Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

By placing an order with BLT Direct Ltd., you are accepting our terms and conditions. BLT Direct Ltd. is registered in England and Wales, company registration number 5266419, registered address - Unit 9, The Quadrangle, The Drift, Nacton Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9QR. Your existing statutory rights are not affected by these conditions. Terms and Conditions updated April 2011.

1. Definitions

2. Orders

3. Prices

4. Delivery, Title & Risk

5. Payment

6. Product Specifications

7. Trade Names & Trade Marks

8. Warranties & Returns

9. BLT Direct’s Liabilities

10. Health & Safety

11. Force Majeure

12. Open Box & Liquidation Products

13. The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations

14. Errors & Omissions

15. Data Protection

16. General Terms of Business

1. Definitions

1.1

Business Customer means a customer who is not a Consumer.

1.2

Consumer means an individual who is not acting for the purposes of his or her business or profession.

1.3

Bulbs, Lights and Tubes Direct means BLT Direct Ltd., also referred to as BLT Direct, we or us in these terms and conditions.

1.4

Catalogue means the catalogue of products and services offered by BLT Direct.

1.5

Force Majeure means any cause affecting the performance by BLT Direct of its obligations arising from acts, events, omissions, happenings or non-happenings beyond its reasonable control including (but not limited to) governmental regulations, fire, flood or any disaster or industrial dispute affecting a third party.

1.6

Normal Working Hours means 9 am to 5 pm on a Working Day.

1.7

Working Days means Monday to Friday, excluding Bank or other Public holidays.

1.8

Please note special terms apply to Consumers, which prevail over the other provisions of these terms and conditions. Customers who are Consumers are referred to Clause 13.

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2. Orders

2.1

All contracts of sale made by BLT Direct shall be deemed to incorporate these terms and conditions, which shall prevail over any other terms from the party (the Customer) with whom BLT Direct is dealing. Cancellation of orders by business to business customers is not accepted as many orders are dispatched on the same day the order is placed. Cancellation of orders by Consumers will be accepted in accordance with The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations Nothing in these terms and conditions is intended to impinge upon a Consumers statutory or contractual rights to reject faulty goods.

2.2

All orders are subject to acceptance and to availability of the goods ordered: BLT Direct is entitled to refuse any order placed by you.

2.3

You undertake that:

 

a)

all details you provide to us for the purpose of purchasing goods or services offered on our web site are correct, and

b)

the credit or debit card you use to make a purchase from us is your own card or your companys card, that you are authorised to use it, and that there are sufficient funds or credit facilities to cover the cost of any goods or services you order from us. We reserve the right to obtain validation of your credit or debit card details before providing you with any goods or services.

2.4

Please note, BLT Direct may record and / or monitor inbound and outbound calls and electronic traffic for training purposes.

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3. Prices

3.1

Goods and services, together with VAT, are invoiced at the price prevailing at time of order.

3.2

BLT Direct reserves the right to modify the prices from time to time.

3.3

BLT Direct may introduce incentive schemes from time-to-time. Such schemes will be described within this web catalogue. Where a coupon is issued to a customer it will apply for the duration of the scheme only.

 

a)

Introduce a friend coupons can only be used by a new customer to BLT Direct.

b)

Where introduce a friend coupon is used by a new customer that customer will be given a % discount off the total price excluding postage or packing. You will receive a credit of % of the new customers final price excluding postage and packing.

c)

Credits earned under this scheme will be allocated to your account and deducted from future purchases excluding postage and packing.

d)

Credits must be used within 12 months of being earned.

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4. Delivery, Title and Risk

4.1

BLT Direct shall use reasonable endeavours to dispatch goods within 3 days to the customer, but does not accept liability for failure to deliver within the stated time where this is caused by circumstances beyond our reasonable control, such as delays caused by delivery companies or manufacturer lead times. If a delay is likely, we shall contact the customer and advise of the delay. A customer who is a Consumer shall be entitled to cancel an order when advised of a delay if the revised delivery date is not acceptable.

