Terms and Policy
PLEASE DIRECT ANY SHIPPING OR ORDER STATUS QUESTIONS, PROBLEMS, OR CONCERNS TO US AT TropicalFishStore.com
A.R.B. Distributing, LLC
Hours of Operation: M-F: 9:00am - 5:00pm EST
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Prices Subject to Change Without Notice
There is a 150-dollar minimum order on Custom items, not including processing fee or tax if applicable. There is no minimum order on all other items. Orders may be prepaid with Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, Money Order or Check. Personal checks require 2 weeks to clear before shipment. Standard aquariums and systems must be prepaid. Custom aquariums require a 75% non-refundable deposit to start production and the balance is due upon factory water test. All items are to be paid in full prior to shipping.
SHIPPING AND FREIGHT
Free shipping is offered on most aquariums and furniture. Free shipping in the lower 48 United States, not including Alaska or Hawaii. Free shipping includes freight cost to commercial locations only, curbside delivery, up to $200 of our shipping cost. We strive to offer no shipping charges to most locations, however, due to rising freight costs, and freight company's additional charges to certain locations, an additional shipping fee may be added to customer's total based upon delivery location. Residential Lift Gate is not included in shipping cost and can be added to most deliveries for an additional charge to customer. The shipping of all aquariums and systems is freight prepaid. All International orders must be prepaid including freight. Sorry, no C.O.D.'s for merchandise or shipping to P.O. boxes please.
Since most aquariums and furniture products are made-to-order, please allow 2-3 weeks on stands, approximately 3- 5 weeks for shipment of aquariums. Most aquariums are shipped common carrier - curbside service. This means your order will be delivered to the curb of the delivery address you specify and you will be expected to remove it from the back of the truck. Residential lift gate is not included in standard deliveries, but can be included for an additional charge. Deliveries are normally made on weekdays between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM local time. Other services are available for an additional charge. Smaller accessory items will be shipped by USPS, UPS, or Fed-Ex.
Orders cancelled BEFORE shipping, will be refunded minus processing fees (up to 4%). Since Acrylic aquariums and stands are custom made to order, SeaClear, Midwest Tropical, or R&J orders may not be cancelled after 5 days.
Aquarium supply merchandise may be returned provided it is new and unused, within 14 days. All acrylic aquariums and furniture, including SeaClear aquariums, R&J Enterprises furniture, Midwest Tropical water panels, tables, and aquariums, are Custom built items - made to order. Custom built items may not be returned. For returns on certain supplies, Call for a Return Authorization Number(RAN). The RAN and original invoice must accompany all return requests. Return postage & shipping cost is the responsibility of the customer and a 25% restocking fee will be applied at the time merchandise is received back. If merchandise is damaged in transit, the freight company and A.R.B. Distributing (Tropical Fish Store) must be notified at once. The return procedures will be processed at that time.
WARRANTIES AND GUARANTEES
All equipment is covered under the original manufacturers' warranties. PLEASE read carefully and keep your original invoice as proof of purchase. If merchandise is or becomes defective, notify A.R.B. Distributing, LLC (TropicalFishStore.com) for return procedures/instructions BEFORE shipping. All custom and standard aquariums and furniture carry a warranty under the manufacturer of the product. Please note that these warranties become null and void if the aquarium is not placed on a stand specifically built to withstand the pressure and circumstances for an aquarium. Any damage in shipment will be replaced, provided the correct procedure is followed. (See below)
SeaClear, Aquatics, R&J Enterprises, Midwest Tropical - Acrylic aquariums, and furniture - Receiving Procedures
To insure your aquarium is everything you expect, we request that you follow a few specific procedures when it arrives. We rarely have any damage to our orders, but occasionally some breakage will occur.
INSPECT EACH PACKAGE BEFORE YOU SIGN FOR THE DELIVERY! THE DELIVERY DRIVER MAY INSIST ON YOUR SIGNATURE FIRST, BUT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO INSPECT EACH ITEM'S PACKAGE, AND MUST DO SO.
YOU MUST INSPECT EACH PACKAGE CAREFULLY, AND IF THERE IS ANY DAMAGE TO ANY OF THE PACKAGING, CALL TropicalFishStore.com IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT SIGN FOR THE SHIPMENT OR REFUSE THE SHIPMENT UNTIL YOU HAVE TALKED TO A TropicalFishStore.com SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE. HE OR SHE WILL DETERMINE THE BEST COURSE OF ACTION TO ENSURE YOUR SATISFACTION. AGAIN, INSPECT EACH PACKAGE REGARDLESS OF ANYTHING THE DELIVERY DRIVER MAY SAY.
CAREFULLY CHECK THE ENTIRE SHIPMENT FOR ANY SIGNS OF OBVIOUS DAMAGE, SUCH AS TEARS IN THE PACKAGING, BROKEN STRAPS, OR DAMAGE TO THE SKID. IF YOU FIND ANY DAMAGE TO THE PACKAGING, FIRST SIGN FOR THE SHIPMENT, THEN IN THE DRIVER'S PRESENCE, OPEN THE PACKAGE AND HAVE THE DRIVER NOTE ON BOTH COPIES OF THE FREIGHT BILL THE NATURE AND THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE. MAKE SURE THE DRIVER SIGNS YOUR COPY. KEEP ALL PACKAGING MATERIALS FROM THE SHIPMENT. IF THE SHIPPING COMPANY REQUESTS AN INSPECTION OF THE DAMAGE, THEY WILL NEED TO SEE THIS PACKAGING TO SETTLE THE CLAIM.
THE FREIGHT DRIVER IS CONTRACTED TO DELIVER YOUR AQUARIUM TO THE CURB BETWEEN 8 AM AND 5 PM MON-FRI. THE DRIVER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR REMOVING IT FROM THE TRUCK OR CARRYING IT TO THE HOUSE. THESE SERVICES ALONG WITH SPECIAL DELIVERY TIMES, MAY BE AVAILABLE FROM THE CARRIER, BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO ARRANGE FOR THEM WITH THE SHIPPING COMPANY AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE BEFORE THE SHIPMENT ARRIVES TO YOUR RESIDENCE.
HERE ARE SOME COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID
DO NOT HAVE SOMEONE ELSE ACCEPT THE SHIPMENT UNLESS THEY ARE FAMILIAR WITH THESE PROCEDURES. IF A NEIGHBOR, RELATIVE, OR EMPLOYEE SIGNS FOR THE SHIPMENT AS BEING IN GOOD SHAPE, YOU LOSE THE SAME RIGHTS AS IF YOU HAD SIGNED FOR IT YOURSELF.
DO NOT ASSUME THAT LOOSE PIECES ARE FINE. IN FACT, YOU CAN ASSUME THAT THEY ARE DAMAGED. , R&J, Midwest Tropical and SeaClear PACKS ALL COMMON CARRIERS SHIPMENTS ON A PALLET FOR ONE REASON - TO PROTECT YOUR MERCHANDISE.
Hopefully, your merchandise will never be damaged. , R&J, Midwest Tropical and SeaClear does everything possible to guarantee safe delivery of your aquarium. You can assure satisfaction by following these simple guidelines. If you have any questions regarding these procedures, please call TropicalFishStore.com for more information.
Aquarium Maintenance & Cleaning Service Links
ARB Distributing, LLC - TropicalFishStore.com assumes absolutely no responsibility for any issues or problems with any of the maintenance companies that have a link on our site. This includes damages or deaths of any kind.
Aquarium maintenance and cleaning service companies are simply advertisers on our site.
PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
Updated Jan , 2011 - A.R.B. Distributing, LLC, P.O. Box 90024 Grand Rapids, MI 49509