TERMS OF TRADING



1. TERMS OF SUPPLY

We apply strict criteria to the supply of our goods and reserve the right not to supply goods to any company at our absolute discretion. It may be necessary for a representative of Strings and Things to visit the company to validate our ability to supply. We unreservedly maintain the right to restrict the supply of goods only to bona fide organisations operating a full time registered business, located in commercial premises, paying business rates and being VAT registered. We reserve the right to restrict the sale of Ernie Ball / Musicman instruments. Export terms differ and are available upon request.


2. ACCOUNT TERMS

Credit facilities will only be extended to legally constituted companies or traders who have been visited and approved by an official from Strings and Things. In all cases the proprietor or an officer of the company must have accepted our terms and conditions by signing and returning to us an account application form. All account applications will be subject to a credit appraisal. A credit appraisal involves us taking up two trade references and credit checks on the proprietor or officer of the company as well as the business itself. No variation to these terms can be validly imposed by the purchaser without the express, written agreement of the company. We reserve the right to withdraw credit facilities without explanation and at our absolute discretion.


3. NEWLY OPENED BUSINESSES

Credit facilities will only be considered after a satisfactory initial trading period of at least three months. During this initial period all accounts for newly opened businesses will only be conducted on a Credit Card basis.


4. PAYMENT TERMS

Standard open accounts are due for payment by the 20th of the month following invoice. A discount on the invoiced goods value (if shown) is available for settlement within 10 days providing the account is not in arrears. A valid debit/credit card can be registered to ensure payment and discounts are always within our terms. In the event of non-payment within the aforementioned terms we reserve the right to charge interest on any outstanding balance at the current Bank of England base rate plus 4%. Where debts are passed to a third party for recovery then all costs, disbursements and fees will be payable by the debtor. Our policy is to pass all severely overdue accounts to a third party. We also reserve the right to levy an administration charge on returned cheques and in other instances we see fit. Supply will automatically be suspended to any account exceeding the pre-advised credit limit and/or monthly terms.


5. DELIVERY AND CARRIAGE TERMS

All deliveries are made by next working day couriers where available. For UK mainland, Highlands and Islands, and IOW, the standard charge is £7 flat rate (Max weight 30kgs), £14 flat rate to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, and Channel Islands. Surcharges may apply to individual items weighing in excess of 30kgs. If applicable, recorded first class post will be used. UK mainland, Highlands and Islands, IOW, carriage is free for orders over £200 net trade, £400 minimum to Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, and Channel Islands. Any other areas are charged at cost. All special deliveries will also be charged at cost. The minimum carriage and handling charge on any chargeable delivery is £7. Saturday deliveries are also available and surcharges may apply.


6. PRICES

Prices indicated in our catalogue, supplements, on our website and on any other literature are indicative only. Whilst we will endeavour to publish advance warning of a pricing change we reserve the right to withdraw or revise prices at any time. Back order items will be invoiced at the price ruling at the date of ordering not the prices in force at the time of dispatch but may be amended if quantities actually delivered are changed by the Dealer. Carriage charges may apply. Minimum order value is £100 Net Trade. Retail prices are stated inclusive of VAT at the current rate at the time of printing. Where trade prices are stated VAT is excluded.


7. SPECIAL ORDERS

Orders placed for non-stock goods will only be accepted on the basis that these orders are binding and final and cannot be cancelled or the goods returned. The company may request a deposit of 25% of the total purchase price. A carriage charge in accordance with our standard charges may apply.


8. STOCKISTS AND EXTENDED CREDIT TERMS

Extended credit accounts (No. 2 Accounts) are available entirely at our discretion and available to credit approved Dealers for the purchase of Ernie Ball / Music Man, Sterling and selected products. If approved, on the 20th of the month following invoice, 25% of each invoice becomes payable by pre-registered debit/credit card only. Additional product can be purchased at any time (minimum invoice value £1000) and added to the rolling balance providing it remains within the pre-advised credit limit. These accounts are additional to the basic trading account already set up.


9. RISK

Risk and liability for the goods shall pass from us to the purchaser at the point of delivery or when the goods are collected by the buyer. The customer must thoroughly test and check all goods immediately upon receipt as we require written notification within three days of receipt for any incorrectly delivered or defective goods.


10. GOODS IN TRANSIT

No claim for non-delivery of invoiced goods can be accepted unless we are advised in writing within 14 days of invoice date; in the event of short delivery or transit damage, please retain the packaging and advise carrier and ourselves IN WRITING within three days of receipt. We will agree any necessary action upon receipt of your written notification.


11. SERVICE REPAIR AND RETURNED GOODS

Goods returned without prior notice and consent will not be accepted. We must be notified prior to return and we will issue a Returns Note Number (RNN). We will arrange collection, no delivery charges will be accepted on our part unless agreed in advance. Credit for an item will only be given if it is returned in its original unmarked packaging with a RNN and in perfect external condition.


12. TITLE TO GOODS

Legal title in goods shall remain the Vendors until such time as the Vendor receives payment in full of all sums due in respect of supplies of goods, materials and services. The buyer shall store the goods in a manner to make them clearly identifiable as belonging to the Vendor and shall identify them to the Vendor upon demand. Failing such identification, all goods and materials are deemed as belonging to the Vendor to the extent of all the sums due to the Vendor. Products of identical type, supplied by the Vendor to the purchaser over a period of time and on a number of different invoices, any stock remaining unsold at any time will be taken as relating to that supplied on the most recently dated invoices. No warranty shall be given or liability accepted by the buyer upon sale of the Vendors property until payment for those goods have been made to the Vendor. The buyer must also insure the goods and materials with a reputable insurance company so long as they shall not be deemed to be acting as the Vendors agent.

If the purchaser fails to make all payments when due, enter into bankruptcy, liquidation, has a receiver or manager appointed over any assets or becomes insolvent, or if the Vendor has reasonable cause to believe that any of these events may occur, then the Vendor shall have the right without prejudice to repossess the goods and materials without prior notice and the buyer will permit the Vendor to enter any premises for such repossession. Any such goods repossessed will be subject to a minimum re-stocking / handling charge of 15% levied against the original invoices. However, any credit will be subject to assessment of the repossessed goods as to their re sale worth. No liquidator or receiver of the buyer shall have authority to sell goods to which we have title, without our written consent.



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