Terms of Service (Seller)
TERMS OF SERVICE (SELLER)
Welcome to the Porchbuds website and/or the Porchbuds mobile app. Please read these Terms of Service (Seller) (including all Schedules and Annexes) (“Terms”) carefully. These Terms govern your use and access of the Platform (defined below) as a seller and is agreed between you (“Seller”, “you”, "your") and the Porchbuds marketplace entity applicable to you (individually, together, and collectively referred to in this Terms as “Porchbuds”, “we”, “us”) based on the country in which you register and/or elect to use a Service on the date you click the “I Accept” button or any other similar button to complete your online sign-up process to become a seller on the Platform (“Effective Date”).
Any person who wants to access the Platform and use the Services to sell Products must accept these Terms and the Policies. You shall provide a copy of any documents requested by Porchbuds upon entering into the Terms by uploading the same to the Platform. Porchbuds may verify these documents and other submitted information prior to effecting Payments.
Porchbuds may change any of these Terms, and any fees, procedures and Policies governing the Services, the Platform at any time. These changes will take effect seven (7) days after publication on the Platform, or other form of notification to you. You are responsible for reviewing notices and Policies, and your continued use of the Services, the Platform following the changes taking effect will constitute your acceptance of such changes. If you do not agree to any such changes, you must stop using the relevant Services, and contact us to deactivate your Seller Account upon which these Terms will be terminated. For the avoidance of doubt, newer versions of the Terms supersede older versions, unless otherwise agreed by Porchbuds.
Services & Fees
Porchbuds provides a platform for Sellers to offer Products for sale to Buyers, and for Sellers to complete transactions with Buyers. Except as set out in the Terms, and to the extent permitted by applicable law, Porchbuds is not involved in the actual transaction between Seller and Buyers nor is Porchbuds obliged to verify the accuracy, completeness and legality of the Seller Content published on the Platform. As the vendor of the Products, it is your responsibility to ensure the sale is legal, accurately describe the Products, and the Products are packaged, shipped, warranted and fulfilled in respect of all sale and after sale obligations required by law or by trade. You use the Services, the Platform at your own risk.
The Services provided by Porchbuds (or its designated providers) under these Terms are classified as:
General Services ("General Services") consisting of:
providing supporting services enabling your listing and publishing of Seller Content regarding the Products you offer for sale on the Platform;
providing the Platform for you to offer Products for sale;
limited Buyer care services, including coordinating and answering Buyer enquiries and processing returns;
collection, reconciliation and execution of all Sales Proceeds; and
other services ancillary to the Services.
The General Services include Porchbuds providing information to you in relation to each Order as necessary under these Terms. You agree that Porchbuds may provide you with electronic copies of documents such as tax invoices, receipts, credit notes, debit notes, or any other documents for compliance with applicable laws; and
Additional Services ("Additional Services")
We may, under terms and conditions agreed to in the Policies, and/or in a separate agreement, offer you the option to purchase goods and services provided by us and/or third parties, such as Sales Traffic Activities. We may at any time prescribe and amend the terms of Additional Services in accordance with Clause 1.2 of these Terms.
In consideration of the provision of Services, Porchbuds shall be entitled to charge and where applicable invoice you the Fee.
Sales Proceeds – Payment.
You authorize Porchbuds (or its designated providers) to: 1. collect the Sales Proceeds and in general any sums due or owing under these Terms and hold the same; 2. calculate and process customer payments, refunds, and adjustments; 3. remit the Net Proceeds; and 4. pay to Porchbuds, to Porchbuds Affiliates, and to third parties (including Buyers) any amounts you owe to them in relation to your use or transactions on the Platform. You acknowledge and agree that payments may be collected from Buyer through authorized service providers (such as logistics providers or offline payment channel operators) on behalf of Porchbuds.
Treatment of Sales Proceeds.
You agree that Buyers satisfy their obligations to you as regards the Buyer Contract when Porchbuds (or its designated providers) receives the Sales Proceeds. The obligation of Porchbuds (or its designated providers) to remit funds received by us on your behalf is limited to the Net Proceeds (which is the Sales Proceeds minus any sums owed by you to Porchbuds, Porchbuds Affiliates or third parties in relation to your use or transactions on the Platform, and subject to any chargeback, reversal, refund, withholding for anticipated claims and/or deduction in accordance with these Terms and the Policies. The Payment will represent an unsecured claim against Porchbuds. For the avoidance of doubt, you will not receive interest or any other earnings on Sales Proceeds or Net Proceeds.
Porchbuds (or its designated providers) will have no responsibility with respect to the legality of transactions occurring between Sellers and Buyers relating to the Orders made through the Platform.
Remedies and No Waiver.
Porchbuds may (or may request its designated providers to) delay, suspend or cancel any Payment if Porchbuds reasonably concludes that your actions and/or performance in connection with these Terms or the Buyer Contract are likely to result, or have resulted, in a breach of any provision of these Terms or the Policies and/or any failure to perform any due obligation under these Terms, any disputes, chargebacks or other third party claims (including Buyer claims), or if there are any sums owed by you to Porchbuds, Porchbuds may withhold Payment for the longer of: (a) 90 days; (b) the completion of any investigation regarding your actions or performance; or (c) the resolution of any dispute. Where a Payment is cancelled, such Payment shall be forfeited to Porchbuds and you give up all claim and right to such monies. Any Payment made by Porchbuds to you will not in any way be considered as a waiver of Porchbuds's rights under these Terms.
Late Payment Interest.
Without prejudice to any other rights and remedies which Porchbuds has against you, if any sums payable by you to Porchbuds under the provisions of these Terms shall become due and be unpaid, you shall pay to Porchbuds the Late Payment Interest, calculated on daily basis from the payment due date until such money is actually received by Porchbuds.
