The following terms constitute a binding legal agreement ("Agreement") dated as of the date on which you accept this Agreement between you (“Customer”) and VIP BIDDING, LLC, an Illinois limited liability company ("VIP"). In order for you to be granted use of and access to the Portal on VIP’s website or mobile application, you agree to the following terms and conditions.
VIP DOES NOT PROVIDE THE GOODS AND/OR SERVICES PROVIDED BY VENDORS. IT IS UP TO THE VENDORS TO OFFER GOODS AND SERVICES WHICH MAY BE OFFERED THROUGH USE OF THE PORTAL. VIP OFFERS INFORMATION AND A METHOD TO OBTAIN SUCH GOODS AND/OR SERVICES, BUT DOES NOT AND DOES NOT INTEND TO PROVIDE GOODS AND/OR SERVICES OR ACT IN ANY WAY AS A SELLER OF SUCH GOODS AND/OR SERVICES, AND HAS NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LIABILITY FOR ANY GOODS AND/OR SERVICES PURCHASED BY CUSTOMER THROUGH CUSTOMER’S USE OF THE PORTAL.
We collect your personal information because it helps us deliver a superior level of customer service. It enables us to give you convenient access to our products and services and focus on categories of greatest interest to you. In addition, your personal information helps us keep you posted on the latest product announcements, special offers, and events that you might like to hear about.
If you do not want the Company to keep you up to date with our news and the latest information on products and services, update your personal contact information and preferences using the Portal.
There are a number of situations in which your personal information may help us give you better products. For example:
We may ask for your personal information when you’re using or logged into the Portal or purchasing an Offer.
When you interact with the Company, we may collect personal information relevant to the situation, such as your name, mailing address, phone number, email address, and contact preferences; your credit card information and information about the Offers you have purchased.
We also collect information for market research purposes — such as your occupation and where you are looking for Offers—to gain a better understanding of our customers and thus provide more valuable service.
We collect information regarding your activities on the Portal. This helps us to determine how best to provide useful information to customers and to understand which parts of our websites, products, and Internet services are of most interest to them.
We may use personal information to provide products that you have requested as well as for auditing, research, and analysis to improve our products.
This information may be shared with third parties or in special circumstances as described elsewhere in this policy.
Our website allows you to create an “ID” based on your personal information. This convenient service saves you time and allows for easier use of our Portal. In order to create your ID you will need to create a personal profile by providing your name, phone number, email address, and in some cases your mailing address or a credit card number. The system saves the information in your personal profile and assigns you your own unique personal ID which you can use when performing various activities relating to the Portal and the Offers you purchase from the Company.
The Company takes your privacy very seriously. The Company does not sell or rent your contact information to other marketers.
There are also times when it may be advantageous for the Company to make certain personal information about you available to companies that the Company has a strategic relationship with or that perform work for the Company to provide products and services to you on our behalf. These companies may help us process information, extend credit, fulfill customer orders, deliver products to you, manage and enhance customer data, provide customer service, assess your interest in our products and services, or conduct customer research or satisfaction surveys. In such situation these companies are prohibited from using your personal information for any unauthorized purposes and are also obligated to protect your information in accordance with the Company’s policies, except if we inform you otherwise at the time of collection. Without such information being made available, it would be difficult for you to purchase products, have products delivered to you, receive customer service, provide us feedback to improve our products and services, or access certain services, offers, and content on our website.
The Company may take the personal information we receive from individuals responding to our customer surveys and combine (or aggregate) it with the responses of other customers we may have, to create broader, generic responses to the survey questions (such as gender, age, residence, hobbies, education, employment, industry sector, or other demographic information). The Company then uses the aggregated information to improve the quality of its services to you, and to develop new services and products. This aggregated non-personally identifying information may be shared with third parties.
We also reserve the right to disclose your personal information for any reason if, in our sole discretion, we believe that it is reasonable to do so, including credit agencies, collection agencies, merchant database agencies, law enforcement, litigation or to satisfy laws, such as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Child Online Privacy Act, regulations, or governmental or legal requests for such information. We may also disclose personal information that is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against someone who may be violating our contracts, policies and procedures. Finally we may also disclose information about you if we determine that for national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary.
The Company takes precautions—including administrative, technical, and physical measures—to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft, and misuse, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction.
Our websites use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption on all web pages where personal information is required and to make online purchases you must use an SSL-enabled browser in order to protect the confidentiality of your personal and credit card information while it’s transmitted over the Internet. You can help us by also taking precautions to protect your personal data when you are on the Internet. Change your passwords often using a combination of letters and numbers, and make sure you use a secure web browser.
While we make every effort to ensure the integrity and security of our network and systems, we cannot guarantee that our security measures will prevent third-party “hackers” from illegally obtaining your personal information.
The Company has safeguards in place to keep your personal information accurate, complete, and up to date for the purposes for which it is used. You always have the right to access and correct the personal information you have provided and can help us ensure that your contact information and preferences are accurate, complete, and up to date by checking at the Portal.
In addition, you can request a copy of your personal information and your interactions with the Portal by contacting us at the email address below.
YOU MUST BE TWENTY ONE (21) YEARS OR OLDER TO ACCESS THE PORTAL. IF YOU ARE UNDER TWENTY ONE YEARS OF AGE, YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO ACCESS THE PORTAL FOR ANY REASON. DUE TO THE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR USE OF THE PORTAL, NO INFORMATION OBTAINED BY THE PORTAL FALLS WITHIN THE CHILDREN’S ONLINE PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT OF 1998 AND IS NOT MONITORED AS DOING SO.
As is true of most websites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files. This information includes Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet Service Provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and clickstream data. We use this information, which does not identify individual users, to analyze trends, to administer the site, to track users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. The Company will not use the information collected to market directly to that person.
In some of our email messages we use a “click-through URL” linked to content on our website. When customers click one of these URLs, they pass through our web server before arriving at the destination web page. We track this click-through data to help us determine interest in particular topics and measure the effectiveness of our customer communications. If you prefer not to be tracked simply avoid clicking text or graphic links in the email.
In addition we use pixel tags—tiny graphic images—to tell us what parts of our website customers have visited or to measure the effectiveness of searches customers perform on our site. Pixel tags also enable us to send email messages in a format customers can read. And they tell us whether emails have been opened to ensure that we’re sending only messages that are of interest to our customers. We may use this information to reduce or eliminate messages sent to a customer. We store all of this information in a secure database.
As we said, the Company takes protecting your privacy very seriously. To make sure your personal information is secure, we communicate these guidelines to our employees and strictly enforce privacy safeguards within the company. In addition, the Company supports industry initiatives, such as TRUSTe, to preserve privacy rights on the Internet and in all aspects of electronic commerce
Our website has links to the sites of other companies. We are not responsible for their privacy practices. We encourage you to learn about the privacy policies of those companies.
The terms and conditions in this policy statement came into effect on October 1, 2013.