Participation Agreement

 

Participation Agreement

Marketplace

Welcome to Products Categories Services  ("ProductsCategories", "its", "we", "us", "our") online Marketplace on Products-Categories.co.uk (the "Site"). Any person who wants to access the Site to buy or sell goods or services ("items") or to use the other features provided (collectively, the "Service") must accept the terms and conditions of this Participation Agreement without change. BY PRESSING THE "ACCEPT" BUTTON DURING REGISTRATION, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT. In particular, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the clauses in this Participation Agreement relating to: Products Categories disclaimer of warranties; limitation of liability; protection and use of your personal data; your consent to the publication of feedback and ratings about your performance on the Site; and the manner in which Products Categories may make changes to this Participation Agreement. 

 

A. General Conditions

1. Eligibility and Registration Requirements

1.1 Use of the Service is limited to parties that can lawfully enter into and form contracts under the laws of England and Wales (for example, minors are not permitted to use the Service).

1.2 Only visitors to the Site who register and enter into this Participation Agreement ("participants", "buyer", "seller", "you", "your" as the context requires) may participate in buying or selling on the Site using the Service.

1.3 If you are selling items as a trader in the course of your business, you are required by law to make that fact clear to potential buyers in your listing. You must provide us true and accurate information when registering and must maintain and update that information as applicable. You must not impersonate any person or use a name you are not legally authorised to use. You authorise us to use any information provided to us in registering to verify your information (including any updated information), to obtain credit reports about you from time to time while you are registered (including credit reports about your spouse), and to obtain an initial credit authorisation from your credit card issuer at time of registration. You must be issued with a major credit/debit card that is accepted on the Site and your application for registration must otherwise be acceptable to Products Categories in its own absolute discretion.

1.4 To register you must provide your real name, address, phone number, e-mail address and a valid credit or debit card acceptable. You warrant to Products Categories that the information you provide during the registration process (and any notification of change of such information) is true and correct.

1.5 You are obliged to notify Products Categories of any changes to your registration information immediately.

1.6 Products Categories reserves the right to reject any registration and to refuse service to anyone for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion.

1.7 If you provide false or incorrect registration information or do not notify Products Categories of changes to your registration information immediately, Products Categories reserves the right to terminate your account immediately and without notice to you.

1.8 You are solely responsible for maintaining the security of your password. You may not disclose your password to any third party (other than third parties authorised by you to use your account) and you are solely responsible for any use of or action taken under your password on this Site. If your password is compromised you must change your password.

1.9 Unless otherwise indicated, Products Categories itself and its affiliates may participate in Fixed Price Sales (as that term is defined in clause A.2.1). When Products Categories or its affiliates offer items for Fixed Price Sale, it is no different to any other seller engaged in a transaction and they will abide by the same obligations imposed under this Agreement as any other seller on this Site. In addition, employees of Products Categories are permitted to participate in their personal capacity (i.e., not as Products Categories employees, representatives or agents) in the transactions conducted through this Site subject to Products Categories internal employee policy. Products Categories employees, representatives or agents, when participating in any transaction using the Service in their personal capacity, are subject to this Participation Agreement.

2. Fixed Price Sales

2.1 Under the Service, items are offered by sellers for sale at a fixed price ("Fixed Price Sales"). Unless otherwise agreed by us with the seller in advance in writing, the price of any items sold using the Service (including the applicable delivery charge) are displayed inclusive of any customs, import, export, and excise duty, VAT and other taxes which may be applicable and sellers may not charge or seek to charge the buyer, or allow the buyer to be charged, for any customs, import, export, and excise duty, VAT or other taxes which are additional to the price displayed for the item on the Site.

2.2 For items listed for sale using the Service, sellers may only charge buyers a fixed delivery charge and such a charge will be priced in accordance with the Marketplace delivery charge schedule in effect from time to time. Delivery charges will be displayed on the check-out page.

3. International sales (n/a)

In listing an item for sale internationally, the seller may also have to comply with laws of the country in which the buyer resides dealing with, among other things, prohibitions on the sale, distribution or offering for sale of specific items.

For each item you list on the Site, you will provide to us the state or country from which the item ships.

4. Prohibited Items

Any participant may list an item for Fixed Price Sale on the Site subject to this agreement and our policies.

The following items must not be listed on the Site by sellers or purchased by buyers (irrespective of whether the item is listed on any of the other participating Products Categories site):

4.1 Offensive material, including material that incites racial hatred or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, national origin, physical ability, sexual orientation or age;

4.2 Obscene material including pornographic material (e.g.: material rated R +18, home porn and hardcore material);

4.3 Living animals;

4.4 Intoxicating liquor and tobacco (except where the seller is properly licensed under applicable law) and home-made alcoholic beverages;

4.5 Firearms and ammunition;

4.6 Stolen goods;

4.7 Advertisements;

4.8 Items that infringe another party's copyright, patent, trademark, design right, database right, or other intellectual property or other proprietary right (e.g.: pirated software, CDs, videos and DVDs, OEM software and so on). New Region-1 DVDs may be listed by sellers resident within the Uk only, who must comply with the specific Region 1 DVD rules.

