Terms of Service:
Welcome to Sustain Our Communities! We operate a social marketplace which allows you to buy and sell items using our website. Have a good time, and remember our house rules!
1.1 Welcome to the Sustain Our Communities platform (the 'Site'). We'll refer to our website and other services as our "Services", and Sustain Our Communities will be addressed individually or collectively as "Sustain Our Communities", "we", "us", or "our". Do read through the following Terms of Service carefully before using the Site or any of our Services. By browsing our Site, you'll be agreeing to our Terms. The Terms are here for you, so that you are aware of your legal rights when using our services.
1.2 This document and any documents referred to within it will collectively make up the 'Terms of Service'.
1.3 Our "Services" include (a) the site, (b) the services provided by the site, (c) all information, linked pages, features, data, text, images, photographs, graphics, music, sounds, video, messages, tags, content, programming, software, application services. Any new features added to or augmenting the Services are also subject to these Terms of Service. Content that is posted by Users using our Services will be "Your Content". Your Content includes your usernames, shop names, profile pictures, listing photos, listing description, reviews, comments, videos etc.
1.4 Our services include an online platform service that provides a place and opportunity for the sale of goods or services between the buyer ("Buyer") and the supplier ("Supplier"), collectively known as "Users" or "Parties". The actual contract for a sale is directly between the Buyer and the Supplier. We are not a party to that contract or any other contract between Buyer and Supplier. Parties to the transaction will be entirely responsible for the sales contract between them in accordance with the listing of goods, warranty of purchase and like. As such, We accept no obligations in connection with these contracts. However, if you have problems with your order, we may step in to help (refer to section 10). We do not pre-screen Users and any of Your Content. We cannot ensure that Users will actually complete a transaction.
1.5 We reserve the right to change, modify, suspend or discontinue all or any part of this Site or Services at any time. We may release certain Services or their features while they are still considered to be a beta version, which may not work correctly or in the same way as how the final version may work, and cannot be held liable in such instances. We may also impose limits on certain features or restrict your access to parts of, or the entire Site or Service at its sole discretion without notice or liability.
1.6 We reserve the right to refuse to provide you access to the Site or Service or to allow you to open an Account for any reason.
2.2 Users in possession of another User's personal data obtained through the use of the Services hereby agree that, they will (a) comply with all applicable personal data protection laws, (b) allow User (owner of personal data) the right to remove their collected data from User (receiver of personal data) from the database upon request.
3. Your Account
3.1 You'll need to create an account with Sustain Our Communities to use some of our Services. Rules regarding accounts with Sustain Our Communities:
3.1.1 You must be 18 or older to use our Service. If you do not meet this requirement, you may only use our Services under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian.
3.1.2 All information provided must be accurate and truthful. False information or impersonation of another person or company through your account will result in account suspension and/or account deletion.
3.1.3 The named person registered in the system is responsible for any and all activity on your account. If the account is shared with multiple people, then the person's name registered with the account will ultimately be responsible for all activity. If you have registered as a business entity, you have personally guaranteed that you have the authority to agree to the Terms of Service on behalf of the business. Accounts are non-transferable.
3.1.4 As we've mentioned above, you're solely responsible for any activity on your account, so remember to keep your login and password secure.
4. Limited License
4.1 Sustain Our Communities grants you a limited and revocable license to access and use our Services, subject to our Terms of Service. All proprietary Content, trademarks, service marks, brand names, logos and other intellectual property displayed in the Site are the property of Sustain Our Communities and where applicable, third parties proprietors identified in the Site. You agree not to copy, distribute, republish, mirror, frame or create derivative works without our prior written consent.
5. Your Content
5.1 Content that you post using our Services is your content. This includes usernames, shop names, profile pictures, listing photos, listing descriptions, reviews, comments, video, etc.
5.1.1 You are solely responsible for Your Content. You represent that you have all necessary rights to Your Content and you're not infringing or violating any third party's rights by posting it.
5.1.2 By posting Your Content through our Services, you grant us a license to use it. This license allows us a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual license to use, display, edit, modify reproduce, distribute, store and prepare derivative works of Your Content to promote the Services or our Site and our parent companies. We do not claim ownership to Your Content, but we have your permission to use it to help us function and grow.
5.1.3 If content that you own or have rights to has been posted to the Services without your permission and you want it removed, please contact us. If your Content infringes another person's intellectual property, we will remove it if we receive proper notice.
5.1.4 You agree to not post any content that is abusive, threatening, defamatory, obscene, vulgar or otherwise offensive or in violation of our Prohibited Items/Services section. You also agree not to post any content that is false, misleading or uses the Services in a manner that is fraudulent or deceptive.
5.1.5 You may delete Your Content at any time through your Supplier portal, which will be automatically reflected on the SOC marketplace site.
