Terms of Service
Last updated on: December 17, 2016
Before diving into the necessary terms below, a word about our philosophy:
There is a difference between the words “customer” and “client”.
A customer is someone who purchases a product or service from another.
The Latin root for client (cliéns) implies a person seeking the protection, assistance, or influence of someone powerful. We at Ripple Effect do not claim to be powerful people. But when someone chooses to business with us we choose to view them as a client – someone whom we are duty-bound to protect, assist, and influence for good.
Ripple Effect is a dba of Marketplaces, LLC. By signing up for Ripple Effect service (“Service”) you are agreeing to be bound by the following terms and conditions (“Terms of Service”). The Services offered by Marketplaces, LLC under the Ripple Effect Terms of Service include various products and services to create for you create and manage an online retail store. You can review the current version of the Terms of Service at any time at https://www.rippleeffect.net/legal/terms. Ripple Effect reserves the right to update and change the Terms of Service by posting updates and changes to the Ripple Effect website. You are advised to check the Terms of Service occasionally for any changes that may affect your account.
When we say “WHAT WE MEAN” in the margins, we are trying to be clear by not using legal language. But these explanations do not replace the legal terms in the main body of the agreement.
Please check back periodically to see what may have been updated.
You must be at least 18 years of age.
To access Ripple Effect Services to help you sell products, you must register for a Ripple Effect account (“Account”). We will need your full legal name, current address, phone number, and a valid email address, as well as other indicated information in the signup form. Ripple Effect may reject your application for an Account, or cancel an existing Account, for any reason, at our sole discretion.
Ripple Effect has your permission to communicate with you using your email. Please check your email regularly.
The security of your Ripple Effect password is your responsibility. Ripple Effect accepts no responsibility for losses or damage from any failure to keep your account information secure.
Worms, viruses or other destructive software is forbidden; do not transmit anything destructive.
A violation or breach of any sort of these Terms of Service may result in termination of services, at the sole discretion of Ripple Effect.
Ripple Effect Account
The person signing up for Ripple Effect Service will be the contracting party and account owner for the purposes of our Terms of Service, and will be the person authorized to the Account for the sale of products or to facilitate communication with your own clients.
If you are signing up for the Service on behalf of your employer, your employer shall be the Account Owner, and you warrant that you have authority to bind your employer to our Terms of Service.
PayPal Express Checkout
If you do not already have a Paypal Account, upon completion of sign up for the Service, Ripple Effect will create on your behalf a PayPal Express Checkout account, using your email address. This is how we will transfer to you your Affiliate Sales Commissions.
You acknowledge that managing your PayPal Standard, PayPal Pro, or PayPay Express Account is your sole responsibility as Owner of the Account.
Though we may create for you a PayPal Express Account the activation, management, and deactivation of the account is your sole responsibility.
Upon activation of your account you will receive a RippleEffect.net subdomain account free of charge. It will appear as follows:
The Terms of Service shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Utah, USA. Any conflicting laws will be superceded by those of the State of Utah, USA. The parties irrevocably and unconditionally submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Utah with respect to any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with the Terms of Service. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods will not apply to these Terms of Service and is hereby expressly excluded.
Ripple Effect may amend these Terms of Service at any time, available at
https://www. Ripple Effect.net/terms. If you do not agree to any changes to the Terms of Service, do not continue to use the Service, as continued use after any updates implies acceptance of updated Terms of Service.
You may not use the Ripple Effect service for any illegal, unethical, or unauthorized purpose. These exclusions include violation of any copyright laws.
You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service without the express written permission by Ripple Effect.
You shall not purchase search engine or other pay-per-click keywords (such as Google AdWords), or domain names that use Ripple Effect, Marketplaces, or trademarks and/or variations and misspellings thereof.
Questions about the Terms of Service should be sent to
You understand that your Ripple Effect Store Content (not including credit card information), may be transferred unencrypted and involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices. Credit Card information is not transferred without encryption.
The Terms of Service may be available in languages other than English. Any inconsistencies or conflicts between translations of Ripple Effect Terms are unintentional. Terms in English at https://www.rippleeffect.net/terms will supercede all other language translations.
Ripple Effect Rights
We reserve the right to modify or terminate the Service for any reason, without notice at any time.
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.
Though we are not obliged to, we may remove Store Content and Accounts containing content that we determine in our sole discretion are unlawful, unethical, offensive, threatening, libelous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene or otherwise objectionable or violates any party’s intellectual property or these Terms of Service.
Verbal or written abuse or threats of any kind toward any Ripple Effect client, Ripple Effect employee, member, or officer will result in immediate Account termination.
We make no promise of exclusivity in any particular market segment, and reserve the right to offer services to your competitors..
In the event of a dispute regarding Account ownership, we reserve the right to request documentation.
Ripple Effect reserves the right to temporarily suspend an Account until ownership is resolved, to determine the rightful owner, and to transfer management rights to the rightful owner.
Limitation of Liability
Ripple Effect shall not be liable for any tangible or intangible damages, loss of profits, data, or goodwill that are a result of any disruption of service or inability to use service.
Should your breach of these Terms of Service result in any lost profit or any special, consequential or incidental damages arising out of connection with this site or Services, Ripple Effect, its suppliers, clients, parent, subsidiaries, officers, employees, partners, agents will be not be liable.
You agree to hold all these harmless, and to indemnify Ripple Effect and all these (as applicable) of any reasonable attorney’s fees.
Ripple Effect Service is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis without any warranty or condition, express, implied or statutory. Use the service at your sole risk.
