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Lost Contact: Cranked-Mutt

Alright... Not entirely sure if I'm doing this right, so I apologize now if I'm going about this the wrong way.

Anyway, 9 months ago, around mid-June, I commissioned a cell shaded waist-up from the artist http://www.furaffinity.net/user/cranked-mutt/ on Furaffinity and lost contact with them after being hospitalized in late July.
I returned early September to find that not only had I not received my art, but that both their main, character, and boyfriend's accounts had been suspended sometime early August, judging from her last activity. Since then all my attempts to make contact through other sites have failed. I've had a LOT happen to me in this time, but I'd still really love a refund, or at least the art that I'm owed. So if there's anyone who can help me get back in touch with Cranked that would be absolutely wonderful and I'd deeply appreciate it.

UPDATE: I sent Sparsile an email explaining the situation. Keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes well. Thank you all so much for your help!

UPDATE #2 It seems I'm not getting anywhere with Cranked-Mutt/Sparsile. The more I ask around on different sites, the more I'm finding that I'm not the first one to have done some amateur detective work on the matter. Despite everything she still claims to not be Cranked.

[Spoiler (click to open)]My first email: http://imgur.com/riXBp7A

Her reply: http://imgur.com/PInTuPY

Me pointing out the obvious and collected evidence: http://imgur.com/qB3f7QA

This was a side note I forgot to mention, but I worded it poorly. I meant to say that I found it peculiar that Cranked had once been an original bidder after her character's design, then the design just happened to come into her ownership by supposed chance: http://imgur.com/5JdO7VX

Her reply: http://imgur.com/EIaXi5J

My response. At this point I was tired and hungry after a long day and pretty annoyed with the situation. I think I might have come off as being pretty snippy, but my friends said they didn't think so and that I was just being blunt and honest. I'll let you guys be the judge of that: http://imgur.com/4olpcQX

Her response and the last of the conversation: http://imgur.com/6UXWo0K


I'm pretty much done with the situation. I just feel like she's dancing around the subject and at this point I don't really have the patience to deal with it.
The money I lost isn't worth the headache, but I do hope the people who take the time to read this will take it as a warning and be careful so they don't have to go through the same kind of trouble. I don't take kindly to being played a fool and the more digging I do, the more people are coming forward and outing her bad behavior.

My experience with the person in question wasn't a good one, but I want to thank everyone here, on DA and FA who've spoken up and helped me. It means a lot to know that there are supportive people in the furry-fandom and the art community as a whole. Gives me faith.

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rueq
Mar. 9th, 2015 06:53 pm (UTC)
According to the comments on Cranked's profile, this is now her https://www.furaffinity.net/user/sparsile/
runspotter
Mar. 10th, 2015 03:47 am (UTC)
Oh. Looks like if I had held off and checked again I would have gotten my answer. XD
norsepaw
Mar. 9th, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
In a shout they say this is their new account; https://www.furaffinity.net/user/sparsile/

Derp someone commented before me about it 6_9

Edited at 2015-03-09 06:59 pm (UTC)
celestinaketzia
Mar. 9th, 2015 07:02 pm (UTC)
So they're ban evading? Huh
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lackoflollies
Mar. 9th, 2015 07:28 pm (UTC)
Wow.. i'm a little unnerved that Cranked decided to just up and abandon all their customers.
ramthedragon
Mar. 9th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
On the sparsile account there is also an email so do poke there too!
But the suspension is very disconcerting to say the least.
dragroon
Mar. 9th, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
Did not know Sparsile was Cranked-Mutt, wow. But I think Cranked-Mutts account was suspended due to someone falsely reporting her as under-age? At-least that is what I remember her stating on Weasyl with corresponding screenshots.
kattotang
Mar. 9th, 2015 08:53 pm (UTC)
Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if she was falsely suspended. I have been too, in the past. (Yet the two 16-year-olds I've reported for faving a bunch of my mature art still have active accounts have since both turned 17 without the trouble tickets being responded to, heh)
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corghi
Mar. 9th, 2015 09:10 pm (UTC)
I do believe you should be able to dispute that transaction?
latiro
Mar. 9th, 2015 09:55 pm (UTC)
I think it's probably too late to file a PayPal dispute since that 180-day limit thing didn't exist until, like, November.
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whoop_zi
Mar. 9th, 2015 11:15 pm (UTC)
from what i can tell, people have been leaving shouts on her old accounts(cranked-mutt and alfy) revealing her new account and what i assume are her friends are spamming her shouts to hide it. meanwhile, on her old "alfy" weasyl there's no activity since october, other than a journal saying she's leaving the fandom.