184.108.40.206 Any pending orders that have not been fulfilled prior to the item being deleted are to still be either fulfilled or cancelled and reimbursed fully. Any failure to do so may result in the suspension of your account and legal charges.
220.127.116.11 If you no longer have supply of the product, please contact the Buyer to inform them and either cancel and reimburse the item or come to a mutual understanding of an acceptable replacement product.
5.1.6 You may delete your Supplier account at any time through your Supplier portal. SOC will delete all related materials associated with your account from our database upon account deletion confirmation. This does not retroactively delete any materials created, marketing or otherwise, related to your account.
6. Your Use of Our Services
6.1 We grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable and revocable license to use our Services. You agree that you will not violate any laws in connection without your use of the Services. This includes any local, state, federal and international laws that may apply to you.
6.2 You are responsible for paying all few that you owe to us You are also solely responsible for collection and/or paying any applicable taxes for any purchases or sales you make through our Services.
6.3 You agree not to attempt to obtain source code of the services. You agree to not interfere with or disrupt/harm our services.
6.4 Violations of this policy may result in a range of actions, including any or all of the following: listing deletion, account suspension or legal action; if necessary.
6.5 If you believe a User on our Site is violating these terms, please contact us.
7. Purchase and Payment
7.1 Currently we only support Credit Card payments. These payments are processed through third-party payment channels may vary depending on the jurisdiction you are in.
7.2 All sales on the platform are biding. The supplier is obligated to complete the transaction with the buyer in a prompt manner unless an exceptional circumstance arises.
8. Supplier Commission
8.1 The supplier of any item/service will pay us a commission on the total transaction amount received by the supplier (including taxes, if any and shipping costs for any of the transactions made on our Site.
8.2 Our commission will be deducted directly from your funds before the funds are settled into your account.
8.3 All third-party payment channels will charge you an additional fee for payment processing. This fee will be dependent on your location as well as your buyer's location. All payment processing fees will not be included in the supplier commission that we charge.
9. Supplier's Responsibilities
9.1 Suppliers will properly manage and ensure that relevant information such as the price and the details of items, inventory amount and will not post inaccurate or misleading information.
9.2 The pricing of items/services for sale are determined by the Supplier at his/her own discretion. The price of an item and shipping charges will include any additional charges such as sales tax, value-added tax, tariffs etc. Suppliers will not charge Buyer such amounts additionally and separately.
9.3 Suppliers are obligated to deliver items/services as described in a prompt manner, unless there is an exceptional circumstance. If there are any exceptional circumstance the supplier is obliged to contact the Buyer to inform them of any delays or inability to complete the transaction.
9.4 Suppliers will issue additional receipts, credit card slips or tax invoices to Buyer on request.
9.5 Suppliers will abide by the Code of Conduct agreement of Sustain Our Communities. Violation of the agreement will result in all Supplier account being deactivated.
10. Disputes with other users
10.1 If you find yourself in a dispute with another user of our Services or a third party, we encourage you to contact the other party and try to resolve the dispute amicably.
10.2 Should you be unable to resolve the dispute between you and another user, we may step in to help resolve the dispute. If you would like Sustain Our Communities to be involved, please contact us. We will help in good faith based on our policies. However, we will not make judgments regarding legal issues or claims.
10.3 Whether you are a Buyer or a Supplier of an item/service, you must cooperate with us throughout the dispute resolution process. We ask that you provide all information relating to the dispute that we request for. Such requests will be directed to your designated email address. If we are unable to get a response from you we may close the investigation or determine that the investigation has been resolved in favour of the other party.
10.4 Disputes as a Buyer
10.4.1 You may raise two types of disputes, one where the 'item is not delivered' and the supplier is not responding to any of your attempts to communicate. The second type of dispute is where the 'item is significantly not as described'.
10.4.2 You may pursue a report about a transaction or contact your card provider to pursue any chargeback options that may be available to you from your card provider. However, you may not pursue both options at the same time or seek double recovery in respect of the same transaction. If you raise a dispute with us and subsequently file a chargeback with your card provider, we will close your report.
10.4.3 If you have receives a refund/exchange from the supplier, you may not report that transaction.
10.4.4 If the 'item is not delivered' we will ask the supplier to provide proof of shipping and delivery that can be tracked online. If the supplier fails to do so, we will resolve the dispute in your favour.
10.4.5 If the 'item is significantly not as described', and both parties cannot agree as to the difference between the item/service that was sold and what was described, we will make a fair decision based on all the information we hold about the item. We will exercise our decision-making authority based on numerous factors, which include the description of the item at the point of purchase, communications between you and the supplier as well as any documentation provided. All decisions made by us are final.
10.5 Disputes as a Supplier
10.5.1 As a supplier, we encourage you to communicate actively with your buyer especially if there are any exceptional circumstances. We encourage you to be prompt in responding to your Buyers in order to avoid any unnecessary disputes.
