General terms and conditions with customer information
Table of contents
- Conclusion of contract
- Right of withdrawal
- Prices and terms of payment
- Delivery and shipping conditions
- Granting of rights of use for digital content
- Retention of title
- Liability for defects (warranty)
- Applicable law
- Alternative dispute resolution
1.1 These General Terms and Conditions (hereinafter “GTC”) of Susann Forst, trading as “Susann Forst” (hereinafter “Seller”), apply to all contracts for the delivery of goods concluded by a consumer or entrepreneur (hereinafter “Customer”) with the Seller with regard to the goods presented by the Seller in its online store. The inclusion of the customer’s own terms and conditions is hereby objected to, unless otherwise agreed.
1.2 These GTC shall apply mutatis mutandis to contracts for the delivery of physical data carriers that serve exclusively as carriers of digital content, unless otherwise stipulated. Digital content within the meaning of these GTC is data that is created and provided in digital form.
1.3 These GTC shall apply mutatis mutandis to contracts for the provision of digital content, unless otherwise agreed. Digital content within the meaning of these GTC is data that is created and provided in digital form.
1.4 For the purposes of these GTC, a consumer is any natural person who enters into a legal transaction for purposes that are predominantly neither commercial nor self-employed.
1.5 An entrepreneur within the meaning of 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 contract
2.1 The product descriptions contained in the Seller’s online store do not constitute binding offers on the part of the Seller, but serve for the submission of a binding offer by the Customer.
2.2 The Customer may submit the Offer via the online order form integrated into the Seller’s online store. After placing the selected goods in the virtual shopping cart and going through the electronic ordering process, the customer makes a legally binding offer to enter into a contract for the goods in the shopping cart by clicking the button that concludes the ordering process.
2.3 The Seller may accept the Customer’s offer within five days,
- by sending the customer a written order confirmation or an order confirmation in text form (fax or e-mail), in which case the receipt of the order confirmation by the customer shall be decisive, or
- by delivering the ordered goods to the customer, in which case the receipt of the goods by the customer is decisive, or
- by requesting payment from the customer after the customer’s order has been placed.
If several of the aforementioned alternatives exist, the contract shall be concluded at the time when one of the aforementioned alternatives occurs first. The period for acceptance of the offer begins on the day after the customer sends the offer and ends at the end of the fifth day following the sending of the offer. If the Seller does not accept the Customer’s offer within the aforementioned period, this shall be deemed a rejection of the offer with the consequence that the Customer shall no longer be bound by its declaration of intent.
2.5 When submitting an offer via the Seller’s online order form, the text of the contract shall be stored by the Seller after the conclusion of the contract and transmitted to the Customer in text form (e.g. e-mail, fax or letter) after the Customer’s order has been sent. The seller shall not make the text of the contract accessible beyond this. If the customer has set up a user account in the seller’s online store before sending his order, the order data will be archived on the seller’s website and can be accessed by the customer free of charge via his password-protected user account by providing the corresponding login data.
2.6 Before bindingly placing the order via the Seller’s online order form, the Customer can identify possible input errors by carefully reading the information displayed on the screen. An effective technical means for better recognition of input errors can be the magnification function of the browser, with the help of which the display on the screen is enlarged. The customer can correct his entries during the electronic ordering process using the usual keyboard and mouse functions until he clicks the button which completes the ordering process.
2.7 The German and English languages are available for the conclusion of the contract.
2.8 Order processing and contacting usually take place via e-mail and automated order processing. The customer must ensure that the e-mail address provided by him for order processing is accurate so that e-mails sent by the seller can be received at this address. In particular, when using SPAM filters, the customer must ensure that all e-mails sent by the seller or by third parties commissioned by the seller to process the order can be delivered.
3) Right of withdrawal
3.1 Consumers are generally entitled to a right of withdrawal.
3.2 More detailed information on the right of withdrawal can be found in the seller’s cancellation policy.
3.3 The right of withdrawal does not apply to consumers who do not belong to a Member State of the European Union at the time of conclusion of the contract and whose sole place of residence and delivery address are outside the European Union at the time of conclusion of the contract.
4) Prices and terms of payment
4.1 Unless otherwise stated in the Seller’s product description, the prices quoted are total prices. Sales tax is not shown, because the seller is a small entrepreneur in the sense of the UStG. Any additional delivery and shipping costs will be indicated separately in the respective product description.
4.2 In the case of deliveries to countries outside the European Union, further costs may be incurred in individual cases for which the Seller is not responsible and which shall be borne by the Customer. These include, for example, costs for the transfer of funds by credit institutions (e.g. transfer fees, exchange rate fees) or import duties or taxes (e.g. customs duties). Such costs may also be incurred in relation to the transfer of funds if the delivery is not made to a country outside the European Union, but the customer makes the payment from a country outside the European Union.
4.3 The payment option(s) will be communicated to the Customer in the Seller’s online store.
4.4 If prepayment by bank transfer has been agreed, payment shall be due immediately after conclusion of the contract, unless the parties have agreed on a later due date.