To the extent required by applicable laws, Porchbuds may (or may request its designated providers to) withhold any and all taxes, duties, fees and other charges in connection with any Order, Payment or otherwise under these Terms or the Buyer Contract. If Porchbuds is required under applicable laws to deduct or withhold any sum as taxes imposed on any amount due or payable to you, Porchbuds will make such deduction or withholding as required and the amount payable to you will be reduced accordingly. Porchbuds will provide you with a document proving that amounts deducted refer to withholding taxes applicable to you. If Porchbuds is held liable for any taxes or tax compliance costs in connection with the Sales Proceeds and/or the Payments, you shall indemnify Porchbuds for such tax liability or tax compliance costs irrespective of when such tax liability is assessed.
Access to Services and Tools
Access to Seller Account.
You are responsible for supplying and authorizing access to your Seller Account to your authorized personnel, and for ensuring that any person filling in or signing any document, operating the Seller Account, or handling the Products, on your behalf (other than a Porchbuds employee, contractor or agent specifically mandated by Porchbuds) has full power and authority to do so on your behalf. All actions taken by any person accessing or using the Seller Account, Services or Tools on your behalf shall be deemed duly authorized unless you have given Porchbuds advance written notice of such person’s lack of authority.
Accuracy of Seller Account Information.
You are responsible for ensuring that all information (including email and bank account details) provided or made available by you or your authorized personnel on Seller Account is accurate and complete at all times. You shall bear all consequences ensuing from any incorrect information provided and Porchbuds shall have no responsibility to verify any information, take any steps to rectify the situation, or remit any Payment to you.
Fulfilment of Orders
Orders for Products shall be fulfilled via the Delivery by Seller model - Where you are responsible for the delivery of Products to Buyers using postal services, your own logistics services or a 3PL
Delivery by Seller
Approval by Porchbuds.
You may use “Delivery by Seller” as a fulfilment model only if approved by Porchbuds.
Cash on Delivery.
Unless Porchbuds approves your usage of cash on delivery as a payment model, you shall not collect any payment from Buyer.
(i) You will prepare and ship Products under the Buyer Contract to the address specified in the relevant Order within the lead times set out in the Policies. If you fail to comply with the stipulated deadline, Porchbuds may modify the deadline and/or cancel the Order. (ii) You shall update the status of delivery on the Platform within the deadline specified in the Policies. (iii) You shall stop or cancel any Orders if directed by Porchbuds. If Buyer has already been charged for such Orders, Porchbuds will execute refunds (and any adjustments) and credit the applicable Buyer account. You will reimburse us for all amounts credited costs associated with the refund. (iv) You will ensure that Porchbuds is at all times supplied with updated Order shipment tracking information. (v) You shall be responsible for, and bear all risk and liability for the sourcing, sale, packaging, labelling, product quality, and product warranties (if applicable) for all Products delivered using the Delivery by Seller model, and you shall be responsible for all claims in relation to such Products. (vi) You shall not require Buyer to provide any other document (except to confirm receipt of delivery) during the delivery process. (d) Title and Risk. Title and risk of loss for Products will remain with you at all times, and Porchbuds will have no liability whatsoever related to the Products including their shipping, storage, delivery delays, damage or loss through Delivery by Seller.
Returns, Failed Deliveries and Inadequate Product
Returns and Failed Deliveries.
All Returns and Failed Deliveries are to be processed by you. In the event that Porchbuds is required to provide additional services to collect, deliver, process or store any returned or failed delivery parcels for you, such additional fees or expenses may be charged to you and be set off against funds in your Seller Account.
Refund of Commission.
Porchbuds will refund you the Commission related to any Failed Delivery or Order returned for Buyer convenience.
Costs of Failed Delivery/Inadequate Product.
(a) In case of Failed Delivery, Porchbuds may require you to bear costs associated with the Failed Delivery where the underlying reason for Failed Delivery is Seller’s fault. (b) In case of an Inadequate Product, you will promptly notify Porchbuds of any Inadequate Product (or the threat of a public or private recall) and cooperate and assist Porchbuds with returns, including by initiating the procedures for returning Products to you. You will bear all costs associated with the return and refund or replacement, including the Payment Fee.
No Obligation to Return Products.
Porchbuds is not obliged to return any Products to you if such return would not be reasonably practicable (including if the value of Products is disproportionately low relative to the cost of returning Products).
Inability to Return Products.
If (a) Porchbuds is unable to return the Products to you despite taking reasonable efforts in accordance with the Policies (for example, if you refuse to pick-up the Returned Products; or if your delivery address is incorrect) or (b) Porchbuds reasonably determines that it is not reasonably practicable to return the Product to you pursuant to the paragraphs above, Porchbuds may examine, release, dispose of or sell the Products in any manner it sees fit, without any liability or payment obligations to you. You agree that title to all Products will be passed to Porchbuds prior to any examination, release, disposal, or sale of the Products by Porchbuds.
In case of Failed Delivery: (a) where received by Porchbuds, Sales Proceeds will be refunded to the Buyer; and (b) where received by you, the Net Proceeds will be refunded to Porchbuds.
Porchbuds will not be responsible for any risk or be liable for any claims, demands, liabilities, expenses, losses, cost or damage in connection with any Failed Delivery and Returned Products (including due to a threatened recall) and will claim all costs incurred in that respect from you.