 

4.9 Illegal or prescription drugs;

4.10 Items whose sale, distribution or offering for sale is prohibited by any applicable law;

4.11 Items whose sale is subject to export restrictions (e.g.: Cuban cigars, certain encryption software and so on);

4.12 Offensive weapons, poisons and dangerous substances (as defined by the applicable law or laws);

4.13 any other types of products that in our discretion are to be excluded from listing and/or sale using the Service.

5. Contract fulfilment

5.1 Products Categories will confirm each order to the seller and the buyer. Sellers must dispatch items sold within two Business Days once the order confirmation is made available to them. If and when Products Categories makes functionality available to the seller which allows seller to display a product availability message on the Site the seller must dispatch items sold in accordance with the product's availability stated on the Site at the time of the order. Sellers must provide a full refund to any buyer who remits payment, if the item cannot be shipped in accordance with this clause A.5.1. Sellers must provide the refund promptly via their Products Categories Seller Account in accordance with clause B.6.1, but in no case later than thirty (30) days following the date the order was confirmed or 3 calendar days after the maximum estimated delivery date stated on the Site at the time of the order (as the case may be).

5.2 If, by law, an agreement for the transfer of any property must be evidenced in writing or in some specific form, then the buyer and seller agree, on the completion of a Fixed Price Sale to complete the transaction in writing and/or in the relevant form (as the case may be).

5.3 Unless the buyer and seller expressly agree otherwise, the following terms and conditions will apply to the contract between the buyer and seller for the sale of the relevant item:

(a) All postage, customs, import, export and excise duty, VAT and any other taxes associated with the Fixed Price sale (if applicable) will be paid by the buyer and it is the seller's responsibility to determine, collect and remit the applicable VAT, customs, import, export and excise duties and any other taxes associated with the Fixed Price Sale. Unless otherwise agreed by us in advance in writing, the price of any items sold using the Service must be displayed inclusive of any customs, import, export and excise duty, VAT and any other taxes associated with the Fixed Price Sale, which may be applicable and sellers will not charge or seek to charge the buyer, or allow the buyer to be charged, for any customs, import, export and excise duty, VAT or other taxes which are additional to the price displayed for the item on the Site;

(b) Buyers are required to pay sellers in the currency in which the Fixed Price Sale is listed;

(c) The sale will be subject to any warranties implied under applicable law; and

(d) The contract between the buyer and seller will be governed by the laws of England (and expressly excluding the United Nations Convention on the Sale of Goods) and the parties irrevocably submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

7. Termination

Products Categories may, in its sole and absolute discretion, terminate this Participation Agreement, access to the Site or the Service, or any current Fixed Price Sales immediately without notice if your participation agreement with any of the other Products Categories sites is terminated or for any breach of any of the terms of this Participation Agreement. Seller may terminate its participation in the Service at any time by giving notice to Products Categories. Products Categories may terminate the seller's participation in the Service at any at any time by giving notice to the seller. Upon termination, all rights and obligations of the parties under this Participation Agreement will be extinguished, except that such rights and obligations will remain in effect after such termination to the extent necessary to process any orders placed prior to such termination for items listed by seller using the Service (including, without limitation, any fees incurred under clause B.2 (and any other liabilities incurred under clause B.6).

8. Products Categories Reservation of Rights

8.1 Products Categories retains the right to, if it considers it appropriate: immediately halt any Fixed Price Sale; prevent or restrict access to the Site or the Service; or take any other action to restrict access to or availability of or remove any objectionable material, feedback, ratings, inaccurate listings, inappropriately categorised items, unlawful items or items prohibited for listing on the Site under this Participation Agreement. Products Categories reserves the right and has absolute discretion but not an obligation, to remove, screen or edit any content that breaches these provisions or is otherwise objectionable. Without prejudice to generality of the rights in this clause A.8, and to any other rights that Products Categories may have in this Participation Agreement, Products Categories reserves the right to refuse listings or to immediately remove any listings where Products Categories objects to how you identify yourself on the Site (including, but not by way of limitation, your name, branding or marks) and/or if you are otherwise making inappropriate use of your domain name contrary to the requirements set out in clause A.10.4, and/or if you are otherwise in contravention of the requirements set out in clause A.10.4.

8.2 Each participant, whether or not he or she is currently a buyer or seller, agrees that Products Categories shall be entitled to retain for itself the interest, if any, paid on balances in all its bank accounts, notwithstanding that some of that interest may be attributable to the time taken for the exercise of the rights, and the performance of the obligations, under this Participation Agreement.

9. Ratings and Feedback

9.1 Participants may leave feedback ("Feedback") on other participants relating to the other participants' performance in buying or selling items on the Site and using the Service. Further, buyers and sellers only may rate each other's performance in relation to a Fixed Price Sale using a 1-5 star rating system ("Rating"). You acknowledge and accept that your Feedback and Rating will be publicly available for viewing on the Site. Products Categories is not responsible for checking or editing the Feedback or Ratings on the Site. YOU CONSENT TO THE PUBLICATION OF, AND AUTHORISE PRODUCTS CATEGORIES TO PUBLISH, FEEDBACK AND RATINGS EVEN THOUGH SUCH FEEDBACK OR RATINGS MAY BE CRITICAL OR DEFAMATORY OF YOU AND EVEN THOUGH PRODUCTS CATEGORIES MAY BE AWARE OR OUGHT REASONABLY BE AWARE THAT SUCH FEEDBACK OR RATINGS CAUSED OR CONTRIBUTED TO THE PUBLICATION OF A STATEMENT THAT IS DEFAMATORY OF YOU. YOU RELEASE PRODUCTS CATEGORIES FROM AND WAIVE ALL RIGHTS AGAINST PRODUCTS CATEGORIES IN RESPECT OF ANY LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE PUBLICATION OF ANY DEFAMATORY COMMENTS ABOUT YOU IN SUCH FEEDBACK AND RATINGS.

