Privacy Policy

Introduction:

Thank you for visiting Merch Method.  This privacy policy applies to the website that posts this Privacy Policy, including, without limitation, www.MerchMethod.com (however accessed and/or used, whether via personal computers, mobile devices or otherwise.  This Privacy Policy also applies to widgets, applications, interactive features and/or downloads that are owned or operated by Merch Method and available through the website, or that post a link to this Privacy Policy.  This Privacy Policy covers information collected at the site and does not cover any information collected at any other website or offline by Merch Method, unless stated.

We want you to enjoy your experience on our website, so it’s important for you to understand our practices for information we collect about you, including the types of information we collect regarding visitors to the website and how we may use that information.  This Privacy Policy explains these practices, so please review it carefully. 

Consent:

BY USING THIS SITE OR SUBMITTING PERSONAL INFORMATION THROUGH THE SITE, YOU EXPRESSLY CONSENT TO THE COLLECTION, USE, AND DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION ACCORDING TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY.

Persons Under 13:

If you are under the age of 13, you are not permitted to submit any personal information to MerchMethod.com. The site is intended for users who are 13 years of age and older.

Information You Provide To Us:

We may ask that you provide us with certain categories of information, such as: (1) personally identifiable information (i.e., information that can reasonably be used to identify you personally, or information associated with the foregoing) such as your name, email address, birth date, credit card number, and physical address; and (2) demographic information, such as gender, zip code, or similar information.  We may collect this information through various forms and in various places on the website, including account registration forms, if you maintain a “wish list,” sweepstakes and contest entry forms, email newsletter sign-ups, or when you submit information, communicate or otherwise interact with us.  We do not consider demographic information about you to be personal information unless it is associated with information so as to permit your identification.  If we combine demographic information with the personal information we collect, we will treat it as personal information under this Privacy Policy.

Information We Collect Via Technology:

In addition to any personal information or other information that you choose to submit to MerchMethod.com, we and our third-party service providers may use a variety of now and later developed methods or technologies that collect certain information whenever you visit or interact with our website.  This usage information may include the browser you are using, the URL that referred you to our website, all of the areas within our site that you visit, and the time of day, among other information.  We may use usage information for a variety of purposes, including enhancing or improving the site and your interaction with it.  In addition, we collect your IP address or other unique identifier for your computer or other devices used to access the site.  A device identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your device used to access the website, and our computers identify your device by its device identifier.  Whenever we associate usage information or a device identifier with your personal information, Merch Method will treat it as personal information.

A few of the methods and technologies that may be used to collect usage information include the following:

Cookies - A cookie is a data file placed on a device when it is used to visit MerchMethod.com.  A flash cookie is a data file placed on a device via the Adobe Flash plugin that may be built-in to or downloaded by you to your device. Cookies and flash cookies may be used for many purposes, including remembering you and your preferences and tracking your visits to our web page.  If you choose to disable cookies or flash cookies on your device, some features of the site may not function properly.

Web Beacons -  Small graphic images or other web programming code called web beacons (also known as “1x1 GIFs” or “clear GIFs”) may be included in our web page and email messages.  Web beacons may be invisible to you, but any electronic image or other web programming code inserted into a web page or email can act as a web beacon.  Web beacons or similar technologies may be used for a number of purposes, including to count visitors to the website, to monitor how users navigate, to count how many emails that were sent were actually opened, or to count how many particular articles or links were actually viewed.

Embedded Scripts - An embedded script is programming code that is designed to collect information about your interactions with the website, such as the links you click on.  The code is temporarily downloaded onto your device from our web server or a third party service provider, is active only while you are connected to the site, and is deactivated or deleted thereafter.

Purchases Made Through Our Website:

Merch Method may contract with third parties to provide services such as online order selection and fulfillment services for the products available on the website.  You acknowledge and agree that you may be leaving our site to select products and place your order.  Such third parties’ websites are subject to such site policies, and when you are on those sites, their Privacy Policy and not this Privacy Policy govern the collection of information.

Personal information from Other Sources:

Merch Method may supplement the information we collect about you online with information from other sources, such as information validating your address or information you provided to us, including in order to enhance our ability to serve you, to tailor our content to you and to offer you opportunities to purchase products or services that we believe may be of interest to you. Therefore, any information we obtain may be intermingled with and used in conjunction with information obtained through other sources, including both offline and online sources.  In those cases, Merch Method will apply this Privacy Policy to any personal information received, unless we have stated otherwise.
You may also choose to participate in a third party application, such as one of our Facebook applications or a similar application on a third party website, through which you allow us to collect (or the third party to share) information about you.  The third party may allow you to remove the application, in which case we will no longer collect information about you through the application, but we may retain the information previously collected.  In addition, we may receive information about you if other users of a third party website give us access to their profiles and you are one of their "friends" or information about you is otherwise accessible through your friend's web page, profile page, or similar page on a social networking or other third party website or interactive service. 