If the Products or your behavior on the Platform do not comply with these Terms, the Policies, applicable laws or for any reasonable cause, Porchbuds may at any time (a) delay or suspend listing of, or to refuse to list, or to de-list any or all Products; (b) cancel or suspend any promotion, pricing or traffic benefits; (c) reset your store name; (d) withhold (or request its designated providers to withhold) amounts in your Seller Account, and such amounts may be applied towards refunds to entitled Buyer, reimbursement of rebate or discount extended by Porchbuds to you, and any costs, fees, penalties or fines imposed by any competent authorities; (e) allow a Buyer to cancel an Order because the Platform or the Products are unavailable following the commencement of a transaction; and/or (f) require you to pay an Administrative Fee/Default Fee and any costs, fees, penalties or fines imposed by any competent authorities.
Deactivation of Seller Account.
Porchbuds may deactivate your Seller Account with immediate effect and withhold all outstanding payables to you if (a) you breach any obligations under these Terms, the Policies or applicable laws relating to Intellectual Property Rights; (b) you sell counterfeit products or products prohibited from use, distribution or sale under applicable laws; (c) breach any applicable laws; (d) you accumulate the maximum number of non-compliant points as set out in the Policies; and/or (e) you use the Platform, the Services and Seller Center in a fraudulent manner.
For the purposes of prevention of fraud, compliance with applicable laws or these Terms, or other commercially reasonable reasons, Porchbuds may impose order value or transaction limits on your Seller Account and/or your Product listings.
Third Party Service Providers.
Porchbuds may work with and/or use the services of its designated providers or other third party service providers in connection with the Services.
Variation of Order.
Porchbuds may reject any particular form of Order or payment for the Goods, and not honour or accept any discounts, coupons, gift certificates, or other offers or incentives made available by you to Buyer.
Treatment of Orders.
Porchbuds may withhold for investigation, refuse to process, restrict shipping destinations for, stop and/or unilaterally cancel any Order. You will stop and/or cancel orders of Products if so asked by Porchbuds (unless you have transferred the Products to the applicable carrier or shipper, you will use commercially reasonable efforts to stop and/or cancel delivery by such carrier or shipper). Where you have already received the Net Proceeds, you will refund any Buyer that has been charged for an Order that Porchbuds has stopped or cancelled.
Risk of Credit Card Fraud.
Between Porchbuds and you, you will not be required to bear the risk of credit card fraud (e.g. fraudulent purchases arising from the theft or unauthorized use of a Buyer’s credit card information) occurring in connection with the Order, except with respect to: (a) Orders that you do not fulfil in accordance with the Order information, or (b) any fraud directly or indirectly linked with you. You will bear all other risk of fraud or loss, including any losses suffered by Porchbuds, its Affiliates, and/or its partners, for any breach of your warranties and undertakings per Clause 8 of these Terms. You will promptly inform Porchbuds of any changes to the nature or specifications of the Products or any pattern or behavior of fraudulent or other improper activity with respect to any of the Products that may result in a suspicion or higher incidence of fraud or other impropriety associated with transactions involving the Products.
Sales Traffic Activities.
Porchbuds may subject the Products or you to Sales Traffic Activities, use mechanisms that rate, or allow Buyers to rate or review the Products and/or your performance as a seller and Porchbuds may make these ratings and reviews publicly available.
Seller Representations, Warranties and Undertakings
By using the Services and Tools provided by us or a Porchbuds Affiliate, you undertake, represent and warrant that:
comply with all applicable laws and regulations, including all anti-bribery, anti-corruption and tax laws relating to your activities;
be responsible for and pay all taxes and other charges arising out of or associated with these Terms or the Buyer Contract; and
obtain all necessary rights, licences, permits, or approvals required for the offer, advertising, and sale of the Products on or through the Platform;
you shall comply with these Terms, the Policies and any additional terms, including any end user licence agreement;
you shall include all information and supporting documents required by applicable law including issue a valid invoice to the Buyer upon completion of Payment and on request, and ensure that any information provided under these Terms is accurate, current, complete and is not misleading;
you shall fulfill all Orders for Products at their stated quantity and price to Buyers and be responsible for any error in the Listing Price;
you shall not infringe any Intellectual Property Rights;
you shall include the entire amount to be charged to Buyers in the Listing Price, such as sales tax, value-added tax, tariffs, etc. and you shall not charge Buyers such amount additionally and separately. You acknowledge and agree that you will be responsible for paying all taxes, customs and duties for the item sold and Porchbuds cannot provide any legal or tax advice in this regard. As tax laws and regulations may change from time to time, you are advised to seek professional advice if in doubt;
you shall not post, display or disclose any materials which infringe the Policies;
you shall not use or allow anyone to use the Platform and the Services in an unlawful, inaccurate, misleading, false, fraudulent, defamatory, trade libellous, or otherwise unsuitable manner including:
opening multiple shops or duplicating stock keeping units on the Platform without Porchbuds’s approval;
generating fraudulent, repetitive or otherwise invalid clicks, impressions, queries or other interactions, whether through the use of automated applications or otherwise);
conducting activities such as gambling, sweepstakes, raffles and lotteries or participate in any activities related to so-called pyramid or Ponzi schemes, or any other illegal, immoral or antisocial activities;
purchasing items sold on the Platform for commercial use or for use on behalf of a third party;
being a party to any transaction which is not for the bona fide sale and purchase of Products (for example, where the primary or associated purpose is for (A) the encashment of vouchers, codes, and/or rebates; (B) gamification for the purpose of accumulation of any rebates, loyalty points, and/or credit and/or cycle-selling operations etc.; and (C) any other act that constitutes cheating (including reselling, re-purchase of your own Products which is subsidized by Porchbuds, and re-directing sales);
you shall not access content and information that concerns any party other than you, transmit unsolicited communications, interfere with the proper working of the Platform, transmit any viruses, Trojan horses, or other harmful code, or attempt to bypass any mechanism used to detect or prevent such activities;
you shall not intentionally expose Porchbuds and/or Porchbuds Affiliates, and our respective officers, employees, directors, contractors, partners, agents, subcontractors, representatives etc., to undue risk or otherwise engage in activities that Porchbuds determines to be harmful to Porchbuds and Porchbuds Affiliates’ operations, reputation, or goodwill; and
ensure that the Listing Price for any Products offered to Buyers is at least as favourable as the price offered by you outside the Platform on other online channels for the same product in like or lesser quantities.
