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Conditions of Use

Last Updated February 2016

By using this website, you signify your agreement to the following conditions of use ("Conditions of Use"). Please read these Conditions of Use carefully before using this website. The following terms and conditions apply to your use of our website, and any information that we may access through social media platforms such as Facebook, which is owned and operated by us. Winmark Corporation (“Winmark”) may at any time revise these Conditions of Use by updating this posting. You are bound by any such revisions and should therefore periodically visit this page to review the then current Conditions of Use to which you are bound.

If you do not agree to these Conditions of Use or our Privacy Policy, do not use or access the website.

Disclaimer of Warranties

The materials on www.platoscloset.com are provided "as is" and "as available" and without warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Winmark does not warrant that the functions of this web site will be uninterrupted or error-free, that defects will be corrected, or that this web site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or other harmful components. Winmark does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the materials or information on this web site in terms of their correctness, accuracy, reliability, or otherwise.

Other websites can be accessed through this home page (Third party website). Such third party websites are external internet addresses and may offer products or services of organizations independent of Winmark. Winmark does not endorse, approve or certify any information, product or service referenced or provided at such third party websites. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Winmark disclaims any warranties for services or products offered or sold on any third party website.

You understand and agree that any material downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of this or any third party website is at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damages to your computer system or loss of data that results in the download of such material.

Winmark disclaims any responsibility for the content of any third party materials provided through or on the www.platoscloset.com Internet site. Winmark desires to respect all copyrights and to respond accordingly when notified of the infringement of those rights. Therefore, and in compliance with 17 U.S.C. § 512, if you believe that any such third party materials infringe your intellectual property rights, please contact the following agent to request a review of the alleged infringement: Winmark Corporation, Attn: Legal Department, 605 Hwy 169 N, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55441.

All materials incorporated in or accessible through this site, including, without limitation, text, photographs, images, graphics, illustrations, logos, button icons, audio clips, video clips, software, and other content, and the compilation, collection, arrangement, and assembly thereof (including the look and feel of this site), are protected by United States and international copyright laws, and are owned or controlled by Winmark or by the original creators of such materials or their respective assignees. Such materials may be used as a resource for purchasing the products offered through this site. Any other use of such materials, including any copying, reproduction, modification, sale, distribution, transmission, republication, downloading, display, posting, performance, or other exploitation thereof by any means or medium without the prior written permission of Winmark or other copyright owner is strictly prohibited. In the event of any permitted use of such materials, including, without limitation, any copying, reproduction, distribution, republication, downloading, or display thereof, you will make no changes in or deletion of author attribution, trademark legend, or copyright notice. No right, title, or interest in any such materials will be granted or transferred to you as a result of any permitted use of such materials.

Although this site is accessible worldwide, not all products or services discussed or referenced herein are available to all persons or in all geographic locations.

Our site acts as the venue to bring Plato’s Closet® franchisees ("Franchisees") and buyers of goods together. Winmark is not involved in the actual transaction between such parties. As a result, we have no control over the quality, safety or legality of the items advertised, the truth or accuracy of the listings, the ability of sellers to sell items or the ability of buyers to buy items.

Because we are not involved in the actual transactions between buyers and Franchisees, in the event that you have a dispute with one or more users, you release Winmark (and our officers, directors, agents, subsidiaries and employees) from claims, demands and damages (actual and consequential) of every kind and nature, known and unknown, suspected and unsuspected, disclosed and undisclosed, arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes.

Limitation of Liability

Neither Winmark nor any party involved in creating, producing, or delivering this website shall be liable for any direct, incidental, consequential, indirect, or punitive damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use, this website, including, but not limited to, negligence by act or omission, even if Winmark has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Such limitation shall also apply with respect to damages incurred by reason of services or goods received through or advertised on this website or third party websites. Such limitation shall apply, without limitation, to the costs of procurement of substitute goods or services, lost profits, or lost data. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you. In no event shall Winmark's total liability to you for all damages, losses, and causes of action exceed the amount paid by you to Winmark for products sold or services rendered. Winmark assumes no responsibility and shall not be liable for any damages to, or viruses that may infect, your computer equipment or other property on account of your access to, use of, or browsing in the website or your downloading of any materials, data, text, images, video, or audio from this website.

