Terms & Conditions
By using the Site in any manner, including but not limited to visiting or browsing the Site, you (the “user” or “you”) agree to be bound by this Agreement, including those additional terms and conditions and policies referenced herein and/or available by hyperlink. This Agreement applies to all users of the Site, including without limitation users who are vendors, customers, merchants, contributors of content, information and other materials or services on the Site.
If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQ section of the Site.
1. Smooth Pebbles is a Virtual Shopping Mall
Smooth Pebbles acts as a virtual mall to allow users who comply with Smooth Pebbles’s policies to offer, sell and buy certain handmade and home-business goods within a fixed-price format. Smooth Pebbles is not directly involved in the transaction between buyers and sellers. As a result, Smooth Pebbles has no control over the quality, safety, morality or legality of any aspect of the items listed, the truth or accuracy of the listings, the ability of sellers to sell items or the ability of buyers to pay for items. Smooth Pebbles does not pre-screen the content or information provided by users. Smooth Pebbles cannot ensure that a buyer or seller will actually complete a transaction.
Consequently, Smooth Pebbles does not transfer legal ownership of items from the seller to the buyer.
Smooth Pebbles cannot guarantee the true identity, age, and nationality of a user. Smooth Pebbles encourages you to communicate directly with potential transaction partners through the tools available on the Site. You may also wish to consider using a third-party escrow service or services that provide additional user verification.
You agree that Smooth Pebbles is a venue and as such is not responsible or liable for any content, for example, data, text, information, usernames, graphics, images, photographs, profiles, audio, video, items, and links posted by you, other users, or outside parties on Smooth Pebbles. You use the Smooth Pebbles service at your own risk.
2. Membership Eligibility
Age: Smooth Pebbles’s services are available only to, and may only be used by, individuals who are 18 years and older who can form legally binding contracts under applicable law. You represent and warrant that you are at least 18 years old and that all registration information you submit is accurate and truthful. Smooth Pebbles may, in its sole discretion, refuse to offer access to or use of the Site to any person or entity and change its eligibility criteria at any time. This provision is void where prohibited by law and the right to access the Site is revoked in such jurisdictions.
Individuals under the age of 18 must at all times use Smooth Pebbles’s services only in conjunction with and under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian who is at least 18 years of age. In this all cases, the adult is the user and is responsible for any and all activities.
Compliance: You agree to comply with all local laws regarding online conduct and acceptable content.
You are responsible for all applicable taxes. In addition, you must abide by Smooth Pebbles’s policies as stated in the Agreement and the Smooth Pebbles policy documents listed below (if applicable to your activities on or use of the Site) as well as all other operating rules, policies and procedures that may be published from time to time on the Site by Smooth Pebbles, each of which is incorporated herein by reference and each of which may be updated by Smooth Pebbles from time to time without notice to you:
In addition, some services offered through the Site may be subject to additional terms and conditions promulgated by Smooth Pebbles from time to time; your use of such services is subject to those additional terms and conditions, which are incorporated into this Agreement by this reference.
Password: Please keep your password secure. You are fully responsible for all activity, liability and damage resulting from your failure to maintain password confidentiality. You agree to immediately notify Smooth Pebbles of any unauthorized use of your password or any breach of security. You also agree that Smooth Pebbles cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to keep your password secure. You agree not to provide your username and password information in combination to any other party other than Smooth Pebbles without Smooth Pebbles’s express written permission.
Account Information: You must keep your account information up-to-date and accurate at all times, including a valid email address. To sell items on Smooth Pebbles you must provide and maintain valid payment information such as valid bank account information.
Account Transfer: You may not transfer or sell your Smooth Pebbles account and User ID to another party. If you are registering as a business entity, you personally guarantee that you have the authority to bind the entity to this Agreement.
Right to Refuse Service: Smooth Pebbles’s services are not available to temporarily or indefinitely suspended Smooth Pebbles members. Smooth Pebbles reserves the right, in Smooth Pebbles’s sole discretion, to cancel unconfirmed or inactive accounts. Smooth Pebbles reserves the right to refuse service to anyone, for any reason, at any time.