Undertakings in relation to Products:
You undertake, represent and warrant that:
the Products are of merchantable quality, fit for their purpose, free from defects, and conform to their listed specifications;
the Products and their offer for sale are not prohibited and comply with applicable laws (including all minimum age, marking and labelling requirements, product warranties, specifications and performance criteria) and conform with the Policies;
you will include all legally required documentation in relation to the Products and update the same when legally required, and shall provide Porchbuds and/or Buyer any such document upon request;
you have full unencumbered title in the Products and in any materials incorporated in the Products and all the Products are supplied free of all liens, charges or other security interests;
the Products are not (i) Prohibited and Controlled Products; (ii) Inadequate Product; (iii) expired (or soon to be expired) Products; or (iv) counterfeit Products;
you shall provide Porchbuds with any documentation and information supporting your right to sell the applicable Products, including the right, license and/or permit to sell such Products, any documentation giving you the right to distribute the Products, and if needed, the notarized copy, invoice or other proof thereof at your cost;
in case of sale of refurbished Products, imported Products, white label Products, or non-OEM Products, you must comply and strictly follow Porchbuds’s specific content requirements and the specific guidelines defined for such Products on the content production manuals; and
you shall comply with standard operating procedures, import procedures, weight restrictions, size restrictions and other shipping and packaging requirements under the Policies and/or applicable law.
Undertakings in relation to Seller Contents
You acknowledge, undertake, represent and warrant that:
you are the owner or have lawful rights with respect to the use of Intellectual Property Rights concerning the Products and the Seller Contents and you are not aware of any claims made by any third party with regard to any alleged or actual Intellectual Property Right infringement or other claim, demand or action resulting from the Seller Content, advertising, publishing, promotion, manufacture, sale, distribution or use of the Products;
the Seller Contents are not prohibited and comply with applicable laws (including all minimum age, marking and labelling requirements, product warranties, specifications and performance criteria, etc.) and conform with the Policies;
you will not use any intellectual property belonging to us and/or Porchbuds Affiliates without Porchbuds’s prior approval in writing (including participating in actions such as reverse engineering, reverse compiling or otherwise deriving the underlying source code or structure or sequence of any Porchbuds solution or technologies, deleting or altering author attributes or copyright notices, and/or fail to obtain all required permissions when using the Platform to receive, upload, display, distribute, or execute programs or perform other works protected by intellectual property laws);
you will provide Seller Content that is accurate, up to date and in accordance with the Policies (including proper categorization in accordance with the Policies, availability status, stock level and Listing Price of the Products). The Seller Content must include all text, disclaimers, warnings, notices, labels or other indications required by law to be displayed in connection with the offer, merchandising, advertising or sale of the Products and may not contain any sexually explicit, defamatory or obscene materials, or any of yours or a third-party’s marketing material;
Seller Content must be provided in English and/or to the extent required by applicable law, in the language of the countries in which the Products are listed for sale through the Platform. Porchbuds may arrange for the translation of the Seller Content into local language of the country in which Products are listed for sale through the Platform but Porchbuds is not required to verify the accuracy of the translation process and shall not be liable for any errors or omissions arising from translation;
you will not provide any uniform resource locator marks (“URL Marks”) for use on the Platform, or request that any URL Marks be used on the Platform, unless you have the right to publish the Seller Content and have the right and license to sell such Products under applicable laws;
you grant Porchbuds and Porchbuds Affiliates a royalty-free, non-exclusive, and worldwide right and license to use, reproduce, display, modify, and re-format any and all of the Seller Content provided by the Seller strictly in accordance with the Seller’s instructions and/or requirements, for the purpose of operation of the Platform or performance of the services under this Agreement;
Porchbuds may determine the use and placement of Seller Contents, and the structure, appearance, design, functionality and all other aspects of the Platform, the Services, and if any, the Sales Traffic Activities; (i) Porchbuds may use mechanisms that rate, or allow Buyers to rate or review, your Products and/or your performance as a seller and we may make these ratings and reviews publicly available. Porchbuds shall not be responsible for the reviews and ratings generated by the mechanisms or Buyers, in respect of any Products and/or your performance; (j) these Terms confer on you no rights of ownership or title, license, or other Intellectual Property Rights in any tangible or intangible property, including software (e.g. the Platform and any application programming interface or other software) and data (e.g. sales data, performance data, Buyer data, Platform data and Platform name) used, obtained or created under these Terms. If such rights were nevertheless to have accrued to it for any reason whatsoever, you assign, dispose or otherwise transfer (and effect the transfer of) the full and exclusive ownership of all such rights to Porchbuds or any other party designated by Porchbuds, free of charge, or for a nominal fee; and
nothing herein contained will be deemed to limit or restrict our or any third party’s rights to assert claims for violation of any Intellectual Property Rights against you.
