I've paid for my object. Why haven't I received it yet?
It is always frustrating when a shipment takes too long to arrive especially with international shipments, and there are a number of reasons as to why this happens. Within this article we will hopefully be able to put your mind at ease, and offer some solutions and guidance on the topic.We would like to encourage that you ensure the tracking information you have received on the shipment is correct, and updating consistently. As soon as the seller ships the object, we’ll send you an email with the information on the shipment status. You can also track it in the order details page. It will also indicate the estimated delivery date, to see when you may expect it to arrive. If you can’t find the tracking information or it’s taking longer than the estimated shipping time, we encourage you to reach out to the seller and discuss the situation directly. Being the person sending the item, and taking out the insurance policy, the seller will be able to contact the courier directly to give you up to date and accurate information. We have an article explaining how to contact the seller too!If your object has not been delivered within 20 days of the seller shipping the package, please let us know. That way, we can make sure your payment is held and doesn’t go through to the seller until all issues are resolved. To begin this process, please click the contact button below. If your item has actually arrived but is damaged or not as described, please click on the appropriate article link, as we have some further guidance on how to approach these situations.
Catawiki and Brexit: What you need to know
Selling and buying objects to or from the UK will be affected by changes related to the UK’s recent departure from the EU. Here you’ll find everything you need to be aware of. We’ll keep this page updated if legislation changes, so check back for the latest info. FAQDoes the right of withdrawal scheme still apply? If you’re a buyer based in either the European Economic Area (EEA) or the UK, nothing changes. You’re still eligible for the EU’s right of withdrawal scheme. If you’re a professional seller in the UK, nothing changes. Buyers that live in the European Economic area (EEA) as well as the UK still have the right of withdrawal. Shipping between UK and EUCustoms clearance is now required for all goods moving between the UK and the EU, including return shipments. The seller will need to declare the goods they’re sending by completing a commercial invoice. This can be found on the relevant shipping company website. As a seller, do I need an EORI number now?As of 1 January 2021, you’ll need an EU Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) number if your business was established in the EU and imports from or exports to the UK, when you file an export declaration, or a service provider/customs agent files the customs declaration on your behalf.An EORI number is not required if you use a logistics provider (i.e. shipping company) to handle customs declarations. EORI numbers are provided by national authorities (full contact list is available here). Is my personal data still safeguarded in transactions involving the UK?Yes, the current setup of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) still applies to UK sellers and buyers. No related changes are expected until at least 1st May 2021. If I’m based in the UK, can I still file a claim with the European Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)?No, buyers and sellers in the UK are no longer eligible for this service. Cultural heritage goodsIf you’re selling cultural heritage goods from the UK, you’ll now need a license. You can find more detailed information on what goods fall under this category here. There aren’t any licensing requirements for importing objects of cultural interest into the UK. However, if buyers are importing items from the EU to the UK or a country outside the EU, they’ll need to comply with the individual country’s export licensing requirements. More info about these rules can be found herePlant and animal specimens on the CITES list The UK implements the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the relevant regulations still apply.Buyers and sellers will need an import or export license for the UK, and sellers will need to file a customs declaration. Additionally, species covered by CITES can only enter and leave the EU through designated customs posts.Excise goods (e.g. mineral oils, alcohol and tobacco) New rules apply for the UK when importing or exporting excise goods.Import from UK to EUExcise goods are subject to excise duty and strict controls upon entry into the EU but also inside the UK (for Northern Ireland a separate arrangement is in place). This means that excise goods shipped from the UK to the EU and inside Great Britain will incur excise duty liability.Sellers will need to submit an electronic customs export declaration. A separate regime applies for exporting excise duty-suspended goods.Detailed info Export from EU to UKSellers from the EU exporting to the UK must complete a customs declaration and use the relevant customs procedures when they arrive at the place they enter into the UK.Detailed info WineFor the import and export of wine to and from the UK please find detailed information here. VAT and customsThe new legislation on objects being sold and purchased between the UK and the EU is very complex and varies case by case. Unfortunately we’re not able to give you any detailed advice that covers all situations, so we strongly recommend that you contact your local tax advisor for guidance. Please also check the HMRC website.EU seller and UK buyerIf an object meets the following criteria: sold after 1 January 2021 by a professional sellershipped from outside the UK (or from inside the UK by a non-UK seller)won by a buyer with a shipping address in the UKthe highest bid was below 135 GBP (excluding VAT, custom duties, shipping costs and commission) or the equivalent amount in Euros or USD. (Note: there is no limit on the highest bid for objects shipped within the UK by a non-UK seller)not considered excise goodsThe buyer doesn’t have to pay any additional VAT when they receive the object. We’ll then pay the amount due to the HMRC (UK tax authorities). For all other objects, buyers will be responsible for paying any applicable VAT and customs fees. The VAT and custom fees depend on the type and origin of goods and only apply if the intrinsic value is more than 135 GBP. In most cases, this will be charged by the shipping company to the buyer before they can receive the package. If you’re a seller from the EU, it’s important to make sure your UK buyers are aware of these additional costs. We recommend including a note about it in your object description. UK seller and EU buyerIf an object is shipped from the UK to the EU, the EU buyer will be responsible for paying any applicable VAT and customs. The VAT and custom fees depend on type, origin, and value of the goods. In most cases, this will be charged by the shipping company to the buyer before they can receive the package. If you’re a seller from the UK, it’s important to make sure your EU buyers are aware of these additional costs. We recommend including a note about it in your object description.