3. Fees and Services
Smooth Pebbles charges no fees for listing an item for sale, but charges a percentage of the sale price when the item sells. Smooth Pebbles’s Fees Policy, which is subject to change, is incorporated into this Agreement by reference. Changes to the Fees Policy and the fees for Smooth Pebbles’s services are effective after Smooth Pebbles provides you with at least thirty (30) days’ notice by posting the changes on the Site. However, Smooth Pebbles may choose to temporarily change the Fees Policy and the fees for Smooth Pebbles’s services for promotional events; such changes are effective when Smooth Pebbles posts the temporary promotional event on the Site. Smooth Pebbles may, at Smooth Pebbles’s sole discretion, change some or all of Smooth Pebbles’s services at any time. In the event Smooth Pebbles introduces a new service, the fees for that service are effective at the launch of the service. Unless otherwise stated, all fees are quoted in South African Rand (ZAR).
You are responsible for paying all fees and applicable taxes associated with using Smooth Pebbles. Smooth Pebbles keeps accepted payment information on file. At the beginning of the month, each seller is emailed an invoice detailing the amount due. A seller must pay the amount due in full within 15 days of the date of the invoice.
Fees and Termination: If Smooth Pebbles terminates a listing or your account, if you close your account, or if the payment of your Smooth Pebbles fees cannot be completed for any reason, you remain obligated to pay Smooth Pebbles for all unpaid fees plus any penalties, if applicable. If the seller’s account is not paid in full and becomes past due, the seller risks penalties such as the suspension of privileges and/or termination of the account and other collection mechanisms (including retaining collection agencies and legal counsel). If you have a question or wish to dispute a charge, contact Smooth Pebbles.
4. Listing and Selling
Listing Description: By listing an item on the Site you warrant that you and all aspects of the item comply with Smooth Pebbles’s published policies. You also warrant that you may legally sell the item. You must accurately describe your item and all terms of sale in your Smooth Pebbles shop. Your listings may only include text descriptions, graphics, pictures and other content relevant to the sale of that item. All items must be listed in an appropriate category with appropriate tags. Each listing must accurately and completely describe the item/items for sale in that listing. If the “in stock” quantity is more than one, all items in that listing must be identical. Each unique item must have its own listing.
Shop Policies: All sellers are urged to outline shop policies for their Smooth Pebbles shop. These policies may include, for example, shipping, returns, payment and selling policies. Sellers must create reasonable policies in good faith and must abide by such policies. All shop policies must comply with Smooth Pebbles’s site-wide policies. Sellers are responsible for enforcing their own reasonable shop policies. Smooth Pebbles reserves the right to request that a seller modify a shop policy.
Binding Sale: All sales are binding. The seller is obligated to ship the order or otherwise complete the transaction with the buyer in a prompt manner, unless there is an exceptional circumstance, such as: (a) the buyer fails to meet the terms of the seller’s listing (such as payment method), or (b) the seller cannot authenticate the buyer’s identity. The buyer is obligated to deliver appropriate payment for items purchased, unless there is an exceptional circumstance.
Fee Avoidance: The price stated in each item listing description must be an accurate representation of the sale. Sellers may charge reasonable shipping and handling fees to cover the costs for packaging and mailing the items. Sellers may not charge excessive shipping fees or otherwise avoid fees. You may not alter the item’s price after a sale for the purpose of avoiding Smooth Pebbles transaction fees, misrepresent the item’s location, or use another user’s account without permission.
5. Prohibited, Questionable and Infringing Items and Activities
You are solely responsible for your conduct and activities on and regarding to Smooth Pebbles and any and all data, text, information, usernames, graphics, images, photographs, profiles, audio, video, items, and links (together, “Content”) that you submit, post, and display on Smooth Pebbles.
Restricted Activities: Your Content and your use of Smooth Pebbles shall not:
1. Be false, inaccurate or misleading
2. Be fraudulent or involve the sale of illegal, counterfeit or stolen items
3. Infringe upon any third-party’s copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret or other proprietary or intellectual property rights or rights of publicity or privacy (see also, Smooth Pebbles’s Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy)
4. Violate this Agreement, The MUSTs & MUST NOTs of Smooth Pebbles, any site policy or community guidelines, or any applicable law, statute, ordinance or regulation (including, but not limited to, those governing export control, consumer protection, unfair competition, anti-discrimination or false advertising)
5. Contain items that have been identified as hazardous to consumers and therefore subject to a recall
6. Be defamatory, trade libelous, unlawfully threatening, unlawfully harassing, impersonate or intimidate any person (including Smooth Pebbles staff or other users), or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with any person, through for example, the use of similar email address, nicknames, or creation of false account(s) or any other method or device.
