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Artist Beware - Mixideer

WHO: mixideer, mixipony, miss-mixi, mixisweets

WHERE: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/mixideer

WHAT: Art trade: wing-it piece of my character for a custom furset of their character made on IMVU

WHEN: initial conversation: March 29th, Finished my half April 13th

PROOF: Album of images, some contain NSFW: http://imgur.com/a/TiJmI
individual images will be linked in the story below

EXPLAIN: Mixi approached me at the end of March asking about a custom furset made on IMVU. I proposed a trade over my normal currency of IMVU credits since I had already been watching her and liked her art. She said she could totally do that and requested I add her on skype. (http://i.imgur.com/UXN2FCS.png)

On skype we confirmed an art trade (http://i.imgur.com/CfSy82F.png) I told her which character I would like drawn and gave her the first WIP (http://i.imgur.com/csLWyQb.png) I always give many WIPs as I work because I want to make sure everything is perfect.

I had a slight delay in working because I had another commission that was paid in full, whereas I had not gotten the art for this one. I message her letting her know why I had been delayed and gave her more WIPs (http://i.imgur.com/uloGY9j.png) She says it's amazing and I gift it to her account (http://i.imgur.com/rKcoN5Q.png)

Proof that I sent the skin over (http://i.imgur.com/8MB4HEZ.png) I can provide proof for each individual piece of the set but I am not sure that's necessary.
Note: the price is high because I change the price from 0 personal profit to a high number after gifting it. This helps me keep track of what I have delivered and prevents anyone from accidentally buying it when I unhide it in the shop to be visible as an example of my work.

Ten days after I have given her the furset I notice that I am not on her to-do list and message her on skype asking if I will be added to it. She says she is sorry for not having me there and adds me to it. May comes and goes and on June 11th I message her asking if she has worked on the art she owes me. She apologizes and said she is behind on work (http://i.imgur.com/TcXTXgc.png)

Since me asking for an update she has posted a few gift art pieces and even did a freebie stream. She has also been posting a lot of YCHs. She has also posted journals for more commissions.

I am a little anxious and message her again on the 23rd, expressing that it has been two months and would like an estimate on when the piece will at least be started (http://i.imgur.com/SKMQWfO.png)
She was online when I messaged her but I did not get a response. I went to bed and woke up and still did not have a response.

The morning after I messaged asking for information on our trade she was streaming. In the stream it was clear that she was on skype. As she checked messages when streaming (http://i.imgur.com/AHlRFWx.png)

I decided to follow up my message since I knew she was online and on skype (http://i.imgur.com/ti9Dh1n.png) I understand not wanting to talk business during a stream and waited patiently for the stream to be over, figuring she would message me once people were no longer watching. The stream finished with her saying she was going to bed and I did not get any message back from her. Not even a simple "hey, I am sorry, I will have to message you tomorrow since it's late"

After my messages had still not been responded to she makes a journal claiming to be on holiday and to have been gone over the weekend (http://i.imgur.com/hJA79Fs.png). This does not explain why my art has not been finished as I messaged her before the weekend she claims to have been gone during and she has been working on art both before and after this journal was posted.

Her to-do list says "(I REPEAT, I DO NOT DRAW THESE IN ORDER, I DRAW THEM IN ORDER TO HOW I'M FEELING) Up to a few weeks wait or a few days of ordering, finished at least within the month." but it has been over two months since I completed my half and even longer since the trade was decided on.

I am upset because I just wanted something, anything, drawn of my character. It was a wing-it piece so she could have easily used one of the YCH poses for it. She said she was behind on work but was actively taking and completing commissions and YCHs. I had to request to be added to her to-do list and now I have been actually ignored.

Uploading products to IMVU is not free. I had to pay to submit those products and then pay to gift them to her. I have spent actual currency on this. This is not something I can get back. The only thing I can do is edit the products I have sent her with textures that are solid black with "Payment not recieved" in white across it. This will make the products useless to her but will still not get me my money back

Update 1 - July 1st:
Mixi has messaged me after seeing this beware (http://i.imgur.com/nwP355B.png)
And I have responded (http://i.imgur.com/W2FEqzS.png) I also told her an amount and my paypal but the screencap cuts out and I figured it would be best to leave out since I would have to censor the information regardless.