Information You Provide About a Third Party:

If you send someone else a communication from Merch Method, such as sending an article to a friend or information about products, we use the information you provide (typically, names and email addresses) to facilitate the communication and we do not use it for any other marketing purpose, unless we obtain consent from that person. 

Use of Information:

Merch Method may use your personal information, demographic information or usage information: (1) to provide you with products, information or services or process transactions that you have requested or agreed to receive, including to send you electronic newsletters, or to provide you with special offers or promotional materials on behalf of us or third parties; (2) to enable you to participate in a variety of the site’s features such as online entry sweepstakes, message boards and other communication features, user-generated content functions, and interactive features; (3) to process your registration with the site, including verifying your email address is active and valid; (4) to improve the site or our services, to customize your experience on it, or to serve you specific content that is most relevant to you; (5) to contact you with regard to your use of the site and, in our discretion, changes to the site and/or site’s policies; (6) for internal business purposes; and (7) for purposes disclosed at the time you provide your information or as otherwise set forth in this Privacy Policy. 

Furthermore, Merch Method may use third party analytics and other service providers to evaluate and provide us with information about the use of the site and viewing of our content.  We do not share personal information with these analytics service providers, but they may set and access their own tracking technologies and methods such as cookies, web beacons, and embedded scripts on your device and they may otherwise collect or have access to information about you.  This Privacy Policy does not govern such third party tracking technologies but does govern our collection and use of your usage information we receive in connection therewith.

Please note that when you submit information to the website via a “contact us” or other similar function, you may not always receive a response.  Merch Method will not use the information provided to contact you for marketing purposes unrelated to your request unless you agree otherwise.

Disclosure of Information:

Merch Method may share usage information and demographic information with third parties.  Except as set forth in Section (f) below, we do not share your personal information with third parties for those third parties’ marketing purposes unless you consent to such sharing at the time you provide your personal information.  Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, we may share the information we have collected about you, including personal information, as disclosed at the time you provide your information and as described below or otherwise in this Privacy Policy.

(a) When You Agree To Receive Information from Third Parties - You may be presented with an opportunity to receive information and/or marketing offers directly from third parties.  If you do agree to have your personal information shared, your personal information will be disclosed to such third parties and all information you disclose will be subject to the privacy policy and practices of such third parties.  Merch Method is not responsible for the privacy policies and practices of those third parties and, therefore, you should review the privacy policies and practices of such third parties prior to agreeing to receive such information from them.  If you later decide that you no longer want to receive communication from a third party, you will need to contact that third party directly.

(b) Third Parties Providing Services on Our Behalf -  We may use third party vendors to perform certain services on behalf of the website, such as hosting the site, designing and/or operating the site’s features, tracking analytics, enabling you to purchase products and enabling Merch Method to send you email newsletters, or performing other administrative services.  We may provide these companies with access to user information, including personal information, to carry out the services they are performing for you or for Merch Method.

(c) Co-Branded Areas - Certain areas of the site may be provided to you in association with third parties and may require you to disclose personal information in order to register for and access products.  Such Co-Branded Areas will identify the third party associates.  If you elect to register for products and/or services at Co-Branded Areas you may be providing your information to both Merch Method and the third party associates.  Furthermore, if you sign-in to a Co-Branded Area with a username and password obtained on the site, your personal information may be disclosed to the identified third party associates for that Co-Branded Area and will be subject to the posted privacy policies.

(d) Sweepstakes, Contests and Promotions -  Merch Method may offer sweepstakes, contests, and other promotions through the site that may require registration.  By participating in a Promotion, you are agreeing to the terms, conditions and official rules that govern that Promotion, which may contain specific requirements of you, including, except where prohibited by law, allowing the sponsor(s) of the Promotion to use your name, voice and/or likeness in advertising or marketing associated with the Promotion.  If you choose to enter a Promotion, personal information may be disclosed to third parties or the public in connection with the administration of such Promotion, including in connection with winner selection, prize fulfillment, and as required by law or permitted by the Promotion’s official rules, on a winners’ list.

(e) Administrative and Legal Reasons -  Merch Method may transfer and disclose your information, including personal information, to third parties: (i) in the event we are required to respond to subpoenas or other legal process or if in our good faith opinion such disclosure is required by law; (ii) at the request of governmental authorities conducting an investigation; (iii) to protect and/or defend the site’s Terms and Conditions or other policies applicable to the site; or (iv) to protect the personal safety, rights, property or security of any individual.  We may also use an IP address or other device identifiers to identify users, and may do so in cooperation with copyright owners, internet service providers, wireless service providers or law enforcement agencies in our discretion.  Such disclosures may be carried out without notice to you.

(f) Business Transfer -  Merch Method may share personal information with its parent and its subsidiaries and affiliates.  Merch Method also reserves the right to disclose and transfer all information related to the site, including your personal information, demographic information and usage information: (i) to a subsequent owner, co-owner or operator of the site or applicable database; or (ii) in connection with a corporate merger, change of control, consolidation, restructuring, the sale of substantially all of Merch Method’s assets or other corporate change, including during the course of any due diligence process.