7. Be obscene or contain child pornography
8. Contain or transmit any code of a destructive nature that may damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or personal information
9. Host images not part of a listing
10. Modify, adapt or hack Smooth Pebbles or modify another website so as to falsely imply that it is associated with Smooth Pebbles
11. Appear to create liability for Smooth Pebbles or cause Smooth Pebbles to lose (in whole or in part) the services of Smooth Pebbles’s ISPs or other suppliers
Re-Posting Content: By posting Content on Smooth Pebbles, it is possible for an outside website or a third party to re-post that Content. You agree to hold Smooth Pebbles harmless for any dispute concerning this use. If you choose to display your own Smooth Pebbles-hosted image on another website, the image must provide a link back to its listing page on Smooth Pebbles.
Idea Submissions: Smooth Pebbles considers any unsolicited suggestions, ideas, proposals or other material submitted to it by users via the Site or otherwise (other than the Content and the tangible items sold on the Site by users) (collectively, the “Material”) to be non-confidential and non-proprietary, and Smooth Pebbles shall not be liable for the disclosure or use of such Material. If, at Smooth Pebbles’s request, any member sends Material to improve the site (for example through the Forums or to customer support), Smooth Pebbles will also consider that Material to be non-confidential and non-proprietary and Smooth Pebbles will not be liable for use or disclosure of the Material. Any communication by you to Smooth Pebbles is subject to this Agreement. You hereby grant and agree to grant Smooth Pebbles, under all of your rights in the Material, a worldwide, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, fully-paid, sub-licensable and transferable right and license to incorporate, use, publish and exploit such Material for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or otherwise, including but not limited to incorporating it in the API, documentation, or any product or service, without compensation or accounting to you and without further recourse by you.
7. Information Control
Smooth Pebbles does not control the Content provided by users that is made available on Smooth Pebbles. You may find some Content to be offensive, harmful, inaccurate, or deceptive. There are also risks of dealing with underage persons or people acting under false pretense.
Additionally, there may also be risks dealing with international trade and foreign nationals. By using Smooth Pebbles, you agree to accept such risks and that Smooth Pebbles (and Smooth Pebbles’s officers, directors, agents, subsidiaries, joint ventures and employees) is not responsible for any and all acts or omissions of users on Smooth Pebbles.
Please use caution, common sense, and practice safe buying and selling when using Smooth Pebbles.
Other Resources: Smooth Pebbles is not responsible for the availability of outside websites or resources linked to or referenced on the Site. Smooth Pebbles does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such websites or resources. You agree that Smooth Pebbles shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such websites or resources.
Users may arrange and attend online virtual meetings or in-person meetings (“Meetings”) with one or more individuals. Users are solely responsible for interactions with others. Users must comply with Smooth Pebbles’s policies and acknowledge and agree to comply with the laws of the city, county and country in which the Meeting occurs. Additional eligibility requirements for a particular group or Meeting may be set by the group’s contact person. Smooth Pebbles is not involved with user generated groups, the groups’ requirements, or the Meetings.
Smooth Pebbles does not supervise or control the Meetings, user-initiated online or offline gatherings, or the interactions among and between users and other persons or companies. Users are solely responsible for interactions with others. Users understand that Smooth Pebbles does not in any way screen its users. All users agree to exercise caution and good judgment in all interactions with others, particularly if meeting offline or in person.
Groups or User Fees: Some user-generated groups on Smooth Pebbles may require or request that users pay fees in order to be a member of the group, participate in a promotion, or participate in Meetings. Smooth Pebbles IS NOT INVOLVED IN THE TRANSACTIONS, THE PAYMENTS OR THEIR PROCESSING. THE PAYMENT DOES NOT GO TO SMOOTH PEBBLES; THIS MONEY IS SEPARATE FROM ANY FEES OR CHARGES ASSESSED BY SMOOTH PEBBLES, AND SMOOTH PEBBLES HAS NO CONTROL OVER THE MONEY, THE USER-GENERATED GROUPS, PROMOTIONS, THE MEETINGS, OR THE LEADER OF THE GROUP IN CONNECTION WITH ITS USE. YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT SMOOTH PEBBLES IS NEITHER INVOLVED NOR A PARTY IN ANY PAYMENT, TRANSACTION OR INTERACTION BETWEEN OR AMONG USER-GENERATED GROUPS, SMOOTH PEBBLES USERS AND/OR THIRD PARTIES (together a “Third Party Transaction”), AND THAT YOU BEAR ALL RISK IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR THIRD PARTY TRANSACTIONS. Users should use common sense and be careful in deciding whether to contribute money.
