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From a Commissioner Point of view really, if possible? I've been in the commissioning business for 9 - 10 years (Or even longer, to be honest.) but was just wondering people here had any tips or such about approaching artists? And I also had some questions as well, sorry if I am all over the shop as I just finished a 12 hour night shift.

Questions:
1) If an artist disappears from DA or such and basically never returns yet you did get gift art and commissions from them and for them before they vanished, there is no problem with reposting, yes?
2) How long would you give new commissioners? (Now I have a commissioned artist who I am doing and have done business with for the past four years and we have been in constant communication and keeping updated and paying for such but in term,s of new people, how long would you usually give?)
3) I usually give tips when commissioning people but nowadays, most artists just give me a flat rate (Or an invoice via Paypal) without tipping? Is tipping now not considered a done thing? Or do artists not include tips?
4) Patreon: Now this is a newish thing that came along in the last few years but a commissioner is only doing business via there. Is that basically the same deal though?

Sorry if I am a bit stupid, working a long night shfit kind of warps my thinking...XD

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ADVICE NEEDED

Heya there! First time poster, actually made this account just to post here!

Anyways, need a bit of advice. On November 10th, 2016, I ordered a commission from an artist with a friend of mine and myself's characters. After a bit, I received an invoice for half of the order's total cost and paid it in a timely fashion, earning me a spot on the artist's queue. No problems whatsoever in the early stages. On January 16th, I sent another email to the artist, asking if I could cancel my commission, due to the fact that the person that was in the piece with me, and myself, were no longer on good terms. The artist replied, and it was cancelled.

The following day, January 17th, I sent the artist another email, kindly asking if he'd be willing to possibly continue the commission, with only my character in it. I had paid for the amount in full, as it was a gift to my friend from before, so I didn't see much problem with it. I didn't receive any reply, and also by this point still had not received any refund from the artist. On January 26th, I sent another e-mail, asking again if he'd be willing to continue the commission, but instead place one of my other characters in the slot. Again no reply, no refund, nothing.

Fastforward to today, and I decided to send him a note on FurAffinity, as I wasn't sure if maybe there was an issue with e-mails, and FurAffinity lets you know when the recipient has read your message. So I typed out a note, kindly asking again if he'd be willing to continue the commission, and if not that it was totally fine, reminding him that I hadn't received any refund either. He read the note within fifteen minutes of me sending it, fastforward eight hours from then and I have no response, and no refund.

His TOS does say he will give refunds depending on the amount of work already done, and since I hadn't even received a base sketch, I assumed a full refund of the original half paid would be in order. Now he's convinced me he's blatantly ignoring me. Considering this is a decent sum of money, I'd like to do something, but I'm not sure what. Please help!

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Beware: DalmyDoDat / SpotmyTots / Fursace

WHO: @DalmyDoDat / @SpotmyTots / @FursaceClub > on Twitter

WHERE: Email / Twitter / http://www.dalmydodatcreations.com/ http://www.furaffinity.net/user/DalmyDoDatCreations

WHAT: Fursuit underwear as a gift for a friend of mine

WHEN: Purchased on 03/26/2015

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PROOF: All screenshots are located here:  http://imgur.com/a/PVbWC

EXPLAIN:
This happened almost 2 years ago, so some of my memories are a bit fuzzy but I will do my best to recount everything that happened.  The most recent issues were recent.  This is my first time posting an artists beware.

