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At Solwise we have considered adopting a quality standard such as ISO9002. After investigating these schemes we have decided not to take this route. Although we use many of the mechanisms of the recognised schemes, such as bar-code tracking, batch testing and record keeping, we feel that the rigid imposition of a procedures-manual approach would reduce rather than increase the quality of our service. This is because we understand 'quality' as representing something much more than conformance to specification, and consider that a registered scheme would damage the flexibility that we can offer our customers. Our flexibility enables us to respond quickly to customer requirements without adopting formal procedures for every exception to normal mechanisms.
Solwise don't have a formal mission statement, it would be a little too 'management-speak' for us, however we do rather admire IBMs 'Think' and Googles 'Do no evil'. If we ever did adopt a mission statement I suspect we would definitely choose 'Care!' rather than 'Remember to fill the form in!'.
We reuse packaging wherever possible. We try to do 'our bit' for the environment by resuing boxes, shredding old paperwork and emailing invoices rather than printing and posting.
The simplest way of ordering products from Solwise is by using the on-line 'Shopping Trolley'. Just click on the shopping-trolley button next to the parts you need and then follow the on-screen instructions. This is a quick, easy and secure way of getting your order to us as soon as possible. We can also accept orders by fax, post or over the phone by calling our local rate sales line on 0845 458 4558. We try to ensure that all the specifications, prices and availability information are as up-to-date as possible. On orders with multiple items and one item is not in stock, this will hold your order up until all goods are in stock - if you wish for your order to be split then please let us know - this may cause an additional carriage charge. If you have any queries or would like confirmation of anything please do not hesitate to contact us. If stock prices change due to reasons beyond our control, we endeavour to let you know prior to despatch of the items.
Methods of Payment
Payment is required before goods are despatched unless otherwise agreed.
We accept VISA, Mastercard, Switch, Delta, Electron and most of the minor cards such as Solo. We do not accept Diners Card for mail order. More recently we have taken the decision to stop taking American Express due to significant costs and small usage. Some of the minor cards are acceptable only for personal callers at our counter, and don't work for mail-order. We can also now accept credit and debit cards from European customers via our website.
With recent changes to the surcharge law we have taken the decision to remove the Paypal payment option due to the high processing charges.
With our shopping trolley system you are able to choose Bank transfer as an alternative to cards and if your bank operate the faster payment system we should see payments in our bank almost immediately, this way there is no charge either.
You may also have noticed we have introduced 3d secured processing on cards via our online shopping system, this is an excellent system for protecting your card details and we would encourage all customers to place their orders online.
We will accept most major credit/debit cards, cheques, postal orders, and Bank Transfers.
We are able to accept bank payments in Euros and Dollars as well as UK pounds. We have negotiated a special rate with our foreign exchange agents and expect that this will represent a much more cost effective route for our customers than using their own banks. Transfers are free, there is no commission charge and the transfer rate should be very competitive.
The way this works is that you place your order as normal and select International Payment as the payment method, choose Euros or Dollars and just follow the instructions!
We can also now credit and debit cards from European customers via our website.
Delivery within the UK
Stock permitting we try to despatch your order the same day (Monday - Friday), subject to having the web order by 3:00pm (telephone, email & fax orders by 2:30pm). Cable making orders are processed in our system as a two day service.
For orders £20, and above, including VAT, Supersaver delivery is included in the total cost of your order. This is for UK postcodes only. Super saver postage is the basic/cheapest method and as such can take up to 5 days for delivery. If you require a faster method you are able to upgrade to a faster service for an additional cost.
Next Working Day Carrier service is arranged through DPD Local (Interlink) & Parcel Force. Some items are sent Parcel Force, Royal Mail special delivery or DPD Local (Interlink) using a 2 day service due to location ie Scottish Highlands & Islands, parts of Cornwall, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight & Northern Ireland. Many small items will go by first class post. Most items require a signature on delivery. When ordering through the website you are able to select the carrier of your choice. Tracking numbers are detailed in your invoice email, with a link to the carriers tracking site. There is a collection option in the web ordering system. On 9.30am services it may be that in some rural areas of England and Wales the earliest service may actually by 12noon.