9.2 When submitting Feedback and Ratings, you must comply with the Feedback Guidelines. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Products Categories and its affiliates (and their respective employees, directors and representatives) against any claim or action brought by a third party, arising out of or in connection with any Feedback or Ratings left by you on the Site.

10 Grants of Licence, Intellectual Property and Linking and Framing

10.1 Licenses (a) Your Grant. By entering into this Participation Agreement and listing an item, you grant Products Categoriesand its affiliates a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, right to exercise all copyright, database rights and rights of publicity over the material displayed in your listings or in any other catalogue or product information that you provide to us (excluding any of your logos, trademarks or other similar branding), in any existing or future media, known or unknown, now or at any later date. (b) Products Categories Grant. Products Categories grants you limited non-transferrable license to each participant to make personal use only of the Site and the Service in accordance with this Participation Agreement. This license expressly excludes, without limitation: any resale or commercial use of the Site and the Service; modifying, distributing, copying, republishing or making any derivative of the Site or the Service; the collection and use of participant e-mail addresses or other participant information, Ratings, Feedback or listings, or any data extraction or data mining whatsoever.

10.2 Intellectual Property Rights

Subject to the licence granted to you under Clause 10.1(b), Products Categories reserves all right, title and interest in its and its affiliates' intellectual property rights (including, without limitation, any patents, trademarks, service marks, registered designs, applications for any of the foregoing, copyright, database rights, design rights, know-how, confidential information, trade and business names and any other similar protected rights in any country) in the Site and the Service. Any goodwill accruing out of the use of Products Categories and its affiliates' trade marks, trade and business names and service marks under this Participation Agreement will vest in Products Categories and its affiliates, as the case may be.

10.3 Linking to the Site and prohibition on Framing

Despite anything else contained in this Agreement, you must ensure that each link (graphical, text or otherwise) to the Site posted or maintained on any location by you or on your behalf, conveys users directly to the Site, without displaying or performing any other advertisement, promotion or content (whether audio, visual, audio-visual or otherwise). In addition, you must not take any action, or assist, authorise or encourage any third party to take any action, that would cause the appearance or presentation of the Site as seen by users linking to the Site to be different from that seen by users who access the Site by hand-entering the applicable URL into a generally commercially available browser which has not been customised for a particular person or entity. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you must not, at any time, make use of any framing techniques or technologies, interstitial advertisements, pop-up windows or consoles or other similar items or techniques in connection with any link to or on the Site.

10.4 Linking off the Site

Sellers must not include any links (graphical, text or otherwise) in any Fixed Price Sale listing on the Site, save where such links convey users directly to another location on the Site, without displaying or performing any other advertisements, promotions or content (whether audio, visual, audio-visual or otherwise). Except as approved in advance in writing by Products Categories, you will not, and you will cause your affiliates not to, directly or indirectly (e.g.: through a Third Party (as defined below)):

(a) sell, barter, disclose or transfer to any Third Party (which in this clause 10.4 shall mean any party other than you or your affiliates ("Third Party")), any data acquired by you as a result of any transaction using the Service (whether this is information that pertains to the identity of a user and/or buyer, the order or referral information (here meaning any information disclosing that a buyer purchased a product through the Site, and/or any other personally identifiable information regarding any user and/or buyer), or permit any Third Party to have access to the same;

(b) send to any user or buyer of the Service any non-electronic direct-mail marketing that promotes or advertises anyone (including you and your affiliates);

(c) send to any user or buyer of the Service any electronic communication except as necessary to complete any buyer's transaction or to respond to a customer service enquiry made by such buyer concerning such transaction;

(d) use any domain name (or any part of it) on the Site and/or otherwise in any communications that you have with any user of the Service and/or any buyer (by way of example but not limitation, you should not use "www" ".com", ".co.uk" or similar domain name identifiers);

(e) include in any communication made or authorised by you with any user of the Service and/or any buyer including, without limitation, in any order (including the packaging of the order and any promotional pieces, invoices and alike sent with it), order confirmation and/or other communication made in connection with the fulfilment of a transaction:

(i) any offer from or reference to any Third Party and/or 
(ii) any link or reference to any website other than the Site (or otherwise seek to direct any person to any website other than the Site), except that you may include in any communication to a buyer links or references (or otherwise direct such buyer to your website solely in connection with your fulfilment of, or as necessary to provide customer service with respect to such applicable purchase); 
(iii) any reference to domain names;

(f) target (on any basis via any means) unsolicited communications of any kind to any user of the Service and/or any buyer. You will comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, including, but not limited to, the Seventh Principle.

