This end user agreement (“Agreement”) is a contract between you and the Swarthmore College Bookstore. It applies to your use of the Swarthmore College Bookstore website (the “Site” or "Website") and any related products and services (collectively the "Service") provided by us or for our affiliates. This Agreement sets forth your rights and obligations. Please read the Agreement carefully. In this Agreement, "you" or "your" means any person or entity using the Service ("User"). Unless otherwise stated, the "Bookstore," "we", “us” or "our" will refer collectively to Swarthmore College Bookstore.
Pricing, Fees & Payment
Prices on the web site (whether to purchase or rent) are not guaranteed until you check out using an acceptable credit card and the transaction is completed with confirmation sent to you. All prices, shipping fees, and taxes will be clearly displayed during checkout before you are required to finalize the transaction. To use the rental service, you must use a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card that does not expire prior to your Return Date plus 45 days. Your credit card will be charged prior to shipment of the order.
By renting a book, you acknowledge and agree that Textbook Rental, for and on behalf of Swarthmore College Bookstore, will store your credit card information (encrypted) for the duration of the rental period plus up to 45 days. You hereby permit us to record your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address at the time of your payment, and you grant us permission to provide that information to your credit card provider in the event that we are contacted by them regarding your transaction. You hereby acknowledge and agree to any additional charges that we deem necessary due to your misuse of the Service or default hereunder, including without limitation any fees resulting from damage to the rental book(s), lost or stolen rental book(s), late fees, extension fees, and/or fees for non-returned rental book(s). We are not responsible for causing or refunding overdraft or other penalty fees a customer may receive for going over their limit or being overdrawn.
We will ship most orders within 2 business days of completion of your order, but we do not guarantee the shipment time. Shipping fees will be clearly displayed during the checkout procedure. You agree to not hold us responsible for any shipping delays or damages during shipment. If you have purchased your book, the book becomes your property once it has been delivered to a common carrier for delivery to you. If you are renting your book, the book remains the property of Swarthmore College Bookstore.
Age and Residence
You must be 18 years of age or older and reside in the United States in order to register for an account with Swarthmore College Bookstore and to use the Service. The Service only supports shipments to the 48 contiguous US states and will not support shipments to Alaska or Hawaii. The Service also does not support shipments to military addresses. Your account may be terminated without warning if we believe that you do not meet these requirements.
You must register for an account with us if you wish to use the Service. There is no additional fee to open or to maintain an account. You must provide a name, valid e-mail address and other information necessary to register. You agree to provide true and accurate information to register with the Service. You agree not to impersonate any person or entity or provide a false identity or attempt to manipulate identifiers to mislead or disguise the origin of any information used to access the Services. Swarthmore College Bookstore reserves the right to terminate your use of the Service upon the discovery that the information you provided is not complete or accurate. Swarthmore College Bookstore is not responsible for maintaining the security of your username and password. It is your responsibility to notify us through Swarthmore College Bookstore if you believe your username or password have been compromised or used in an unauthorized manner. Swarthmore College Bookstore assumes no responsibility, liability or obligation for any loss or damage resulting from your failure to comply with the security of your username and/or password. Swarthmore College Bookstore has the right to terminate your account for any or no reason at our sole discretion.
You agree that any notifications or receipts from Swarthmore College Bookstore will be delivered to you by email at the email address you provided during registration or as later updated by you. You hereby agree and acknowledge that you are responsible for complying with the Return Date(s) whether we have emailed you or not. You acknowledge that we will not ask you for your personal information, account username, password, or any credit card information via email. Neither the Bookstore nor Swarthmore College Bookstore will have any liability or responsibility for any misuse of such information if you provide such information via email.
You may return books—purchased or rented—for a full refund through the end of business on the first Friday of classes each semester. New books must be in new condition. Used books must be in reasonable used condition. Determination of condition is at the sole discretion of the Bookstore staff. General merchandise may be returned unopened and unused, for a refund within 45 days of purchase.
Refunds are as simple as coming into the Swarthmore College Bookstore and returning the item for a full refund by the return deadlines specified above. Refunds are issued to your original method of payment. If items were shipped, the amount of the refund will be the original price less shipping costs. If you received an item other than what you ordered, then you will not be charged for shipping costs. Refunds can take up to five business days to post to your account.