4.2

Carriage
Delivery will be by second class parcel post unless agreed otherwise. The standard charges that apply are detailed in Delivery Rates

4.3

In the case of a Business Customer, if BLT Direct is unable to deliver the goods within 30 days of the agreed delivery date, the Customer will, as its sole remedy, be entitled to cancel the order and require any monies paid to BLT Direct in respect of that order to be refunded. In order to cancel, the Customer must send written notice of cancellation to BLT Direct after the above date but before delivery of the goods or notification from BLT Direct that the goods are ready for delivery. This Clause does not apply to Consumers.

4.4

Loss or Damage in Transit
BLT Direct will replace free of charge goods which are damaged in transit in accordance with the order placed provided that notification is given in writing within two working days (and received within 5 working days) of receipt of the delivery. If an order is lost in transit the following will apply: Orders placed with Standard 2-6 day delivery are sent via Royal Mail. On occasions this service may be subject to disruptions beyond the control of BLT Direct therefore it may take up to 12 working days to receive your order, after this period we will despatch replacement goods provided that notification is given in writing.

4.5

Business Customers are required to be able to accept the goods when they are ready for delivery within Normal Working Hours.

4.6

Delivery
Delivery is deemed to take place when the goods are delivered to the Customers nominated address, whereupon the risks of loss, breakage and all damage and all other risks shall pass to the Customer.

4.7

Title in the goods does not pass to the Customer until payment is received in full by BLT Direct.

4.8

If the Customer cannot accept delivery, BLT Direct may at its option:

 

a)

store and insure the goods at the Customers expense and risk or,

b)

sell the goods at the best price reasonably obtainable and (after deducting reasonable storage insurance and selling costs) pay to the Customer any excess over the sale price or charge the Customer for any shortfall or,

c)

re-arrange delivery provided that BLT Direct may charge the Customer for the additional delivery costs incurred.

4.9

Where delivery has been tracked, i.e. not dispatched via second class post, the Customer may request a Proof of Delivery, provided that this request is made in writing within 3 months of the date of delivery. BLT Direct shall use reasonable endeavours to provide such proof.

4.10

Upon delivery of the goods, the Customer may be asked to sign a Proof of Delivery to acknowledge safe receipt. It is the responsibility of the Customer to ensure that the number of packages delivered corresponds with the number stated on the delivery note. Where a discrepancy occurs or where there is evident damage to the packaging, this should be noted on the Proof of Delivery. BLT Direct shall not be liable for discrepancies or damage evident on delivery where the Customer accepts delivery and signs the Proof of Delivery without amendment.

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5. Payment

5.1

Payment is due prior to shipment unless a Customer has been approved for credit. BLT reserves the right to conduct credit checks and request appropriate references as part of the approval process. BLT Directs standard credit terms require payment within 30 days from the date of the invoice; unless different terms are agreed in writing in advance of the transaction.

5.2

Payment may be made by bank transfer, cheque, Visa, MasterCard and some debit cards.

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6. Product specifications

6.1

BLT Direct makes every effort to supply the goods as advertised but reserves the right to supply the goods subject to minor variations in actual dimensions and specifications where these are changed by the manufacturer.

6.2

If BLT Direct cannot supply the goods ordered by the Customer, BLT Direct reserves the right to offer goods of equal or superior quality at no extra cost. In such a case, if the Customer does not wish to accept the alternative goods offered, he or she may cancel the order and require the refund of any money paid to BLT Direct in respect of that order, including carriage charges. This shall be the sole remedy of the Customer in these circumstances.

6.3

BLT Direct has to adhere to the manufacturers guidelines where they stipulate any defects that are deemed acceptable before an item is accepted for replacement on grounds of fault.