Ripple Effect does not warrant that the Service will be error-free, timely, secure, or uninterrupted.
Ripple Effect does not warrant any specific level of success or profits.
Ripple Effect does not warrant that the quality or efficacy of any products purchased through its websites.
Waiver and Complete Agreement
The failure of Ripple Effect to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the Terms of Service shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. The Terms of Service constitutes the entire agreement between you and Ripple Effect and govern your use of the Service, superseding any prior agreements between you and Ripple Effect (including, but not limited to, any prior versions of the Terms of Service).
Intellectual Property and Client Content
All written and graphic material you upload to your Ripple Effect Store is yours, and we can no rights to it. When you remove your Ripple Effect Account be deleting your Account it is removed.
By uploading Store Content, you agree: (a) to allow Ripple Effect to display and store your Store Content, (b) to allow other internet users to view your Store Content, and (c) that Ripple Effect can, at any time, review all the Store Content submitted by you to its Service.
Content on your Ripple Effect Store is your responsibility, and you alone are responsible for compliance with any applicable laws or regulations.
Ripple Effect will not disclose your confidential information to third parties, except as required in the course of providing Services. Confidential information includes any materials or information provided by you to us which is not publicly known. Confidential information does not include information that: (a) was in the public domain at the time we received it; (b) comes into the public domain after we received it through no fault of ours; (c) we received from someone other than you without breach of our or their confidentiality obligations; or (d) we are required by law to disclose.
Ripple Effect shall have the right and license to use the names, trademarks, service marks and logos associated with your store to promote the Service. These rights are non-exclusive.
Ripple Effect Shipping
Ripple Effect reserves the right to inventory products in your behalf, and to ship them to your clients, as they are purchased. Ripple Effect must deliver to client ship-to addresses, and will take every reasonable precaution to protect your client’s name, contact and shipping information, and product information.
Clients you refer to purchase on your Ripple Effect Store are your clients. Ripple Effect will make every reasonable effort to create a positive client experience, and to protect the integrity of your provider/client relationship.
Should a data breach occur, Ripple Effect shall be held harmless, and you agree to indemnify Ripple Effect and its officers, suppliers, employees, and partners for any such breach.
Ripple Effect will build, host, and maintain your online store. It will not have the same layout or theme as your website, blog, or social media site. Ripple Effect will make reasonable effort, however, to match colors, and to make it look like a part of your website, blog, or social media site.
You are encouraged to provide Ripple Effect with your logo in .png, .jpg, or .gif format.
Ripple Effect may add to the footer of your store a notation such as “powered by Ripple Effect”.
Ripple Effect encourages the use of your logo, and interprets receipt of your logo as permission to install it onto your online store.
Ripple Effect may modify the look and feel of your online store where it contains, in our sole discretion, any element that may be unlawful, offensive, threatening, defamatory, pornographic, obscene, or otherwise objectionable, or that violates any person’s intellectual property.
All product and benefit claims must be made in compliance with guidelines from FDA and other authorities, and you are solely responsible for the accuracy of product claims if they are made without the bounds of manufacturers’ descriptions.
The Terms apply to the sale or offering of sale of any Product Search Content, and you agree to comply with the Terms regardless of whether or not the transaction respecting Product Search Content is processed using the Services.
Ripple Effect reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify the Affiliate Sales Commission rate at any time.
Under no circumstances shall Ripple Effect be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential, exemplary or other damages whatsoever, including, without limitation damages that result from any transaction involving the Product Search Content or any resulting contractual relationship between yourself and a purchaser. These limitations shall apply even if Ripple Effect has been advised of the possibility of such damages. The foregoing limitations shall apply to the fullest extent permitted by law
Payment of Affiliate Sales Commissions
Ripple Effect will make Affiliate Sales Commissions (ASC) payments weekly, and ASC payments due you will be paid to your PayPal Pro, PayPal Standard, or PayPay Express Account on that day, and no later than 21 days after product shipment to your client.
Maintaining your PayPal Pro, PayPal Standard, or PayPay Express Account will be your responsibility. If Ripple Effect is unable to make a payment to your account for any reason you will be notified via the email account we have on file.
Cancellation and Termination
You may cancel your Account at anytime by emailing email@example.com.
Upon termination of Services by either party for any reason:
Ripple Effect will cease providing you with the Services and you will no longer be able to access your Account;
Unless otherwise provided in the Terms of Service, you will not be entitled to any Affiliate Sales Commissions, pro rata or otherwise;
Your store website will be taken offline.
We reserve the right to modify or terminate the Ripple Effect Service or your Account for any reason, without notice at any time.
Fraud: Without limiting any other remedies, Ripple Effect may suspend or terminate your Account if we suspect that you (by conviction, settlement, insurance or escrow investigation, or otherwise) have engaged in fraudulent activity in connection with the Site.
Modifications to the Service
Ripple Effect reserves the right at any time, and from time to time, to modify or discontinue, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice.
Ripple Effect shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, price change, suspension or discontinuance of the Service.
Third Party Services
In addition to these Terms of Service, you also agree to be bound by the additional product-specific terms and instructions for use applicable to products supplied by manufacturers and distributors.
DMCA Notice and Copyright Takedown Procedure
Ripple Effect supports the protection of intellectual property and asks Ripple Effect merchants to do the same. It’s our policy to respond to all notices of alleged copyright infringement. If someone believes that one of our merchants is infringing their intellectual property rights, they can send a DMCA Notice to Ripple Effect via firstname.lastname@example.org.