FNG Direct Terms and Conditions of Use
Agreement between FNG Direct and you covering use of www.fngdirect.com:
Welcome to www.fngdirect.com. The www.fngdirect.com website ("Site") is comprised of various web pages operated by FNG Direct, LLC ("fngdirect"). “www.fngdirect.com” is offered to you conditioned on your acceptance without modification of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein ("Terms"). Your use of www.fngdirect.com constitutes your agreement to comply with all such Terms. Please read the Terms carefully, and keep a copy of them for your reference. The Site conveys information about fngdirect’s products, services and markets. This Site also conveys industry-specific information and educational materials pertaining to the markets fngdirect serves.
Visiting www.fngdirect.com or sending emails to fngdirect constitutes electronic communications. You consent to receive electronic communications and you agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically, via email and on the Site, satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.
Certain services made available via www.fngdirect.com are delivered by third-party sites and organizations. By using any product, service or functionality originating from the www.fngdirect.com domain, you hereby acknowledge and consent that fngdirect may share such information and data with any third-party with whom fngdirect has a contractual relationship to provide the requested product, service or functionality on behalf of www.fngdirect.com users and customers.
All prices and amounts shown on this Site are in U.S. Dollars (USD), unless otherwise noted. If a User submits a request on the Site to purchase printing products, mailing services, design services or other services, the User agrees that all charges, taxes and shipping/handling fees will automatically be charged to the credit card or paid by User with an approved payment method. We require each order to be fully paid, including shipping and handling fees, if applicable, before we complete an order. We will not start working on a print job until we receive the full payment.
Once a print job has been approved by customer and "sent to press" on the Site, no changes are allowed to the artwork files, job characteristics, or printing turnaround time. After a print job has been sent to fngdirect’s prepress department, the customer is responsible for paying the entire amount of that print job along with applicable taxes and shipping/handling fees, unless otherwise noted.
All sales are final. Since we customize each order according to your file and exact specifications, no refunds are given once fngdirect starts working on your order, which means fngdirect has received your necessary materials (i.e., digital files and payment) and has begun work on your job (i.e., your job is in production).
If we verify that we have made an error, we will re-run the order. We must be notified within 24 hours from delivery of any defects. In order to receive the replacement, customer must return 100% of the defective order at their expense within 5 days of their receipt. We will re-run the order with the original turnaround and send them out via the same paid shipping method. Shipping is non-refundable.
In some cases, a partial or full refund may be extended to the customer if no work has been completed by fngdirect for a specific order. Such refund would be adjusted to cover any fees charged for proofs or other services associated with that order as well as merchant bank fees on credit card transactions.
Refunds resulting from but not limited to, quantity, paper stock and shipping downgrades or cancellations prior to being in production shall be subject to a minimum fee of $15.00, up to 3.5% of the total amount.
FNGdirect constantly maintains materials inventory and staff, and schedules time on all equipment for orders that have been placed to ensure our ability to produce them at any certain time. Orders that are not yet in production within 5 days of order already incur additional equipment, labor and inventory costs for fngdirect. Orders not approved for print by customer within 90 days of the order being placed will be non-refundable and will incur a fee of 12.5% of the original invoice total for each 30 day period thereafter until 100% of the original invoice total has been accrued in fees.
Each order made from fngdirect is a contract between you, as the customer making the order, and fngdirect. The fact that you have made an order on behalf of a third party does not absolve you of liability to fngdirect. As such, any decision by the third party not to accept the particular items printed or to cancel the order with you does not affect your liability to fngdirect.
Our Sales Tax Policy
FNG Direct charges sales tax to orders received from within the state of Illinois unless you are tax exempt. If you are tax exempt, you must submit your reseller’s certificate prior to placing an order.
An online proof will be generated after you upload your files or customize one of our templates. It is the customer’s responsibility to proof the file and check for any discrepancies or errors. No job will be sent to press without your approval. Once you have approved the proof and submitted your print job, you will be unable to make any further changes. We are not liable for delays in the order caused by customer's non-approval of the proof.
An online proof is by no means an accurate color reproduction of your final printed piece but is the final opportunity for you to check the layout, bleeds, crops and final text. Electronic proofs do not show transparency and over print issues. Neither do they show color change from RGB or Pantone to CMYK.
