These Seller Terms also outline your rights and obligations under the Contract of Sale you enter into with Buyers of your Lots. You can find the obligations of Buyers under the Contract of Sale in the Buyer Terms.
Article 1: Registering as a Seller
It’s great that you’re interested in selling Lots with us! Before using our Online Marketplace, make sure you are aware of the following:
- You’ll need to create a Seller Account. When registering as a Seller, you are obliged to truthfully state whether you are registering as a private individual or in a professional capacity. If you use our Online Marketplace to sell Lots in connection with your trade, business, craft, or professional activity (as a ‘Professional Seller’), a ‘Pro’ icon will appear next to your username on the Lots you offer.
- Selling professionally. If you are using our Online Marketplace as a Professional Seller, you are obliged to comply with all applicable tax laws and regulations, register in the correct capacity, and provide all required information when registering.
- We expect you to fulfil your VAT obligations. To be treated as a Professional Seller for VAT purposes, you are obliged to provide us with a valid VAT identification number. If you are based outside the EU and you don’t have a VAT identification number, you must provide alternative proof, to the satisfaction of Catawiki, that you’re using the Online Marketplace in a professional capacity (e.g. to carry out a trade, business, craft, or other professional activity). You acknowledge that you will be designated as a Professional Seller for all use through that Account.
- We expect you to comply with the EU right of withdrawal. If you use our Online Marketplace in a professional capacity, you acknowledge and accept that in certain cases, Buyers in the European Economic Area (EEA) may be entitled to a 14-day ‘right of withdrawal’. You will fully cooperate with us in this process. Please read our Right of Withdrawal Policy for more information.
If you aren’t registered as a Professional Seller but we have reasonable cause to believe you are using our Online Marketplace in a professional capacity, we are entitled to consider you a Professional Seller for all future sales by the relevant Account. This means you will have to adhere to the EU right of withdrawal.
Article 2: Offering up Lots for auction
Once you’re registered as a Seller, you can offer up Lots for auction. Make sure you’re aware of the following:
- We will determine the suitability of your Lot. We will decide which Lots are suitable to be sold on our Online Marketplace. We make this decision based on Lot characteristics, such as the attractiveness, rareness, possible selling price of, and expected demand for the Lot in question. We may refuse Lots without stating why. Please review our Submission Guidelines to check the kinds of lots we do and do not accept.
- We require a clear and comprehensive description of your Lot. When you offer up a Lot, you must clearly and comprehensively provide information about the Lot. This information must include, but is not limited to, the following materials and information:
- A correct, complete, and accurate description of the Lot.
- Information about the condition and classification of the Lot, including whether or not it falls under margin scheme goods in the context of the applicable VAT legislation.
- One or more clear photographs that accurately represent the current state (including any defects or deficiencies), features, and other particulars of the Lot.
- The Reserve Price, if applicable (the option to set a Reserve Price will depend on the value of the Lot).
- An indication of the actual shipping costs (if applicable).
- Any other conditions related to the offer.
- You are responsible for a correct Lot description. This also applies if we propose changes or make changes to and/or supplement the description of the Lot. We will give you the opportunity to review the description before the Online Auction starts. You will use this opportunity to check the Lot description and you therefore guarantee that the final description describes the Lot accurately.
- You guarantee that you are entitled and authorised to sell the Lot. By offering and selling a Lot, you guarantee that you aren’t (i) violating any law or regulation, (ii) infringing on any rights of third parties, including rights from agreement and Intellectual Property Rights, (iii) acting in a way that’s fraudulent in general, or (iv) acting in a way that’s unlawful and/or fraudulent towards third parties or Catawiki. You also guarantee that the offering and selling of the Lot is a genuine and authentic transaction. More specifically, you guarantee that you are not offering the Lot as part of a fake transaction, enabling the Buyer, yourself, and/or third parties to transfer an amount and launder the money involved.
