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Refund and Return Policy

Returns 

 

Preparing your products for a return

 

To ensure your request is processed as quickly as possible you are responsible for the following when returning your products.

      • package your products safely and securely for protection during transit.
      • clearly mark your return reference number on the outside of the parcel; and
      • include all accessories and parts that were sold with the product.

Failure to adhere to any of these requirements could delay the processing of your request or result in its decline altogether.

 

1: Unwanted products

 

You can return an unwanted product to us at no charge, provided:

      • it is undamaged and unused, with the original labels and stickers still attached.
      • save in relation to Unboxed Deals, reconditioned products and used products, it is in the original packaging, which must be undamaged and in its original condition with all seals still intact (if applicable). Please refer to our FAQs for some examples.
      • it is not missing any accessories or parts.
      • you log a return on the Website within 30 days of delivery to you or collection by you of the unwanted product. After 30 days, you can only return a product if it is defective: and
      • it is not one of the products listed below.

Changed your mind?

Where you have changed your mind and would like a credit for a product, you can return it – provided the product is not:

      • a digital product such as an eBook, electronic voucher, gaming code or other digital download.
      • an audio or video recording or computer software that has been unsealed.
      • a newspaper, periodical or magazine.
      • a foodstuff, beverage or other product intended for everyday consumption.
      • a nursing or maternity product, an infant bottle, infant feeding product or bottle accessory that has been unsealed, including (but not limited to) breast pumps, bottles, teats, soothers/pacifiers, formula, maternity underwear, nappies, and wipes.
      • a beauty product or fragrance which has been used.
      • an intimate product, lingerie, swimwear, bodysuit, underwear, or jewellery for piercings, which for hygienic and public health reasons may not be returned; or
      • a product which has been personalised for you or made to your specifications; or
      • a flatpack furniture product that has been assembled after delivery.

We will collect the product from you at no charge. Once we have inspected the product and validated your return, we will credit your account with the purchase price of the product within 7 days of the return (or refund you if that is your preference).

Want to exchange?

Fashion and sportswear products can be exchanged for a different size or colour variation, provided that such variation is available. An Unboxed Deal, reconditioned product or used product can only be exchanged for a variation of the same Unboxed Deal, reconditioned product or used product, if such variation is available. In such a case, we will collect the product from you and deliver the requested product to you at no charge. If such variation is not available, we will credit your account with the purchase price of the product within 10 days of the return (or refund you if that is your preference).

We are entitled to inspect the product to validate your return. Please refer to our FAQs for some advice on making sure that your product is returnable under this section.

Not what you ordered?

If we accidentally deliver the wrong product to you, or if the product is not as described on the Website, please notify us and we will collect the product from you at no charge. If the product is missing any accessories or parts, you will need to follow the process set out in section 2 below. Once we have inspected the product and validated your return, we will at your choice deliver the correct product to you as soon as possible (if the correct product is available); or credit your account with the purchase price of the product within 10 days of the return (or refund you if that is your preference).

 

2: Defective products

 

We do our best to ensure that the products we deliver to you are of a high quality,  and in good working order and without defects.

What is a defect? A defect is a material imperfection in the manufacture of a product or any characteristic of a product, which makes the product less acceptable than one would reasonably be entitled to expect in the circumstances. Please refer to our FAQs for some examples.

The following will NOT be regarded as defects and will not entitle you to a return under this section 3:

      • faults resulting from normal wear and tear.
      • damage arising from negligence, user abuse or incorrect usage of the product.
      • damage arising from electrical surges or sea air corrosion.
      • damage arising from a failure to adequately care for the product.
      • damage arising from unauthorized alterations to the product.
      • where the specifications of a product, although accurately described on the Website and generally fit for its intended purpose, do not suit you; and
      • in relation to Unboxed Deals or used products, signs of handling and/or repackaging.

Standard Warranty

If you have received a product which turns out to be defective or otherwise of poor quality (save for direct warranty products which are discussed below), please notify us as soon as reasonably possible after you become aware of the defect or poor quality, but in any event within 4 months after delivery / collection of the product (except in the case of an extended supplier warranty, which is set out below).

You can do so by logging a return on the Website, and we will arrange to collect the product from you at no charge. Once we have inspected the product and validated your return, we will at your choice repair / replace the product (if such repair is possible / we have the same product in stock to use as a replacement) or credit your account with the purchase price of the product (or refund you if that is your preference). If the repair / replacement takes longer than 21 days, we will get in touch with you to see if you would rather receive a credit / refund.

Where there is no extended supplier warranty period, unfortunately we cannot facilitate returns that fall outside of the 4-month period.