I have a question about the details of an object
It is the sellers responsibility to ensure that the description of the objects listed be complete and accurate. We strongly recommend that you read through the description thoroughly, and review the images carefully if you are wondering about a specific aspect of the object.With that said, if you are reading this article, the chances are that there is something missing from one of the descriptions of an object you are interested in. We do our utmost to prevent this, and as you can imagine when tens of thousands of items are listed each week, things will slip through the gaps. Further informationShipping informationNot as describedIf you require further informationIf you notice any essential missing information, or have a specific question about the object you want to place a bid on, and has not been clearly communicated, we would like for you to contact us by clicking the button below. One of our experts or support specialists will be able to assist you further. Please ensure that you highlight in detail what the question is, and provide any supporting material.With the global nature of our platform, and us or our sellers not being able to answer all questions directly, please be aware that we may not be able to provide an answer before the auction closes. If this is the case, we strongly advise that if you want to place a bid, that you do so based solely on the information you have in that moment, as a bid will enter you into a binding contract. Shipping information.Our experts and support specialists generally cannot answer any questions you might have in relation to the shipping of a specific object. As the messaging service between buyer & seller only opens after a payment has been made, should you have any shipping questions that are pertinent to a sale, please reach out to us with the button below if you've got questions about shipping. The sooner you send in a message to us, the higher the chance is that we'll be able to answer you in time.We also offer an assortment of articles that may be helpful for shipping related questions.Items not as described.In the event that you receive an object, and it is not as described within the description or images, we have a specific set of guidelines for you to follow, so that we may better assist such a situation. Please follow the instructions within the following article if this scenario is affecting you. This is also applicable if you believe the object's authenticity is in question.
What should I do if the seller isn’t responding to my messages?
In our experience, most sellers respond within 48 hours, and we certainly encourage them to be both responsive and cooperative with their respective buyers, in order to resolve any situations that may arise. As the sellers that use our platform are based all over the world, it might take some time for the seller to get back to you, and as such we do encourage patience. With that said, if after reaching out to the seller your question still hasn't been answered, please contact us by clicking on the button below. Include your question and any relevant information in your message and we'll try to get back to you as soon as we can.If you are also in the process of a claim with a seller, or are about to begin one, we would strongly recommend reviewing our articles on the various claims here. In addition to this, it is prudent to send a message to both the seller and us as soon as possible, so that we can provide assistance. Our claims processes are fairly streamlined, and if you wish to open a claim, please contact us from the appropriate article, so that the request is filtered accordingly.
What should I do if my object has been delivered and does not conform to its description?
If your object has been delivered, and unfortunately does not conform to its description, or you believe that it is inauthentic, it is important to ensure you contact us within 3 days after delivery was made (the exact date will be recorded through Track & Trace). At the same time, we advise you to contact the seller directly to share your concerns with them in an effort to come to a mutual solution. In said message to the seller, please attach pictures of the object you received to support you in explaining your concerns.Please be aware that once this 3 day period has expired, your payment will be released to the seller and we can no longer open a claim on your behalf or guarantee a refund. When you contact us, there will be a set of instructions requesting some additional details on the situation. Please ensure that you provide this information so that we can better resolve your case.The information includes:At least one picture in which the item is shown in its entirety, plus at least two more detailed and sharp pictures that clearly show the object in the state you received it.At least two pictures of the packaging, in which the label is clearly visible and legibleA detailed description of the object in the state you received it, highlighting the main differences compared to the seller's description of itPlease click here to see some advice of the images we require. If you are trying to highlight a mechanical issue, or something that will not translate well with a photograph, please forward a video recording or any other material you feel would better suit the situation.Please note: If you believe that the object is not authentic, please send us the photos as requested above as well as a copy of all supporting documents that would support the object not being authentic.
Can I withdraw an object I have offered for auction?
If your object has already been accepted and planned into an auction, you are no longer able to remove it, or make any changes yourself.In very specific circumstances we can remove the item from an auction on your behalf, though to do so, you will need to contact us with enough time to do so before the sale is complete. Please ensure that you contact us with at least 5 days left on the auction with your request, so that we may review it, and be as detailed in your message as you can. If the object has not yet been accepted, you may remove or make adjustments to it yourself. You can use this period to also provide feedback and suggestions on your objects before the auction is actually open for bidding.To edit your object or contact the expert, go to My offered lots and click on the object you would like to edit. From there you can follow the steps to edit and in the 4th step, you can contact the expert if you wish.