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7. Trade names & Trade Marks

7.1

Trade names and marks (other than BLT Directs) are not always indications of the actual manufacturer of a particular product and may rather be indicative of general use systems and machines associated with such products.

7.2

In the case of component purchases, Customers requiring a particular brand of product should, before placing an order, check with BLT Direct the identity of the manufacturer of component it is proposed to purchase.

7.3

BLT Direct and the Business Customer/Consumer acknowledge the intellectual property rights of suppliers and manufacturers of the products appearing BLT Direct’s sales literature and on BLT Direct’s website.

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8. Warranties & Returns

 

Please note that special terms apply to Consumers who wish to return goods, which prevail over the provisions of this Clause 8. Customers who are Consumers are referred to Clause 13.

8.1

BLT Direct is committed to providing our customers with the highest quality products and service. However, on rare occasions, products may be found to be faulty or defective. In such cases we offer the returns facilities described below.

8.2

Unless otherwise stated in the manufacturers documentation, all goods delivered to a UK mainland address carry a specified manufacturers warranty.

8.3

If you purchase goods in the course of your business, the following provisions of this Clause shall apply. Other than the express provisions set out in these terms and conditions, all other terms and the implied terms or warranties relating to the supply of goods are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. Please note in particular that goods are not tested or sold as being fit for any particular application or for use under specific conditions, unless expressly agreed in writing, it is your responsibility to ensure that any products you order are fit for the purpose you intend.

8.4

If you purchase services in the course of your business, the following provisions of this Clause shall apply. BLT Direct shall use its skill and expertise to carry out any contracted works (the Service(s)) to a standard equivalent to that of a competent professional, and shall warrant our work as free from defects, for a period of 30 days after completion. In particular, we cannot be held responsible for any fault or damage not caused by BLT Directs employees or its contracted agents. In the event of a claim arising relating to the level of skill and judgement applied in the course of providing Services, BLT Direct reserves at its sole discretion the right to appoint an independent expert in the field to appraise the work carried out in the execution of the Service(s). Additionally, BLT Direct cannot be held responsible for equipment installed or configured when the equipment has subsequently been altered or configured by persons other than BLT Direct. Except as set out here, all other express or implied terms or warranties relating to the Services are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.

8.5

Subject to the right of Consumers to return goods for refund under The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations, BLT Direct does not sell products on a trial basis. Customers are strongly advised to check suitability and specifications of products before ordering. In some instances, Customers may benefit from special price discounts issued by a manufacturer specifically for their benefit. Such goods are not returnable to the manufacturer and may not be sold to other customers. Accordingly, orders for such goods cannot be cancelled and BLT Direct can only return or repair Goods where they prove to be defective and the Goods are returned for repair or replacement.

8.6

The goods may be returned within 14 days they must be unused  with the manufacturers seals intact and in perfect re-saleable condition.

8.7

No contract shall be cancelled once accepted by BLT Direct nor shall any Goods which are delivered in accordance with the contract be returned without prior written approval of BLT Direct and on terms to be determined at the absolute discretion of BLT Direct.

 

a)

BLT Directs Customer Support staff will advise you of which method of delivery to use to return the products. Depending on the nature of the product purchased. If the goods are found on inspection to be defective, the cost of returning the item will be refunded to you. Authorised product returns must be sent to: BLT Direct Returns (BLT Direct), Unit 9, The Quadrangle, The Drift, Nacton Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9QR

b)

A Goods Returns Authorisation Number (RAN) must be obtained from BLT Direct for each and every return so that we are able to administratively process your return, otherwise we have no means of identifying the Goods being returned. This will avoid difficulties in returning monies. The RAN must be clearly shown on each parcel returned, and must be in the original manufacturers packaging (which shall not be defaced) complete with accessories, manuals and documentation. Except in the case of faulty Goods, returned items not complying with these requirements will be rejected.

c)

BLT Direct cannot accept liability for packages damaged during transit from the Customer. It is the Customers responsibility to wrap the product adequately to prevent damage.