Where you request a repair / replacement of an Unboxed Deal, reconditioned product or used product and a repair is not possible, we will see if we have a replacement Unboxed Deal, reconditioned product or used product in stock (which is the same product, of the same nature and type, as the one sold), but if we do not, we will credit / refund you. A product in perfect condition (that is not an Unboxed Deal, reconditioned product or used product) is not the same product as an Unboxed Deal, reconditioned product or used product. Therefore, Unboxed Deals, reconditioned products and used products are discounted, compared to products in perfect condition.

Extended Supplier Warranty (stipulated on product page)

A product may have a supplier warranty that extends beyond the 4-month Standard Warranty. If such a product turns out to be defective more than 4 months after delivery / collection (save for direct warranty products which are discussed below), please notify us as soon as reasonably possible after you become aware of the defect, but in any event within the extended supplier warranty period after delivery / collection of the product.

You can do so by logging a return on the Website, and we will facilitate your return of the product to the supplier at no charge. Unfortunately, we cannot facilitate returns that fall outside of the extended supplier warranty period.

Please note that any extended supplier warranty is subject to whatever terms and conditions the supplier or manufacturer may impose. These are usually stated in a brochure or leaflet inside or on the product packaging. It is your responsibility to make yourself aware of any such terms and conditions.

It is also important to note that it will be in the supplier or manufacturer’s discretion what remedy it can offer you. Achetes Online is under no obligation to provide you with a credit, repair / replacement, as your remedy lies with the vendor, supplier or manufacturer. However, since we want your experience to be as good as possible, if the supplier or manufacturer has offered you a repair / replacement within the applicable extended supplier warranty and it takes longer than 21 days, we will get in touch with you to see if you would rather receive a credit / refund directly from us.

Direct Warranty (stipulated on product page)

A direct warranty product is a product for which the relevant manufacturer wishes to manage defective returns itself, directly with the customer, and not through Achetes Online. Some examples include Nokia,Huawei,Toshiba, Acer, Gaming console (Xbox, and PlayStation) products.

If a direct warranty product turns out to be defective or otherwise of poor quality, please notify us and we will provide you with the relevant manufacturer’s contact details. Alternatively, you can notify the relevant manufacturer directly if you already have its details. The relevant manufacturer will then assist you further, but if you have any difficulty, please let us know and we will be happy to assist you where we can.

Damaged or defective Large Appliances items can be returned within 7 days in accordance with our returns policy. After 7 days the supplier will come to you to inspect the product and assist you with a possible repair, replacement, or refund. In the event of a refund, it will be done by Achetes Online. Our Customer Service Team will provide you with the supplier details when you as customer log the problem.

Other than this, the same limits and general principles of the standard warranty and extended supplier warranty apply to direct warranty products.



No goods may be returned after delivery and acceptance of the delivered goods by the customer. Acceptance of goods shall be deemed to mean you find the quality and state of the goods acceptable. All goods that were delivered in a damaged state or those that will be claimed under the manufacturer guarantee
Several types of goods are exempt from being returned. Perishable goods such as food, flowers, newspapers, or magazines cannot be returned. We also do not accept products that are intimate or sanitary goods, hazardous materials, or flammable liquids or gases. 

Additional non-returnable items: 
- Gift cards 
- Downloadable software products 
- Some health and personal care items 

To complete your return, we require a receipt or proof of purchase. 
Please do not send your purchase back to the manufacturer. 

There are certain situations where only partial refunds are granted (if applicable) 
- Book with obvious signs of use 
- CD, DVD, VHS tape, software, video game, cassette tape, or vinyl record that has been opened 
- Any item not in its original condition, is damaged or missing parts for reasons not due to our error 
- Any item that is returned more than 2 (two) days after delivery. 

 

3: Gift Vouchers & Coupons

 

There are two types of Coupons: A Coupon with a fixed amount of a discount, e.g., R50 off (“Fixed Coupon”), and a Coupon with a percentage discount, e.g., 10% off (“Percentage Coupon”).

Where you have used a Fixed Coupon to pay for an order, and you or Achetes Online later cancels your order (or part thereof) prior to delivery of the relevant product(s), or you log a return of one or more products for a credit in accordance with the Returns Policy, the value of the Fixed Coupon will be deducted off the purchase price of the cancelled or returned product(s) (as applicable), and we will credit your account for the balance, if any (or refund you if that is your preference). We will also provide you with a replacement Fixed Coupon of the same value as the original Fixed Coupon used. Achetes Online may in its sole discretion impose restrictions on the use of the replacement Fixed Coupon.  For any subsequent cancellations or returns arising out of the same order, we will credit your account as normal with the value of the returned product (or refund you if that is your preference).

