limitation period does not apply,
- for a product, which was not used, in accordance with its usual application, for building construction and which was the cause of the building's defectiveness,
- for claims for damages and reimbursement of expenses on the part of the Client, and
- if the Seller has fraudulently concealed the defect.
7.3 The Client is asked to notify any obvious transport damages to the forwarding agent and to inform the Seller accordingly. Should the Client fail to comply therewith, this shall not affect his statutory or contractual claims for defects.
8) Special Conditions for Repair Services
If the Seller is responsible for the repair of a Client's item under the terms of the contract, the following shall apply:
8.1 Repair services shall be provided at the Seller's place of business.
8.2 The Seller shall render his services at his discretion either himself or by qualified personnel selected by him. The Seller may also make use of the services of third parties (subcontractors) who act on his behalf. Unless otherwise stated in the Seller's service description, the Client has no right to select a specific person to perform the desired service.
8.3 The Client must provide the Seller with all information necessary for the repair of the item unless its procurement does fall within the Seller's scope of duties according to the content of the contract. In particular, the Client must provide the Seller with a comprehensive description of the defect and inform him of all circumstances which may be the cause of the defect found.
8.4 Unless otherwise agreed, the Client must send the item to be repaired to the Seller's place of business at his own expense and risk. The Seller recommends the Client to conclude a transport insurance for this purpose. Furthermore, the Seller recommends the Client to send the goods in suitable transport packaging in order to reduce the risk of transport damage and to conceal the content of the packaging. The Seller will immediately inform the Client of obvious transport damage so that the Client can assert any rights he may have against the transport company.
8.5 The return of the goods shall be at the Client's expense. The risk of accidental loss and accidental deterioration of the item passes to the Client when the item is handed over to a suitable transport person at the Seller's place of business. At the Client's request, the Seller will conclude a transport insurance for the goods.
8.6 The Client can also transfer the item to be repaired at the Seller's place of business and collect it again from the Seller if this results from the Seller's service description or if the parties have made a corresponding agreement in this respect. In this case, the above provisions regarding the bearing of costs and risks shall apply accordingly when the goods are dispatched and returned.
8.7 The aforementioned regulations do not limit the Client's statutory rights in the event of the purchase of goods from the Seller.
8.8 The Seller shall be liable for defects in the repair service provided in accordance with the provisions regarding statutory liability 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) Special Conditions for Assembly/Installation Services
If, according to the contents of the contract, the Seller owes, in addition to the delivery of the goods, the assembly or installation of the goods at the Client's premises as well as any appropriate preparatory measures (e.g. measurement), the following shall apply:
10.1 The Seller shall perform his services at his discretion either himself or by qualified personnel selected by him. The Seller may also make use of the services of third parties (subcontractors) acting on the Seller's behalf. Unless otherwise stated in the Seller's description of services, the Client shall not be entitled to the selection of a specific person to perform the desired service.
10.2 The Client shall provide the Seller with the complete and truthful information required for the provision of the service owed, provided that the procurement of such information does not fall within the Seller's obligations under the terms of the contract.
10.3 The Seller shall contact the Client after conclusion of the contract in order to arrange a date with the Client for the performance owed. The Client shall ensure that the Seller or the personnel commissioned by the Seller have access to the Client's facilities at the agreed time .
10.4 The risk of accidental loss and accidental deterioration of the goods sold shall not pass to the Client until the assembly work has been completed and the goods have been handed over to the Client.
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 Only one gift voucher can be redeemed per order.
11.5 Gift vouchers can only be used for the purchase of goods and not for the purchase of other gift vouchers.
11.6 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.
11.7 The gift voucher credit will not be redeemed in cash and is not subject to any interest.
11.8 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) 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.
14) Code of conduct
The Seller has agreed to the conditions of participation for the e-commerce initiative "Fairness in Commerce", which can be viewed on the Internet at https://www.fairness-im-handel.de/teilnahmebedingungen/.
15) Alternative dispute resolution
15.1 The EU Commission provides on its website the following link to the ODR platform: https://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.
15.2 The Seller is not obliged to use ADR entities to resolve disputes with consumers, but he is ready for this.