Additional Representations and Warranties:
Use of the Services, the Platform is limited to parties that can enter into and form contracts under applicable law. You represent and warrant that:
in the case of an individual:
you are not a minor and have full power, capacity and authority to enter into and perform your obligations under the Terms; and
any information provided or made available by you is at all times accurate and complete;
in the case of a company
you are, and will remain at all times, a business duly organized, registered, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the country in which the business is registered;
you have full power, capacity and authority to enter into and perform your obligations under the Terms; and
any information provided or made available by you or your Affiliates is at all times accurate and complete;
you and any person or entity that has a financial interest in your business, or any person or entity acting on your behalf:
have no affiliation with any Porchbuds employee which may result in a potential or actual conflict of interest;
have not been barred or otherwise prevented from selling on Porchbuds; or
have not been involved in any lawsuit or claim that has a bearing on the Terms.
You undertake and warrant that all your representations, warranties and undertakings in the Terms will be fulfilled and will remain true and correct at all times. In the event any of them become unfulfilled, untrue or incorrect, you will promptly inform Porchbuds of the same and rectify the situation to Porchbuds’s satisfaction (without prejudice to any other rights or remedies of Porchbuds).
Restriction on Disclosure.
The recipient of any Confidential Information will not disclose that Confidential Information, except to Affiliates, employees, and/or agents who need to know it and who have agreed in writing to keep it confidential. The recipient will ensure that those people and entities use Confidential Information only to exercise rights and fulfil obligations under the Terms and keep the Confidential Information confidential. The recipient may also disclose Confidential Information when required by law after giving the discloser reasonable notice and the opportunity to seek confidential treatment, a protective order or similar remedies or relief prior to disclosure.
Survival of Obligations.
The rights and obligations of the parties under this Clause shall survive the termination of the Terms.
Personal Data and Buyer Information
Use and Processing of Personal Data.
You undertake, represent and warrant that you will use and process Personal Data (in particular, the Personal Data of Buyers):
only for the purpose of the execution of these Terms or Buyer Contract and not disclose it to third parties;
in accordance with the requirements under the applicable personal data protection laws and the Policies;
in a manner that ensures Porchbuds remains in compliance with the requirement under the applicable personal data protection laws; and
you will not sell, assign, license, publish, lease or otherwise commercially exploit any such information or utilize such information in any manner for your own benefit or carry out any data mining, data compilation or data extraction for the purposes of statistical or trade analysis or otherwise.
You further warrant that you have implemented sufficient security measures to ensure that the Personal Data is securely kept and maintained as required by the applicable personal data protection laws and you agree to be subject to the necessary audits undertaken by Porchbuds to ensure compliance of the above warranties and to immediately inform Porchbuds of any Personal Data incident upon becoming aware of the same.
Rights to Information.
Porchbuds will own all information regarding Buyers, Orders and the supply of the Services, including payments, Fees, disbursements, refunds, cancellation penalties, adjustments, etc. and Porchbuds will not be liable to pay any royalties or fees to you in connection with the use of any such information.
Liability – Limitations & Indemnification
No liability for inaccuracies or errors.
The Platform, the Services and the Additional Services are provided on an "as is" basis. Any information and any materials provided by or through the Platform, the Services and the Additional Services may contain errors and Porchbuds and Porchbuds Affiliates expressly exclude liability for any such errors to the fullest extent permitted by applicable laws. Any link found on the Platform, is provided for your convenience and for further information. It does not signify that Porchbuds endorses the contents thereof and Porchbuds has no responsibility for the content of external links.
No liability for unavailability.
You acknowledge that the availability of the Services, Platform is subject to: (a) availability of resources, including resources under the control of Porchbuds and availability of a suitable network infrastructure; (b) geographic and technical capability of communication networks and other delivery systems; (c) provisioning time that may be required by Porchbuds to provide the Services and/or the Additional Services; and (d) you meeting the technical requirements for accessing the Platform from time to time.
Except as expressly provided for in the Terms, Porchbuds makes no other representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, including: (a) implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, and non-infringement; (b) that the Platform, Seller Center, the Services or the Additional Services will meet your requirements, will always be available, accessible, uninterrupted, timely, secure, or operate without error; (c) that the information, content, materials, or products included on the Platform or Seller Center will be as represented by Porchbuds or that Porchbuds or the 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, unless arising from acts of fraud, gross negligence or wilful misconduct by Porchbuds.
Correction of documents or content.
Any typographical clerical or other error or omission in any acceptance, invoice, Seller Content or other document on the part of Porchbuds shall be subject to correction without any liability for Porchbuds.
You will defend, indemnify and hold Porchbuds and Porchbuds Affiliates, and our respective officers, employees, directors, contractors, partners, agents, subcontractors and representatives, harmless from, and at Porchbuds's option defend Porchbuds against, any and all Claims arising out of, or related to: (a) any actual or alleged breach of your undertakings, representations, warranties, or obligations set forth in the Terms or the Buyer Contract; (b) any incorrect, misleading, or erroneous information provided to Porchbuds or any third party in connection with the Services or Additional Services; (c) any non-compliance by you with any applicable laws or the Policies, including any losses in respect of shipment of Prohibited and Controlled Products incurred by Porchbuds or its sub-contractors; (d) any tax compliance costs or tax liability incurred by Porchbuds or Porchbuds Affiliates in connection with your activities, arising out of your non-compliance with the applicable tax laws or us or Porchbuds Affiliates being deemed as your tax agent; or (e) your own website or other sales channels, the Products, any Seller Contents, the advertisement, offer, sale or return of the Products, any actual or alleged infringement of any Intellectual Property Rights by the Products or the Seller Contents, or seller taxes (duties, fees and other charges, etc.) or the collection, payment or failure to collect or pay seller taxes.
If at any time Porchbuds reasonably determines that any indemnified claim might adversely affect Porchbuds, Porchbuds may take control of the defences at your expense. You may not consent to the entry of any judgment or enter into any settlement of a claim against Porchbuds without the prior consent by Porchbuds in writing, which consent may not be unreasonably withheld.