Where you have used a Percentage Coupon  to pay for an order, and you or Achetes Online later cancels your order (or part thereof) prior to delivery of the relevant product(s), or you log a return of one or more products for a credit in accordance with the Returns Policy, the value of the discount received using the Percentage Coupon will be deducted off the purchase price of the cancelled or returned product(s) (as applicable), and we will credit your account for the balance, if any (or refund you if that is your preference). We will also provide you with a replacement Fixed Coupon of the same value as the discount received using the original Percentage Coupon. Achetes Online may impose restrictions on the use of the replacement Fixed Coupon. For any subsequent cancellations or returns arising out of the same order, we will credit your account as normal with the value of the returned product (or refund you if that is your preference).

Wherever you have used a Gift Voucher to purchase a product that you later return for a refund in accordance with the Policy, we cannot refund you in cash for that portion of the purchase price which you paid using the Gift Voucher, but we will credit your account.

 

4: eBooks and Online Course Code Returns

 

eBooks and Online Course Codes are treated differently to other products when it comes to returns, given their digital nature and the fact that technical knowledge of eBooks and/or the Online Course registration process may be required to assist you if the eBook or its Link, or Online Course Code does not work. Once you purchase an eBook or Online Course Code, we will only allow you to return it if defective.

Any defect in an eBook or its Link shall be dealt with as follows:

      • Should you experience any problems in using the Link to access the eBook or in utilising the Online Course Code, in accessing, opening or reading the eBook / Online Course Code, or if the eBook / Online Course Code is defective in some other way (missing pages, incorrect book, code does not work etc), please report the problem to us as soon as reasonably possible after you become aware of the problem, but in any event within 6 months of purchase. This will create a support request for you.
      • We will then investigate the possible cause/s of the problem and how to rectify them. We may need to liaise with the relevant service providers to assess and rectify the problem or to issue you with a new Link or Online Course Code so that you can get a replacement eBook of the same title or a replacement Online Course Code, as the case may be.
      • If the eBook or Online Course Code is defective, we will at your choice replace it (if such replacement is possible) or credit your account with the purchase price of the eBook or Online Course Code (or refund you if that is your preference).

 

5: Charges and refunds

 

If you return a defective product (excluding eBooks) to us, but you fail to return all the accessories and parts that were sold with that product, we are entitled to (subject to applicable law)  refuse the return,  or only to replace the item that you did return; or to estimate the value of the missing accessories and parts and to credit or refund you in respect of the returned item only.

If you return a product (excluding eBooks) that does not comply with this Policy, you may be liable to reimburse Achetes Online for the cost of collecting the product from you and the cost of having the product returned to you.

Under no circumstances will donations you make on our Website, or any goodwill credit you may receive from us, be refunded.

Please note that we only refund to the payment method that you originally used – i.e., payment by credit card will be refunded to the same credit card, payment by Instant EFT or COD (cash on delivery) will be refunded to your nominated bank account, and payment by Discovery Miles or eBucks will be refunded to your Discovery Miles or eBucks account.



Refunds (if applicable) 
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund. 
If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days. 

Late or missing refunds (if applicable) 
If you have not received a refund yet, first check your bank account again. 
Then contact your credit card company, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted. 
Next contact your bank. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted. 
If you have done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us at order@achetesonline.co.za. 

Sale items (if applicable) 
Only regular priced items (non- perishables) that are not older than 2 (two) days from date of delivery may be refunded, unfortunately sale items cannot be refunded. 

Exchanges (if applicable) 
We only replace items (non- perishables) that are not older than 2 (two) days from date of delivery if they are defective or damaged. If you need to exchange it for the same item, send us an email at order@achetesonline.co.za.

Gifts 
If the item was marked as a gift when purchased and shipped directly to you, you will receive a gift credit for the value of your return. Once the returned item is received, a gift certificate will be mailed to you. 

If the item was not marked as a gift when purchased, or the gift giver had the order shipped to themselves to give to you later, we will send a refund to the gift giver and he will find out about your return. 

Shipping 
We only accept shipping returns of (non-perishables).To return your product, you should mail/ship your product Addressed to Mzuzu: Southdowns Ridge Office Park, C/o Nelmapius Street & John Vorster Drive, Irene Ext 54, Centurion 0157


You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. If you receive a refund, the cost of return shipping will be deducted from your refund. 

Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your exchanged product to reach you, may vary. 

 

 

 

Opening a Criminal Case against a Seller

If you suspect you may have fallen victim to a suspected scammer or fraudulent seller, you can contact our security team at info@achetesonline.co.za or call us on 021 492 6661 for further advice or assistance. 

It might be necessary for you to contact your nearest SAPS branch and open a case of theft under false pretences against the seller.

We may require a Section 205 subpoena to release the seller's full details, in accordance with our Privacy policy.  We will try to assist the police or the investigating officer with as much information that we may have on the seller and the transaction.

Kindly note, we provide no guarantees that the seller's information is legitimate or valid or that you will be able to recover your funds.  We also cannot act on your behalf in a legal capacity as we are not the purchaser, therefore we cannot be the complainant when opening a case.