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Cases for Sellers

1. About Cases

2. Case Eligibility

3. Your Obligations as a Seller

4. Ineligible Disputes and Transactions

1. About Cases


If a buyer is looking to return an item or get a refund from an order on​​ IndiaTradeFair, the first thing they should do is contact the seller directly. It is important that you fill out your shop policies to address returns and refunds, and you should regularly respond to Messages from your buyers. If you’re unable to resolve your issue together, the buyer may file what’s known as a “case”. With​​ IndiaTradeFair’s​​ case system, members work together to resolve disputes around orders that are not delivered or are not as described in the listing.

2. Case Eligibility


A buyer can open a case for not as described.

Not-as-Described;​​ An item is not as described if the buyer can demonstrate (through photos or other documentation) that it is significantly different from the seller’s listing description and photos. Here are a few examples of not-as-described cases:

  • The item received is a different colour, model, version, or size.

  • The item has a different design or material.

  • The seller failed to disclose that an item is damaged or is missing parts.

  • The buyer received the incorrect quantity of items (e.g., the buyer purchased three items but only received two).

  • The item was advertised as authentic but is not authentic.

  • The condition of the item is misrepresented (e.g., the item is described as new but is used).

  • Not-as-described cases can also be filed for late delivery. An order may be considered a late delivery if:

  • The item(s) were ordered for a specific date or event.

  • The item(s) are rendered useless after that date.

  • The seller did not deliver the item(s) according to their processing time or the date agreed upon in Messages.

Note:​​ IndiaTradeFair​​ does not hold sellers responsible for delivery delays or errors, as all products will be dispatched by​​ IndiaTradeFair​​ to the buyers.

If an item is significantly similar to the seller’s listing description and photos, it is not eligible for a not-as-described case.

3. Your Obligations as a Seller


If a buyer opens a case, you must work with them to resolve the dispute. Each case must remain open until you have reached a resolution. To maintain the integrity of the case system, you can’t encourage or require a buyer to close a case before you resolve a dispute.

Cases may be closed automatically in the following circumstances:

  • Once the buyer is refunded.

  • The buyer closes the case if they are satisfied with the resolution.

  • You must respond to any open cases. Please see our​​ Seller Protection Policy​​ for more information.

IndiaTradeFair​​ doesn’t hold sellers responsible for delivery delays or errors, as all products will be dispatched by​​ IndiaTradeFair​​ to the buyers

In the unlikely event that a case remains unresolved for more than 365 days, it is considered to be a late delivery, and the only acceptable resolution is a full refund.

To resolve a not-as-described case, you must work with the buyer and​​ IndiaTradeFair​​ to show that the item was properly described in the listing.

If a case isn’t resolved, buyers can escalate the case to​​ IndiaTradeFair’s​​ review. We reserve the right to escalate a case early for circumstances such as seller inactivity, harassment, refusal of service, case manipulation, and undermining the integrity of the case system.​​ IndiaTradeFair​​ may close or resolve a case due to lack of participation from either party.​​ IndiaTradeFair​​ reserves the right to issue a refund to the buyer and recoup funds from your account if payment.​​ IndiaTradeFair​​ may reopen a previously closed case to further investigate tracking issues or other aspects of the dispute.

  • Ineligible Disputes and Transactions


Some disputes and transactions are ineligible for the case system, including:

  • Items that are damaged by delivery carrier (if properly packaged by the seller).

  • Items that have been altered, used, worn, washed, or discarded after receipt.

  • Items that are received after the agreed-upon delivery date due to delivery delays.

  • Items that are returned without a return agreement.

  • Items that are accurately described but don’t meet a buyer’s expectations.

  • Cost of postage disputes.

  • Items that are purchased in person.

  • Items prohibited from sale on​​ IndiaTradeFair, including intangible goods.

  • Transactions where payment is not made via​​ IndiaTradeFair’s​​ checkout system.

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