Porchbuds will not be held liable for any damages of any kind, including direct, indirect, incidental, punitive, and consequential, arising out of or in connection with the Terms, the Buyer Contract, the Platform, the Services, the Products (including inability to use the Services or the Tools),or from messages received or transactions entered into on the Platform, provided that Porchbuds will compensate you for any direct damages resulting exclusively, or primarily from Porchbuds's fraud, gross negligence or wilful misconduct.
Limitation of liability.
If Porchbuds is nevertheless found liable, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable laws, and not withstanding any other provision of these Terms, the aggregate liability of Porchbuds and Porchbuds's Affiliates and our respective officers, employees, directors, contractors, partners, agents, subcontractors and representatives, and any of them, to you and anyone claiming by or through you, for all Claims resulting from or in any way related to the Terms shall not exceed US Dollar five thousand (USD5,000.00) (or such equivalent amount in local currencies of the Territory). It is intended that this limitation apply to any and all liability or cause of action however alleged or arising, unless otherwise prohibited by applicable laws.
Porchbuds’s Termination Right.
Porchbuds may unilaterally and immediately terminate these Terms and restrict your use of the Services upon the occurrence of any of the following: (a) you being in breach of any provision of the Terms and failing to remedy the same within 14 days from being so notified; (b) you being in breach of any applicable laws or the Policies; (c) (in the case of an individual) you being adjudicated a bankrupt or have any similar action taken against you in any jurisdiction, or (in the case of a company) you passing a winding up resolution or a court of competent jurisdiction making an order for the same; (d) the issuance of a judicial management or administrative order in relation to you, or the appointment of a receiver over, or an encumbrance taking possession of, or the sale of, your assets; (e) you making an arrangement or composition with your creditors generally or applying to a court of competent jurisdiction for protection from its creditors; or (f) you ceasing or threatening to cease to carry on business.
Seller’s Termination Right.
Provided Porchbuds has not corrected these within 14 days from your written notice to Porchbuds of the occurrence of any of the following, you have the right to immediately terminate these Terms: (a) Porchbuds (or its designated providers) delaying payment for more than thirty (30) days without reason; (b) Porchbuds delaying returns for more than sixty (60) days without valid reason; (c) the making of a judicial management or administration order in relation to Porchbuds or the appointment of a receiver over Porchbuds’s assets; (d) the making of an arrangement or composition by Porchbuds with its creditors generally or applying to a court of competent jurisdiction for protection from its creditors; or (e) Porchbuds ceasing or threatening to cease to carry on business.
Termination with Notice.
Either Party may unilaterally terminate these Terms without cause by providing fourteen (14) days’ prior written notice to the other Party.
Consequences of Termination.
Upon termination of these Terms, you will notify Porchbuds of all concluded Buyer Contracts which have yet to be performed. Notwithstanding any termination for any reason, you remain responsible for the fulfilment of any pending Order and Porchbuds (or its designated providers) will fulfil any pending Payment obligations. Porchbuds shall have the discretion whether to complete or cancel any pending Services, and you shall pay any fees in connection with Services that are completed.
Any provision of the Terms that, by its nature, is meant to survive the term or termination, shall survive such term or termination.
Unless expressly agreed otherwise by the Parties, these Terms will prevail over any other agreement, terms or conditions regarding the subject matter, pre-contractual negotiations, and to the exclusion of all other terms proposed by either Party (including any terms or conditions which you purport to apply under any purchase order, confirmation order, specification, invoice or other document) and no terms or conditions endorsed upon, delivered with or contained in any other document or with the Products, will form part of the Terms. The Terms will apply to the relationship between the parties in addition to any specific terms agreed to herein or specifically agreed by the Parties from time to time. In the event of any conflict or inconsistency between these Terms and the Policies, the provisions of these Terms shall prevail.
The singular includes the plural and vice versa, as the context may require. Headings are inserted for convenience only and will be ignored when construing these Terms. The term “including” or “include” shall mean “including, without limitation”, unless the context otherwise requires. A statutory provision shall include that provision and any regulations made in pursuance thereof as from time to time modified or re-enacted, whether before or after the date of the Terms, and shall include also any past statutory provision or regulation (as from time to time modified or reenacted) which such provision or regulation has directly or indirectly replaced.
Unless otherwise provided in these Terms or agreed to between the parties, all notices, requests, demands and other communications hereunder must be in writing and will be deemed to have been fully given and received when sent with recognized overnight delivery service, registered mail or email one (1) Working Day after being deposited for next-day delivery with a recognized overnight delivery service or emailed, or three (3) Working Days after being mailed by registered mail, charges and postage prepaid, to the recipient’s address set forth in these Terms or any other address that the recipient may specify by notice to the other Party. If requested by Porchbuds, you shall provide to Porchbuds contact details of a designated contact person, whom Porchbuds may contact regarding any of your responsibilities arising from the Terms.
You cannot assign, transfer or subcontract all or part of your rights and/or obligations deriving from the Terms, without the prior written consent of Porchbuds. Porchbuds may assign, transfer or subcontract all or part of its rights and/or obligations deriving from the Terms.
You and Porchbuds are independent contractors, and nothing in the Terms will create any partnership, joint venture, agency, franchise, sales representative relationship or exclusivity between the parties. The Terms will not cause the establishment of any relationship of employment between the parties or with any person who provides services to either. You have no authority to make or accept any offers or representations on behalf of Porchbuds.
No Third Party Rights.
