General terms and condition of sales

1.General Provisions

The present terms and conditions of sale govern the relationship between SA Les Chocolats de l’Iris, whose head office is at 4, rue du Bassin Collecteur 1130, Brussels, BCE number 0461.740.982, operating under the name of "Pierre Marcolini E-Boutique", hereinafter called "the Vendor", on the one hand, and any person or company placing an order online on the Internet site http://www.marcolini-eboutique.com for himself or on behalf of a third party, for professional or private purposes, hereinafter called "the Customer", on the other hand. Depending on the Customer’s specific position (consumer or otherwise), some clauses in these terms and conditions of sale may not apply.

SA Les Chocolats de l’Iris offers to sell the Customer products online through Pierre Marcolini E-Boutique.

The Customer declares he has the capacity to possess rights and be bound by obligations.

2.Object

The products are described on the site http://www.marcolini-eboutique.com in good faith and as accurately as possible. Customers may obtain extra information on the products presented on the site by sending an email message to customercare@marcolini.be. The presentation of the products is not binding on the Vendor and does not constitute an offer in the legal sense of the term.

The photographs, diagrams, drawings or videos illustrating the products are not contractually binding. Under no circumstances shall the Vendor be held liable for any errors that may occur in them.

3.Ordering

As the products proposed for sale in Pierre Marcolini E-Boutique are foodstuffs, consumers do not have the right to revoke the purchase.

The Customer can find out about the various products that the Vendor offers on its website http://www.marcolini-eboutique.com. The Customer may navigate freely on the pages of the site with no obligation to purchase.

The Customer shall select the products he wants and specify the quantity. The products will then be automatically added to the Customer’s basket.

Before ordering a product displayed on the site, the Customer must open an account by clicking on "Log in" then "Open an account." The Customer must fill out a form to open an account. The Customer must also supply his email address and choose a password which shall remain personal and confidential and will be later be required to identify him on the site. The Customer accepts that entering these two identifiers is deemed to be proof of his identity and his acceptance of these general terms and conditions of sale.

At any time, the Customer may obtain a summary of the products he has selected by clicking on "My basket", then continue his selection of products by clicking on "More purchases", correct any errors in data entry by clicking on "Back" (although no corrections can be made once the Customer has clicked on "Send my order"), finish selecting products and place his order by clicking on "Send my order".

To order the products he has chosen, after clicking on "Send my order," the Customer must identify himself, if he has not already done so; by entering his email and the password chosen in "Open an account."

The Customer can choose the method of payment he wants as set out in Article 6.

By clicking on "Go to payment," the Customer finalises his order. The order is recorded and the sale becomes final. The Customer can no longer correct any data errors made in entering his order.

The confirmation email that the Vendor sends to the Customer concludes the contract and implies the Customer’s unconditional acceptance of these terms and conditions. The details of the order are stated in the confirmation email

  • Summary of the item(s)
  • Total cost of the order
  • Total shipping and processing costs
  • Customer’s name and address
  • Place and date of ordering (for information only)
  • Payment details
  • Contact details for the customer care department of Pierre Marcolini E-Boutique.

The order form shall be recorded on the Vendor’s electronic registers, which are stored on a reliable, durable support and shall be considered to be proof of the contractual relations between the parties. It also provides proof of the availability and price of the items.

Automatic recording systems are deemed to be valid proof of the nature, content and date of the order. The sale shall not be concluded until confirmation of the order has been sent by email to the Customer.

The Vendor shall not be bound by the Customer’s order until he sends written confirmation that he agrees to process the order. The Vendor reserves the right to subject the order to other conditions, to suspend or refuse it, notably if the order proves to be incomplete, if the data supplied are obviously erroneous, if the Customer has failed to pay previous orders, or for any other reason that the Vendor may see fit.

The information given by the Customer when he places an order is binding on him: in the event of an error in the Customer’s name or address, the Vendor shall not be held liable for his inability to deliver the goods.

Orders shall not be final until they have been confirmed by payment of the price by the Customer.

4.Availability

If the product proves to be unavailable, after the order has been validated, the Customer shall be informed by email as soon as possible.

5.Prices

The prices of the various products are given in euros (€) and pounds sterling (£) after tax. The prices are net, before postage. The Vendor reserves the right to change its prices at any time. The products, if available, shall nonetheless be invoiced in euros or pounds sterling at the rates in force when the order was recorded. Placing an order implies accepting the price given for the chosen product.