d)

Proof of postage is not proof of delivery and you are therefore strongly advised to send your package by recorded delivery, registered post or courier, and to insure the goods for their full value.

e)

On receipt of the returned product will be tested, if it is found to be in good working order without defect, we will return the product to you, and the carriage costs of this return will be your responsibility. Please note that if you have, in the meantime, required us to provide you with a replacement product before completion of the testing process, you will have to pay for this product also. This Clause does not apply to Consumers returning goods pursuant to Clause 13.

f)

Unless otherwise stated in the manufacturers documentation, all goods delivered to a UK mainland address carry a specified manufacturers warranty. Customers who wish to make a warranty claim must comply with the manufacturers instructions and warranty procedure. In order to resolve your problem as quickly as possible, we will refer you to the product manufacturer who will deal directly with the return. In these instances, we will provide you with the contact information for the relevant manufacturer. If you are a consumer, this does not affect your statutory rights.

g)

This warranty shall not apply if the goods have been worked upon, altered or damaged in any way by the Customer or its employees or agents, or to goods not used in accordance with the manufacturers instructions.

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9. BLT Directs liability

9.1

In its dealings with Business Customers, BLT Direct shall under no circumstances be liable for any consequential or indirect damage or loss, however caused, including (but not restricted to) loss of business or profits, loss of goodwill, damage to trading relationships loss of data and other financial loss. (Financial loss in this sense does not refer to the price you have paid for the goods, which we may be liable to refund to you, in whole or in part, if the goods are faulty or do not comply with their description). BLT Directs liability in respect of all other losses shall be limited to the invoiced amount of the relevant order.

9.2

Nothing in this agreement shall limit BLT Directs liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence.

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10. Health & Safety

10.1

BLT Direct confirms that the goods it supplies as a distributor do not present a hazard to health and safety

 

a)

when properly used for the purpose for which they are designed; and

b)

if the Customer takes reasonable and normal precautions in their use.

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11. Force Majeure

11.1

BLT Direct shall not be liable to the Business Customer/Consumer or be deemed to be in breach of the contract by reason of any delay in performing or any failure to perform any of BLT Directs obligations in respect of the Goods, if the delay or failure was due to any cause beyond BLT Directs reasonable control. Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, the following shall be regarded as causes beyond BLT Directs reasonable control:

 

a)

act of God, explosion, flood, tempest, fire or accident;

b)

war, threat of war, sabotage, insurrection, civil disturbance or requisition;

c)

acts, restrictions, regulations, bye-laws, prohibitions or measures of any kind on the part of any governmental, parliamentary or local authority;

d)

import or export regulations or embargoes;

e)

strikes, lock-outs or other industrial actions or trade disputes (whether involving employees of BLT Direct or of a third party);

f)

difficulty in obtaining materials, labour or machinery; and

g)

power failure or breakdown in machinery.

11.2

If we are unable to provide you with your Goods within a reasonable time due to circumstances outside our control, we shall either agree a new timescale with you for the delivery of the Goods or either of us may decide to terminate the contract in which case we will return any prepayments that you have made in full.

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12. Open Box & Liquidation Products

12.1

Goods sold as Open Box or Liquidation Stock are downgraded goods that BLT Direct is able to offer at a discount on the normal catalogue price. Stocks of goods offered as Open Box or Liquidation are limited and such goods are sold subject to the following special rules. These special rules apply in addition to, and in the event of any conflict override, all of BLT Directs other terms and conditions, except those terms and conditions specifically covering Consumers.

12.2

Liquidation Stock and Open Box products, by their very nature, have limited availability. Upon receipt of an order, BLT Direct will check stock availability. Until stock availability is confirmed to the customer, a contract for sale will not be created and no payment will be debited from the customer.

12.3

All goods sold by BLT Direct as Open Box or Liquidation Products are sold subject to the following special rules that apply in addition to BLT Directs other terms and conditions.