These Terms and all of the representations, warranties, covenants, conditions, and provisions hereof are for the sole and exclusive benefit of Porchbuds, Porchbuds Affiliates and you. Other than as regards the rights of Buyers against you, nothing in the Terms will be construed as giving any third party any rights whatsoever.
Notwithstanding any other provision in the Terms to the contrary, nothing contained herein will oblige Porchbuds or you to engage in any action or omission to act which would be prohibited by or penalized under applicable laws. The illegality, invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of the Terms under the law of any jurisdiction shall not affect its legality, validity or enforceability under the law of any other jurisdiction nor the legality, validity or enforceability of any other provision. The actual or future invalidity or ineffectiveness of any provision in the Terms will not affect the validity or effectiveness of the whole document.
If any provision in these Terms shall be held to be void but would be valid if deleted in part or reduced in application, such provision shall apply with such deletion or modification as may be necessary to make it valid and enforceable.
The failure of a Party to exercise its rights in case of breach of contract by the other Party will not be considered as a waiver of its rights under the Terms or under applicable laws.
No Party will be liable to the other or be deemed to be in breach of the Terms by reason of any delay or failure to perform any of its obligations due to an event of Force Majeure. Upon the occurrence of any event of Force Majeure, Porchbuds may, at its option, fully or partially suspend delivery/performance of its obligations hereunder while such event or circumstance continues. If any of the events of Force Majeure will continue for a period exceeding one (1) month, Porchbuds may notify you that it will terminate the Agreement with immediate effect.
No variation of these Terms will be valid unless (a) expressly agreed to in writing and signed by authorized representative of Porchbuds; or (b) notified to you as provided in accordance with these Terms.
All stamp duty and registration fees (if any) in respect of these Terms will be fully borne and paid by you.
Any dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this contract, or the breach, termination or invalidity thereof shall be settled by arbitration in accordance with the Rules for Arbitration of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). The arbitral tribunal shall consist of a sole arbitrator, to be appointed by the Chairman of the SIAC. The place of arbitration shall be Singapore. Any award by the arbitration tribunal shall be final and binding upon the parties.
3PL: third party logistics provider.
Additional Service: is defined in Clause 2.
Administrative Fee/Default Fee: the fee specified in Seller Center and chargeable to you for non-compliance with these Terms, the Policies, applicable laws or for any reasonable cause.
Affiliate: any entity directly or indirectly controlled by, or controlling, a Party or any affiliate or subsidiary thereof. As regards Porchbuds, Affiliate is deemed to include entities which are members of the Alibaba, Alipay and Porchbuds groups of companies.
Annex: any annex to these Terms. The Annex(s) form(s) an integral part of these Terms.
Buyer: a third-party, who purchases Product on the Platform.
Buyer Contract: each Order by Buyer and accepted by Seller, which is governed by the Terms of Sale on Porchbuds.
Cancellation Penalty: the charge applicable for a Cancelled Order.
Cancelled Order: an Order cancelled or rejected by you, or cancelled due to your lack of compliance with any provision of these Terms.
Claims: liens, damages, losses, liabilities, obligations, penalties, fines, fees, claims, litigation, demands, defences, judgements, suits, proceedings, costs, disbursements or expenses of any kind or of any nature whatsoever (including third party claims, reasonable attorney’s fees, consultants’ fees, experts' fees and other costs of litigation).
Commission: the percentage (as applicable at the time the Order is placed) of the Listing Price, as specified in Seller Center.
Confidential Information: any information proprietary to a party to these Terms or an Affiliate thereof, that is disclosed to the other party or an Affiliate thereof, whether marked as confidential or not, that should be considered confidential information under the circumstances. It does not include information that the recipient already knew, that becomes public through no fault of the recipient, that was independently developed by the recipient, or that was lawfully obtained and provided to the recipient by a third party.
Consumption Tax: Any prevailing consumption tax, including but not limited to any Goods and Services Tax, Value Added Tax, Sales Tax and Service Tax, or its equivalent and as from time to time modified.
Failed Delivery: an Order that is cancelled for unsuccessful delivery, for example due to: (i) the delivery address (either physical or email) provided by the Buyer or by Porchbuds being incorrect; (ii) where acceptance of delivery of the Product is required, the Buyer being unable to accept the Product; (iii) where the Product is a physical product, the Buyer refusing to accept the delivery of the Product in accordance with the Policies; or (iv) where the Buyer remains uncontactable after various attempts (the number of delivery attempts shall be determined by the relevant carrier).
Fee: the service fee payable by you to Porchbuds in consideration for the provision of Services, which shall be calculated in accordance with Schedule A.
Force Majeure: any event or cause beyond a Party’s reasonable control including but not limited to: (i) an act of God, explosion, flood, tempest, fire or accident; (ii) war or threat of war, sabotage, insurrection, civil disturbance or requisition, act of terrorism or civil unrest; (iii) Acts, restrictions, regulations, bye-laws, prohibitions or measures of any kind on the part of any governmental, parliamentary or local authority; (iv) import or export regulations or embargoes; (v) interruption of traffic, strikes, lock-outs or other industrial actions or trade disputes (whether involving employees of Porchbuds or Porchbuds Affiliates, or of a third party); and (vi) health epidemics declared by the World Health Organization.
Fulfilled Buyer Contract: an Order the status of which is showing as "Delivered" in Seller Center, or is otherwise deemed by Porchbuds as having been executed by you, including instalments thereof.
Fulfilment Model: the model of Order fulfilment of physical Products and Product agreed to by the parties and as supplemented by the Logistics Services Agreement (if applicable).
General Services: is defined in Clause 2.
Inadequate Product: any wrong, faulty, defective, damaged (excluding any Product damaged due to mishandling by Porchbuds, Porchbuds Affiliates, a Porchbuds contractor, or the Buyer), legally non-compliant Product, or a Product that has been publicly or privately recalled, in accordance with the law or the Policies.