11 Data Protection and Privacy

11.1 Products Categories uses your personal data in the manner set out in the Privacy Notice and as further described in this Participation Agreement (e.g.: in clauses 5 and 9.1), which is incorporated into this Participation Agreement by reference, in so far as it is applicable to personal data collected or used in connection with the Site and the Service. By using the Service and the Site, you consent to the collection and use of your personal data by Products Categories in the manner set out in the Privacy Notice. If we decide to change our Privacy Notice, we will post those changes on the Privacy Notice page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances we disclose it. You should check the Privacy Notice frequently for changes.

11.2 Unless otherwise authorised or consented, you agree not to use any information regarding other participants that is accessible from the Site, except to enter into and complete transactions conducted via the Site. You agree not to use any such information for purposes of solicitation, advertising, unsolicited e-mail or spamming, harassment, invasion of privacy or otherwise objectionable conduct.

12 No Warranties

12.1 Disclaimer of Warranties. THE SITE AND THE SERVICE ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS. PRODUCTS CATEGORIES MAKES NO OTHER REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION: (a) THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT; (b) THAT THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, WILL ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE, ACCESSIBLE, UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE OR OPERATE WITHOUT ERROR; (c) THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS OR PRODUCTS INCLUDED ON THE SITE WILL BE AS REPRESENTED BY SELLERS, AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE TIME OF LISTING, LAWFUL TO SELL, OR THAT SELLERS OR BUYERS WILL PERFORM AS PROMISED. (d) ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY ARISING FROM COURSE OF DEALING OR USAGE OF TRADE; AND (e) ANY OBLIGATION, LIABILITY, RIGHT, CLAIM OR REMEDY IN TORT, WHETHER OR NOT ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF PRODUCTS CATEGORIES. TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMISSIBLE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW, PRODUCTS CATEGORIES DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL SUCH WARRANTIES.

12.2 General Release. BECAUSE PRODUCTS CATEGORIES IS NEITHER THE BUYER NOR THE SELLER OF THE SELLER'S ITEMS, IF A DISPUTE ARISES BETWEEN ONE OR MORE PARTICIPANTS, EACH OF YOU RELEASE PRODUCTS CATEGORIES (AND ITS EMPLOYEES, REPRESENTATIVES AND AGENTS) FROM CLAIMS, DEMANDS AND DAMAGES (ACTUAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL) OF EVERY KIND AND NATURE, KNOWN AND UNKNOWN, SUSPECTED AND UNSUSPECTED, DISCLOSED AND UNDISCLOSED, ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH SUCH DISPUTES.

13 Limitation of Liability

13.1 TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED AT LAW, PRODUCTS CATEGORIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE (WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT--INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, OR UNDER ANY STATUTORY IMPLIED TERM) FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF PROFITS, LOSS OF REVENUE OR LOSS OF DATA) ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT, THE SITE, THE SERVICE, THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE OR THOSE RESULTING FROM ANY GOODS OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED OR FEEDBACK OR RATINGS POSTED TO THE SITE OR TRANSACTIONS ENTERED INTO THROUGH THE SERVICE, WHETHER OR NOT PRODUCTS CATEGORIES HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.

13.2 Despite anything else contained in this Agreement, neither party excludes any liability for death or personal injury to the extent only that it arises as a result of the negligence of that party, its employees, agents or authorised representatives.

14 VAT and other taxes on the sale of goods and/or services by Sellers.

 

You agree that it is the seller's responsibility to determine whether VAT, customs, import or export duties, excise taxes or other taxes apply to the sale of goods and services to the buyer and to collect, report and remit the correct tax, as applicable, to the appropriate tax authority. You agree that, unless otherwise agreed by us with a seller in advance in writing, the price stated by any seller for any goods or services offered on the Site is inclusive of any VAT, customs, import or export duty, excise tax or other tax that the seller may be required to remit in connection with such sale. You also agree that Products Categories is not obliged to determine whether VAT or other taxes apply to any sale of any goods or services by a seller to a buyer on the Site and is not responsible for collecting, remitting or reporting any VAT or other taxes arising from such sale.

15 General Provisions

15.1 Entire Agreement

This Agreement incorporates by this reference all terms, conditions, policies, guidelines and other information on the Site concerning the Site or the Service, including but not limited to the Privacy Notice and Conditions of Use & Sale and constitutes the entire agreement of the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof and supersedes and cancels all prior and contemporaneous agreements, claims, representations and understandings of the parties in connection with the subject matter hereof.

15.2 Third-Party Beneficiary

Products Categories is not your fiduciary or trustee. Nothing expressed or mentioned in or implied from this Agreement is intended or shall be construed to give to any person other than the parties hereto any legal or equitable right, remedy or claim under or in respect to this Agreement. This Agreement and all of the representations, warranties, covenants, conditions and provisions hereof are intended to be and are for the sole and exclusive benefit of Products Categories and its affiliates, you, and relying buyers or sellers.

15.3 Severability

If any provision of this Agreement shall be deemed unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these terms and conditions and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

15.4 No Waiver

Products Categories failure to enforce the strict performance of any provision of this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of Products Categories right to subsequently enforce such provision or any other provisions of this Agreement.