Items must be returned in same conditions as received and unused by you. Books must include the supplements that were sent to you along with the book. If there is any damage then the damage fees noted in this Agreement will apply. After the Return Date deadlines, purchases and rentals are absolute and unconditional and not subject to any reduction, abatement, defense, counterclaim, cancellation, setoff or return.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Swarthmore College Bookstore and our affiliates, our officers, directors, employees, subsidiaries, affiliates and agents from and against any claims, demands, actions, suits, proceedings, costs, expenses, damages and liabilities, at law or in equity, including without limitation, reasonable legal and accounting fees, made by any third party arising out of, connected with, or resulting from your use of the Website, rental of books or other use of the Service and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth in this Agreement. Your obligations hereunder will survive the expiration of this Agreement with respect to omissions or acts or events occurring or alleged to have been omitted or occurred prior to the return of the rental book to us at the end of the rental term plus the 45 day period.
Rental Specific Terms and Conditions
In the case of a rental you agree that the above terms and conditions will apply and that the following provisions will also apply to a rental.
Return Date for Rental Books
By renting a book, you are accepting responsibility to return it by the Return Date. Your Return Date will be clearly displayed at checkout, and is also available in your portal account information.
Changing Your Return Date, or Purchasing Your Textbook
If you wish to convert your rental to a purchase, or if you wish to extend your rental period for a fee, please email your request bookstore@Swarthmore.edu for a price quote.
Returning Your Rental Book (“Return Procedure”)
You agree that you will return your rental book(s) to us by the Return Date. Please return your book to the Swarthmore College Bookstore. Our location address and contact information is available on the website under the “Contact Us” tab and “Locations” tab.
We are not responsible for rental books that are not returned using our Return Procedure as published on our Website at the time of your return. For refunds, please refer to the “Refunds” section of the Agreement.
Textbook Maintenance and Care
Rental books that are NEW will include all supplements, such as, online access codes, access keys, inserts, and CD ROM(s). If your rental book is sent to you with supplements, you must return those supplements to us when you return the book.
You acknowledge that certain supplements are designed to be used only once, and that therefore if you select to rent a used book, those supplements may not be accessible to you. You agree that the Bookstore is not required to provide you with operational access codes in the event that you select to rent a used book.
Rental books are your responsibility during the term hereof. You need to care for the book and return it to us in a condition where the book(s) can be rented again in the future. As such, you agree to the following:
• Limited highlighting in the rental book(s) is allowed. Limited highlighting means that fewer than 20% of the pages are marked with a highlighter, and the text is not obscured.
• You also agree to preserve the pages and covers of the rental book(s) from rips, tears, and water damage. Violations of this policy may result in damage fees as detailed in the section entitled “Damage Fees”.
If you receive a book from us that you believe is already damaged, it is your responsibility to contact us within 5 days of receiving your book so that our customer service representatives can solve the problem with you.
Damage Fees for Return of Rentals
We require rental books to be returned to us in good condition or better so that the book may be rented again in the future. Guidelines are detailed below to determine whether the rental book has no damage. All Damage Fees assessed are at the sole discretion of the Bookstore, and are in addition to the Rental Price and any other charges that were paid at checkout.
1. No Damage (no fee). Pages of the book are not ripped, torn, stained, or missing. There is either no highlighting in the book, or a limited amount of highlighting where fewer than 20% of the pages are marked. There is no water damage. Covers of the book are intact and are not creased, torn, or bent. Spine of the book is undamaged. Damage fees will not be assessed for gentle use of the book resulting in shelf wear or other slight wear. All supplemental materials provided must be returned with the book.
2. Damage (Fee of the original list price of the book less the initial rental fee paid by you)
– If your rental book is returned to us in an unusable condition, you will be charged the full list purchase price of the book at time of initial rental less the original rental fee that you paid so that the book may be replaced. The damaged book will be recycled by us and not returned to you. Examples of Major Damage include water damage, stained or missing pages, torn or missing cover(s), highlighting or other markings that obscure the text and/or are present on more than 33% of the pages of the book, missing supplements, or any other condition rendering the book unusable.