You assume total responsibility and risk for your use of this website and any Third Party Website accessed through this website. Your sole remedy for dissatisfaction with this site or any products or services offered through this site or any Third Party Website accessed through this website is to stop using this website or such products or services.

Restrictions on Use of Materials

This website is owned and operated by Winmark Corporation. Permission is granted to display and navigate around this website with a computer using HTML browser software, solely for personal, non-commercial use. Any commercial or public use of this website or any portion hereof is strictly prohibited. Except as otherwise permitted by Winmark, no materials from www.platoscloset.com or any website owned, operated, licensed or controlled by Winmark may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way. You may download material displayed on this website for non-commercial, personal use only provided you also retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained on the materials. You may not distribute, modify, transmit, reuse, repost, or use the content of this website for public or commercial purposes, including the text, images, audio, and video, without Winmark's written permission. Winmark neither warrants nor represents that your use of materials displayed on this website will not infringe rights of third parties not owned by or affiliated with Winmark.

Jurisdictional Issues

This website is controlled and operated by Winmark from its offices within the State of Minnesota, United States of America. Winmark makes no representation that materials on www.platoscloset.com are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who choose to access this website from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.

Trademarks/Service Marks and Copyrights

Images displayed on this website are either the property of, or used with permission by, Winmark. The use of these trademark/service marks and copyrighted images by you, or anyone else authorized by you, is prohibited unless specifically permitted herein. Any unauthorized use of the images may violate copyright laws, trademark laws, the laws of privacy and publicity, and communications regulations and statutes.

All trademarks, service marks, trade names, logos, and icons used by Winmark are proprietary to Winmark. Nothing contained on this website should be construed as granting, by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license or right to use any trademark or service mark displayed on this website without the written permission of Winmark or such third party that may own the trademarks or service marks displayed on this website. Your use of the trademarks or service marks displayed on this website, or any other content on this website, except as provided herein, is strictly prohibited.

We are very protective of our Plato’s Closet® trademark and other trademarks and service marks owned by Winmark. If they have not been registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, then we have applications pending. All use of these marks must be with our permission. We will file appropriate legal actions to enjoin the unauthorized use of these marks. Under the law, we would be entitled to collect your profits, our actual damages and, perhaps, even our attorney fees.

Inquiries concerning use of Winmark's trademarks, service marks, trade names, logos, icons, copyrights or other intellectual property should be addressed to Winmark Corporation, Attn: Legal Department, 605 Hwy 169 N, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55441.

The website may contain hyperlinks to websites operated by third parties. We do not control such websites and will not be responsible for their content or for any breach of contract or any intentional or negligent action on the part of such third parties, which results in any loss, damage, delay or injury to you or your companions. Inclusion of any linked website does not imply or constitute approval or endorsement of the linked website by us. If you decide to leave the website to access these third-party sites, you do so at your own risk. All rules, policies (including privacy policies) and operating procedures of websites operated by third parties will apply to you while on such sites. We are not responsible for information provided by you to third parties.

Electronic Communications

Visiting the website or sending emails to us constitutes electronic communications. You consent to receive electronic communications and you agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically, via email and on the website, satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. To opt out of receiving marketing emails from us follow the “unsubscribe” link on the email to change your preferences.

Any communications or material you transmit to this website by electronic mail or otherwise, including data, questions, comments, or suggestions, will be treated as nonconfidential and nonproprietary and will become the property of Winmark or its affiliates. Such communications or material shall be used for any purpose including, but not limited to, reproduction, disclosure, transmission, publication, broadcast, and posting. Furthermore, Winmark is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication you send to this website for any purpose whatsoever including, but not limited to, developing and marketing products using such information.