15.5 Variations

This Participation Agreement may only be amended or modified in writing (which may be represented electronically) and only in the manner set out in the remainder of this clause. Products Categories reserves the right to change any of the terms and conditions contained in this Agreement or any policies or guidelines governing the Site or Service, at any time and in its sole and absolute discretion. Any changes will be effective upon posting of the revisions on the Site. All notice of changes to this Agreement will be posted on the Site for thirty (30) days. You are responsible for reviewing the notice and any applicable changes. Changes to referenced policies and guidelines may be posted without notice to you. YOUR CONTINUED USE OF THIS SITE AND THE SERVICE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS CATEGORIES POSTING OF ANY CHANGES WILL CONSTITUTE YOUR ACCEPTANCE OF SUCH CHANGES OR MODIFICATIONS. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ANY CHANGES TO THIS AGREEMENT, THEN YOUR ONLY REMEDY IS TO CEASE USE OF THE SERVICE OR THIS SITE.

15.6 Notices

Notices can be sent to you at the e-mail address you provided to Products Categories or posted on the Site. 

15.7 Governing Law

This Participation Agreement will be interpreted, construed and enforced in all respects in accordance with the law.

B. Conditions relating specifically to Sellers

1. Seller's Obligations with respect to Listing Items

1.1 Sellers Warranties. By listing an item in a Fixed Price Sale:

1.1.1 you represent a warrant to prospective buyers that: (a) you are the true owner of the item or are properly authorised to sell the item by the true owner and are able to transfer good title to the item free from any third party claims, liens or encumbrances; and (b) the listing is accurate, current and complete and is not misleading or otherwise deceptive;

1.1.2 Unless we have agreed with you in advance and in writing to the contrary, you represent and warrant to Products Categories that: if you are a business, you are duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the state or country in which your business is registered. In any event, you represent and warrant to Products Categories that: (a) the item is not one that would fall within any of the prohibited items described in clause A.4. and (b) the item is safe and bears any marking and labeling required under applicable law e.g. a "CE" mark.

1.1.3 You are free to determine the prices at which you sell items on various sales channels. However, we are asking sellers who choose to sell their products on the Site not to charge customers higher prices on the Site than they charge customers elsewhere. Accordingly, you must maintain parity between the terms on which you offer or sell each item on or through the Site and the terms on which you or your affiliates offer or sell that item on or through any Non-Physical Sales Channel (as defined in section 1.1.3.4.), as follows:

1.1.3.1 Price Terms. You will ensure that: (a) the Total Price (as defined in section 1.1.3.4) of each item you offer or sell on or through the Site does not exceed the lowest Total Price for that item offered or sold by you or your affiliates on or through any Non-Physical Sales Channel; and (b) for items not fulfilled by us, the Item Price component of the Total Price on the Site does not exceed the Item Price component of the lowest Total Price for that item offered or sold by you or your affiliates on or through any Non-Physical Sales Channel.

1.1.3.2 Customer Service and Other Non-Price Terms. You will ensure that the customer service you provide and each other non-price term on which you offer or sell an item on or through the Site are at least as favourable to customers as the most favourable customer service and other corresponding terms offered by you or your affiliates for that item on or through any Non-Physical Sales Channel.

1.1.3.3 Returns and Refunds. For all of your products that are not fulfilled using the Fulfillment by Products Categories service, you will accept and process returns, refunds and adjustments in accordance with this Participation Agreement and the Products Categories return policies published on the Site at the time of the applicable order, and we may inform customers that these policies apply to your products.  You will determine and calculate the amount of all refunds and adjustments (including any taxes, shipping and handling or other charges) or other amounts to be paid by you to Buyers in connection with Marketplace purchases, using functionality we enable for your account, and will route all such payments through Products Categories. We will provide any such payments to the Buyers (which may be in the same payment form originally used to purchase your product), and you will reimburse us for all amounts so paid. We may offset such payments against any amounts to be remitted or paid by Products Categories to Seller under this Agreement or seek reimbursement from you via any of the means authorized in this Participation Agreement . For all of your products that are fulfilled using the Fulfillment by Products Categories service, the Products Categories return policies published on the Site at the time of the applicable order will apply and you will comply with them. You will promptly provide refunds and adjustments that you are obligated to provide under the applicable Products Categories return policies and as required by law, and in no case later than thirty (30) days after the obligation arises.

1.1.3.4 Content and Other Information. You will ensure that all content and other information you provide to us regarding each item you offer or sell on or through the Site are of at least the same quality, completeness, and accuracy as the highest quality and most complete and accurate content and other information displayed or used by you or your affiliates for that item on any Non-Physical Sales Channel.

1.1.3.5 Assumptions and Definitions.

  • For purposes of evaluating the total price of any item fulfilled by us, it will be assumed that no shipping charge applies. For purposes of evaluating the total price of any other item for which we set the shipping charge, it will be assumed that the standard domestic shipping charge for a single item applies. In addition, evaluation of all parity obligations will exclude consideration of any discount, rebate, promotional offer, or other term that you have attempted to make available through the Site but that we do not honor or support (but only until such time as we honor or support the same) or that you make available solely to wholesale purchasers. Finally, you will not be required to price items at less than £0.01 or lower than permitted by applicable law.
  • "Total Price" means the total amount payable by the customer for the item, including without limitation any shipping and handling charges, any "low price" guarantee, rebate, discount, or other promotion, and any free or discounted products or other benefit available as a result of purchasing the item, but excluding taxes.
  • "Item Price" means the price of a product itself, excluding taxes.
  • "Non-Physical Sales Channels" means all sales channels and other means (other than physical stores) through which you or your affiliates offer or sell products, including without limitation online channels, mobile device applications, catalogues, third party platforms or marketplaces, and other electronically-enabled channels.