4.5 If a payment method offered via the “PayPal” payment service is selected, the payment shall be processed via PayPal, whereby PayPal may also use the services of third party payment service providers for this purpose. If the seller also offers payment methods via PayPal in which he makes advance payment to the customer (e.g. purchase on account or payment by installments), he assigns his payment claim to PayPal or to the payment service provider commissioned by PayPal and specifically named to the customer. Before accepting the seller’s declaration of assignment, PayPal or the payment service provider commissioned by PayPal performs a credit check using the transmitted customer data. The Seller reserves the right to refuse the selected payment method to the Customer in case of a negative verification result. If the selected payment method is approved, the customer shall pay the invoice amount within the agreed payment period or in the agreed payment intervals. In this case, he can only pay to PayPal or the payment service provider commissioned by PayPal with debt-discharging effect. However, the seller remains responsible for general customer inquiries, e.g. regarding the goods, delivery time, shipment, returns, complaints, revocation declarations and deliveries or credit notes, even in the case of assignment of claims.
5) Delivery and shipping 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 Customer, unless otherwise agreed. When processing the transaction, the delivery address specified in the order processing of the seller is decisive.
5.2 If the delivery of the goods fails for reasons for which the Customer is responsible, the Customer shall bear the reasonable costs incurred by the Seller as a result. This shall not apply with regard to the costs for the return shipment if the customer effectively exercises its right of revocation. In the event of an effective exercise of the right of revocation by the customer, the provision made in the seller’s revocation instructions shall apply to the return costs.
5.3 If the Customer is acting as an entrepreneur, the risk of accidental loss and accidental deterioration of the sold goods shall pass to the Customer 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. If the customer is acting as a consumer, the risk of accidental loss and accidental deterioration of the sold goods shall in principle only pass upon handover of the goods to the customer or a person authorized to receive them. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the risk of accidental loss and accidental deterioration of the goods sold shall pass to the customer, even in the case of consumers, 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, if the customer has commissioned the forwarding agent, the carrier or any other person or institution designated to carry out the shipment and the seller has not previously named such person or institution to the customer.
5.4 The Seller reserves the right to withdraw from the contract in case of incorrect or improper self-delivery. This shall only apply in the event that the Seller is not responsible for the non-delivery and the Seller has concluded a specific covering transaction with the supplier with due diligence. Seller shall use all reasonable efforts to procure the goods. In case of non-availability or only partial availability of the goods, the customer will be informed immediately and the consideration will be refunded without delay.
5.5 Self-collection is not possible for logistical reasons.
5.6 Digital Content shall be provided to the Customer as follows:
- per download
- by direct access via the Contractor’s website
6) Granting of rights of use for digital content
6.1 Unless otherwise stated in the DeepL description in the Seller’s online store, the Seller grants the Customer the non-exclusive right, unlimited in time and place, to use the content provided exclusively for private purposes.
6.2 A transfer of the contents to third parties or the creation of copies for third parties outside the scope of these GTC is not permitted, unless the Seller has agreed to a transfer of the contractual license to the third party.
6.3 Insofar as the contract relates to the one-time provision of digital content, the granting of rights shall only become effective once the Customer has paid the remuneration owed in full. The Seller may provisionally permit the use of the contractual content even before this point in time. A transfer of rights does not take place as a result of such provisional permission.
7) Retention of title
If the seller makes advance payment, he retains ownership of the delivered goods until the purchase price owed has been paid in full.
8) Liability for defects (warranty)
8.1 Unless otherwise provided for in the following provisions, the provisions of the statutory liability for defects shall apply. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the following shall apply to contracts for the delivery of goods:
8.2 If the customer acts as an entrepreneur,
- the seller has the choice of the type of subsequent performance;
- the limitation period for defects in new goods is one year from delivery of the goods;
- the rights and claims due to defects are excluded for used goods;
- the limitation period shall not begin again if a replacement delivery is made within the scope of liability for defects.
8.3 The above-mentioned limitations of liability and shortening of time periods shall not apply to
- for claims for damages and reimbursement of expenses of the customer,
- in the event that the seller has fraudulently concealed the defect,
- for goods that have been used for a building in accordance with their customary use and have caused its defectiveness,
- for any existing obligation of the seller to provide updates for digital products, in the case of contracts for the supply of goods with digital elements.
8.4 Furthermore, for entrepreneurs, the statutory limitation periods for any statutory right of recourse shall remain unaffected.
8.5 If the Customer acts as a merchant within the meaning of § 1 of the German Commercial Code (HGB), it shall be subject to the commercial duty to examine the goods and to give notice of defects pursuant to § 377 of the German Commercial Code (HGB). If the customer fails to comply with the notification obligations regulated therein, the goods shall be deemed to have been approved.
8.6 If the Customer is acting as a consumer, he is requested to complain about delivered goods with obvious transport damage to the deliverer and to inform the Seller thereof. If the customer does not comply with this, this shall have no effect on his statutory or contractual claims for defects.
9) Applicable law
9.1 All legal relationships between the parties shall be governed by the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany to the exclusion of the laws on the international sale of movable goods. In the case of consumers, this choice of law shall only apply to the extent that the protection granted is not withdrawn by mandatory provisions of the law of the country in which the consumer has his habitual residence.
9.2 Furthermore, this choice of law with regard to the statutory right of withdrawal shall not apply to consumers who do not belong to a Member State of the European Union at the time of conclusion of the contract and whose sole place of residence and delivery address are outside the European Union at the time of conclusion of the contract.
10) Alternative dispute resolution
10.1 The EU Commission provides a platform for online dispute resolution on the Internet at the following link: https://ec.europa.eu
This platform serves as a contact point for the out-of-court settlement of disputes arising from online purchase or service contracts involving a consumer.
10.2 The Seller is neither obliged nor willing to participate in dispute resolution proceedings before a consumer arbitration board.