- Withdrawal of Lots before the auction commences. You may withdraw Lots up until they are published on the Online Marketplace and are visible to other Users. After that time, you won’t be able to change the conditions attached to the offer. If we decide to remove your Lot from an Online Auction, you will be fully liable for any damages resulting from this. If you decide a Lot should be removed after it’s been published on the Online Auction, you will need to provide us with documents, files, or other forms of proof giving the reason it should be removed. You’ll need to provide this proof upon our first request. If we decide that the proof is sufficient, we’ll consult with bidders and may, at our own discretion, remove the Lot from auction.
You can find more information about offering up Lots in our Help Centre.
Article 3: Lots in auction
Once we’ve accepted your Lot and have put it in auction, other Users can place bids on it. By selling on our Online Marketplace, you agree with the following rules:
- The Buyer and the Seller of a Lot enter into a Contract of Sale. At the end of an Online Auction, you’ll automatically enter into a Contract of Sale with the highest bidder (the Buyer) of the Lot. This won’t be the case if you have set a Reserve Price and the highest Bid is lower than the Reserve Price.
- We don’t accept shill bidding. You aren’t allowed to bid on your own Lots or the Lots of someone connected to you. You are also not allowed to have someone connected to you bid on your Lots. We call this shill bidding.
- Lots you offer on our Online Marketplace will be exclusively offered here. You will not offer Lots through other sales channels while they are in one of our Online Auctions. You will remove Lots from other websites, including online platforms, and your own or others’ (web) shops if they’re in one of our auctions.
In our Help Centre, you’ll find the most frequently asked questions about our auctions.
Article 4: Delivery or pickup of Lots
Once your Lot has been sold, we’ll ask the Buyer to pay the Purchase Price, the transport costs (if any), and the Buyer’s Commission. As soon as the Buyer has paid, we’ll let you know so you can deliver the Lot to the Buyer or arrange pickup.
- The Lot must be shipped within three (3) business days of payment. Unless you’ve arranged that the Buyer will pick up the Lot, you’ll need to carefully package it and send it within three (3) business days of receiving confirmation of payment from us. You are responsible for sending the Lot to the Buyer. The specified delivery time shall never be regarded as a statutory limit.
- Your Lots must be shipped with Track & Trace. We also strongly recommend using registered and/or insured shipping, as you will bear the risk of damage to and/or loss of your Lots during shipping.
- Lots must be shipped from the address stated in your Account. You are obliged to ship Lots from the address stated in your Account. If you ship the Lot from a different address, you will need to cover any costs that would not have been charged if the Lot had been shipped from the address stated in your Account (such as, but not limited to, import taxes and levies).
- Shipping from unsupported countries. You can’t sell and/or ship Lots from countries that aren’t on the list of supported countries. If you ship Lots from unsupported countries, you are at default and you forfeit the right to receive payment.
- We ask you to liaise with the Buyer if there are shipping issues. If the Lot is lost and/or damaged during shipping, and you don’t reach a solution with the Buyer, you’ll need to cooperate in an investigation by the shipping company. A running investigation does not prejudice our right to decide whether the Purchase Price will be refunded to the Buyer or paid to you.
- Excess shipping fees must be refunded to the Buyer. If the shipping costs are less than the amount indicated in the Online Auction, you’ll need to refund any excess shipping costs the Buyer has paid.
If you have any questions about delivery or pickup, have a look at our Help Centre.
Article 5: Payment of Lots
You will receive the Purchase Price (with the Seller’s Commission deducted) after (i) the Buyer has paid the Purchase Price, the transport costs (if any), and the Buyer’s Commission, and (ii) you have shipped the Lot or the Buyer has picked up the Lot, in accordance with Article 4.
- We may withhold payment. We may suspend your payment if the Buyer has given notice of a dispute due to, for example, alleged damage to or nonconformity of the Lot.
- Exchange rates may apply. We’ll set the exchange rate for each Lot to what it is at the start of the Online Auction. Even if the exchange rate changes during the auction, the exchange rate we apply will be fixed at the start of the auction. You accept that you may be paid a lower (or higher) Purchase Price in your own currency than if we’d used the exchange rate applicable at the end of the Online Auction or when the Purchase price was paid. We might also round the Purchase Price off to the nearest whole currency unit before we pay you.