1.1.3.6 Non-Compliance with Parity Obligations. If you become aware of any non-compliance with any of the requirements in this Section 1.1.3, you will promptly compensate adversely affected customers by making appropriate refunds to them.

1.2 Compliance with Applicable Law

You further warrant that the sale or distribution of the item is not in breach of applicable law (including, where items are sold internationally, the law of the destination country). This responsibility includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that (a) any items sold are safe, (b) any items sold bear a "CE" or any other mark where required by applicable law, (c) any items sold are appropriately packaged and labelled as required by applicable law, (d) any items sold otherwise comply with all applicable law regarding their sale. You will audit the products that you sell on a regular basis (at least monthly) to ensure ongoing compliance with this obligation. You will also advise the buyer of any age or other restrictions that apply to the sale of any products that you sell. Products Categories makes no representations that items not appearing on the prohibited items list in clause A.4. or in applicable guidelines contained in the Help Section may be sold or distributed or offered for sale under applicable law.

2. Seller's Fees

2.1 By listing an item on the Site for Fixed Price Sale, you agree to pay the fees set out  for Marketplace, which is incorporated into this Agreement by reference. We may, in our sole and absolute discretion, waive, reduce, or reverse charges or fees for a specific transaction.

2.2 All fees listed  are in Great Britain Pounds Sterling, and are exclusive of VAT, unless stated otherwise. The Fee Schedule in effect at the time of the order processing regarding the relevant item will govern the transaction. You should check the fees and terms each time you participate in a Fixed Price Sale. All fees are payable upon demand (except for subscription fees which are due periodically without demand as set out. By listing an item for Fixed Price Sale on the Site, you authorise Products Categories to charge your credit /debit card or, where applicable, to debit your Products Categories Seller Account, for all and any amounts due in the manner and at the times set out in the Fee Schedule.

2.3 VAT on seller fees. The seller fees are subject to VAT where applicable and will be paid by the seller at the time of payment of the corresponding fees.

If you are in business and established in a European Union country, but you do not have a VAT registration number issued by one of the European Union countries, then you will be able to provide Products Categories with other evidence that you are in business. Acceptable evidence is a copy of a recent corporate tax return or an official document issued by a government agency proving that you are in business. Once your evidence is reviewed and accepted by Products Categories, VAT will not be charged by Products Categories on the fees hereunder.

2.4.1 You warrant and represent that the VAT registration number you submit to Products Categories belongs to the business you operate, and that business is established in one of the European Union countries;

2.4.2 You warrant and represent that all transactions on your Products Categories Seller Account will be business-related transactions made by the business associated with the VAT registration number, or the evidence of being in business, you submit to Products Categories;

2.4.3 You warrant and represent that the VAT registration number, or the evidence of being in business, and all other information provided by you is true, accurate and current and you will immediately update any such information held by Products Categories in case of any changes;

2.4.4 Products Categories reserves the right to request additional information and to confirm the validity of your Products Categories Seller Account information (including your VAT registration number) from you or government authorities and agencies as permitted by law and you irrevocably authorise Products Categories to request and obtain such information from such government authorities and agencies. Further, you agree to provide any such information to Products Categories upon request.

2.4.5 Products Categories reserves the right to charge you any applicable unbilled VAT if you provide a VAT registration number, or evidence of being in business, that is determined to be invalid. You irrevocably authorise Products Categories to debit your credit card for any such unbilled VAT.

2.5 If you are a business that is established in a European Union country and you provide Products Categories with your valid VAT registration number that was issued to you by a European Union country, you agree to accept electronic VAT invoices in a format and method of delivery as determined by Products Categories.

3. Prohibited Acts, Security Measures.

3.1 Sellers must:

(a) sell all items on his or her own account and must not represent that he or she is selling on behalf of any third party; and

(b) not use the Service or the Site in the contravention of any applicable law nor permit or assist others to do so.

3.2 As a security measure, we may, but are not required to, impose transaction limits on some or all buyers and sellers relating to the value of any transaction, disbursement or adjustment, the cumulative value of all transactions, disbursement or adjustment, during a period of time, or the number of transactions per day or other period of time.

4. Order information.

Each sale of an item agreed via the Site is recorded in the relevant seller's Products Categories Seller Account using our standard procedures. The seller may access the Seller's Transactions feature in the Products Categories Seller Account only with a browser that is compatible with the Service, including any security features that are a part of the Service. Seller waives any right it may have to assert a claim against Products Categories with respect to the Site and the Service (including, without limitation, to protection under the Products Categories service) when dispatching an item to an address other than the address provided in respect of that item in the Products Categories Seller Account.

