Warranty and Returns

Before we start, please note that the warranty we offer is to you, our customer, not to the customers you sell these products to. When a customer experiences a problem with a product you purchased from us, you're obligated under the Australian Consumer Law to accept the return and provide a replacement, refund, or repair. In turn, we are obligated to provide you, our customer, with the same right of replacement, refund, or repair.

In other words, don't direct your customers to us — we have no relationship with your customers, only with you. 

What's Covered and What's Not Covered

In simple terms, this warranty covers manufacturing faults and defects, major failures, and other issues not caused by your or your customer's action or inaction.

It does not cover accidental damage, damage incurred because a product was used incorrectly or not in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, or ordinary wear and tear.

Warranty Information

All products we sell, excluding some categories of products as listed below, come with a statutory three month warranty, plus our free extended warranty period of up to 12 months.

Under the terms of the Australian Consumer Law ("ACL"), you are entitled to a replacement or refund for a major failure and compensation for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage. You are also entitled to have the goods repaired or replaced if the goods fail to be of acceptable quality and the failure does not amount to a major failure.

The guarantees under the ACL are provided in sections 51 to 59 inclusive of the ACL (“Statutory Guarantees”) and the remedies are provided in sections 259 to 266 inclusive of the ACL (“StatutoryRemedies”).

Warranties are not transferable from customer to customer and are voided upon resale of any product. 

Excluded Items

E-liquids and Concentrates: As our e-liquids and concentrates contain food grade ingredients and are considered a consumable product, we do not allow returns or exchanges other than in the case of a manufacturing defect, as required by the ACL. While we strive to source and produce the tastiest eliquids on the planet, we can't guarantee that your customers will love every drop – taste is subjective, everybody is different, and we cannot offer a replacement or refund for any eliquid or concentrate on the basis of personal preferences alone.

Coils, Cotton, Wick, and Wire: As these items are considered consumable and will degrade with use over time, the warranty period for these items does not apply once the items have been removed from their original packaging and put to use, other than in the case of a product deemed "dead on arrival". We do not offer a warranty for any coils, cotton, wick, or wire that have not been used in accordance with the manufacturer's or our instructions, have not been sufficiently primed, or have been used at incorrect or unsafe wattages. In some limited circumstances, at our sole discretion, we may accept the return and exchange of coils you purchase that are unsuitable for the device you intend to use them in, on the condition that the items are in their original, unopened packaging and have not been used. You will be responsible for the cost of shipping to return the item to us, and for the cost of shipping the replacement item to you.

Batteries: As all rechargeable batteries are consumable products that degrade with use over time, we offer a fourteen day warranty period on all batteries to ensure that the cells you receive are in good working order when you receive them. It is your responsibility to immediately test any battery you purchase upon receipt to ensure that it is discharging normally and capable of being recharged.

USB Charging: We specifically caution against using the built-in USB charging facility on mods which use replaceable lithium ion cells, and we provide a written warning on the product page for all products that offer it. If you choose to ignore this warning, please note that we do not offer a warranty or repair process for faults caused by the use of built-in USB charging.

Warranty Conditions

Notwithstanding our obligations under the ACL, if a product develops a fault due to damage incurred by your incorrect actions, including but not limited to accidental damage, incorrect handling, using a device in a manner contrary to its intended purpose, using inappropriate consumables not intended for use in the product, using liquids or other substances not provided by us, or any other action contrary to the manufacturer's or our instructions, this warranty shall be considered void.

The product must be used in accordance with the manufacturer's or our instructions. This warranty does not apply should the defect in or failure of the product be attributable to misuse, abuse, accident, act of God such as lightning, or nonobservance of the manufacturer's or our instructions on the part of the user. This warranty does not cover ordinary wear and tear in the product or its parts.

Vape Traders does not accept liability for any loss or damage however suffered, caused by or arising out of any failure to use the product in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions, and any indirect, consequential or economic loss or damage however caused.