The proof must be treated as independent from the original submitted file and thoroughly reviewed prior to approval. It should be checked against the original file for possible errors in layout, copy, spacing, punctuation or image placement. Customer is fully responsible for all that is contained in the final approved proof.
FNG Direct offers hard copy proofs that show reasonable likeness to the final printed pieces. Such proofs are recommended for color-critical art and must be requested by the customer when the print order is made. Hard copy proofs are printed on a substrate different from the actual paper stock and while it’s main purpose is to show color, variations may occur depending on the finish selected (AQ, matte, UV) for the final print job. We do not offer hard copy proofs for art that would be printed on uncoated paper.
The request for a hard copy proof may involve an additional fee and would extend the amount of time needed to complete the job. For orders where a hard copy proof has been requested, the approval must be received by fngdirect on or before our published cut-off times. We will make every effort to match colors in production when a hard copy proof is requested. However, it is the customer’s responsibility to determine if they need a hard copy proof with their print order.
FNG Direct will reproduce color from submitted print-ready files as closely as possible, but cannot exactly match color and density. Because of inherent limitations with the printing process, as well as neighboring image ink requirements, the accuracy of color reproduction is not guaranteed. By placing an order with fngdirect you agree to this limitation. We will try our best to match the gradient density of each color, but we accept no responsibility for color variations between submitted files and the final printed piece. Under no circumstances will a reprint be honored for color variations that have occurred during the printing process. We are not liable for color matching or ink density on screen proofs that you approve. Screen proofs will predict design layout, text accuracy, image proportion and placement, but not color or density. Application of UV coating may effect or change the appearance of the printed colors. We are not liable for the final color appearance of a UV coated product.
No Liability for Errors
FNG Direct is not liable for errors in a final product caused by any of the following reasons:
Misspelling, Graphics, Bleeds, Grammar, Damaged Fonts, Punctuation, Wrong cuts, Incorrect or Missing Folds, Die Lines, Crop Marks, Transparency, Overprint, Cracks on Folds, Finished Product Size. FNG Direct does not make any changes on customer files.
Overprint and Underprint Policy
Due to the gang run method that fngdirect uses on some products, we cannot guarantee that every order will be the exact number of items that are ordered. fngdirect can only guarantee that it will come within plus or minus 10% of the number of items ordered.
Our prepress department checks all submitted artwork files before printing, but you are still 100% responsible for the accuracy of your print-ready artwork files, and we encourage you to proofread all files carefully before submitting to fngdirect. FNG Direct is not responsible for any issues as to orientation or alignment of the pages of your submitted documents. By submitting the artwork to fngdirect , you certify that you have the right to use the image(s) in your artwork files. DO NOT send any "one-of-kind" transparencies, prints or artwork. Although we take every precaution to safeguard your materials, we are NOT responsible for loss or damage of images or artwork.
Under these Terms and Conditions, you agree that you will NOT upload any artwork files consisting of the following material: offensive, indecent or improper material, any material that could give rise to any civil or criminal liability under applicable law; and any material that could infringe rights of privacy, publicity, copyrights or other intellectual property rights without the permission of the owner of these rights and the persons who are shown in the material if applicable. We will refuse an order, which in our opinion may be illegal in nature or an infringement on the rights of any third party. You accept full legal liability for the content of material processed and printed on your behalf and under your instructions. We reserve the right to refuse an order without disclosing a reason.
Printing Turnaround Time
Printing turnaround time begins once your order has been placed and your print-ready files have been uploaded to your account, attached to your printing job, and approved for printing. Printing turnaround time begins when we receive approval for your proof and full payment has been made. For printing jobs that do not have complete digital source files provided or have submitted files that are not print-ready, printing turnaround begins when we have your print-ready file(s), not from when the order was first submitted.
For our Next Day Turnaround option, orders and files must be submitted by 8:00 AM CST (9 AM EST, 6 AM PST) and proofs must be approved by 11:00 AM CST (12 PM EST, 9 AM PST), to have the item shipped out of our facility on the next business day. In other words, if you approve a proof on your Next Day Turnaround order by 12:00 noon CST on Tuesday, it will be sent out of our facility for shipping by end of business Wednesday. Otherwise, your Next Day Turnaround order placed on Tuesday would ship on Thursday. This applies to Next Day Turnaround orders only.
