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About Us Alternative Aquatics are completely dedicated to your total satisfaction. If you have any suggestions or comments please email us using the link on the store page.

Our Contact details:
Alternative Aquatics
Unit4 Prestwood Court, Leacroft Road, Birchwood, Warrington, Cheshire, England, WA3 6SB
Phone: 01925 639333

Email: altaquatics@g-allison.co.uk
VAT Number 712453168
Making A Purchase Making a purchase could not be easier. Just browse our store, and add any items that you wish to buy into the shopping cart. After you have finished your selection, click on 'Checkout' and you will be asked for a few details that we need to be able to complete the order.

We accept credit card payment. If you are shopping from North America or anywhere else, place your order and your credit card company will convert the transaction to US Dollars or your own currency.

We accept Visa and Mastercard. We do not charge for any item until it is ready to ship. Backordered items are not charged until they are shipped. You may send your credit card information via phone, fax, snail mail or over the Internet.

When confirmation of order is received, this is to indicate that we have received your order. It does not indicate that a contract exists between us. We will indicate acceptance of your order, and hence a contract between us, when we send you an invoice. We have included this term to protect us in the case that a mistake has been made in pricing, we have inadvertently under-priced goods, or we are no longer able to supply a particular product for some reason. In the case of a change of price, we will always contact you first to ensure that the price is acceptable.
Shipping And Handling < The calculation of shipping charges straight from the website is almost impossible to achieve if we are to be fair to our customers. We could levy a fixed charge per item but this would lead to excessive shipping charges to our customers who have ordered multiple items. Our policy on shipping is that we will deliver our customers order at cost to us or less. In order to achieve this aim a degree of trust must exist between both parties, Alternative Aquatics and our customer.

THEREFORE with this aim in mind we have decided to adopt the following shipping pricing policy.

We will aim to provide the cheapest shipping charge consistant with a reliable and secure service

UK DELIVERIES

Mainland UK Up to and including 1kg.......................£2.83 ex Vat
1.01kg up to and including 2kg............£5.69 ex Vat
2.01kg up to and including 4kg............£7.15 ex Vat
4.01kg up to and including 15kg..........£8.50 ex Vat
Orders above 15kg will be charged at £8.50 + £0.35 /each kg above 15Kg ex Vat

IOW & IOM As per mainland UK + Surcharge of £7.50 ex Vat

Scottish Highlands & Islands
As per mainland UK + Surcharge of £7.50 ex Vat

Scottish Lowlands
As per mainland UK + Surcharge of £4.00 ex Vat

Northern Ireland, ROI & Channel Islands are not included - See Oversea deliveries

The above prices are based on a 2 - 3 day delivery, if a next day or timed delivery is requested this will be subject to a surcharge based on the service required and destination. The customer will be advised of this surcharge by e-mail and his authorisaton for further payment sought. The order will be dispatched after authorisation for a further payment is recieved. Should the customer not give his authorisation the goods will be sent on our standard 2-3 day delivery

Certain Items e.g. Pipe, Biomaze and other long or bulky items will be subject to a surcharge by our carriers.

Certain services e.g. timed deliveries are subject to surcharges by our carriers. Where a request for a next day or timed delivery is requested we will advise you by e-mail of the actual shipping cost for your approval prior to shipping.The order will be dispatched after authorisation for a further payment is recieved. Should the customer not give his authorisation the goods will be sent on our standard 2-3 day delivery

OVERSEAS DELIVERIES including Northern Ireland, ROI & Channel Islands

The shipping costs for overseas deliveries have to be calculated by our carrier for each order. We will advise you by e-mail of the actual shipping cost for your approval prior to shipping.The order will be dispatched after authorisation for a further payment is recieved. The order will be dispatched after authorisation for a further payment is recieved. Should the customer not give his authorisation the order will be cancelled and his credit/debit card re-embursed. The customer is responsible for all local costs,taxes and duties.

DAMAGE OF GOODS IN TRANSIT

Damage of Goods in transit can and does occur. We would recommend that on reciept of your order you sign for them as UNCHECKED. When you sign the couriers form without adding the word UNCHECKED you are signing that the goods were recieved by you in GOOD CONDITION. It is extremely important that you sign for the goods as UNCHECKED or if there is any obvious damage to the packaging sign for the goods as DAMAGED PACKAGING. If this is not done then we cannot claim for any damage caused from the carrier, therefore, we cant accept any responsibility for damaged goods that have been signed for by the customer as recieved in good condition. Please Note when asking someone the recieve the goods on your behalf be sure to tell them about signing as UNCHECKED.
Delivery Schedule We will endeviour deliver your order right away. We will normally send your order to you <next> business day or advise you as to the delivery date if the unit is a non stock or specially manufactured item. International orders dealt with as per the customers request and can be received in under <5> days. unless a slower form of delivery is requested.
Back Orders If your item is not in stock, we will back order for you. You will always be emailed with the option to cancel your order if you would rather not wait.
Tax Charges For Retail orders made from the UK to the UK or the European Union, 20% VAT is added. All other orders are VAT free. The purchaser is responsible for all local taxes, duties and customs charges
Credit Card Security When the order is placed at our website, credit card numbers are encrypted using 128 bit encryption. They are only decrypted after they reach our computer. They are not held in clear text on any web site. Our site and card handling proceedures have been assessed as PCI Complient
Guarantee We guarantee your satisfaction. <All of our products come with a 12 months guarantee. unless stated otherwise>
Reaching Us If you need to reach us, please email us using the link on the store page, alternatively, you can call on 01925 639333 (International +44 1925 639333) or fax us on 01925 639339]or write to us at Unit 18 Willow Court West Quay Road Winwick Quay Warrington WA2 8UF Great Britian
Privacy Policy Alternative Aquatics do not disclose buyers' information to third parties other than when order details are processed as part of the order fulfilment. In this case, the third party will not disclose any of the details to any other third party.