and yet, sparsile as a queue full of what i assume are new commissions. ban-evading is one thing but if she has people from her old accounts waiting for art then this really comes off as her evading her old commissioners, and that's incredibly skeevy, wow.
jansither
Mar. 9th, 2015 11:21 pm (UTC)
There is actually an AB journal in review for her at the moment, so be cautious.
Her account here is Sparsbutt.

Meant to reply to the thread, not your comment - sorry! (:

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orangemonsterco
Mar. 10th, 2015 12:35 am (UTC)
She seems to have an active trello with an 'old commissions' card as well
https://trello.com/b/yAdTAhsX/sparsile-commissions
ramthedragon
Mar. 10th, 2015 02:02 am (UTC)
I saw that, unsure if OP is listed in the Trello queue or not.
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orangemonsterco
Mar. 10th, 2015 12:37 am (UTC)
If I remember right cranked mutt was suspended for harassment of another user. I'm not sure if that is an entire truth nor if this is appropriate here.
dragroon
Mar. 10th, 2015 12:39 am (UTC)
I believe she did have a temp suspension from a incident of harassment.
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lunar_orchids
Mar. 10th, 2015 11:59 am (UTC)
This sucks if I'd have known I'd never have commissioned sparsile.. since cranked mutt has owed me a piece from Almost A year ago.
whoop_zi
Mar. 11th, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
if you can remember the date of the transactions, you ought to try finding them to see if her names match up, too.
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laughsatthunder
Mar. 10th, 2015 01:06 pm (UTC)
I wrote an A_B against her some time ago but can't seem to find it, was it deleted...?

Anyways, contact her and try to get a refund. If you make her angry you're either going to get nothing, a journal about you or a half finished piece.
jansither
Mar. 10th, 2015 05:15 pm (UTC)
A journal in which she claims that you are "harassing" her and getting your friends to "attack" her, nod nod.

Would you please PM a mod about that? I have an entry under review for her and they could get linked up. I can't find it, either.

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puddingpaw
Mar. 10th, 2015 01:27 pm (UTC)
Hopefully she wont up and block her old clients, claiming they are "harassing her" because god forbid they want the art they PAID her to do!
runspotter
Mar. 14th, 2015 06:56 am (UTC)
I know, right?
teekchan
Mar. 11th, 2015 04:01 am (UTC)
Reading the comments here about her makes me glad I gave her a ban from auctions from me (For removing bids/refusing to pay). I think I'll add her to a perma black list.
sbneko
Mar. 11th, 2015 04:42 am (UTC)
Is she known to do that?

I've had a bit of issue from Sparsile where she asks for a commission, then...just doesn't reply, and ignores notes. No payment/info was sent, but after that happening about three times now, I'm not sure what to do about it. The one commission I got replies on(from this new account) went fine though, but I did give her a warning that I'd wait two days max for info and payment.

A lot of people say that nothing is set in stone if payment isn't sent, they don't need to reply to you, which is true, but it wastes a lot of time since people think the slot is taken.
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jansither
Mar. 11th, 2015 03:34 pm (UTC)
Hm. Seems she nuked her gallery submissions. Wonder why.
dragroon
Mar. 11th, 2015 04:00 pm (UTC)
On the Spar's account? I still see her pictures.
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Maxx Attax
Mar. 11th, 2015 07:18 pm (UTC)
After her response and stringing you along, I would honestly just report her to staff for ban evasion. She can claim she isn't the same person all she likes, but the admins can trace her IP.
wyla
Mar. 11th, 2015 08:29 pm (UTC)
Seconding this. If the IPs match up then the staff should be able to confirm that to you. (They've done so before for me when I was getting harassed.)
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