12.4

Products are non-returnable unless we have made an error or the goods are faulty;

12.5

Prices are not subject to value, cash or volume discounts.

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13. The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations

13.1

Contracts for the purchase of goods by a Customer not acting in the course of a business and made over the telephone or through the BLT Direct website, or by mail order, are subject to The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations (the Regulations).

13.2

If the Regulations apply, Customers may cancel goods purchased from BLT Direct by sending a written notice of cancellation by registered post or hand delivery addressed to Customer Services at BLT Direct, Unit 9, The Quadrangle, The Drift, Nacton Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9QR, or by Fax 01473 718128 or by logging into the web portal as explained in the despatch note. Please note that email is not a guaranteed service hence must not be used for this communication.

13.3

The notice of cancellation must be delivered within 14 working days of the day after date of delivery of the goods and the goods should be returned within 14 days.

13.4

The Customer will be responsible for the cost of returning the goods if he or she exercises this right of cancellation under the Regulations.

13.5

BLT Direct will refund standard carriage costs together with the price paid for the goods when the goods have been received and checked as being in re-saleable condition.

13.6

A deduction will be made to the refund in respect of any damage to the goods or the packaging.

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14. Errors & Omissions

14.1

BLT Direct makes every effort to ensure that all prices and descriptions quoted in its catalogue and on its website are correct and accurate. However, the frenetic tempo of e-commerce makes it inevitable that mistakes will occasionally occur. In the case of a manifest error or omission, BLT Direct will be entitled to rescind the contract, notwithstanding that it has already accepted the Customers order and/or received payment from the Customer. BLT Directs liability in that event will be limited to the return of any money the Customer has paid in respect of the order. In the case of a manifest error in relation to price, the Customer will be entitled to purchase the goods by paying the difference between the quoted price and the correct price, as confirmed in writing by BLT Direct after the manifest error has been discovered.

14.2

A manifest error, as the term is used in sub-paragraph (1) above, means, in relation to an incorrect price, a price quoted in error by BLT Direct which is more than 10% less than the price that would have been quoted had the mistake not been made.

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15. Data Protection

 

Please note: BLT Direct has a full and detailed privacy statement available by clicking here

15.1

Website Security
BLT Directs website employs the SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption standard in all secure areas, including login pages, customer information and payment details. Provided the Business Customer/Consumer is using an SSL-compliant browser such as Netscapes Navigator, Microsofts Internet Explorer, Opera or Firefox, the Business Customer/Consumer is able to conduct encrypted transactions without fear of an intermediary obtaining the Business Customer/Consumers credit card information.

15.2

Data Protection & Data Security
Data is maintained under the provisions of the Data Protection Act (1998), BLT Direct’s registration number is Z9638582 BLT Direct may contact the Business Customer/Consumer from time to time to verify and update the data BLT Direct holds on the records of the Business Customer/Consumer.

15.3

Information Automatically Logged
BLT Direct uses your IP (Internet Protocol) address to help diagnose problems with BLT Direct’s server and to administer BLT Direct’s website. The Business Customer/Consumer’s IP address is also used to help gather broad demographic information. A disk-based cookie (non session) is used to identify the Business Customer/Consumer.

15.4

Registration and data sharing
BLT Direct’s site registration and order form requires users to give BLT Direct contact information (such as name, email, and postal address), unique identifiers (such as username and password), demographic information (such as postcode), and financial information (such as account or credit card numbers).This data is stored for use by BLT Direct to process your order and for BLT Direct’s marketing communications and analysis.

15.5

BLT Direct may share the Business Customer/Consumer’s information with selected 3rd parties outside BLT Direct Ltd, in order to fulfil an order received or that they may contact the Business Customer/Consumer to let the Business Customer/Consumer know about goods or services which may be of interest to the Business Customer/Consumer.

You may opt-out of receiving such information, to do so contact BLT Direct.