This Warranty is immediately void if any serial number or appliance plate is removed or defaced, the Product has been serviced or otherwise repaired by a person not authorised to do so by Vape Traders, or where non approved replacement parts are used.

The product is designed for domestic use only. If applicable, the product must be connected to the electrical voltage supply as specified in the ratings label located on the product. This warranty does not cover defects arising from non-domestic use or incorrect voltage supply.

This warranty may only be claimed against where proof of original purchase is presented, for example, original paper or email receipt, or invoice.

Any parts of the product that need to be replaced — or, if the whole product needs to be replaced, the replaced product — become the property of Vape Traders. The warranty on any replacement product or parts will expire on the same date that the warranty period on the original product expires.

The benefits provided by this warranty are in addition to all other rights and remedies in respect of the product which the purchaser has under the Australian Consumer Law and/or any other applicable State and Territory Laws. All other warranties and representations, express and implied, are hereby excluded.

The purchaser bears the onus of proving that the defect occurred during the warranty period, and was not caused by any of the causes excluded from this warranty.

This warranty does not cover products purchased second hand.

The purchaser is responsible for all postage and freight charges and any other expenses incidental to claiming against this warranty.

The warranty excludes consumable items (including but not limited to batteries, coils, liquids, wire, cotton) and normal wear and tear.

Warranty Remedies

When you return a product to us for any warranty purpose, Vape Traders or the manufacturer will determine, at our sole discretion, whether the product is faulty and the cause of the fault within a reasonable time frame.

In the case of a manufacturing defect or other fault not caused by you or your actions, we may offer you a store credit, refund, repair, or replacement in accordance with our obligations under the ACL.

In most cases, at our sole discretion, where appropriate and in accordance with our obligations under the ACL, we will offer a replacement for any item that qualifies under the terms of this warranty. In lieu of a replacement, we may choose, at our sole discretion, to offer you a refund or store credit.

Due to payment processor limitations, only store credit is available for warranty claims made beyond the three month statutory warranty period.

Statutory Rights

While individual circumstances may vary and the law is uncertain, the policies set out in this document are intended to provide you with remedies that Vape Traders believes to be consistent with your statutory rights under the ACL in the event of breach of a Consumer Guarantee relating to faulty products.

Our policies are in addition to, and do not limit your rights with respect to, the Consumer Guarantees or any other rights and remedies that you have under the law in relation to the goods sold by Vape Traders.

If you are not satisfied with a remedy under the Vape Traders Minimum Voluntary Warranty Policy you can discuss your concerns with a Vape Traders representative who is authorised to provide an alternative remedy where appropriate.

If the representative believes that the Vape Traders remedy is adequate but you are not still satisfied that your ACL rights are being appropriately observed then you can submit your concerns in writing to our ACL Warranty Claims Officer by completing our contact form for further consideration by Vape Traders.

Returned and Reshipped Mail

The courier companies we partner with charge us a fee for returned parcels, such as parcels that are not able to be delivered or which are rejected by the recipient. In certain circumstances we may pass that fee on to you, along with the cost of reshipping your parcel, and you may be required to make payment prior to your parcel being reshipped.

These circumstances include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • If Australia Post cannot deliver your parcel to the address you specified during checkout (e.g, if you neglect to enter your street number or street name)
  • If you have not collected your parcel from your local post office and it is returned to us after a period of time according to Australia Post's abandoned parcels process
  • If you or someone in your household rejects delivery of a parcel
In general terms, if your parcel is returned due to your action or inaction, the returned parcel and reshipping fees may apply.

If we determine that your parcel is returned through no fault of your own, for instance if the shipping label becomes damaged during transit or Australia Post misdirects the delivery, then we will reship the parcel to you at our expense.

 

Questions, Comments, or Further Information

If you have any questions about our warranty process or would like to make a warranty claim, please speak to your account manager or send us a message through our contact form.