FAQ

Please refer to our General Terms and Conditions of Sale and Delivery (GTS)  for specifics and as legally binding document of all business relations between Vienna Scientific Instruments and any natural or legal persons (Buyers/Customers).  Please read and agree to our Privacy Policy before submitting any personal data to VSI. 

 

How long does it take to receive a quote?

  • Quotes are usually sent no later than the end of the next business day after the request is received. Please call in urgent matters (meeting grant proposal deadlines etc.) to fast-track your quotation.

Does my quote include shipping?

  • All Product prices exclude costs of shipping and handling and insurance, in accordance with delivery terms designated by VSI. Shipping terms on quotes will default to Ex-works Bad Vöslau, Austria. This term means by definition that the Buyer is responsible for arranging shipping from our facility in Austria. Alternatively, Buyers may indicate to receive the goods via Bartz Technology Corporation based in CA, USA and we are happy to consider this option as agreed upon in writing. Thus, quotes do not include shipping charges unless requested. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, costs will be paid by the Buyer and will appear as a separate item on VSI invoice. VSI shall ship in accordance with VSI standard practices. Buyer may specify different shipping instructions, subject to agreement by VSI. Unless otherwise agreed to in writing by VSI, all products shall be packaged, if appropriate, for shipment and storage in accordance with standard commercial practices. All packing shall conform to carrier requirements. 

Are customs duties, taxes, and other fees included in my quote?

  • No. All customers are responsible for calculating and paying customs duty, taxes, and any additional fees required. Please consult an importation specialist to determine these fees if you are located outside the EU single market. North American customers may consider to order goods via Bartz Technology Corporation, CA, USA.

How long will my order take to ship?

  • Because all products are build on demand, shipping/delivery dates depend on the complexity of the product.  A realistic shipping date will be calculated when Buyer's request a quote. However, shipping/delivery dates are approximate and may be delayed absent prompt receipt from Buyer of all necessary information. VSI shall not be responsible for any failure to perform or delay attributable in whole or in part to any cause beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to Acts of God, government actions, war, civil disturbance, insurrection, sabotage, labor shortages or disputes, failure or delay in delivery by VSI suppliers or subcontractors, transportation difficulties, customs clearance, shortage of energy, raw materials or equipment, or Buyer’s fault or negligence. In the event of any such delay the date of delivery shall be deferred for a period equal to the time lost by reason of the delay.

May I speak to an application specialist or scientist about my research and VSI instruments?

  • At VSI we care about our customers and want them to succeed in their research. Please get in contact and we will connect you to one of our application specialists or one of the collaborating researchers depending on your needs. 

Do you provide training and support for your instruments?

  • Yes, once your instrument is delivered the developers/engineers of each product are available to answer questions and provide additional technical support as needed. It is also possible to book our applications specialists for courses - addressing initial startup, operation and maintenance topics. 

Do you provide calibration, maintenance and repair services for your instruments?

  • To ensure a continued, long.-term functionality of your device, we are offering calibration & maintenance services and recommend to check your device regularly. You may send your devices in for repair during the warranty period and afterwards; costs may apply after the warranty expired or if the item was handled or operated unduly. We offer the repair service for at least >10 years after purchase. 

How long is the warranty period?

  • VSI warrants that, for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of shipment of the Products from VSI. VSI SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOSS OF USE OR LOST PROFITS) WHICH MAY RESULT FROM THE USE OF PRODUCTS PURCHASED HEREUNDER, AS FURTHER SET FORTH IN THE CONDITIONS OF SALE. This limited warranty extends only to Buyer as original purchaser unless otherwise agreed upon in writing by VSI.
  • The foregoing warranty shall not apply if the defective Product (i) has been subjected to abuse, misuse, neglect, negligence, accident, improper testing, improper installation, improper storage, improper handling or use contrary to any instructions issued by VSI, (ii) has been repaired or altered by persons other than VSI, (iii) has not been installed, operated, repaired and maintained in accordance with the documentation or operated outside of the environmental specifications for the Product; (iv) has failed due an Act of God, including but not limited to fire, flood, tornado, earthquake, hurricane or lightning or (v) has been used with any devices, accessories or products not manufactured by or approved by VSI. In addition, the foregoing warranty shall not apply to Products (i) marked or identified as “sample,” (ii) loaned or provided to Buyer at no cost, or (iii) which are sold “as is.”
  • If during the Warranty Period: (i) VSI is notified promptly in writing upon discovery of any defect in the Product, including a detailed description of such alleged defect, (ii) such Product is returned, transportation charges prepaid, to VSI designated manufacturing facility subject to the prior approval of VSI, and (iii) VSI inspections and tests determine that the Product is indeed defective and the Product has not been subjected to any of the conditions set forth above, then, as Buyer’s sole remedy and VSI's sole obligation under the foregoing warranty, VSI will, at VSI option, repair or replace without charge the defective Product. In no event will the Buyer itself nor will the Buyer allow any party other than VSI or a third party authorized in writing by VSI to perform any service on the Products.

How about the payment conditions?

  • Services and Products with a value ≤3.000€ (without VAT) must be paid with completion of the performance/ signing the delivery notes within 14 days from invoice date.
  • Services and Products with a value over 3.000€ (without VAT): 50% of the remuneration shall be due on conclusion of the contract for the start of performance (project instalment) within 7 days, and 50% following completion of performance with the date of signing the delivery notes and/or the written information to the customer, regarding project/production finishing, within 14 days.
  • Payments have to be made to our Austrian bank account (as given on the invoice) in EURO. Payments by credit card and cheques are currently not possible; please ask for payments via PayPal if relevant. Payment processing and currency conversion fees (for payments made in other currencies) are sole duties of Buyers.