Returns Policy

Author: Lily (Warehouse Manager)  

Customer Return and Refund Policy

The Short Version
PLEASE CHOOSE CAREFULLY, We do not  give refunds if you simply change your mind or make a wrong selection.

Our returns policy includes, and does not seek to exclude or limit, the rights you have under the Australian Consumer Law. All our products come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under Australian Consumer Law.


The Long Version
As part of our Customer Service commitment, The Melbourne Food Depot will advise our customers to choose their items carefully as the The Melbourne Food Depot doesn't accept refunds or exchanges to any extent permitted by law. All items from our online store are sold on a non-returnable basis unless defective. Please check that all items received are what you have ordered. If you have received an INCORRECT item DO NOT OPEN IT. We will not accept any returns or provide refunds of items that have been opened, tampered with or not in their original condition.

Contact must be made by you within 3 days of receiving your items.

You are welcome to a refund or exchange where:

  • the incorrect item(s) are delivered (provided the item(s) have not been opened or tampered with and are in re-saleable condition); or
  • an item is faulty; or
  • to any extent permitted by law

No refund given, exchange offered or correspondence will be entered into for:

  • Change of mind
  • Products that have been opened or tampered with or are not in a resalable condition
  • Incorrect orders made by the recipient

Gift Certificates or Vouchers are not redeemable for cash.

Defective items
Defective items must be returned within (3) three days of the purchase date, at the customers expense, to be eligible for replacement. It is strongly recommended that your package be registered or in some way trackable. We will not be responsible for items lost in the post. Items will be replaced with the same item originally purchased. For items that cannot be replaced, a full refund will be offered in the form of a voucher for future online purchases.

Incorrect or Damaged Items
Contact The Melbourne Food Ingredient Depot using the contact form on this website within two (2) working days of receipt of goods. We will contact you have some photos handy as this helps out a lot. Prior approval, in the form of a return authority (RA) must be obtained from the Melbourne Food Ingredient Depot before returning goods. A Return Authority Number will be given to you upon approval. If goods arrive without an authorisation number it is a breach of the conditions of using the service and your order will be rejected. Please do not throw out damaged items until authorisation to do so has been given.

Goods will be accepted for credit in the form of a gift voucher for further purchases or replacement at the sole discretion of The Melbourne Food Ingredient depot. The nature of our pharmaceutical and medicinal products makes a refund difficult. Please choose wisely. Under privacy laws we do not and cannot hold your credit card details on file.

Returning Goods
1. Obtain a Return Authority (RA) number by using the contact form on the website.
2. Goods must be returned in their original packaging in a saleable state at customers expense.
3. A 25% restocking fee is taken from the cost of the goods excluding shipping and other fees. For example if the cost of the goods was $100 a $25 restocking fee will be removed from the credit.This will give you a credit total of $75. No credit is given for shipping or other bank fees or charges.
4. Goods will be accepted for credit in the form of a gift voucher for further purchases or replacement at the sole discretion of The Melbourne Food Ingredient Depot.