For all other turnaround options, orders and files must be submitted by 12:00 PM CST (1 PM EST, 10 AM PST) and proofs must be approved by 4:00 PM CST (5 PM EST, 2 PM PST), printing turnaround time begins the next business day.
Please note that fngdirect is closed Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. As a result, these days are not considered when calculating printing turnaround time. In addition, while Production Turnaround includes printing, cutting, and binding, it does not include design, mailing, or shipping transit times, and you should allow additional business days for delivery based on the shipping method you selected. The estimated production turnaround advertised on this site is based on the typical number of hours or days that a print job is completed under normal circumstances, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Printing turnaround time for jobs with approved proofs and payment is guaranteed. The remedy for failing to meet a deadline is limited to a pro-rated refund of any rush charges or a courtesy rush on your next order. Cancellation of an order based on printing turnaround time is only allowed if the customer indicates in writing (e.g., note posted to order) when placing the original order that a job in the order is time sensitive and must be shipped by target date based on printing turnaround option selected. fngdirect will not be responsible for shipping-related costs on orders that do not go out by the due date.
Unless you choose Local Pick Up for digital orders, you need to select one of the shipping options presented to you on the Site. All shipping is currently done via UPS, with the exception of some large freight shipments. When choosing a shipping option, please remember that the estimated shipping transit time is based on the number of business days in transit and does not include weekends, holidays or the day the package is picked up by UPS. For instance, a product shipped 2nd Day Air and picked up on a Thursday would be delivered by end of day Monday.
Shipping transit times vary, and fngdirect assumes no responsibility for delays caused by shipping carriers, weather or any damages resulting from the failure to receive a job on time. Your order may arrive late due to unforeseen delays in delivery service, the breakdown of equipment, illness, etc. fngdirect ’s responsibility is limited to preparing your printing order and delivering it to UPS for shipping. fngdirect is not liable for damages which occur in shipping.
Pick up orders will be kept for 30 days from the delivery of the pick-up notification email. If the order has not been picked up from fngdirect's facility within 30 days, it will be shipped directly to the customer and customer will be billed for the applicable ground shipping rates. We cannot ship to P.O. Boxes or APO/FPO.
All complaints must be registered within 24 hours of receipt of your final printing job. Should your job contain manufacturing errors and/or defects (as determined by fngdirect), fngdirect would rerun your job at no charge.
All materials we create in producing your printed product are the property of fngdirect. Although these materials will NOT be sold or given to any other party, we reserve the right to distribute free samples of your printed product. Please note that your printed product or images used for your printed product will not be used in any national advertising without your prior written consent.
You, the User, acknowledge that all content included on this Site, including, without limitation, the information, data, software, photographs, graphs, typefaces, graphics, images, illustrations, maps, designs, icons, written and other material and compilations (collectively, "Content") are intellectual property and copyrighted works of fngdirect and/or various third-party providers ("Providers"). Reproductions or storage of Content retrieved from this Site, in all forms, media and technologies now existing or hereafter developed, is subject to the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976, Title 17 of the United States Code.
Corporate Identification and Trademarks
"fngdirect", and any and all other marks appearing on this Site are trademarks of fngdirect in the United States and other jurisdictions ("Trademarks"). You may not use, copy, reproduce, republish, upload, post, transmit distribute or modify the Trademarks in any way, including in advertising or publicity pertaining to distribution of materials on this Site, without fngdirect's prior written consent. The use of Trademarks on any other Web site or network computer environment is prohibited. fngdirect prohibits the use of Trademarks as a "hot" link on, or to, any other Web site unless establishment of such a link is pre-approved by fngdirect in writing.
You may only use this Site to make legitimate requests to purchase the products or services offered (each, a "Request"), and shall not use this Site to make any speculative, false or fraudulent Requests. You may not use robots or other automated means to access this Site, unless specifically permitted by fngdirect . You represent that you are of sufficient legal age to create binding legal obligations for any liability you may incur as a result of your use of this Site. You agree to promptly update your membership information (if applicable) in order to keep it current, complete and accurate.