9. Resolution of Disputes and Release
In the event a dispute arises between you and Smooth Pebbles, please contact Smooth Pebbles.
Any dispute arising from or relating to the subject matter of this Agreement shall be finally settled by arbitration in Durban, South Africa, using the English language in accordance with the Commercial or Expedited Rules of The Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (“AFSA”) then in effect, by one commercial arbitrator with substantial experience in resolving intellectual property and commercial contract disputes, who shall be selected from the appropriate list of AFSA arbitrators in accordance with the Arbitration Rules and Procedures of AFSA. The prevailing party in any arbitration or other proceeding arising under this Agreement shall be entitled to receive reimbursement of its reasonable expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees, expert witness fees and all other expenses) incurred in connection therewith. Judgment upon the award so rendered may be entered in a court having jurisdiction or application may be made to such court for judicial acceptance of any award and an order of enforcement, as the case may be. Notwithstanding the foregoing, each party shall have the right to institute an action in a court of proper jurisdiction for injunctive or other equitable relief pending a final decision by the arbitrator. For all purposes of this Agreement, the parties consent to exclusive jurisdiction and venue in the South African Courts. Use of the Site is not authorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of the Agreement, including without limitation, this section. You and Smooth Pebbles agree that any cause of action arising out of or related to the Site (including, but not limited to, any services provided or made available therein) or this Agreement must commence within one (1) year after the cause of action arose; otherwise, such cause of action is permanently barred.
Should you have a dispute with one or more users, or an outside party, you release Smooth Pebbles (and Smooth Pebbles’s officers, directors, agents, subsidiaries, joint ventures and employees) from any and all claims, demands
and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes.
Smooth Pebbles encourages users to report user-to-user disputes to your local law enforcement, postmaster general, or a certified mediation or arbitration entity, as applicable.
Smooth Pebbles, for the benefit of users, may try to help users resolve disputes. Smooth Pebbles does so in Smooth Pebbles’s sole discretion, and Smooth Pebbles has no obligation to resolve disputes between users or between users and outside parties. To the extent that Smooth Pebbles attempts to resolve a dispute, Smooth Pebbles will do so in good faith based solely on Smooth Pebbles’s policies. Smooth Pebbles will not make judgments regarding legal issues or claims.
10. Smooth Pebbles’s Intellectual Property
Smooth Pebbles, and other Smooth Pebbles graphics, logos, designs, page headers, button icons, scripts, and service names are registered trademarks, trademarks or trade dress of Smooth Pebbles Pty Ltd in South Africa and/or other countries.
Smooth Pebbles’s trademarks and trade dress may not be used, including as part of trademarks and/or as part of domain names or email addresses, in connection with any product or service in any manner that is likely to cause confusion.
11. Access and Interference
Additionally, you agree that you will not:
1. Take any action that imposes, or may impose, in Smooth Pebbles’s sole discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on Smooth Pebbles’s infrastructure
2. Copy, reproduce, modify, create derivative works from, distribute or publicly display any user
3. Interfere or attempt to interfere with the proper working of the Site or any activities conducted on the Site
4. Bypass Smooth Pebbles’s robot exclusion headers or other measures Smooth Pebbles may use to prevent or restrict access to Smooth Pebbles
Without limiting any other remedies, Smooth Pebbles may, without notice, and without refunding any fees, delay or immediately remove Content, warn Smooth Pebbles’s community of a user’s actions, issue a warning to a user, temporarily suspend a user, temporarily or indefinitely suspend a user’s account privileges, terminate a user’s account, prohibit access to the Site, and take technical and legal steps to keep a user off the Site and refuse to provide services to a user if any of the following apply:
14. No Warranty
SMOOTH PEBBLES, SMOOTH PEBBLES’S SUBSIDIARIES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AND SMOOTH PEBBLES’S SUPPLIERS PROVIDE SMOOTH PEBBLES’S WEB SITE AND SERVICES “AS IS” AND WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY. SMOOTH PEBBLES, SMOOTH PEBBLES’S SUBSIDIARIES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES AND SMOOTH PEBBLES’S SUPPLIERS SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, PERFORMANCE, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. IN ADDITION, NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION (ORAL OR WRITTEN) OBTAINED BY YOU FROM SMOOTH PEBBLES SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY.
