Privacy Notice

The Village Merchant has been in business since 1990 both in a brick and mortar store and online.  During this time we have developed and fostered strong relationships with our customers.  Your privacy is very important to us.  We are aware of the trust you have in us when you visit our site and provide your personal information with us.  This Privacy Notice is to express our commitment to online security and our customer service practices.  We treat your personal information with the same respect and sensitivity that we would want our own personal information handled.

Personal Information

We do not require any personal information for you to browse our website.  When you place an order or create an account, we do require your name, billing & shipping addresses, phone number, e-mail address and credit card information.  This information is used for the purpose of confirming, shipping and charging your order.   Your phone number will only be used for internal purposes.  

Email Newsletter Subscription

When you place an order through The Village Merchant website, you will be given the option to begin receiving our email newsletter.  If you opt-out of the newsletter subscription, your email will only be used to communicate information about your order, such as confirmation and shipping details.  By opting into our email newsletter subscription, you will receive regular emails based on the personal information you have provided to us.  You may opt-out of our email newsletter at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the newsletter.

Use of Cookies

We do use cookies to collect generic information, such as how you use our website and what you have collected in your shopping cart, so that we can make our website shopping experience better for our customers.  Other information that may be collected through the use of cookies can also include your IP address used to connect your computer to the internet; computer and connection information such as your browser type and version; operating system and platform; purchase history; confirmation when you open an e-mail that we send you; and the URLs which lead you to and around the website including the date and time.  

A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your hard drive that enables us to collect this information.  It does not hold or save any personal information.  You can generally set your browser to reject cookies or to notify you when you are sent a cookie.  Please know that if you disable cookies you will be unable to add items to the shopping basket and we will be unable to accept any online orders from you.

Sharing Information With Third Parties

We will not rent, sell or otherwise disclose your personal information to unrelated third parties without your consent, except as stated below in this Privacy Notice.

Credit Card Companies:  If you place an order through the website, the personal information you provide is transmitted to your credit card company to verify and authorize your purchase.

Shippers:  If you make a purchase through our website, your name, telephone number and shipping information must be provided to third party shippers such as USPS, FedEx and UPS to deliver your purchase.  There are also some products that are directly drop-shipped from our vendors or manufacturers.  The drop-shippers are given your name, shipping address and telephone number for the sole purpose of fulfilling and delivering your order.

Site Security

We use the latest encryption technology to protect your information when you interact with our website and we only retain the information that is necessary to process your order(s). Your credit card information is never stored by our website.

Copyright of Materials 

All materials contained in this website are protected by copyright laws and may not be reproduced, republished, distributed, transmitted, displayed, broadcast or otherwise exploited in any manner without the express prior written permission of The Village Merchant.

External Link Disclaimer

Some of The Village Merchant web pages contain links to external web pages and sites. These links are provided as a convenience to users and for information purposes only. The Village Merchant bears no responsibility for the availability, accuracy, legality, or content of any external sites or for that of subsequent links from there. The Village Merchant also does not endorse, warrant, or guarantee the information, opinions, products or services offered by any external site.