Cookies are used on this shopping site to keep track of the contents of your shopping cart, to store delivery addresses if the address book is used and to store your details if you select the 'Remember Me' Option. They are also used after you have logged on as part of that process. You can turn off cookies within your browser by going to 'Tools | Internet Options | Privacy' and selecting to block cookies. If you turn off cookies, you will be unable to place orders or benefit from the other features that use cookies.Data collected by this site is used to:
a. Take and fulfill customer orders
b. Administer and enhance the site and service
c. Only disclose information to third-parties for goods delivery purposes
Returns Policy Your rights to return goods are protected under the EU Distance Selling Directive which can be found at http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2000/20002334.htm

If You Change Your Mind

Every product sold by Alternative Aquatics is backed by our 14-day money-back guarantee. If you change your mind about an item or would like to change its size or type, simply return it to us within 14 working days of receipt. The item must be returned with the receipt sent with the goods. We recommend that you obtain proof of delivery when returning goods to us and also consider insurance to cover the cost of loss by your carrier.
Provided that the item is returned in clean condition, unused, with all parts present and in its original packaging, the purchase price will be refunded. You should allow up to 14 days from receipt of your returned goods at our premises for your refund to be processed. We will normally refund you using the same payment method that you used to purchase the goods. Postage and packaging charges will not be refunded and customers are responsible for meeting the cost of return postage. Where goods were sent to you free of delivery charges we reserve the right to charge for the original delivery using the rate of the carrier that delivered your goods.We reserve the right to charge a 15% restocking fee. This is does not affect your statutory rights.

If the goods were delivered in a damaged condition or become faulty in service

Alternative Aquatics will refund the full purchase price including postage and packing of an item which is delivered in a damaged or faulty condition. We will also refund the full purchase price including postage and packing of an item which develops a fault within a period of 12 months from delivery or longer if so stated on our web site (other than due to normal wear and tear, failure to follow instructions or misuse).

IMPORTANT If the goods are sent by courier it is essential that you are aware that when you or your representitive sign for the goods you are signing that they were recieved in good condition. This being the case the carrier will not accept responsibility for damage to the goods if they are just signed for and therefore we cannot consider refund or replacement of the damaged goods. It is in your interest to inspect all goods recieved before signing or Sign as UNCHECKED. If the box is damaged insist on checking the goods for damage and/or quantity or refuse to accept the goods and contact Alternative Aquatics imediately on 01925 639333. If the box/packaging is damaged you can Sign as DAMAGED and contact Alternative Aquatics imediately on 01925 639333.

Alternatively and subject to the above and at your option, Alternative Aquatics will replace the item with the same, or a similar product (subject to stock availability). Simply ring, e mail or fax us and we will arrange to replace damaged or faulty goods on receipt of the said damaged or faulty goods

Where damaged or faulty goods are required to be exchanged before we are in receipt of the said goods we will request payment in full including postage & packing for the replacement goods. A full refund including postage & packing will be made within 7 days using the same payment method that you used to purchase the goods, providing the returned goods have been delivered to you in a damaged condition and Signed for as DAMAGED or found to be faulty within the warranty period.

Alternative Aquatics reserve the right to refuse or issue a refund/replacement item and to recover the cost of the delivery from you in the event that the item is found to have suffered damage after delivery or has been misused or used other than in accordance with the instructions or if the problem is due to normal wear and tear. We do ask that damaged or faulty items are returned promptly. This does not affect your statutory rights.

Canceling your order

If you wish to use your statutory right to cancel your order for a refund, you must tell us in writing within 7 working days of receipt of the item and you must return the goods to us. (See below for returns instructions.) If you wish to use your statutory right to cancel, you will need to write to us at:

Alternative Aquatics
Unit 18
Willow Court
West Quay Rd
Winwick Quay
Warrington
Cheshire
WA2 8UF

Alternatively, you can fax us on 01925 639339 or email us at altaquatics@g-allison.co.uk within 7 working days of receiving your goods.

Please state your receipt number, relevant item number or description and date of purchase. You must return the goods to us unused and in their original packaging to the above address within 7 days of notifying us of your cancellation with the receipt issued with the goods. Please note that you will be responsible for the cost of returning the goods to us. We also recommend that you use a proof of delivery service. We reserve the right to charge a 15% restocking fee

Certain goods are excluded from this statutory right to cancel; including fish food, fish medication and pond treatments that have been opened, CDs & DVDs where the manufacturers seal has been broken, goods which have been specially manufactured to a specification agreed with the customer and goods which have come into contact with water containing fish
We will refund the purchase price of the goods only. Postage and packaging charges will not be refunded and customers are responsible for meeting the cost of return postage. Where goods were sent to you free of delivery charges we reserve the right to charge for the original delivery using the rate of the carrier that delivered your goods.This does not affect your statutory rights.

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