About two years ago Dalmy posted around about this fursuit underwear they had designed made for fursuits.  The photos were great, and it seemed to be really going well.  I wanted to purchase it for a friend of mine as a gift.  So I went and emailed to ask a question about the underwear and they replied very promptly.  Everything was set and I recieved and paid for my invoice. 1 It totaled $30 which was very fair. 2 And about 2 months later I recieved an email to charge an additional $10 for shipping costs which I paid soon afterwards. 3 4

After everything was all paid I eagerly awaited the delivery to my friend.  But soon, again almost two months later, there was a new email that arrived that said there would be shipping delays due to a convention & illness. 5 Of course, that doesn't bother me, as I understand real life happens.  In the email it was stated that orders would get filled after the convention so I didn't mind the extra wait.   Soon time passed and it's been another 2 months since the shipping delays email and I find out my friend moved and needed it to be sent to another location.  So I emailed Dalmy to try and get it updated and never recieved a response.  Then again, 2 months after that I tried once more to see if it was all set, but I again, never recieved a response or confirmation.  At this point it's been 8 months since the initial order.

I DM'ed their personal twitter to ask what was happening with the order.  I got a reply, and was being told they were being worked on.  12

About a month later another new email arrives talking about how people were getting frustrated with their orders not arriving and filing disputes.  7 One thing that struck me right away was that apparently their Paypal is now frozen because of the disputes that got filed.  There was also promise of them getting out to the new year.  At this point, I was satisfied and assumed that the deadline would get reached this time and everything would work out well.  It was at this point, on the same day, I emailed Dalmy on the email that sent the previous message and again let them know that my friend had a new shipping address and I wanted to make sure it got noted/updated.  8 I recieved no reply.

On April, in 2016, there was a single twitter post on the Fursace's twitter detailing that there will be promises of a video detailing refunds.  9 Nothing ever got made.

After waiting a few more months I started to ask for a refund, due to the lack of results.  My friend had not recieved anything, and emails and communication had ceased entirely.  At this point it was October 2016, it has been 1 year and 7 months since ordering.  10 But then I started to get mail returns on one of the email addresses. 11  I did not get any response.

I continued to ask on their personal twitter what the status of the refund video was, and eventually started to not get any replies at all.  12  Their twitter continued to be active.  And I decided to DM their buisness twitter to see if I could get any results.  16 I did not get a response at this point.

I sent another email (and a few of the addresses got rejected and mail returned again).  At this point I was very frustrated, and it had almost been 2 years at that point.  So I mentioned about going to post on Artists_Beware.  13  I did not recieve a response.

I ended up publically tweeting at them to see if I could get them to check their DMs, because I saw them active on twitter again and that worked.  17 And I got a reply on their buisness twitter and they told me that they will post information about refunds after ANE.  So I thought it would be fine, and waited again. 16 And soon afterwards, after a week or so of again no posts or emails I tweeted at them a few more times to see if there were any updates.  14 15

There has been no further correspondence from Dalmy.  I did try at one point to file a dispute on Paypal, but because their paypal was closed from all the other disputes and also it had been about a year and a half since purchase, they rejected my claim.  At this point I just want my full $40 refund and to move on.

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Monthly Positive Reviews: February 2017!

If you've had a great commission experience, either as an artist or a customer, please comment here and spread the word. It doesn't have to be a full-on story, though you're welcome to type one! All we need are a few lines on why this person was so great to work with. You can also recommend companies, such as printers or fursuit-making teams, as long as it's relevant!

There are plenty of reasons to post someone here: perhaps they went above and beyond the call of duty to fix a problem, or were so prompt with communication and payment it was like having them right next to you, or were very professional and courteous every time you contacted them.

To help keep things organized, please follow this simple form:

1. Name of the person you recommend:
2. Link to person's website or art page:
3. Approximate time period of when you did business with this person:
4. Details
(Here's where you tell us why they are so awesome! What made the transaction go so well? Perhaps link to the art or suit you bought/sold if you feel like sharing. Please mark NSFW if the subject matter is adult!!):

If you have multiple people to recommend, please put them in separate comments to keep things organized.

Trades are just as welcome as paid transactions. But try not to post for friends (or yourself) who are looking to be commissioned. If customers are what they/you seek, teenycom, artsales or artcommissions is for them!

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WHO: xhyra/ adurrgtables

WHAT: an egg adoptable that I also drew the larger version of.

WHEN: Was purchased from me several years. Today he posted it to resell it without permission.