The total price given in the order confirmation is the final price, including all taxes and costs.

6.Customs Duties

Any order placed on the site and shipped outside Belgium may be subject to taxes and customs duties when it reaches its destination. These taxes and customs duties related to the delivery of an item are the expense and responsibility of the Customer alone. The Vendor is not required to find out about and inform the Customer of any customs duties and taxes which may apply. The Vendor advises the Customer to contact the competent authorities in his country for further information on this matter.

7.Methods of Payment

The Pierre Marcolini E-Boutique website is governed by Belgian law and the items offered for sale on the site are all shipped from Belgium. Invoices are drawn up in euros or pounds sterling, subject to Belgian sales tax of 6%.

The Vendor accepts the following credit cards: VISA and MASTERCARD. The Customer shall receive confirmation by email of the receipt of payment for his order.

Whatever method of payment is used, the order shall not be taken into account until the payment has been validated. As long as the order has not been validated, it shall be recorded but not taken into account. Validation of the order is issued once authorisation to debit the account has been sent by the organisation that verifies and validates payment. The Vendor shall then send a confirmation email and the Customer’s account shall be debited.

The Vendor reserves the right to suspend the processing of an order if payment by bank card is not authorised or payment is not made. If appropriate, the Vendor may consider the sale to be cancelled.

The Vendor guaranties the full confidentiality of the bank information secured by the SSL protocol which automatically checks the Customer’s right to use the bank card and encrypts all transactions to ensure confidentiality.

8.Proof of the Transaction

In general, the parties accept electronic evidence within the framework of their relations (email, back-up, etc).

The parties agree that the data recorded by the Vendor are proof of all the Customer’s transactions on the site. The data recorded by the payment system are proof of financial transactions.

Order forms and invoices are stored on a reliable, durable support and shall be produced as evidence.

9.Processing Orders

Orders are processed from Monday to Friday, except on public holidays. The parcels are dispatched from Belgium, within a period of 1 to 15 working days following the payment of the order unless prevented by an act of God.

The Vendor shall not be held liable for any late or non delivery due to an act of God or an event beyond its control which may make performance of the contract impossible or more costly, in part or in whole, or due to the acts of third parties such as the suppliers to the parties to this agreement, subcontractors, agents and representatives, or if the Customer fails to fulfil his commitments.

Acts of God which release the Vendor from his duty to deliver the goods are war, riot, fire, strikes, accidents and the impossibility of obtaining provisions. The Vendor shall keep the buyer informed in good time of the abovementioned events or incidents.

Timely delivery of products shall only take place if the Customer has fulfilled his obligations to the Vendor. The lead times stated in the order or the summary of the order are given in good faith as an estimate only. The lead times are not in themselves an essential condition of the contract and the Vendor shall not be required to make any compensation whatsoever or to pay interests in the event of late performance of his duties.

The Customer may also change the appointed date, under the conditions set out in the confirmation email, either on the website http://www.marcolini-eboutique.com, or by contacting the customer department by sending a message to customercare@marcolini.be, and paying any costs or modification of expenses related to the change of date.

The Vendor reserves the right to entrust some services to third parties, employees or agents working under its responsibility within the limits provided by the law and regulations on accreditation.

The products bought on the website http://www.marcolini-eboutique.com shall be sent to the shipping address supplied by the Customer. The Vendor shall not be held liable for the consequences of any errors made by the Customer at the time of ordering.

The Vendor shall not be held liable for the non-performance of the contract in the event of acts of God, disturbances, or partial or total strikes in particular of any means of transport or carrier services.

A detailed invoice corresponding to the order, drawn up in the name of the Customer, shall be enclosed with the order.

Return of products shall be accepted only for defects in quality. In that case, customers are requested to send an email message to the customer department at customercare@marcolini.be.

10.Absence of the Right of Retraction

In accordance with article 47 § 4 6° of the law of 6 April 2010 on market practices and consumer protection, the right of retraction does not apply to contracts made through the website http://ww.marcolini-eboutique.com.

11.Availability

Offers of sale are subject to the availability of the products. If a product proves to be unavailable after the order has been validated, the Vendor undertakes to inform the Customer as soon as possible by electronic mail or telephone. The Customer may then request the cancellation of the order. When reimbursement is in order, the amount shall be credited to the Customer’s credit card account within thirty days of cancellation.