- We may cancel transactions if the Buyer doesn’t pay. If the Buyer doesn’t pay in accordance with their obligations under the Buyer Terms, we will send them multiple payment reminders. If, after our reminders, the Buyer still doesn’t pay, you agree and acknowledge that we may cancel the transaction in our system. Cancellation of the transaction is not the same as a dissolution of the Contract of Sale. Once we have cancelled the transaction, you can decide to either re-offer the Lot or liaise directly with the Buyer to obtain your rights under the Contract of Sale.
- Payments are governed by the terms of our Payment Service Providers. Payment processing services on our Online Marketplace are provided by our Payment Service Providers, Stripe or Payoneer, depending on which country you’re in. These payment processing services are subject to the respective terms of our Payment Service Providers. For Stripe, the services are subject to the Stripe Connected Account Agreement, which includes the Stripe Terms of Service (collectively, the ‘Stripe Services Agreement’). For payments processed by Payoneer, the services are subject to the Payoneer Term & Conditions. By selling on Catawiki, you agree to be bound by these relevant terms, which may be modified from time to time. Receiving payment may depend on you filling in all the details required by the relevant Payment Service Providers, such as your date of birth and, if you’re a Professional Seller, a company registration number. If the payment provider blocks a payment in accordance with their applicable terms, we are entitled to cancel the transaction in our system and refund the Buyer. In those cases, we can’t be held liable or responsible for any damages related to the cancellation.
You can find further information about our payment process in our Help Centre.
Article 6: Failure to fulfil your obligations towards the Buyer
If you fail to fulfil your obligations towards the Buyer under the Contract of Sale, you will be in default and the Buyer will be entitled to dissolve the Contract of Sale. Without being obliged to do so, we may send you a notice of default and a notice of dissolution on behalf of the Buyer.
In that case, your obligations will include compensating the Buyer’s damages, without prejudice to any other right. This includes reimbursing the Buyer for any Purchase Price you have already received from them. We will not be responsible for this reimbursement.
Article 7: Failure to fulfil your obligations towards Catawiki
- Temporarily or permanently limit your authorisation to sell and/or bid on Lots.
- Temporarily or permanently revoke any special status associated with your Account.
- Temporarily or permanently limit your access to your Account.
- If you have not provided accurate bank, contact, or identification information upon our first request, you will be in default and we are entitled to withhold or refuse payments to you (including refunds).
- If a Buyer pays for a Lot via credit card and, due to your failure to comply with your obligations under these Seller Terms, files a successful chargeback, we are allowed to (i) block your Account, (ii) set-off any claims we have towards you, (iii) block any future payments to you, and (iv) initiate legal proceedings against you.
Article 8: Internal communication
You can use our internal messaging system to communicate directly with Buyers. This system is a great way to arrange the delivery of a Lot or answer any questions Buyers may have. Please note, we don’t allow you to use this system for the following activities:
- Sending unsolicited advertising or promotions, requests for donations, or spam.
- Insulting, harassing, or discriminating against other Users.
- Making a sales agreement with a User without the mediation of Catawiki, with the aim of avoiding commission.
Has a Buyer provided you with feedback related to a Lot you sold? Our Feedback Policy applies to any reaction you want to give. Make sure you have read it before replying.
Article 9: Disputes with other Users
We expect Users to resolve any dispute between themselves. However, if necessary, we will make reasonable efforts to mediate between you and the Buyer. Therefore, you will need to report any complaints and disputes between you and the Buyer to us as quickly as possible.
Reach out to the Buyer: go to My sold lots and click on 'Order Details' to display the order page for that sale. You can then click on the ‘Send Message’ link to message the Buyer.
Reach out to Catawiki: contact our Customer Support department by sending us an email via our contact form.
Article 10: Catawiki audit
To ensure our Online Marketplace remains safe and secure for all Users, we may decide to audit the quality of Lots. If we have reason to believe your Lots don’t meet our quality standards or comply with our Submission Guidelines, we can (i) directly or indirectly purchase Lots from you via our own Online Auction or (ii) visit your offline premises to inspect the Lots in person. Based on such an audit, we may take appropriate measures, including cancelling the transaction, if the Lot doesn’t meet our quality standards.