PROOF:
Him selling it without permission: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/22519095/
My original submission: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/13741056/
Me asking him not to resell, which he promptly hid: http://sta.sh/0uv18sjgu24

EXPLAIN:
This was an egg adoptable that he purchased from me a few years back. I have always had the full that my Adoptable's cannot be resold for money. Only given away as a gift to someone or back to me if you no longer feel a connection to it. The adoptable was put up for resale today without my consent. I politely asked him not to resell it and the comment was hidden by him.
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Beware - Vinceshop/f-so

Paypal gave me a refund. Do not order from these accounts, I have received no response from the artist at all.
I hope they're ok though.

Who: Vinceshop / F-So

Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/vinceshop/
https://www.furaffinity.net/user/f-so/

What: Palette adopt for $15

When: 29th of October I paid for it, it was promised by the end of November.

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Beware: Piranha.Petting.Zoo / Karkass

WHO: Piranha.Petting.Zoo on Instagram | Karkass on Furry Amino

WHERE: https://www.instagram.com/piranha.petting.zoo/ (set to Private now) & Furry Amino

WHAT: Piranha.Petting.Zoo/Karkass has been has been tracing/altering my art for her Commissions and Trades on Instagram and Furry Amino.

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Who: Vani / VanillaKitsune / @ashketchumsays / stripesandteeth
Where: Twitter
When: Commissioned them June 15th, 2016

I commissioned Vani on their Twitter back in June when they were taking a lot of sketch commissions there. I bought two sketches and received initial passes pretty quickly, but since then it’s been very difficult to get in contact with them much less get an update.

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Beware: Aschenblute

WHO: Aschenblute

WHERE:
http://aschenblute.deviantart.com/ deviantart
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/aschenblute/ furaffinity
Also goes by derwolfsmantel

WHAT: Collab commissions between myself and Aschenblute: they never completed their portions. I covered the full cost of refunds in art myself, leaving me out of pocket for their half - $115USD for four commissions (3 at a full price of $50 and one at $30). A 5th commission with a mutual friend was also refunded for my half. Difficulties trying to get their half of the refunds back from them throughout last year follow.

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Where
https://inkbunny.net/Lando

What
60$ commission. I commissioned once before, took a month more or less, so as it was the same style as the first one, I thought may the same or two would do.

When
23th june 2016

Proofs
Skype deleted the first month of june, but here is the log from july to now.
https://d.pr/pvFM
https://d.pr/hLs1
https://d.pr/1FY5
https://d.pr/XoMN
https://www.dropbox.com/s/2ang7hikop5m0p6/img1.png?dl=0

That's the last thing I know from him.

Payment:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/8i72d6rev8nm88x/img2.png?dl=0

Further details:
So, last year, I commissioned Lando, from InkBunny, a pic from our munks, like a grey and white sketchy style that he does very well. It just took like a month or so to get finished. So, more or less after half year I tried to commission him again. I asked if he was taking commissions that time, and said me yes. So I payed him the amount he asked, more or less the same as the first comm (60$). Said it would take the same time, may a bit more, because he never drew rocket raccoon, I thought it was ok, we all want very good draws. But since then, I only started to have comments like "soon", "the next draw is your comming", and so, as you can see in the pics. I also know that I can be a bit impatient, basically because he WAS my fav artist, but looks he didn't get bothered at all, all the contrary. Once he said me real life things were happening, and I understood that, but since then he told that now could focus on the commission, but only the last pic of the conversation is the last I know from him. He just passed me some sketches from rocket he was practicing and the very initial idea of the commission. Nothing else.

So, as you can suppose, I'm disappointed with who was my favorite artist, who I got friendly chats on skype, and now, I just get ignored and scammed.

I don't know what else I can do. I tried to make in paypal a petition of "asking money" from him, like a refund, last week just to make contact with him, but as always, no response from him. Also mention that in his account of IB has activity.

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