15. Liability Limit
IN NO EVENT SHALL SMOOTH PEBBLES, AND (AS APPLICABLE) SMOOTH PEBBLES’S SUBSIDIARIES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES OR SMOOTH PEBBLES’S SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, WHETHER DIRECT, INDIRECT, GENERAL, SPECIAL, COMPENSATORY, CONSEQUENTIAL, AND/OR INCIDENTAL, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE CONDUCT OF YOU OR ANYONE ELSE IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE SITE, SMOOTH PEBBLES’S SERVICES, OR THIS AGREEMENT, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOST PROFITS, BODILY INJURY, EMOTIONAL DISTRESS, OR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.
SMOOTH PEBBLES’S LIABILITY, AND (AS APPLICABLE) THE LIABILITY OF SMOOTH PEBBLES’S SUBSIDIARIES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AND SUPPLIERS, TO YOU OR ANY THIRD PARTIES IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCE IS LIMITED TO THE GREATER OF (A) THE AMOUNT OF FEES YOU PAY TO SMOOTH PEBBLES IN THE 12 MONTHS PRIOR TO THE ACTION GIVING RISE TO LIABILITY, AND (B) R1000.
YOU AGREE TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD SMOOTH PEBBLES AND (AS APPLICABLE) SMOOTH PEBBLES’S PARENT, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, AND EMPLOYEES, HARMLESS FROM ANY CLAIM OR DEMAND, INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, MADE BY ANY THIRD PARTY DUE TO OR ARISING OUT OF YOUR BREACH OF THIS AGREEMENT OR THE DOCUMENTS IT INCORPORATES BY REFERENCE, OR YOUR VIOLATION OF ANY LAW OR THE RIGHTS OF A THIRD PARTY.
17. No Guarantee
Smooth Pebbles does not guarantee continuous, uninterrupted access to the Site, and operation of the Site may be interfered with by numerous factors outside Smooth Pebbles’s control.
18. Legal Compliance; Taxes
You shall comply with all applicable domestic and international laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations regarding your use of the Site and any Smooth Pebbles service and, if applicable, your listing, purchase, solicitation of offers to purchase, and sale of items. In addition, you shall be responsible for paying any and all taxes applicable to any purchases or sales of items you make on the Site (excluding any taxes on Smooth Pebbles’s net income).
If any provision of this Agreement is held unenforceable, then such provision will be modified to reflect the parties’ intention. All remaining provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.
20. No Agency
You and Smooth Pebbles are independent contractors, and no agency, partnership, joint venture, employee-employer or franchiser-franchisee relationship is intended or created by this Agreement.
21. Smooth Pebbles Service
22. Choice of Law
This Agreement shall in all respects be interpreted and construed with and by the laws of South Africa.
Sections 3 (Fees and Services, Fees and Termination), 6 (Content, License), 7 (Information Control), 8 (Meetings, Groups or User Fees), 9 (Resolution of Dispute and Release), 10 (Smooth Pebbles’s Intellectual Property), 11 (Access and Interference), 12 (Breach), 13 (Privacy), 14 (No Warranty), 15 (Liability Limit), 16 (Indemnity), 17 (No Guarantee), 19 (Severability), 20 (No Agency), 22 (Choice of Law) shall survive any termination or expiration of this Agreement.
Except as explicitly stated otherwise, any notices shall be given by postal mail to Smooth Pebbles; Attn: Legal Department; Clusterbox 6748, Le Domaine, Hillcrest, 3626 (in the case of Smooth Pebbles) or, in your case, to the email address you provide to Smooth Pebbles (either during the registration process or when your email address changes). Notice shall be deemed given 24 hours after email is sent, unless the sending party is notified that the email address is invalid. Alternatively, Smooth Pebbles may give you notice by certified mail, postage prepaid and return receipt requested, to the address provided to Smooth Pebbles. In such case, notice shall be deemed given three days after the date of mailing.
For issues with intellectual property, please provide the notice as specified in Smooth Pebbles’s Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy.
The services hereunder are offered by Smooth Pebbles Pty Ltd, located at Clusterbox 6748, Le Domaine, Hillcrest, 3626. If you are a South African resident, you may have this same information emailed to you by sending a letter to the foregoing address with your email address and a request for this information.