Terms and conditions
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Privacy and security

Dot Origin is committed to protecting the privacy of anyone who visits one of our web sites or who enquires or transacts with us via the web or any other means.

For a copy of our privacy policy please visit privacy policy

Shopping on-line

We actively encourage all of our customers to use our on-line shopping system as it represents a fast and efficient method of placing orders and arranging payment. Our web site is designed to make it easy for you to find the right products, check that they suit your requirements, and provide us with all the information we need to process and ship your order, which we will typically do within 24 hours. We will send you an email as soon as you confirm your order, and may contact you further by phone or email if there are any questions.

Finding products
There are several ways to browse products, the easiest of which is by using the navigation menus down the left hand side of the page. Depending on your needs you can find products either by type, application area or manufacturer. The 'Shop' section offers further clarification on what types of products lie within each category. Alternatively, if you know more specific information about the type of product you are looking for you can use the 'Search' box located in the top right hand corner of the page.

Each product has a detailed description and photo, often with more in-depth information available in a 'More info' section, complete with links to manufacturer web sites and more technical information.

To add a product to your order, simply click on the 'Buy' button. You may wish to review the daily stock status information to check the product's availability, or contact us for accurate and up-to-date stock information.

Quantity pricing
We offer competitive quantity pricing discounts on many product lines, and these are displayed on our web site and applied automatically to your order as it proceeds. You can review the items and prices in your order by clicking on the 'View Trolley' link at the top of the page. You can change the quantity of a particular product ordered by entering the new quantity in the box provided and clicking on the 'Adjust' button on this page. If you require pricing for higher quantities, please contact us directly to discuss your needs.

Product Photography
Often times the same smartcard may be manufactured by several different vendors. Because of this the products pictured on our website may vary slightly from the product you receive in appearance only. The products will always function the same and have the same dimensions as stated in the product description despite this variance in physical appearance.

Shipping and payment options

Shipping options
We typically offer two shipping options to most destinations, Standard and Express, plus the ability for you to use your own courier account, for example with FedEx or DHL, in which case we do not charge a packing or shipping fee. Depending on the destination, Standard shipping will usually be via Priority mail. Express shipping will be via courier or Express mail, depending on the package weight and destination.

Subject to order cut-off times, we will use reasonable endeavours to ship all Express orders placed Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) on the same day, provided that no additional security checks are required and all products are in stock. The cut-off time for Express orders is 3pm for deliveries to the US, and normally 11am PST to all other destinations. Orders received after this time will be processed and prioritized for the next day.

In no event shall we be liable for any losses incurred due to delay in delivery. Our web site shop will calculate the approximate total weight of your order and will base the shipping cost on that. If the weight is above certain limits then the cost will not be displayed automatically, and we will advise you via email instead, after you have confirmed your order.

Payment options
You can pay for your order on-line using most credit or debit cards. In order to ensure fast and successful processing of your payment, please make sure that you enter all of the requested information, including the billing address for the card if different from the delivery address, and the security code printed on the signature strip. Whilst we may request authorization for the transaction straight away, we will not actually charge your card until our security checks have been completed and the goods are being prepped for shipping. Your card will be charged in the currency that you chose when ordering, provided it is possible to do so.

Alternatively, you can choose to pay by bank transfer, sometimes known as paying by pro-forma invoice. In this case we will send you an email when you confirm your order, containing instructions for making the payment, and will reserve your goods for 14 days until we receive your payment, after which we will ship them immediately. Please note that, when using this method of payment, it is important that you ensure that all associated bank charges are paid by you, since we are unable to release goods if charges are deducted from your payment, which sometimes happens on international bank transactions.

Sales tax & duty information

Sales Tax
Our business is based in Los Angeles County, California and as such we have to comply with California sales tax requirements. Depending on the destination to which we are delivering the goods, your order will be dealt with as follows:

Orders delivered to Los Angeles County, California
We always charge sales tax at the prevailing rate (currently 8.75%) on your total order value.

Orders delivered to the rest of California
We always charge sales tax at the prevailing rate (currently 7.25%) on your total order value.

Orders delivered outside of California
We do not charge sales tax on your order.

Customs duty
If your order is shipped outside of the USA, it will be subject to the usual international rules on customs duty, and, depending on the destination, the value, and type of products, you may have to pay import duty before being able to take delivery of your goods. Note that this is an additional cost that you must bear as an importer. In some cases the courier may pay these charges on your behalf and then pass the charges on to us. In this situation we reserve the right to charge any customs duties or local sales taxes incurred in this manner back to you. We do not charge a fee for this service. Smartcard Focus cannot offer advice on tariffs or whether you will be liable in any particular instance. However, we will always endeavour to provide all necessary documentation to accompany your package, and have many years of trouble-free experience in shipping international orders.

Returns and cancellations

If an item is incorrect, damaged, faulty or develops a fault during the warranty period provided by the manufacturer, we will, at our option, replace, repair or refund the purchase price of the item, so long as the warranty conditions are met. To return an item please inform us via email first, quoting your original order number and order date, and we will then advise you by return email what steps to take. For items correctly supplied, returned in perfect condition, there will be a 20% re-stocking fee payable.

We cannot accept returns for the purchase of software products where the item has been opened or where serial numbers have been issued, or for the return of recordable media such as smartcards.

Please note that you will be responsible for the costs of returning the goods to us, unless we delivered the item to you in error or the item is faulty.

If you need further help or advice, please feel free to contact us.
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