Code of Ethics
All members of the Universal Militaria Collectors Club (UMCC) without exception upon acceptance of their application and applicable dues, whether new or renewed, are required to accept and agree to the club's Code of Ethics. Acceptance is a requirement of membership in the UMCC.
1. UMCC members are required to abide by all federal, state and local laws and regulations related to the purchase, sale or other related transactions concerned with the securing of Militaria items.
2. Transactions between members are to be conducted in accordance with the Code of Ethics.
3. Members on both sides of a disputed transaction brought before the Ethics Board are required to abide by the Board's decisions.
4. Members agree not to knowingly purchase or sell any Militaria or related items whose ownership is in doubt. Further, members are to report any information concerning suspected or known stolen Militaria or related material to proper legal authorities. The seller is to pass on to the buyer clear title to all Militaria sold.
5. Members are to fulfil any and all terms, oral or written, of any contract or agreement to purchase, sell or exchange Militaria or related items, unless prompt and timely notice otherwise is given to the other party. Transactions and special terms and conditions of sale must be evidenced by written documentation. Any transaction not documented to be "as-is" will be deemed to be a sale of authentic Militaria or related material.
6. Members agree not to knowingly sell, exchange or advertise for sale any Militaria or related material which is Copy or where the Militaria is a reproduction or is otherwise not genuine; or any related material which has been altered, repaired or otherwise altered from its original state, unless such state and or condition is clearly and expressly stated and described.
7. Transactions between members are required to have receipts or invoices issued upon request from either party, for the sale or exchange of any Militaria or related item. The receipt or invoice will state clearly a basic description of the item(s), the purchaser, the seller, and the prices, terms or any other relevant information.
8. The seller is required to state the terms in which he or she sells Militaria or related material in a clear manner which includes a reasonable right to return items and a guarantee of full refund on returned material.
9. Sellers are required to advertise for sale only those items which are available at the time of such advertisement and will honour all prices published for a reasonable time after their publication.
10. Persons involved in consignments of Militaria or related material are to have a written agreement involving all aspects of the sale of the material as well as payment to the consignor. The seller must agree not to alter any of the material he is handling on a consignment basis without written approval from the consignor.
11. Members are required to refund the full purchase price of any Militaria or related item at any time where lack of authenticity can be proven and where proof of purchase is supplied; however, requests for an extension of time to return purchased or exchanged Militaria or related material shall not be viewed as an acceptable reason for delay of payment for said material beyond the agreed-upon terms of the transaction. This rule does not apply to "as-is" (as seen) material which has been properly documented under article (5) five.
12. Members are responsible for items sent to them for examination for possible purchase while they are in the member's possession. The sender is to supply a complete listing of all items included in the package. Should an offer to purchase prove to be unacceptable, the merchandise must be returned to the owner in the same or better manner than it was shipped.
13. Members are to provide the UMCC their corporate or assumed names, as well and the names of the principals involved in businesses and full street address.
14. UMCC Members are required to comply with all intellectual property laws, including state, federal and common law , or risk expulsion from the UMCC. Violation of intellectual property laws by a member has to show the member did so knowingly and willingly.