Delivery outside the UK
Our standard carrier is DPD with Royal Mail, Parcel Force and TNT as a backup for countries not covered by DPD.
Customs Charges and Sales taxes - Orders to countries outside of the UK may incur a customs surcharge or be subject to a local sales tax, Solwise will take no responsibility for import duties on your order, please check before ordering.
Ordering from the EU from July 1st 2021, as a consumer, has now changed and as such we are unable to accept orders with a goods total of under £135/€150 excluding VAT or shipping. Currently, orders of this value will process on our website and until we can fix this blip those orders will process through but will be cancelled and refunded. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience with this.
Delivery Charges are calculated on weight and destination. If you add the items you require to the shopping trolley you can see the delivery options instantly.
VAT for BFPO personnel
If you are a member of the serving forces and are stationed out of the country, it may be possible to reclaim VAT with a VAT and Excise Duty Exemption Certificate, form 15 (10) for goods ordered through a BFPO address. These can be obtained from the UK Forces Military Finance Office.
All information provided on your order is handled in the strictest confidence. We do not sell any of your information, and the information provided (including ex-directory phone numbers) are only used in conjunction with your order. We do have an opt in news update, if you subscribe to this, please be assured we will not sell or pass on your email address to any third parties.
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All goods are covered by a 12 month return to base warranty unless otherwise stated. Our liability under this warranty is limited to the value of the goods and does not extend to any consequential loss, however incurred. The return to base warranty includes return shipping back to a UK address only. Warranty replacement items will have a 3 month warranty or the balance of the warranty on the original item, whichever is the longer. We reserve the right to substitute warranty items with a product of similar or better specification.
WEEE - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations (2006 No. 3289) (WEEE) have been put in place to ensure that products are recycled using best available treatment, recovery and recycling techniques to ensure human health and high environmental protection.
The Distributor Take Back Scheme
Distributors joining the DTS will have their obligations met for the following three years from July 2007, and therefore Solwise will not be required to offer any form of free take back of WEEE until at least 31st December 2012.
Technical Support can be called on 01482 644938. Technical support opening hours are 9.15 am - 5pm Monday to Friday.
Whether your order is made via the website or by telephone you are covered under the
Consumer Contracts Regulations which implement the Consumer Rights Directive in UK law which came into effect 13th June 2014. This regulation replaces the Distance Selling Regulations. You are also covered by the Consumer Rights Act 2015 which replaces The Sale Of Goods Act, Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations and the Supply of Goods and Services Act.
If you cancel an order and wish to return the goods you must confirm, in writing, to us within 14 days from receipt that the goods are received. If your order is split this notification must be made within 14 days from receipt of the last item in your order. (The notification to us can be made by email - firstname.lastname@example.org)
You must ensure that reasonable care is taken of the goods and that they are returned to us by some form of insured, signed for carrier at your expense.
On receipt of the returned items, they will be checked and tested to determine that reasonable care has been taken and then we shall credit you with the total amount paid for the order, including the standard shipping charge if one was paid at the time of order. If a priority shipping method was selected at the time of order you will only be refunded for the standard shipping charge that would have been made on the day of order.
Your right to cancel is not extended to goods made to your specifications such as custom made cables. If returning items please ensure that they are packed in a secure box or bag (ie do not just tape up the presentation box and put delivery labels on it!). We reserve the right to apply a restocking charge for items returned in an un-saleable condition. Note this applies to packaging, manuals, CDs and accessories etc as well as the listed product.
If returning items please ensure that they are packed in a secure box or bag to avoid a restocking charge (ie do not just tape up the sales box and put delivery labels on it!)
If you are a reseller that is not logged in - you agree that you are covered by the reseller T&Cs as laid out in our Reseller Agreement.The Solwise RMA/Returns form must be completed online in order that you have a valid
RMA number on your returned item - click here to access the form