BLT Direct will not share the Business Customer/Consumer’s email address or personal telephone number with these 3rd parties without your specific permission.

 

 

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16. General terms of business

16.1

Nothing in these terms and conditions affects your statutory rights as a Consumer.

16.2

If any provision in this Agreement is held to be invalid or unenforceable, it shall be deemed severed from the Agreement and this shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions.

16.3

Any waiver of a breach of this Agreement must be in writing.

16.4

Any variation of this Agreement must be in writing and signed by a duly authorised BLT Direct official.

16.5

The headings are for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement.

16.6

Assignment. You must not transfer any contract made with us under these Conditions, as it is personal to you, without written authority from us. This authority will not be refused without good reason.

16.7

Insolvency

 

 

This clause applies if:

a)

the Business Customer/Consumer makes any voluntary arrangement with its creditors or (being an individual or firm) becomes bankrupt or (being a company) becomes subject to an administration order or goes into liquidation (otherwise than for the purposes of amalgamation or reconstruction);

b)

An encumbrance takes possession, or a receiver is appointed of any of the property or assets of the Business Customer/Consumer ; or

c)

BLT Direct reasonably apprehends that any of the events mentioned above is about to occur in relation to the Business Customer/Consumer and notifies the Business Customer/Consumer accordingly.

 

If this clause applies then without prejudice to any other right or remedy available to BLT Direct, BLT Direct shall be entitled to cancel the contract or suspend any further deliveries under the contract without any liability to the Business Customer/Consumer and if the Goods have been delivered but not paid for, the price shall become immediately due and payable notwithstanding any previous agreement or arrangement to the contrary.

16.8

Customer Service queries
BLT Direct shall make every reasonable effort acknowledge by post, telephone or email any queries or complaints which the Business Customer/Consumer has made within 2 Working Days of receipt of any such query or complaint.

BLT Direct shall make every reasonable endeavour to resolve queries or complaints within 5 Working Days and keep the Business Customer/Consumer reasonably notified of any progress thereafter.

Please send any queries/complaints to: customerservices@bltdirect.com

16.9

Third Party (Rights) Act 1999
No third party shall be allowed to enforce any rights under this contract.

The parties hereby exclude the application of the Contracts (rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 to each and every contract made under these Conditions.

16.10

No Waiver
BLT Directs failure to insist upon strict performance of any provision of these Conditions shall not be deemed a waiver of its rights or remedies in respect of any present or future default of the Business Customer/Consumer in performance or compliance with any of these Conditions.

16.11

Notice
Any notice required or permitted to be given by either party to the other under these Conditions shall be in writing addressed to the other party at its registered office or principal place of business or such other address as may at the relevant time have been notified pursuant to this provision to the party giving notice.

Notice shall be delivered personally or sent by first class prepaid recorded delivery of by registered post (airmail if overseas) or by facsimile transmission and shall be deemed to be given in the case of delivery personally on delivery and in the case of posting (in the absence of evidence of earlier receipt) 48 hours after posting (six days if sent by airmail) and in the case of facsimile transmission on completion of the transmission provided that the sender shall have received printed confirmation of transmission.

16.12

Enforceability
If any provision of these Conditions is held by any competent authority to be invalid or unenforceable in whole or in part the validity of the other provision of these Conditions and the remainder of the provision in question shall not be affected.

16.13

Dispute
In the event of a dispute between the Business Customer/Consumer and BLT Direct, should BLT Direct in writing require, the Business Customer/Consumer agrees to submit to the jurisdiction in accordance with the Arbitration Act 1996 for the time being in force as a legally binding alternative to court action.

16.14

Jurisdiction
The contract shall be governed by the laws of England & Wales and the Business Customer/Consumer agrees to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

16.15

Images
Product images are provided for illustrative purposes only and the actual product you receive may differ from the image displayed in the catalogue or on our website, especially with generic products.

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