12.Intellectual Property

All texts, comments, illustrations and images reproduced on our website are copyright. All rights are reserved. Any reproduction in part or in full without the Vendor’s consent is prohibited. Ordering does not entail the transfer or granting of intellectual property rights unless expressly stated.

13.Liability

The products proposed comply with the Belgian and European laws in force. The Vendor cannot be held liable if he has performed his services in accordance with these regulations.

The Vendor cannot be held liable for anything but fraud or gross negligence towards the Customer committed by the Vendor or his employees or agents.

The Vendor shall not be liable for any indirect loss due to this contract, loss of business, loss of profit, loss of opportunity, loss of production, loss of activities, loss of clientele, damage to reputation, damages or costs, and this list is not exhaustive.

Any complaints must be sent without delay by email addressed to customercare@marcolini.be or by post addressed to the Vendor, whose address is given in Article 1 of these general terms and conditions. If it transpires within thirty days following the receipt of the complaint that the Vendor has failed in the performance of his obligations, he shall then make a new delivery of the products concerned by the complaint, at his own expense.

14.Transfer of Ownership

Pierre Marcolini E-Boutique keeps full ownership of the products sold until the total amount due by the Customer that order has been received. The transfer of ownership of goods bought from Pierre Marcolini E-Boutique by the Customer to a third party falls outside the scope of this contract. Only the Customer who originally bought those goods may claim to accede to the clauses of the present terms and conditions of sale.

15.Protection of Privacy

The supply of personal information for on-line sales is compulsory because it is needed for order processing and shipping and for invoicing. This information is strictly confidential. Failure to supply information entails the automatic rejection of the order;

The Vendor undertakes not to divulge the information supplied by its Customers to any third parties. It shall be used solely for the purposes of internal management, that is, to manage orders, invoicing, service, solvency, marketing or personalised advertising without the list being exhaustive.

It may however be given to organisations under contract to the Vendor, for their own commercial prospecting.

Visitors who wish to do so are entitled to oppose the use of their data for personalised marketing, by simple request and free of charge.

The Vendor undertakes to respect the principles of the Belgian law of 8 December 1992 on the protection of privacy with respect to the processing of personal data. A Customer who has placed an order on the Vendor’s site may at any time consult, correct or delete the personal data that the Vendor has recorded about him by sending an email to customercare@marcolini.be or a letter to the address given in Article 1 of the present terms and conditions.

16.Enforceability of the General Terms and Conditons

Any order made by the Customer and all deliveries made by the Vendor imply full and unconditional acceptance by the Customer of the present terms and conditions of sale to the exclusion of any other documents such as the Customer’s own general terms and conditions, or any brochure, catalogue, etc, which are supplied for information only.

The parties expressly agree that the present general terms and conditions apply to their commercial relations, unless otherwise provided in writing. The express waiver of one of the general or particular terms or conditions does not affect the application of the other general or particular clauses.

The cancellation or inapplicability of one of the clauses of the general or particular terms and conditions has no effect on the whole of the other provisions in the general and particular terms and conditions, which remain valid and applicable.

The fact that the Customer has not received the present general terms and conditions in his native language does not exempt him from applying them.

The ordering of any product proposed on the site supposes the reading and express acceptance of the present general terms and conditions, and this acceptance does not require the Customer’s handwritten signature.

The validation of the order form by the Vendor constitutes an electronic signature, equivalent to a handwritten signature, confirming that the order is complete and that the sums due for filling that order are payable.

The Vendor reserves the right to change his general terms and conditions without personally informing the Customer and without the Customer being entitled to claim to any compensation whatsoever. It is incumbent on the Customer to check periodically whether or not changes have been made. The Customer may copy or print the present general terms and conditions of sale as long as he does not alter them.

17.Applicable Law and Disputes

This contract is governed by Belgian law.

Any complaints must first be recorded by our customer department at customercare@marcolini.be. The Customer shall first address complaints to the Vendor with a view to obtaining a friendly settlement.

Any disputes shall be settled under Belgian law by the Brussels courts, which have sole jurisdiction unless there is a mandatory statutory provision to the contrary.

General terms and conditions drawn up on 5 October 2011