5. Procedures and Guidelines

You agree to abide by the procedures and guidelines, contained in each section, for conducting Fixed Price Sales, which are incorporated by reference into, and made part of, this Participation Agreement. The procedures and guidelines contained in the Help section explain the processes and set out acceptable conduct and prohibited practices. We may change these procedures and guidelines in the future in accordance with clause 5.1. You should refer regularly to the Help section to understand the current procedures and guidelines for participating and to be sure that the items you offer for sale can be sold on the Site. For each item you list on the Site, you will provide to us the state or country from which the item ships. You will provide to us (using the processes and timing that we designate) any requested information regarding shipment, tracking (to the extent available) and order status, and we may make any of this information publicly available. You will not send customers emails concerning shipping confirmation of products you sell (except that to the extent we have not yet enabled functionality for your account that allows payment to be processed on the basis of when shipment occurs, then you will send customers emails confirming shipment of products you sell in a format and manner reasonably acceptable to us). Promptly after shipment of a customer's order (or any portion of the customer's order), you will accurately inform us that the order has been shipped (and, in the case of a customer order that is shipped in more than one shipment, accurately inform us which portion of the order has been shipped), using our standard functionality for communicating such information when we make that functionality available to you ("Confirmation of Shipment"). If you fail to provide Confirmation of Shipment within the time frame specified by us (e.g., 30 days after the date an order was placed), we may in our sole discretion cancel (and/or direct you to stop and/or cancel) any such transaction, and you will stop and/or cancel any such transaction upon such request by us. You will comply with any instructions from the manufacturer, distributor and/or licensor of a product regarding street date for delivery (which means the date, if any, specified by the manufacturer, distributor and/or licensor of a product as the date before which such product should not be delivered or otherwise made available to customers) or the street date for disclosure (which means the date, if any, specified by the manufacturer, distributor and/or licensor of a product as the date before which specified information regarding such product (e.g., title of a book) should not be disclosed publicly).

6. Payment, refunds, adjustments and seller's reserve.

6.1 A buyer must pay via the Service for an item purchased via the Site with any major credit or debit card accepted on the Site. Sellers shall not invoice buyers off the Site, and all seller-initiated refunds or adjustments for purchases made via the Site must be initiated by the Sellers via their Products Categories Seller Account, using functionality we enable for your Seller Account. This functionality may be modified or discontinued by us at any time without notice and is subject to the limitations in  the terms of this Participation Agreement.

We will provide such refunds or adjustments to the buyer (which may be in the same payment form originally used to purchase your product via the Site) and you will reimburse us for all amounts so paid.

6.2 The amount due and payable to each seller under this Participation Agreement at any time shall be the total amount paid by buyers for the seller's items since the seller last received payment via the Service for the seller's items ordered on the Site, less (i) any fees due to Products Categories under clause B.2, (ii) any refunds, adjustments, or other amounts paid to buyers under clause B.6.1, (iii) any refunds due to buyers under clause B.6.3, (iv) any other amounts owed by Seller to Products Categories, and (v) any further amount maintained by the seller as a Reserve under clause B.6.4. The amount due shall be paid in accordance with clause B.6.4 to the seller's designated bank account with a bank located in the UK or any other country shown as supported by our standard functionality (which may be modified or discontinued by us at any time without notice) ("Seller's Bank Account") on a Business Day when the automated clearing houses are open for business (Monday through Friday, excluding bank holidays in the United Kingdom). On occasion, payment may be by paper cheque sent to the seller's postal address, for instance, if the seller's bank will not accept an electronic transfer to the Seller's Bank Account.

6.3 A payment made by a buyer in respect of a particular item will not be due or payable to a seller (or if paid, shall be reimbursed by the seller to us), and we will not be liable to the seller if:

(a) we, in our sole and absolute discretion, (i) decide to pay the buyer in relation to that item under the terms of the Products Categories service, (ii) determine that the seller cannot promptly deliver the item under clause A.5.1 or the seller has otherwise breached the provisions of this Participation Agreement and we initiate a refund to the buyer, (iii) do not permit a transaction or disbursement to proceed where any limit established by us for a security reason would be exceeded, or (iv) permit a buyer to withdraw from a transaction because the Service is unavailable following the commencement of a transaction;

(b) we discover the payment is erroneous or relates to a duplicate transaction,

(c) the payment is the subject of a chargeback from the buyer's credit card issuer or bank.

Where reimbursement by the seller is required under this clause 6, without notice to the seller we may obtain such reimbursement by (i) deducting the amount from the seller's Reserve in clause B.6.4 or any future payments that would otherwise have been owed to the seller, (ii) reversing any transfer to the Seller's Bank Account, (iii) charging the seller's credit card, or (iv) seeking such reimbursement from the seller by any other lawful means.

In the event that we elect not to recover from the seller a buyer's chargeback, failed payment, or other payment reversal (a "Payment Failure"), we will assume the debt associated with the Payment Failure and the seller irrevocably assigns to Products Categories all rights, title and interest that the seller has in and associated with that debt.

