Terms and conditions
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Terms and Conditions of Use of the Website
1. Who is "Prestat Chocolates"?
Prestat Chocolates is the trading name of Prestat Limited. The www.prestat.com website (“the website”) is wholly owned by Prestat Limited. All associated trademarks and images are protected and may not be used without our explicit written permission. You can read more general information about Prestat Chocolates here and read our answers to Frequently Asked Questions here. By placing an order through the www.prestat.com website, either directly yourself or through one of our customer services team over the telephone, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions.
2.1 Delivery Charges
We currently only deliver within the UK using Royal Mail signed for services. Our Standard Delivery Charge is £5.99 or Royal Mail 24 (1 to 2 Days, including Sat) £7.50 or Royal Mail Special (Next Working Day) £11.50.
Under normal circumstances, we will try to ensure that your order is delivered to the recipient's address you provide. However, there are times when this is not possible due to problems with the address information that our customers provide or due to problems our drivers encounter when attempting to deliver the order. It is therefore very important that you ensure that the recipient address you provide is accurate, in particular the postcode, and that you give additional instructions to assist our drivers to locate difficult-to-find addresses. It is also very important that you keep us informed if you find that the recipient's address or availability changes prior to the order being despatched. The email that is sent on completion of your order contains all the key information pertaining to your order. It is very important that you check this to ensure no errors have been made. If we are provided with an incorrect address and the chocolates are sent out for delivery before the error is highlighted, you are not automatically entitled to a resend or a refund. In the event that the chocolates we sent are irretrievable, we may, at our discretion, arrange for another order to be sent out, subject to the details of the specific situation. Please note we currently only deliver to addresses within mainland UK. If you are unsure of the recipient's address, we recommend using one of the following address lookup and validation websites:
2.3 Deliveries To Hospitals
Deliveries to hospitals can be problematic because patients often move from ward to ward, or are discharged. This means that we are sometimes unable to deliver orders for customers at a very emotional time. However, many of these problems can be avoided by ensuring that we have accurate and up-to-date information about the ward that the recipient is in. It is particularly important that you provide the full name of the recipient of the order as there can be several patients with the same name in the same hospital. This can lead to errors in the delivery that are beyond our control. Most hospitals do not allow drivers to take chocolates or other gifts directly to wards because of health and safety regulations and in such cases our chocolates will be delivered to reception or post rooms.
2.4 Receipt of Deliveries
Chocolates sent to hospitals, military bases and business addresses will be delivered to a main reception or mailing room prior to internal distribution; the signature of any person authorised to accept delivery on behalf of the organisation shall be accepted as proof of delivery to your chosen recipient.
2.5 Failure To Deliver
If we are unable to deliver your order to the recipient's address, we will attempt to leave it in a secure place on the recipient's property. Where this is not possible, we will attempt to leave your order with a neighbour. If this is not acceptable, please ensure that you tell us when you place your order. If we are unable to deliver the order, we will attempt to contact you via telephone or email as soon as possible. For this reason, it is very important that you provide up to date contact information. It is also very helpful if you provide us with the telephone number of the recipient as this often makes it easier to resolve delivery problems when the recipient is not at home at the time of delivery, although we cannot guarantee to call the recipient on delivery if the address is outside the Greater London area. In the event that we are unable to deliver the order to a recipient's address that you have provided, we will attempt redelivery either that same day or the following day. At our discretion, we may refund the delivery charge associated with the failed delivery. We are not responsible for any other costs incurred by the customer due to failed deliveries.
2.6 Delivery Instructions
In our checkout we ask for delivery instructions. This information is for our drivers and couriers and is where you should detail your requested actions for us if the recipient is either out or unable to answer the door when we attempt delivery. We will always do our best to follow your instructions word for word but this is not always possible e.g. if you have asked us to leave the chocolates with a neighbour but the neighbours are also out, we may either leave it somewhere secure around the property or if this is not suitable, return the chocolates to our base and reattempt the following working day. If the delivery address is a business address, it is always appreciated if you could include what floor the recipient works on and if it is ok to take to a main reception desk. Putting a phone number in the delivery instructions box does not mean we guarantee to contact the recipient to agree a delivery time as this is not possible for us to do.