When and how do I arrange the pick-up of an object?
If your object has not been picked up, you need to contact the buyer to come to an agreement about the collection. The buyer is obligated to collect the object and as the seller, you are required to keep the object available until the buyer collects it. You can contact the buyer through your order detail page. If the buyer doesn't respond or doesn't collect the object within 10 days, please contact us and we will mediate to solve the problem.If a third party is involved in the collection of the object, the buyer will take the responsibility for the whole process. We recommend that you, in case of a specific pickup situation, first gain more information from the buyer. Don't give an object away without being sure that it is an official collection from the buyer.If the buyer selected the pickup option but now wants to arrange for shipment of the object, both of you can come to an agreement. If the object was set as 'Pickup required', we advise you to be more flexible and cooperate to meet the needs of the buyer and don't lose the sale.
Seller - Feedback Policy
It is highly important for us to be able to provide a reliable and safe experience for both buyers and sellers. In order to do so, we provide our buyers the possibility to give feedback related to their purchases. Furthermore, we understand our sellers value feedback that reflects the services they deliver and it helps them grow as a reliable seller on our platform. In this light, we allow sellers to react to feedback and, if the feedback is not in accordance with this Policy, sellers may request that Catawiki remove or adjust the feedback in question. To ensure feedback is both constructive and fair, we expect both our buyers and sellers to stick to the following feedback rules and removal conditions. If you have any questions, you can also take a look at our FAQs.How to respond to feedbackIf the feedback given contains a comment from the buyer, the seller is able to respond. This reaction will be publicly visible. When reacting to feedback, we expect you to respect the following:Do’s: Use a friendly and polite tone.Contact the buyer directly to resolve any issues as soon as possible. Find out how to contact the buyer here.Don’ts:Don’t use any insulting, harassing, discriminating or otherwise inappropriate language. Don’t include any personal data (such as name, address or phone number) of others in your reaction.Don’t react to feedback in a way that goes against our Terms and Conditions.Please note:You are able to react to the buyer’s feedback within 90 days after the feedback has been left. We strongly encourage our buyers and sellers to resolve any issues between themselves. To support this, buyers are also able to adjust their feedback within this 90 day period. If you have resolved an issue for a buyer or have come to an agreement with them, you are free to politely ask the buyer to adjust their feedback.Does Catawiki adjust buyer feedback/seller reactions?In general, Catawiki does not change or remove any feedback. However, Catawiki reserves the right to, at its discretion, either remove, neutralise or adjust feedback on request. We do so only if the situation justifies this in accordance with this Policy. Such requests can be sent to our Customer Support team via our contact form.Catawiki entirely removes buyer feedback/seller reactions only if:A user is violating Catawiki’s Terms and Conditions The feedback relates to an error or issue that is not caused by the customer but clearly caused by CatawikiThe feedback relates to a different purchase or to activities of another sellerThe feedback represents a claim, which should be thoroughly investigated via our claim process. However, the buyer has not yet contacted us and/or the seller to open such a claim.*→ We strongly encourage the seller to reach out to the buyer to resolve the issues the buyer reports in the feedback.Catawiki adjusts or partially removes (reactions to) feedback only if:The buyer’s feedback or seller’s reaction contains inappropriate language or personal information of others → Catawiki will only remove the relevant unaccepted wording, the rest of the feedback will remain visible.The feedback relates to events that are widely out of the seller’s control (e.g. customs issues, delivery time by the carrier, buyer absent at the time of delivery, parcel lost by shipping company, force majeure)→ Catawiki will neutralise the feedback and add a public comment to explain why.→ We strongly encourage the seller to open an investigation with the shipping company to resolve the situation. The feedback is related to a claim which has been investigated following our claim process and has been concluded as unjustified.* → Catawiki will neutralise the feedback and add a public comment to explain why.A seller managed to resolve the issue to the buyer’s satisfaction without the need for a decision by Catawiki.*→ Catawiki will neutralise the feedback and add a public comment to explain why.Catawiki does not remove or adjust (reactions to) feedback if: The feedback relates to delivery errors that are considered to be within the seller’s control (e.g. shipping later than within 3 business days of payment, insufficient packaging, unreasonable shipping costs**)The feedback is related to a claim opened with Catawiki which has been investigated following our claim process and has been concluded as justified.*The buyer’s feedback or the seller’s reaction in question was given more than 3 months ago→ We still adjust the feedback if it contains personal data or inappropriate language.*Feedback related to a purchase that is under investigation by our claim process will only be removed or adjusted after the claim has been resolved. **The seller is allowed to calculate the costs for shipping, which can include (but are not limited to) additional insurance and/or (special) packaging requirements.We hope to have informed you sufficiently. Please contact us if you have any more questions.