Indemnity and Release

By using www.platoscloset.com you agree to indemnify Winmark and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors and employees and hold them harmless from any and all claims and expenses, including attorneys' fees, arising from your use of www.platoscloset.com. By using www.platoscloset.com you are hereby agreeing to release Winmark and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors and employees from any and all claims, demands, debts, obligations, damages (actual or consequential), costs and expenses of any kind or nature whatsoever, whether known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, that you may have against them arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and/or to the products and services.

Force Majure

Under no circumstances shall Winmark be held liable for any delay or failure in performance resulting directly or indirectly from acts of nature, forces, or causes beyond its reasonable control, including, without limitation, internet failures, computer equipment failures, telecommunications equipment failures, other equipment failures, electrical power failures, strikes, labor disputes, riots, insurrections, civil disturbances, shortages of labor or materials, fires, flood, storms, explosions, acts of God, war, governmental actions, orders of domestic or foreign courts or tribunals, nonperformance of third parties, or loss or fluctuations in heat, light or air conditioning.

Choice of Law and Forum

These terms and conditions of use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota, United States of America, excluding its conflicts of law rules. You expressly agree that the exclusive jurisdiction for any claim or action arising out of or relating to these terms and conditions of use of this website shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the State of Minnesota, and you further agree and submit to the exercise of personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating such claim or action.

Severability and Integration

Unless otherwise specified herein, this Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and Winmark with respect to this website and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals (whether oral, written or electronic) between you and Winmark with respect to this website. If any part of these terms and conditions of use is held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed in a manner consistent with applicable law to reflect, as nearly as possible, the original intentions of the parties and the remaining portion shall remain in full force and effect.

Termination

You agree that Winmark, in its sole discretion, may terminate your password (if any) or use of the website, for any reason, including, without limitation, if Winmark believes that you have violated the Conditions of Use. Winmark may at any time without notice discontinue this website or any part of it. You agree that any termination of your access to the website may be effected without prior notice. Further, you agree that Winmark will not be liable to you or any third party for any termination of your access to this website.

Contact Information

To contact us, email us at:

tharmon@winmarkcorporation.com

Privacy Policy

Last Updated February 2016

Plato’s Closet is a division of Winmark Corporation ("Company"). We are committed to providing you with information, products or services to meet your needs. That commitment includes protecting information we obtain about you. We want to earn your trust by providing strict safeguards to protect information about you as we continue to bring you valuable information, products and services. Please take a moment to read this Privacy Policy for some important information about your rights.

By using the Plato’s Closet website or any of our applications, products, services, features, tools, or resources you agree to the terms of this Privacy Policy and our Conditions of Use.

This Privacy Policy, along with our Conditions of Use, governs your use of the Plato’s Closet website at platoscloset.com, and any other information we may access through social media platforms such as Facebook, which is owned and operated by us.

Information We May Collect

When you apply to be a Plato’s Closet franchisee at our web site or request information from the Company, we may collect information about you, including information you give us on applications, questionnaires or other forms. This information is voluntarily provided by you and may include, but is not limited to, your name, address, telephone number, email address, personal preferences, or other personal identifiers. This information may also be collected for participation in a sweepstakes or other give-away, to locate a store or otherwise participate in activities or services generated on this site. Based on the information you provide us, we may also collect information from consumer reporting agencies, such as credit bureaus, in order to evaluate your eligibility to become a Plato’s Closet franchisee.

In addition to information provided by you, our web site may make use of browser "cookies." Cookies are text files written to a user's hard drive and read by the server programs to inform a web site if the user has previously visited that site. We use cookies to deliver content specific to your interests, to save your password so you don't have to re-enter it each time you visit our site, and for other purposes. The cookie never contains data that is "executed" as code, so it cannot carry viruses. Cookies are linked to browser programs and do not specifically identify an individual user. Cookies can be rejected by you and if so, none of the functions listed above will be performed.