If each rental book still has not been returned by the date granted under the extension, each rental book will be deemed unreturned and you will be charged the list purchase price of each book at the time of initial rental less the amount of your rental.
You agree that you are responsible for each rental book if it is lost or stolen, and you agree to pay for replacing each lost or stolen book. The replacement cost is calculated as the list purchase price of the book at the time of initial rental less the cost you paid to rent the book, plus any applicable taxes.
You agree that we may, at our sole discretion, send your account to a collection agency if you fail to pay all fees due and owing to us. We will disclose your personal information to the collection agency without your consent to protect or enforce our rights, to protect or enforce the rights of a third party, or as required by law. All accounts that are sent to a collection agency are subject to an additional $25.00 fee.
All notices, authorizations, and requests shall be deemed given on receipt or posting on our Website. The failure of Swarthmore College Bookstore to enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of this Agreement is declared invalid, illegal or unenforceable, all remaining provisions shall continue in full force and effect.
This Agreement applies to you and may not be transferred, assigned or delegated to anyone without the express prior written permission of Swarthmore College Bookstore. Any attempt by you to assign, transfer or delegate this Agreement without the express written permission of Swarthmore College Bookstore shall be null and void.
You will, at your sole expense, keep rental books free and clear of all levies, liens and encumbrances. You will declare and pay to the appropriate governmental authorities when due all license fees, registration fees, assessments, charges, taxes and the like pertaining in any way to rental books, whether municipal, state or federal (foreign and domestic), including, but not limited to, sales, use, excise and property taxes and penalties and interest with respect thereto (excluding, however, any taxes measured solely by our net income). You shall provide evidence of any payment hereunder upon request by us, and shall immediately reimburse us for all amounts paid by us.
This contract and all of the rights and obligations of the parties hereto and all of the terms and conditions hereof shall be construed, interpreted and applied in accordance with and governed by and enforced under the laws of Pennsylvania.
This agreement supersedes all prior agreements, written or oral, between you and the Swarthmore College Bookstore and shall constitute the entire agreement and understanding between the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof. The parties represent and warrant that they have relied on no promises or representations of the other party, other than those contained in this agreement. This agreement and each of its provisions shall be binding upon the parties and may not be waived, modified, amended or altered except by a writing signed by the Swarthmore College Bookstore and you.
SWARTHMORE COLLEGE BOOKSTORE FOR ITSELF AND ITS AFFILIATES SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY WARRANTIES, INCLUDING THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OF MERCHANTABILITY AND AGAINST INFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE BOOKSTORE BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER WHETHER ARISING IN CONTRACT OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE WEBSITE OR THE SERVICE, EVEN IF THE BOOKSTORE HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. YOU AGREE THAT THE BOOKSTORE'S ENTIRE LIABILITY UNDER THIS AGREEMENT SHALL NOT EXCEED, IN THE AGGREGATE, THE GREATER OF THE VALUE OF GOODS OR SERVICES PURCHASED THROUGH THE WEBSITE BY YOU OR $1.00.
For rental book(s), to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you hereby waive any and all rights and remedies conferred upon a renter/lessee by sections 2A-508 through 2A-522 of the Uniform Commercial Code ("“UCC"”) in force and effect in the State of Utah, including, but not limited to, your rights to: (i) cancel or repudiate this Agreement; (ii) reject or revoke acceptance of the textbook after you have received and accepted such textbook; (iii) grant a security interest in the textbook in your possession or control for any reason; (iv) deduct all or any part of any claimed damages resulting from your default, if any, under this Agreement; (v) accept partial delivery of the textbook; (vi) "“cover”” by making any purchase or rental of or contract to purchase or rent textbooks in substitution for those referred to in this Agreement during the term of this Agreement; (vii) recover any general, special, incidental or consequential damages, for any reason whatsoever; and (viii) specific performance, replevin, detinue, sequestration, claim and delivery or the like for any textbook identified to this Agreement. To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, you also hereby waive any rights now or hereafter conferred by statute or otherwise which may require the Bookstore to sell, rent/lease or otherwise use any textbook in mitigation of your damages as set forth in this Agreement or which may otherwise limit or modify any of your rights or remedies.