2.7 P O Boxes
Unfortunately, we are not able to accept orders to addresses containing a PO Box number or FREEPOST addresses.
3. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee / Damaged Orders & Refunds
Chocolates are perishable goods and we are therefore not able to accept the return of these goods for reasons of hygiene.
We are only able to cancel an order if the goods have NOT been dispatched prior to the cancelation request.
We do operate a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Chocolates are quite fragile and easily damaged. If the products arrive at their destination damaged or fail to arrive due to an unforeseen delivery issue, please immediately contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can discuss an appropriate resolution.
4. Fraudulent Behaviour
If we believe that an order may be fraudulent in nature, for whatever reason, at our complete discretion, we reserve the right to cancel any order and / or refund the payment. We are under no obligation to reveal why we believe the order to be fraudulent. We will co-operate with the police regarding any criminal investigations. We reserve the right to refuse to serve customers, block their IP address from accessing our website and any other blocking or fraud prevention measures we feel may be necessary to implement from time to time.
5. Duplicate Orders
If we notice two identical chocolate orders we may remove one, refunding the cost, if we believe it to have been ordered by mistake. In such circumstances we will attempt to contact the customer but if it is urgent and they cannot be reached, we may make the call ourselves. You consent to our having the freedom to make this decision when you purchase through our website.
6. Abusive Behaviour
We will not tolerate abusive behaviour in any way, shape or form. Whilst we endeavour to do our very best, and 99% of our orders go like clockwork, mistakes are sometimes made. Purchasing from Prestat Chocolates does not entitle individuals to treat our staff abusively. If anyone is abusive to our staff, we will terminate any dialogue. We will not resume dialogue unless it is in a non abusive fashion and with the level of respect to which every human being, on either end of the telephone, has a right. We reserve the right not to deal with returning customers who have previously been abusive or offensive. We may block their account or take any other measures we wish to prevent them using our services in future.
7. Customer and Recipient Personal Information
8. Unforeseen Technical Issues With The Website and / or Our Systems
It is conceivable that errors may occur with our systems from time to time, due to unforseen circumstances. For instance, our 3rd party hosting partner may lose access to the internet, causing our site to go offline or, if there is a problem with our server's internal clock, orders could theoretically be accepted by our system despite a cut off time having passed. These two examples are just that - examples and do not cover all the technical things that could theoretically go wrong (with our or any online business). We take every precaution we can to ensure that our systems run smoothly and problems are very rare. When they do occur, we will do our best to provide the service requested within the timing originally requested. However, in certain circumstances, it will not be possible for us to fufil the order to the original timeline. In the latter situation, we will ask the customer what they would prefer; for us to amend the timing of the order, or to refund the order in full. You cannot hold us responsible for any damages or compensation if your order cannot be fulfilled for this reason (or any other).
9. Cut Off Times
Our cut off times for deliveries are shown on our chocolate delivery pages. However, these cut off times are guidelines only and, whilst we keep to those times 99% of the time, from time to time we may move the cut off times forward or back, to respond to business situations that may arise. Orders must be placed by 1pm for a next day delivery service (Monday to Friday only).
10. User comments, feedback and other submissions provided by customers
You agree that any material, information or ideas that you transmit to this site is, and will remain, the property of Prestat. Furthermore, you accept that you are prohibited from posting or transmitting to or from this site any unlawful, threatening, libellous, defamatory, inflammatory, pornographic or profane material that could give rise to any civil or criminal liability under law. You are solely responsible for the content of any comments you make. Thank you for visiting Prestat Chocolates. We hope that the recipient will be delighted with any order you put through.
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