6.4 In order to secure the seller's performance of the potential refund and reimbursement obligations under clause B.6, the seller agrees to maintain at all times a pending payment amount equal to the sum of the immediately preceding 14 days of sales activity and any pending deductions under clause B.6 (a "Reserve"). Products Categories may require a higher Reserve, or allow a lower Reserve, as it may determine in its sole and absolute discretion having regard to the rate of chargebacks, refunds, adjustments or other indicators of performance problems related to the seller's use of the Service, or as may be imposed by any payments processor. In order to help maintain the Reserve, payments may be made to the Seller's Bank Account on a rolling 14-day cycle ("Payment Date"), based on the original date of the seller's registration, or on the next Business Day if the scheduled Payment Date falls on a non-Business Day. If the seller requests a change to the scheduled Payment Date, the 14-day cycle will be reset to the requested Payment Date. When the seller initially provides or later changes his or her Seller's Bank Account information, the seller must wait 14 days to request a transfer to that Seller's Bank Account within the 14-day cycle. Subject to the foregoing, after an initial 14 days of sales activity, the seller may request transfers to the Seller's Bank Account at any time within the 14-day cycle.

7. Notwithstanding the provisions of clause B.6.4, if we reasonably conclude, based on information available to us, that seller's actions and/or performance in connection with the Service may result in disputes, chargebacks or other claims, then we may in our sole and absolute discretion delay initiating any remittances and withhold any payments to be made or that are otherwise due to seller in connection with the Service or this Agreement for the shorter of: (a) a period of 90 days following the initial date of suspension; or (b) completion of any investigation(s) regarding any seller actions and/or performance in connection with this Agreement.

8. All notices will be sent by e-mail or will be posted on the Site. We will send notices to the seller at the e-mail address maintained in Products Categories records for the seller. The seller will monitor his or her e-mail messages frequently to ensure awareness of any notices sent by us. The seller will send notices to us at our current e-mail address published on our Site. E-mail notices are deemed written notices for all purposes for which written notices may be required. E-mail notices are deemed received the Business Day after transmission if properly addressed to the intended recipient. If not sent by e-mail, notice to be sent from within the UK may be provided in writing and mailed with Royal Mail, postage paid, First Class mail properly addressed or personally delivered by express courier such as DHL. Notices to be sent from outside the UK may be sent by a carrier and method equivalent to Royal Mail First Class mail. Mail is properly addressed if sent by us to the address maintained in our records for the seller. First Class mail is properly addressed if sent by the seller to the current address published by us on our Site. Mail is deemed received three Business Days after it is deposited with Royal Mail. A notice sent by express courier is deemed received when personally delivered to the intended recipient or to a person with apparent authority to receive such delivery on behalf of the intended recipient.

C. Conditions relating specifically to Buyers

1. The Products Categories -Guarantee

1.1 PRODUCTS CATEGORIES WANTS YOU TO HAVE A SAFE BUYING EXPERIENCE. IF THE BUYER OF AN ITEM HAS PROVIDED PAYMENT TO THE SELLER, BUT THE SELLER DID NOT DELIVER THE ITEM, OR, IF THE BUYER RECEIVED THE ITEM, BUT IT WAS MATERIALLY DIFFERENT FROM THE SELLER'S DESCRIPTION OF THE ITEM, PRODUCTS CATEGORIES WILL PAY THE BUYER UP THE PURCHASE PRICE, INCLUDING SHIPPING CHARGES SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS. THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS APPLY TO THE PRODUCTS CATEGORIES - GUARANTEE:

(1) THE BUYER PURCHASED THE ITEM ON PRODUCTS-CATEGORIES.CO.UK MARKETPLACE AND PAID VIA THE SERVICE.

(2) THE BUYER MUST WAIT 30 DAYS OR SHOULD THIS OCCUR FIRST, THREE (3) DAYS AFTER THE ESTIMATED DELIVERY DATE, BUT NOT LONGER THAN 90 DAYS, AFTER THE ORDER DATE TO REQUEST PAYMENT FROM PRODUCTS CATEGORIES UNDER THE PRODUCTS CATEGORIES - GUARANTEE AND SUBMIT THE GUARANTEE SUBMISSION FORM;

(3) THE BUYER MUST PROVIDE THE REQUIRED INFORMATION ON THE GUARANTEE SUBMISSION FORM TRUTHFULLY AND ACCURATELY TO RECEIVE PAYMENT;

(4) THE BUYER IS LIMITED TO A LIFETIME MAXIMUM OF FIVE CLAIMS ACROSS ALL PRODUCTS CATEGORIES SITE; AND

(5) THE BUYER MUST NOT REQUEST A CHARGEBACK FOR THE FIXED PRICE PURCHASE FROM THE ISSUING BANK.

1.2 You warrant and represent to PRODUCTS CATEGORIES that the information you provide on the Guarantee Submission Form will be true and correct.

2. Payments.

2.1 A buyer must pay via the Service for an item purchased via the Site, with any major credit or debit card accepted on the Site under the terms and conditions published on the Site at the time of order processing. After the credit or debit card charge is approved, and the buyer's order is confirmed to the seller, the seller is obliged to dispatch the item sold in accordance with clause A.5. The buyer will resolve any dispute directly with the seller, or under the Products Categories - Guarantee described in Clause C.1.1. Sellers shall not invoice buyers, and buyers must not accept seller's invoices, off the Site. All refunds for purchases made via the Site must be initiated by the Sellers and may only be accepted by buyers via the Site.