Intellectual Property Rights: all patents and copyright, moral rights, trade marks, design rights, rights in or relating to databases, and/or confidential information, rights in relation to domain names, and any other intellectual property rights (registered or unregistered) throughout the world.
Late Payment Interest: is the interest payable by you on the overdue sum at the rate of 5% per annum.
Listing Price: the price, including instalments, at which a Good is offered for sale to Buyers by Seller as indicated on the Platform at the time the Order is placed. For the avoidance of doubt, the Listing Price includes any tax applicable under applicable laws, and excludes any coupons or other discounts provided by Porchbuds to the Buyer.
Net Proceeds: the Sales Proceeds minus any sums owed by you under these Terms, or any other agreement entered into by the parties and subject to any chargeback, reversal, refund, withholding for anticipated claims and/or deduction, in accordance with these Terms or any other agreement entered into by the parties.
Order: the request placed by a Buyer on the Platform for the purchase of a particular Good.
Payment: payment of Net Proceeds made or to be made by Porchbuds to you.
Payment Fee: a fee, calculated on the basis of a percentage of the Sales Proceeds, for payment processing services.
Personal Data: any personal information as defined by the applicable personal data protection laws and regulations, pertaining, but not limited, to Porchbuds, Porchbuds Affiliates, or our respective officers, employees, directors, contractors, partners, agents, subcontractors and representatives, and Buyers.
Platform: the Porchbuds platform on any of the following websites: www.Porchbuds.com or any other internet domain property of Porchbuds where Seller may list Products for sale under these Terms, and where Buyer(s) may buy such Products.
Product: one (1), or several (if sold together under one Listing Price) good(s) or service(s) (as the case may be) offered for sale by Seller to Buyers pursuant to the Terms.
Prohibited and Controlled Products: the Products which are listed as prohibited and controlled products in the Policies, including but not limited to Products which are illegal to be listed or sold under applicable laws and regulations.
Returned Product: the return of a physical Product to Porchbuds by a Buyer in accordance with these Terms and/or the Policies, including Inadequate Products. You will retain, or take back from the Buyer as the case may be, ownership, title and risk (save, as regards to risk, where the Product is Fulfilled By Porchbuds and is under Porchbuds's care) of all Returned Products.
Sales Proceeds: the gross proceeds received from Buyers by Porchbuds (or its designated providers) on your behalf.
Sales Traffic Activities: Additional Services consisting in: (i) Shop in Shop, which entails a set of specific design features on the Platform that enhance the visual representation of certain of your Products by means of a dedicated landing page; (ii) Search Engine Optimisation, which entails the bidding on relevant keywords related to the Products and/or you on electronic search engines; (iii) Social Media Sales Traffic Activities, which entails the promotion of the Products and/or you on the Platform or social media platforms; (iv) Banner services which entail the bidding on banners related to the Products or the Seller on electronic search engines; (v) Affiliate services, which entail advertising the Products or the Seller on a network of affiliates that work with Porchbuds; and/or (vi) other sales promotion services agreed to by the parties. For the avoidance of doubt, each of the Sales Traffic Activities are offered according to separate sets of T&Cs, which shall form part of the Policies.
Schedule: any schedule to these Terms at the time of acceptance of these Terms and such other schedules that may be incorporated by publication or notification in writing by Porchbuds from time to time. The Schedule(s) form(s) an integral part of these Terms.
Seller Account: an account which you have created with Porchbuds for access to the Platform and Tools, and by which the Sales Proceeds may be received.
Seller Content: product information, text, images, and any other relevant and/or legally required information relating to the Products, including third party and your trademarks and other Intellectual Property Rights related materials.
Services: the services provided by Porchbuds under these Terms, being the General Services and if applicable, the Additional Services.
Storage Fee: a fee payable under the Fulfilment By Porchbuds model, for storing the Products in the location designated by Porchbuds, which fee varies based on whether the Products are stored in a normal storage area or in a cold room (as agreed by the parties).
Terms: is defined in the preamble.
Territory: means a country or territory within which the Products are intended to be sold pursuant to these Terms.
Tools: any tools provided by Porchbuds to you in connection with your access to and use of the Services.
USD or US Dollar: United States Dollar.
Working Day: a day other than Saturday, Sunday, or a national or state public holiday in the Territory of your working premises.
Schedule A: KEY COMMERCIAL (FEES)
Unless otherwise agreed in writing, Payments will be made by Porchbuds to you in accordance with the Policies. The Order status on the Platform may be subject to delays on weekends, public holidays, caused by third parties, or factors outside of Porchbuds’s reasonable control.
The Fee payable shall be calculated based on: (a) the Commission calculated on the Listing Price; (b) the Payment Fee; and, (c) if applicable, any Shipping Cost, Cancellation Penalty, Administrative Fee/Default Fee, Additional Services Fee and/or such other fees as set out in the Policies. For the avoidance of doubt, coupons or other unilateral discounts provided by Porchbuds to Buyers are not considered in the Fee calculation. Any taxes, including Consumption Tax, payable as regards the Services, will be imposed on top of the Fee and will be paid by you. Porchbuds may set off any amounts owed by Porchbuds to you against any amounts owed by you to Porchbuds, including any such amounts under other accounts or shops owned by you.
Commission and Payment Fee
Commission rates shall be 13% of the Sales Proceeds less any Consumer Tax. Porchbuds may provisionally reduce Commission rates for certain Products from time to time.
The Payment Fee will be 3.5% as set by our payment services provider. Porchbuds may provisionally update the Payment Fee from time to time.