Update 2 - July 5th:
I have not heard from Mixi after giving her the information she asked for in order to give me payment for the set.
So I sent her a message asking for a response, (http://i.imgur.com/R1seooI.png) she has been online and has posted a new journal on FA in which she has removed me from her To-Do list, but still has not responded to me.

Update 3 - July 8th:
Still waiting on a response from Mixi despite her being active on FA, I message her again (http://i.imgur.com/Ja7rxvz.png)
I am starting to question if she will ever get back to me.

Update 4 - July 13th:
I do not message people this often when waiting on art, but now this has become me waiting on payment for an already delivered good and I have not gotten a response from her in nearly two weeks while she has still been posting on FA.
I send her another message (http://i.imgur.com/UQf8p4t.png)

Update 5 - July 14th:
After having been contacted by a concerned 3rd party, Mixi has sent me my payment. (http://i.imgur.com/ev3GZ4y.png)
She has not actually said anything  to me at all since the message she sent to me on the 1st.

I have received my payment and so this can be tagged as resolved.

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Comments

( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
celestinaketzia
Jul. 1st, 2015 12:53 am (UTC)
mod comment
Howdy!

The artist's email is still visible in the journal screencap, and would need to be censored. Thank you!

Edited at 2015-07-01 12:53 am (UTC)
fawkatronic
Jul. 1st, 2015 12:54 am (UTC)
Re: mod comment
Done, thank you for accepting my submission
fawkatronic
Jul. 15th, 2015 06:43 am (UTC)
Re: mod comment
Just a note: I have been updating my beware and have finally gotten some payment so a resolved tag can be added.
Thank you again for accepting the submission
celestinaketzia
Jul. 15th, 2015 10:24 am (UTC)
Re: mod comment
Good deal! I'll go ahead and mark it as such.
spartanwerewolf
Jul. 1st, 2015 08:49 am (UTC)
It might not get you your money back, but at least she wouldn't be able to use your work for free if you edited it. That's what I'd do- maybe she'll get the hint.
jemindra
Jul. 1st, 2015 01:36 pm (UTC)
Oh god. I've known an artist like that before... Those who claim they don't work in order but by "inspiration". You'd be waiting years and years for any progress until they finally decide to draw but won't end up with what you want.

Sorry to hear this has happened. And I agree on the previous posters comment in editing the artwork.
Rachael Walters
Jul. 1st, 2015 03:46 pm (UTC)
Edit the upload, she shouldn't be using your work at all and don't continue to let her, yes you lose out on money but don't let her get away with using your item!

Maybe by doing this she will talk to you and get it done
clockmagic
Jul. 2nd, 2015 12:24 am (UTC)
The response they made comes off as pretty passive aggressive. But at least its finally getting resolved.
celestinaketzia
Jul. 2nd, 2015 12:30 am (UTC)
What a horrible response. She wouldn't be on here if she actually did the things she traded for. A trade of services is still payment.
kayla_la
Jul. 2nd, 2015 12:37 am (UTC)
Given her response to you, I see she hasn't learned a thing from when I had to make a beware about her myself a while back. I guess I had hoped she'd improve at least a little since then.

She has the unfortunately typical mindset of 'trades aren't important', even if she's the one doing the approaching. I would consider her a serial trade scammer and recommend nobody accept trades from her, or at least don't do your half first (and just assume you'll never get her's).
weisk
Jul. 3rd, 2015 02:25 am (UTC)
Yikes, based on that response and their latest journal (which I assume is related to this, regardless the reaction), it's unfortunate that her attitude ruins such cute art. :( Judging by her age maybe it's something she can learn from one day, though?
Rachael Walters
Jul. 3rd, 2015 01:28 pm (UTC)
Agreed, her watchers are being mis-lead but they are believing with no info, if she didn't want to talk about it she wouldn't have posted it
Should link her watchers to this if they want full story before they act like she is 100% innocent
dragontripmon
Jul. 3rd, 2015 02:45 pm (UTC)
I would not even bother since her reaction to this as well as not learning from her previous beware will turn people off.
gamedoge
Jul. 8th, 2015 05:00 pm (UTC)
This makes me sad, I'd been following her for a very long time and that she hasn't learned...and I really hate when artists complain to watchers without the full story or so vaguely they elicit sympathy, it's so manipulative. :(
And awful for the person on the other end who is bad mouthed and threatened by people who only know half the story. It speaks a lot of the character of the person to do this; I don't think I'll follow her anymore.
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