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Legal Stuff

The following documents started their life as standard boilerplate, and have been whittled down to a bare minimum. We've removed what we felt to be the scariest and most draconian sections, and hope to have struck a balance between legal safety and human decency. If you have any concerns or comments about our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, or Return Policy, please feel free to contact us by phone or email. Our contact information is posted at the bottom of every page on this website.


Terms of Service

By continuing to browse and use this website you agree to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which together with our privacy policy govern Prior Art Engraving’s relationship with you in relation to this website. The terms ‘Prior Art Engraving’, 'Prior Art' or ‘us’ or ‘we’ refers to the owner of the website. The term ‘you’ refers to the user or viewer of our website.

The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

  1. The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.
  2. Neither we nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and we expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  3. Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which we shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.
  4. From time to time this website may also include links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that we endorse the website(s). We have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).



Refund / Return Policy

We do not charge your credit card until your order is fully prepared and ready to engrave, and we will happily ammend or cancel any order before we've committed it to metal. However, because each Prior Art engraving is custom made, we do not accept returns once an order is complete. If you receive an engraving with any errors that we have caused, please contact us and we will correct the mistake as quickly as possible and at no additional cost.



Privacy Policy

What information do we collect?

We collect information from you when you place an order or subscribe to our mailing list. When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number or credit card information. You may, visit our site anonymously until such time as you place an order.

What do we use your information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

  • To improve customer service
    • your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs
  • To process transactions
    • Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested.
  • To send periodic emails
    • The email address you provide for order processing, will only be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order.
    • If you decide to opt-in to our mailing list, you will receive emails that may include company news, updates, related product or service information, etc. We will not share your email address with any third party, other than for the purposes of fulfilling your order or complying with law enforcement, ever.
    • Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each mailing-list email.
  • Any products that we have created for you could be photographed and used in our marketing efforts both online and in printed materials, provided they include no personally identifiable information. We do not share custom inscriptions without the customers' express written or verbal permission.

How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order. We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential. All credit cards are processed directly by our secure payment provider, and are never revealed to Prior Art Engraving's owners or employees. Your private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) will not be stored on our servers.

Do we use cookies?

Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information. We use cookies only to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, or protect ours or others' rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information (such as traffic statistics) may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

Third party links

Our website is based on the technologies and services of certain third parties. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these vendors. They are listed as follows:

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.

Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page, and/or update the Privacy Policy modification date below. This policy was last modified on 11/22/09

Contacting Us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy you may contact us using the information at the bottom of each page of this website.