10.5.2 For 'items that are not delivered' we will contact you to request for proof of shipping. The documentation must clearly show that you have shipped the item to the buyer's address as reflected on the sales receipt. The documentation must be able to be tracked online showing the date the item was sent and the official acceptance of the item by the shipping company and the status update that the item was delivered (buyer's acceptance). This is the only evidence that we will accept as proof of delivery. If proof of delivery cannot be provided then we may resolve the dispute in favour of the buyer.
10.5.3 For 'items not as described' disputes, we will be reviewing the item description and images that were provided at the time of purchase. If both parties cannot agree as to the difference between the item/service that was sold and what was described, we will make a fair decision based on all the information we hold about the item. We will exercise our decision-making authority based on numerous factors, which include the description of the item at the point of purchase, communications between you and the buyer as well as any documentation provided. All decisions made by us are final.
10.5.4 If the buyer attempts to pursue any chargeback options, we will close the dispute in order to prevent double recovery.
11. Disputes with Us
11.1 If you have an issue with Sustain Our Communities, its suppliers or services, please let us know and so we can help resolve the issue. If we are unable to resolve the issue, these rules will govern any legal dispute involving our Services:
11.1.1 Governing Law. The Sustain Our Communities' local laws govern the Terms of Service. The local laws are dependent on the location of incorporation. These laws will then apply no matter where in the world you live.
11.1.2 You agree that any dispute or claim arising from the Terms will be settled by arbitration where possible. Judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court that has jurisdiction. Any arbitration under the Terms of Service will take place on an individual basis: class arbitrations and class actions are not permitted. Any decisions made by the arbitrator will be deemed final.
12. Changes to the Terms of Service
12.1 We are constantly updating and improving the Service to try and find ways to provide you with new and innovative features and services. Improvements and updates are also made to reflect changing technologies, tastes, behaviours and the way people use the Internet and our Service.
12.2 We may revise the Terms of Service but the most current version will always be at this link.
12.3 We will try, where possible and reasonable, to contact you to let you know about significant changes to any of the documents referred to in these Terms of Service. We may make contact through the system or via a separate email.
12.4 The current version of the Terms of Service contains the only terms that apply to our relationship with you. Older versions of the Terms of Service will no longer apply to our relationship and will be completely replaced by the current version.
13. Prohibited Items / Services
Sustain Our Communities is not a curated marketplace. However, for a variety of reasons we prohibit certain types of items from our marketplace. Some of these items present legal risks to our community.
It is the Supplier's responsibility to ensure that their proposed item complies with all laws and is allowed to be listed for sale in accordance to local laws' of the marketplace's incorporation. For Supplier's convenience we have provided a non-exhaustive guideline on prohibited and restricted items that are not allowed for sale. We will update this guideline from time to time where necessary.
If an item/service is found to be in violation of this policy, we may subject the Supplier to a range of adverse actions, including listing deletion, account suspension, account termination and legal action
The following types of items are prohibited:
ii. Tobacco products, smokable products, e-cigarettes and e-liquid
iii. Drugs and drug paraphernalia
iv. Medicine, medicinal instruments and items with objectionable medical claims. Listings are prohibited to make claims such as having a causal relationship between a substance and the prevention, cure or treatment of a disease or condition.
v. Live animals and insects
vi. Items made or derived from animals, including, but not limited to, endangered species and exotic animals
vii. Ivory or bones, including tusks, elk ivory, fossilized ivory and wooly mammoth ivory from ivory-producing animals.
viii. Human beings, human remains, body parts and items made from human remains, except for hair
ix. Hazardous materials which are flammable, explosive, corrosive, radioactive material, poisonous or otherwise dangerous
x. Items or listings that promote, support or seek to engage users in illegal activity
xi. Items or listings that promote, support or glorify hatred and seek to discriminate and/or demean on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, disability or sexual orientation
xii. Items that infringe copyright laws including, but not limited to, unauthorized sales of eBooks
xiii. Counterfeit items
xiv. Unauthorized resale of tickets
xv. Stolen or Illegal goods
xvi. Illegal services not limited to prostitution
xvii. Pornography and adult material and services including, but not limited to, pornographic books, magazines, videos and pictures
xviii. Used undergarments and intimate items
xix. Recalled items or items that present unreasonable risk of harm
xx. Mislabelled goods
And any other items illegal or restricted in the jurisdiction of the Buyer and/or the Supplier or which otherwise encourage illegal or restricted activities.
If you see a listing that violates our policies, please contact us.
14. Contact, feedback and complaints
If you need to contact us please click on contact us for our contact form, or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We value hearing from our users, and are always interested in learning about ways we can improve the Service. By providing your feedback you agree that you are giving up any rights you have in your feedback so that we may use and allow others to use it without any restriction and without any payment to you.