We may also use third-party vendors, such as Google Analytics, to advertise to our users online. These third-party vendors may display Plato’s Closet product or service advertisements on other websites based on your internet usage. More specifically, these vendors use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytic cookie) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on your past visits to the website or another site affiliated with Plato’s Closet products or services. Any information that these third parties collect via cookies is not linked to any personally identifiable information (name, address, email address, or phone number) we collect or you provide on the website. You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising by using Google’s Ads Settings.

Children Under 13

We do not knowingly solicit data online from or market online to children under the age of 13.

Information Sharing and Disclosure

The Company collects personally identifiable information from you when voluntarily submitted by you, for example, if you complete an on-line franchise application. We will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone. We may send personally identifiable information about you to others only when: 1) we have your consent to share the information; 2) we need to share the information to provide the information, service or product that you requested; 3) we need to send the information to people or companies who work on behalf of the Company to provide information, products or services to you; 4) we respond to subpoenas court orders or legal process; or 4) we find that your actions on the web site violate the Conditions of Use, or any of our usage guidelines for specific products or services. In addition, user demographic information is shared with advertisers on an aggregate basis in a manner that will not personally identify the individual submitting the information.

When This Policy Does Not Apply

This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that the Company does not own or control, or to people that the Company does not employ or manage. In addition, this policy does not apply to the web sites of other divisions of the Company, as each web site has its own privacy policy.

Linking to Other Internet Sites

You should be aware that other Internet sites that you link to from the Plato’s Closet site or a Winmark e-mail may contain privacy policy provisions that differ from the provisions of this Privacy Policy. To ensure your privacy is protected, we recommend that you review the privacy policy of other Internet sites you visit.

Security

This site has taken reasonable security measures to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. However, please remember that no computer system should be considered safe from intrusion. E-mail may pass through many computer systems, and should not be considered as a secure means of communication unless encrypted. Even then, information is only as secure as the encryption method. If you visit our web site, the Company will not communicate with you unless you have given us permission to do so.

How Users Can Limit Information Collected

By providing information to us or using our website, you are consenting to our use of your data as outlined in this Privacy Policy.

While we work hard to use and disclose our users’ personal information only for the purposes identified above, you can choose not to provide personal information or limit the personal information obtained by us as follows:

  • You may have your contact information removed from our marketing lists to inform users of new or relevant products, services and special offers by clicking on the unsubscribe link in any communication received from us or by emailing us at marketing@winmarkcorporation.com.
  • You may limit the collection of "cookies" through your browser settings. However, this may disable our ability to provide you with the most relevant products or information regarding the system; and
  • You may limit the ability of Google Analytics to track your online activity, as outlined in the "Behavioral Advertising" section.

We prohibit the submission of any copyrighted material without the user first obtaining the prior written consent of the copyright owner. In particular, if you are a copyright owner or an agent thereof and believe that any User Submission or other Content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") by providing our Copyright Agent with the following information in writing (see 17 U.S.C 512(c)(3) for further detail):

  1. A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;
  2. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at the Site;
  3. Identification of the material on the Site that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an email address;
  5. A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Our designated Copyright Agent to receive notifications of claimed infringement is Tamara Harmon who can be reached at (763) 520-8500. For clarity, only DMCA notices should go to the Copyright Agent; any other feedback, comments, requests for technical support, and other communications should be directed to customer service at (800) 433-2540. You acknowledge that if you fail to comply with all of the requirements of this Section, your DMCA notice may not be valid.

Changes to This Policy

We reserve the right to modify this policy from time to time and will mark new versions with a corresponding effective date. We recommend that you visit the site regularly to review any changes in our practices.

Your California Privacy Rights

California Civil Code § 1798.83 permits users that are California residents to request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please contact us via the website.

Conclusion

We appreciate how important privacy is to you. We want you to understand why we collect and sometimes share information about you and how this can benefit you. Simply stated, by knowing more about you, we can provide a greater range of information, products and services that may be of interest to you. If you have questions or wish to send us comments, please send us an email at info@platoscloset.com.

If you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, please contact us at:

Winmark Corporation
Attn: Legal Department
605 Highway 169 N, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55441
(763) 520-8500
tharmon@winmarkcorporation.com