General Terms and Conditions
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
- Rights of use to be granted for digital content
- Reservation of Proprietary Rights
- Special conditions for repair services
- Redemption of gift vouchers
- Applicable Law
- Place of Jurisdiction
- Alternative dispute resolution
1) Scope of Application
1.1 These General Terms and Conditions of the company Meiners 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 These General Terms and Conditions apply accordingly to the supply of digital content, unless expressly agreed otherwise.
1.3 Regarding the purchase of vouchers, these Terms and Conditions shall apply accordingly, unless expressly agreed otherwise.
1.4 A consumer pursuant to these Terms and Conditions 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 Terms and Conditions 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.
1.5 Digital content in the sense of these General Terms and Conditions are all data not on a tangible medium which are produced in digital form and are supplied by the Seller by granting certain usage rights precisely defined in these General Terms and Conditions.
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 telephone, fax, 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 customer 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.
2.4 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.
2.5 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.
2.6 The German language is exclusively available for the conclusion of the contract.
2.7 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. 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
3.1 Consumers are entitled to the right to cancel.
3.2 Detailed informations 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 If the SEPA direct debit payment method is selected, the invoice amount is due for payment after a SEPA direct debit mandate has been issued, but not before the deadline for pre-notification has expired. The direct debit will be collected when the ordered goods leave the seller's warehouse, but not before the deadline for pre-notification has expired. Pre-notification means any communication (e. g. invoice, policy, contract) of the Seller to the Client which announces a debit by means of SEPA direct debit. If the direct debit is not honored due to insufficient account coverage or due to the indication of an incorrect bank account, or if the Client 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.
In case the client has no PayPal account, the conditions applicable for payments without PayPal account will be effective. They can be viewed at: https://www.paypal.com/de/webapps/mpp/ua/privacywax-full
4.7 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 "IMMEDIATE"). In order to be able to pay the invoice amount via “immediate bank transfer,” the Client must have an online banking account with the PIN/TAN method that is activated for participation in “immediate bank transfer,” he must have the appropriate credentials during the payment process, and he must confirm the payment instruction to IMMEDIATE . 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 on the Internet at https://www.sofort.com/ger-DE/kaeufer/su/so-funktioniert-sofort-ueberweisung/.
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 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 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.
5.5 Digital content will be provided to the Client exclusively in electronic form as follows:
- via download
- by e-mail
5.6 Vouchers will be provided to the Client as follows:
- by e-mail
- by post
6) Rights of use to be granted 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 contents 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 pursuant to section 158 (1) German Civil Law Code will only become effective, if the Client has paid the contractually stipulated compensation in full. The seller may allow the use of the contractual contents temporarily prior to this date. A transfer of rights does not take place via such a provisional permission.
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 Should the object of purchase be deficient, statutory provisions shall apply.
8.2 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.
8.3 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.
9) Special conditions for repair services
If the seller is responsible for the repair of a customer's item under the terms of the contract, the following shall apply:
9.1 Repair services shall be provided at the seller's registered office.
9.2 The seller shall render his services at his discretion either in his own person 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 customer has no right to select a specific person to perform the desired service.
9.3 The customer 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 contents of the contract. In particular, the customer 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.
9.4 Unless otherwise agreed, the customer must send the item to be repaired to the seller's registered office at his own expense and risk. The seller recommends the customer to conclude a transport insurance for this purpose. Furthermore, the seller recommends the customer to send the goods in suitable transport packaging in order to reduce the risk of transport damage and to conceal the contents of the packaging. The seller will immediately inform the customer of obvious transport damage so that the customer can assert any rights he may have against the transport company.
9.5 The return of the goods shall be at the customer's expense. The risk of accidental loss and accidental deterioration of the item passes to the customer when the item is handed over to a suitable transport person at the seller's place of business. At the customer's request, the seller will conclude a transport insurance for the goods.
9.6 The aforementioned regulations do not limit the statutory rights of the customer in the event of the purchase of goods from the seller.
9.7 The seller shall be liable for defects in the repair service provided in accordance with the provisions regarding statutory liability for defects.
10) Redemption of gift vouchers
10.1 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.
10.2 Gift vouchers and remaining assets of gift voucher 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.
10.3 Gift vouchers can only be redeemed prior to the conclusion of the order procedure. Subsequent offsetting is not possible.
10.4 Only one gift voucher can be redeemed per order.
10.5 Gift vouchers can only be used for the purchase of goods and not for the purchase of other gift vouchers.
10.6 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.
10.7 The gift voucher credit will not be redeemed in cash and is not subject to any interest.
10.8 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.
11) Applicable Law
11.1 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.
11.2 Furthermore, this choice of law regarding the right to cancel does not apply to consumers, who are not nationals of a member state of the European Union at the time of concluding the contract and whose exclusive domicile and delivery address is located outside of the European Union at the time of concluding the contract.
12) 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.
13) Alternative dispute resolution
13.1 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.
13.2 The Seller is neither obliged nor prepared to attend a dispute settlement procedure before an alternative dispute resolution entity.