It is a violation of law to place a Request in a false name or with an invalid credit card. Please be aware that even if you do not give us your real name, your Web browser transmits a unique Internet address to us that can be used by law enforcement officials to identify you. Fraudulent users may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Permission is granted to electronically copy and print in hard-copy portions of this Site for the sole purpose of using this Site as a shopping resource. Any other use of materials or Content on this Site, including reproduction for a purpose other than that noted above without fngdirect 's prior written consent is prohibited.
No Unlawful or Prohibited Use / Intellectual Property
You are granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable, revocable license to access and use www.fngdirect.com strictly in accordance with the Terms described herein. As a condition of your use of the Site, you warrant to fngdirect that you will not use the Site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these Terms. You may not use the Site in any manner which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the Site or interfere with any other party's use and enjoyment of the Site. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the Site.
All content included as part of the Service, such as text, graphics, logos, images, as well as the compilation thereof, and any software used on the Site, is the property of fngdirect or its suppliers and protected by copyright and other laws that protect intellectual property and proprietary rights. You agree to observe and abide by all copyright and other proprietary notices, legends or other restrictions contained in any such content and will not make any changes thereto.
You will not modify, publish, transmit, reverse engineer, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit any of the content, in whole or in part, found on the Site. fngdirect content is not for resale. Your use of the Site does not entitle you to make any unauthorized use of any protected content, and in particular you will not delete or alter any proprietary rights or attribution notices in any content. You will use protected content solely for your personal use, and will make no other use of the content without the express written permission of fngdirect and the copyright owner. You agree that you do not acquire any ownership rights in any protected content. We do not grant you any licenses, express or implied, to the intellectual property of fngdirect or our licensors except as expressly authorized by these Terms.
This Site is controlled, operated and administered by fngdirect from our offices within the USA. If you access the Site from a location outside the USA, you are responsible for compliance with all local laws. You agree that you will not use any Site content accessed through www.fngdirect.com in any country or in any manner prohibited by any applicable laws, restrictions or regulations.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless fngdirect, its officers, directors, employees, agents and third-parties, from any losses, costs, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) relating to or arising out of your use of or inability to use the Site or any services offered on the Site, any user postings made by you, your violation of any terms of this Agreement or your violation of any rights of a third-party, or your violation of any applicable laws, rules or regulations. fngdirect reserves the right, at its own cost, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will fully cooperate with fngdirect in asserting any available defenses.
THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY MADE TO THE CONTENT AND INFORMATION CONTAINED ON THE SITE. FNGDIRECT AND / OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE SITE AT ANY TIME.
FNGDIRECT AND / OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE. TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. FNGDIRECT AND / OR ITS SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
BECAUSE SOME STATES / JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, FNGDIRECT'S LIABILITY IS LIMITED AND WARRANTIES ARE EXCLUDED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, BUT SHALL, IN NO EVENT, EXCEED $100.00.
Termination / Access Restriction
FNGDIRECT reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate your access to the Site and the related services or any portion thereof at any time, without notice. To the maximum extent permitted by law, this agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Illinois and you hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts in Illinois in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the Site. Use of the Site is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these Terms, including, without limitation, this section.
You agree that no joint venture, partnership, employment, or agency relationship exists between you and FNGDIRECT as a result of this agreement or use of the Site. FNGDIRECT's performance of this agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this agreement is in derogation of FNGDIRECT's right to comply with governmental, court and law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of the Site or information provided to or gathered by FNGDIRECT with respect to such use.
If any part of this agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the agreement shall continue in effect.
Unless otherwise specified herein, this agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and FNGDIRECT with respect to the use of the Site, and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between you and FNGDIRECT with respect to the Site. A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form. It is the express wish of the parties that this agreement and all related documents be written in English.
Changes to Terms
FNGDIRECTreserves the right, in its sole discretion, to change the Terms under which www.fngdirect.com is offered. The most current version of the Terms will supersede all previous versions. FNGDIRECT encourages you to periodically review the Terms to stay informed of our updates.
FNGDIRECTwelcomes your questions or comments regarding the Terms. Use the Contact Us link in the navigation menu at the top of this page to contact us.
This Version 1.00 of the Terms effective as of October 21, 2012