At PriceComparisonTool, LLC, ("PriceComparisonTool") we want you to know exactly how and when we collect and use information that can specifically identify you, such as your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address ("personal information").
How Information is Collected
How Information is Used
PriceComparisonTool will not disclose your personal information to any third party unless: 1) it is necessary in order to provide you with a particular Service you have requested; 2) it is required of PriceComparisonTool in order to comply with a legal process in any applicable jurisdiction (e.g., court order, subpoena, search warrant, law enforcement request); 3) PriceComparisonTool determines, in its sole discretion, that disclosure is necessary to protect the rights, property, and safety of PriceComparisonTool, its subsidiaries, affiliates, co-brand partners or other parties under contract with PriceComparisonTool, our users, or others; or 4) you have provided such data through a partner's private-level shopping web site hosted by PriceComparisonTool, in which case PriceComparisonTool may provide your personal data to that partner (PriceComparisonTool is not responsible for its partners' privacy policies or their use, storage and processing of data collected on their web sites). In addition, PriceComparisonTool may transmit information to a merchant, such as an invoice number, which may permit the merchant to deduce the identity of a user/reviewer in the event that a merchant disputes a user review on the grounds that a transaction never took place between the user and the merchant and/or an order was never made by the user in each case for the applicable product(s)/service(s).
In certain instances, PriceComparisonTool may request that you provide secondary information (e.g., demographic information), which we may use, for example, to learn more about our customers and to develop and improve our services. Any requests for secondary information will be marked "optional" (or its equivalent). We may compile your personal information with that collected from other customers to create aggregate data. Aggregate data is information about groups of customers and, once compiled, will in no way identify you as an individual. We may disclose aggregate data to our business affiliates, advertisers, and other parties.
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Information Collected by Others
Our web servers collect from Site visitors’ statistical information regarding what pages are visited, the date and time of the visits, how long it took a user to download a page, and the TCP/IP address of the user. These automated server functions do not collect this information in a manner intended to identify your individual use of the Site, nor do we use this information for any such purpose. This information is collected to assist us in maintaining a high quality site, as well as, providing necessary traffic information to our advertisers. We currently contract with several online partners to help manage and optimize our Internet business and communications. We use the services of a marketing company to help us measure the effectiveness of our advertising and how visitors use our site. To do this, we use Web beacons and cookies provided by our marketing company on this site. The type of information we collect includes the product codes and prices for merchandise that visitors purchase, and the pages visited. By supplementing our records, this information helps us learn things like what pages are most attractive to our visitors, which of our products most interest our customers, and what kinds of offers our customers like to see. Although our marketing company logs the information coming from our site on our behalf, we control how that data may and may not be used. For more information on how this data is collected and used, or to "opt-out" of this analysis, visit the Google Analytics home page.
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The Site contains cookie technology, which collects non-personal information about you which is used to customize the Site for your future use. For example, we utilize a cookie to store a number that uniquely identifies you, which allows us to recall the zip code that you are using to provide customized shipping and sales tax information. In conjunction with our in-house advertising, we use third-party advertising companies to place customized advertisements on the pages you view on the Site. Our third-party advertising companies also separately place or recognize a cookie file on your browser in the course of delivering advertisements to the Site. These companies may use non-personal information collected by the cookies about your visits to the Site and other web sites in order to provide you with advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
The Site contains links to web sites of third parties. PriceComparisonTool is not responsible for the actions of these third parties, including their privacy practices and any content posted on their web sites. We encourage you to review their privacy policies to learn more about what, why and how they collect and use personal information. PriceComparisonTool adheres to industry recognized standards to secure any personal information in our possession, and to secure it from unauthorized access and tampering. However, as is true with all online actions, it is possible that third parties may unlawfully intercept transmissions of personal information, or other users of the Site may misuse or abuse your personal information that they may collect from the Site.
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PriceComparisonTool uses third-party advertising companies to serve our ads on the Site. These third-party advertising companies employ cookie and 1x1 pixel .gifs or web beacons to measure and improve the effectiveness of ads for their clients. To do so, these companies may use anonymous information about your visits to our website and other websites, but will not collect any information which can personally identify you or can be linked to you. This information can include: date/time of banner ad shown, the banner ad that was shown, their cookie, and the IP address. This information can also be used for online preference marketing purposes.
If you want to prevent a third-party advertiser from collecting data, currently you may either visit each ad network's web site individually and opt out or visit the NAI gateway opt-out site to opt-out of all network advertising cookies. This site will also allow you to review the third-party advertising companies' privacy policies.
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Privacy Statement for Users Transacting Using the SellStuff Service
If you participate in a transaction through the SellStuff Service, you should be aware that PriceComparisonTool will disclose certain of your personal information to the other transacting party as follows:
If you are the seller or a buyer using the SellStuff Services, we may provide to the other party to the transaction your: complete name, e-mail and telephone number.
In the event that a seller and a buyer in a SellStuff transaction agree to use a money order or cashiers check for transaction payment, the seller is obligated to receive payment at the address that matches the address for a valid credit card on file with PriceComparisonTool.
For transactional services available to our Members such as those involving our SellStuff Service, in addition to the above, we will request credit card information and additional personal data to PriceComparisonTool. PriceComparisonTool will provide the buyer with the seller's name and address, and seller must agree to the provision of this information to buyer by PriceComparisonTool to verify your identity. PriceComparisonTool may verify the information provided in membership applications by authorizing a charge on the credit card provided in the application, not to exceed $5.00, but PriceComparisonTool does not actually charge the credit card any money in the verification process.
AS A SELLER USING THE SELLSTUFF SERVICE YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION WILL NEVER BE INTENTIONALLY DISCLOSED TO ANY OTHER MEMBER. PRICECOMPARISONTOOL WILL NOT PASS THE BUYER'S CREDIT CARD INFORMATION TO THE SELLER IF THE BUYER CHOOSES TO PAY WITH A FORM OF PAYMENT OTHER THAN CREDIT CARD. WHEN USING THE SELLSTUFF SERVICE, PRICECOMPARISONTOOL MAY DISCLOSE YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION TO THE SELLER, OR TO THE AGENTS THAT PROCESS THE SELLER'S CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS, ONLY IF YOU SELECT TO PAY VIA CREDIT CARD FOR YOUR PURCHASES. PRICECOMPARISONTOOL MAY ALSO DISCLOSE A MEMBER'S CREDIT CARD INFORMATION TO THOSE COMPANIES THAT PRICECOMPARISONTOOL USES TO AUTHORIZE AND PROCESS CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS.
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