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Advice on raffle prizes?

Hey everyone! Sorry to bug y'all with silly questions, but my partner and I seem to be finding ourselves in a bit of a pickle and were hoping that some of you lovely people could offer us a bit of guidance.

Last June we entered a rather large raffle hosted by an artist we both admired. The artist in question was using it as a way to boost their watcher status, one of those 'get one entry for watching and commenting with your ref and +1 for every new watcher you refer' sort of deals. Being fans we sent friends their way to help them reach their goal and out of the hundreds of entries we were both fortunate enough to win the 1st and 3rd prizes. At first, we patiently waited for a few months, figuring that paid commissions would take priority (and that's totally understandable), but as time passed we noticed that the artist had eventually moved away from commissions and has since made several gifts and personal art-trades, seeming to have forgotten about us. Under normal circumstances it wouldn't be a big deal to just send the artist a polite note inquiring about the prizes, but over the past few months they've been displaying extremely hostile and passive-aggressive behavior towards their watchers. The littlest thing sets them off and when they get upset it riles up some of their more aggressive supporters, making my partner and I nervous about bringing the subject up.

Does anyone have any advice on how to go about this without angering the artist? Or are we better off just forgetting about the entire event and moving on?

Thank you very much for your time!

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gatekat
Mar. 24th, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
I don't think there's anything to be done but accept that they aren't worth the admiration you gave them. It's good they aren't doing commissions anymore. It's only a matter of time before an artist who ignores promises moves on to scamming people who pay.
teekchan
Mar. 25th, 2016 02:27 am (UTC)
Id let it go. Raffle prizes arent like trades or comms, or even contest prizes. Theyre more like requests and imo, the artist doesnt have to do them if they decide not to.
chaossal
Apr. 3rd, 2016 12:55 am (UTC)
Don't know, if they gained a lot of watchers from it, it does not seem right. Then anyone could just lie about offering art if people +watch just to boost their watchers.

Edited at 2016-04-03 12:56 am (UTC)
rayesesshyfan
Mar. 25th, 2016 02:49 am (UTC)
I suggest that you and your partner unwatch them to move away from them to forget the whole thing.
chaossal
Apr. 3rd, 2016 01:00 am (UTC)
You could leave them a polite note asking if they would still like to go through with the raffle prizes or if they would like to cancel the prizes due to any stress or work going in their life currently.

growly
Apr. 5th, 2016 04:54 pm (UTC)
Nothing ventured, nothing gained, I would personally forget about it and if the artist ends up coming through for you it'll be a nice surprise.
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kayla_la
Apr. 8th, 2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Unpaid Commission
Heya, this is someone else's post and not where you put a beware. Please go to the front page of the community here: http://artists-beware.livejournal.com/ and hit Post to Community on top.

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celestinaketzia
Apr. 8th, 2016 06:59 pm (UTC)
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Howdy, to submit a post to the community you will have to click on the "Post to community" link at the top of the page.

If you can't do that yet, then you will have to join the community first.

Since this isn't where bewares go this is being screened.

edit: whoops, looks like I got beat to the punch!

Edited at 2016-04-08 07:01 pm (UTC)
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