    
Information I Disclose Publicly:

(a) User Generated Content, Social Networking and Public Information -  The site may permit you to submit ideas, photographs, user profiles, writings, music, video, audio recordings, computer graphics, pictures, data, questions, comments, suggestions, communications, or other content, including personal information.  User Generated Content may be published online or offline in any media or format, currently existing or hereafter developed.  Others may have access to this User Generated Content and may have the ability to share it with third parties across the Internet.  Additionally, you may have the opportunity to engage in social networking or other online activities through the site, such as creating a public profile, sharing User Generated Content, and inviting others to connect with you.  Please think carefully before deciding what information you share, including personal information, in connection with your User Generated Content or social networking and other online activities.  Please note that Merch Method does not control who will have access to the information that you choose to make public, and cannot ensure that parties who have access to such publicly available information will respect your privacy or keep it secure.  Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein, this Privacy Policy does not apply to any information that you disclose publicly, share with others or otherwise upload onto the site.  We are not responsible for the accuracy, use or misuse of any content or information that you disclose or receive through the site. 

(b) Name and Likeness -  We may also publish your name, voice, likeness and other personal information that is part of your User Generated Content, and Merch Method may use the content, or any portion of the content, for advertising, marketing, publicity and promotional activities.  For full terms and conditions regarding User Generated Content you submit to the website, please review our Terms and Conditions.

Security:

All personal information is indeed secure, and the presence of a secure socket can be verified by selecting "File" ---> "Properties" in your browser menu on pages where you enter personal information.  The connection contains information about the SSL layer and 128-bit encryption.

Merch Method is constantly striving to make your shopping experience as worry-free as possible.  To this end, we use secure socket layer [SSL] protocol, which is the industry standard for ensuring the security of your electronic commerce transactions. SSL uses 128-bit encryption for all personal information in transit over the Internet, including your credit card number, name and address. Merch Method will continue to provide the highest level of security to process your transaction by implementing improvements as new technologies become available.

We incorporate commercially reasonable safeguards to help protect and secure your personal information.  However, no data transmission over the Internet, wireless transmission or electronic storage of information can be guaranteed to be 100% secure.  Please note that we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you use our site and provide us with your information at your risk.

Links to Other Sites:

When you use the website, you could be directed to other sites that are beyond our control. For example, if you "click" on a banner advertisement, or a link, the "click" takes your browser off the site. We have no control over, do not review, and are not responsible for the privacy policies of such other websites. These other sites and locations may send their own cookies or other tracking technologies to users, collect user data, or solicit personal information.

Transfer of Information to the United States:

The site is operated in the United States and intended for users located in the United States.  If you are located in the European Union, Canada or anywhere else outside of the United States, please be aware that information we collect will be transferred to and processed in the United States.  The data protection laws in the United States may differ from those of the country in which you are located, and your personal information may be subject to access requests from governments, courts, or law enforcement in the United States according to law.  By using the site or providing us with any information, you consent to this transfer, processing and storage of your information in the United States.

Changes in this Privacy Policy:

Merch Method reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time without notice to you.  Any changes will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised Privacy Policy.  However, we will not use your personal information in a manner materially different than what was stated at the time it was collected without your consent.
 

Impressum

Copyright & limitation of liability

Merch Method a 501c3 holds the copyright to this website and its content. The content of this website may only be downloaded or copied for personal use. Any other use or changes to the content of this website are not permitted. The information on our websites is not binding and no guarantee can be provided that they are correct or up-to-date. As far as permissible, Merch Method accepts no liability for damage, regardless of its type and on whatever legal ground, that could arise in connection with the use of the website, in particular for damage occurring as a result of incorrect, incomplete or out-of-date information or through the loss of data.

Social Plugins

Our Websites use social plugins (the “Plugins”) provided by social networks (e.g. facebook.com and youtube.com). The Plugins are identifiable by the logo or the respective social network. The Plugins enable you to set bookmarks on these pages and share the bookmarks with other users of social networks. When you visit a page of our Websites that contain Plugins, your browser establishes a direct connection to the social network servers. The embedded Plugins provide the social network with the information that you have accessed the corresponding page of our Websites. If you are logged into the social network, your visit can be assigned to your social network account. If you interact with the Plugins, for example by clicking the Facebook “Like-Button”, or entering a comment, the corresponding information is transmitted from your browser directly to the social network and stored by it. Even if you are not logged into the social network, there is a possibility that the Plugins will transmit your IP-address to the social network. For information on the purpose and scope of data processing by the social network, as well as your rights in this respect, and setting options for protecting your privacy, please visit the social network website’s privacy policy.

Contact Us:

Our contact information is as follows:

Merch Method
13212 Raymer St.
North Hollywood, CA 91605

(818) 255-3205 – Business Phone
(818) 764-0273 – Fax

customerservice@merchmethod.com