The following outlines the Better Earth policy for dealing with returns and refunds. Please see our FAQ for more details on how to do a return or feel free to get in contact.
The following products are excluded from the returns policies and will not be accepted under any circumstance:
- opened household cleaning, skincare or health products;
- opened or expired medications and vitamins;
- a product which has been manufactured to your specifications or personalised for you;
- any goods that have been modified by the User in any way
Types of Returns
An order may be cancelled subject to the following:
- Orders may be cancelled free of charge for any reason before:
- For normal goods: the order has been dispatched
- For goods that are personalised or made to specification: the production of goods has started.
- Any cancelled orders will be refunded in accordance with the refund policy contained herein
- Cool-off Returns
Goods, not included in the exclusion list above. can be returned to Better Earth for any reason subject to the following conditions:
- Cool-off Returns initiated within 7 days of receipts of order: Better Earth will arrange collection at the Users place of delivery at Better Earth's expense.
- Cool-off Returns initiated between 7 and 30 days of receipt of order: It is the Users responsibility to arrange delivery of the goods to the nearest Better Earth's distribution center. Alternatively, Delivery can be arranged by Better Earth at the Users expense.
- No Cool-off returns will be accepted after 30 days of receipt of goods
- Cool-off returns will in all cases only be accepted if:
- Goods have not been used
- Goods are undamaged
- Goods are in their original undamaged packaging and are received back in a resalable condition
- No parts or Accessories are missing;
- Defective products
Goods can be returned to Better Earth as a result of defect or inferior quality subject to the following conditions:
- Defective product returns will only be accepted up to 6 months from receipt of goods, unless the goods are covered by an extended warrantee.
- Defective product returns will be collected by Better Earth at Better Earth’s expense if returned within the first 6 months of receipt of goods.
- Upon receipt of goods Better Earth, or its Supplier will inspect the product in order to verify the product as defective. Such inspection shall be considered final and will not be subject to review.
- 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. The following will NOT be regarded as defects:
- 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 Better Earth and generally fit for its intended purpose, do not suit you;
- Better Earth reserves the right to Repair, Replace or Refund any goods returned and verified as defective
- Any Repair or Replacement will be effected within 21 days of receipt of the damaged goods. Failure to do so will entitle the User to a full refund on request.
- Defective Products returned under Extended Warrantee will be subject to the terms and conditions of the warrantee as entered into between the User and Supplier/Manufacturer of the products on purchasing the product. Better Earth takes no responsibility or liability for any Goods returned under Extended Warranty and will only facilitate the return at arm’s length as a middleman.
- Fulfilment Error
Goods can be returned to Better Earth as a result of fulfillment errors subject to the following conditions:
- Fulfillment Error returns are any returns whereby goods are returned to Better Earth as a result of:
- Goods delivered damaged
- Incorrect Goods delivered
- Goods delivered with Missing items or parts
- Any Fulfillment Errors must be reported to Better Earth within 7 days of receipt of goods. Returns initiated after 7 days will not be accepted.
- Goods delivered damaged or incorrect goods delivered will be collected at Better Earths expense and replaced at Better Earth’s expense or refunded if replacement goods are not available (as an example if goods are out of stock)
- Missing goods will be replaced at Better Earth’s expense or refunded if replacement goods are not available (as an example if goods are out of stock)
Preparing your products for return
To ensure your request is processed as quickly as possible you are responsible for the following when returning your products:
- package your products carefully and securely in a box to protect during transit;
- ensure the goods are in a protective covering such as a brown box that will protect the product and packaging during transit
- clearly mark your “BG” order number on the outside of the parcel; and
- include all accessories and parts that were sold with the product.
Your refund or replacement options will be affected, subject to additional fees or declined altogether if the product and any branded product packaging is returned in a poor or unsellable condition.
Types of Refunds
Refunds can take the form of either an in-store Credit or a Refund
- In-store credits may take the form of either a credit assigned to the user and accessible through their online profile or a Voucher to the value of returned Goods in leu of a Cash Refund
- In-store Credits are valid for one year from Issue and may be exchanged for a Cash Refund at any time during that year.
- In-store Credits may be used as part or full payment for Goods on www.betterearth.co.za
- If an in-store credit taking the form of a voucher has been partially used, a new voucher for the balance may be issued on request
- In-store Credits may not be transferred to another user.
- All refunds are made within 14 days of return or cancellation being finalised.
- refunds can take up to 7 days to reflect depending on refund method
- refunds will be refunded to the method of payment originally used (e.g. if a card was used to pay for the original order, a refund will be made directly to the purchasing card)
Fees and Charges
- A refund may be subject to deductions as laid in the returns policy above
- No charges or administrative fees will be deducted from any refunds issues as a result of defective returns.
Refunds of Gift Vouchers
- Gift Vouchers will be refunded only to the original purchaser of the voucher
- Gift Vouchers that have been used cannot be refunded
- Gift Vouchers can only be refunded while they are valid. Expired gift vouchers will not be refunded.
- Although seldom charged, Better Earth reserves the right to charge a 10% administration fee for returned orders should the returns process incur significant administration expenses at no fault of Better Earth.
- If Return Goods do not comply with this Policy, you may be liable to reimburse Better Earth for the cost of collecting the product from you and the cost of having the product returned to you.
- No goods may be returned by the User without prior approval and arrangement with Better Earth. This can be done through the customer care team on firstname.lastname@example.org
- Where goods are to be returned at the User’s own expense, the User may elect to deliver the goods either directly to the Better Earth warehouse in person or through the use of a suitable courier company. Alternatively, the User may request Better Earth to collect such goods from the User at the User’s cost.
- Unless otherwise agreed, all goods to be collected from the User will be collected from the address to which the goods were originally delivered.
- Where Marketing or Promotional coupons have been used for the original order, refunds will be made pro-rata to the discounts received.