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Sep. 14th, 2018

WHO: Taihab on Furaffinity, Taihab7 on Twitter, Taihab on Tumblr

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

WHAT: Digital artwork, a YCH auction. ($250 USD)

WHEN: Paid full amount on September 27, 2017. Last contact was on February 4, 2018.

EXPLAIN: Taihab was holding an NSFW 2 character YCH auction (the original submission with the bids on it has since been deleted from his gallery), where I had bid $250 for the female spot on September 24, 2017. Shortly after winning, we added each other on discord to discuss details, and I give him my character's reference sheet. I sent the full payment on September 27, 2017 via Paypal.

PROOF: 

9/28/2017 Transaction: (https://i.imgur.com/onX0Fj8.png)

1/6/2018 Initial WIP sketch NSFW (https://i.imgur.com/Ck9vpft.png)

1/10/2018 Promising to finish the image in a few days (https://i.imgur.com/Ku00fBO.png)

1/17/2018 Changed the whole sketch NSFW (https://i.imgur.com/eQCQxSG.png)

1/29/2018 Instead of doing more work on the YCH image, he drew a completed image for me (https://i.imgur.com/GJEY5pg.png) the image in question NSFW (http://www.furaffinity.net/view/26216614/)

2/4/2018 Last contact received (https://i.imgur.com/66oY0vB.png) as well as me checking up on him on 4/28/2018 and once more 8/15/2018. As of today (9/14/2018) I have opened a dispute against him via Paypal.

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Advice: USPS lost commission

Hi again!

I need a little help.

Long story short, was commissioned for a fursuit, made it, mailed it on August 25th and it hasn't been seen since August 30th. There is no update to the tracking or anything.
I filed a claim with USPS for the full amount (roughly ($2,200) with proof of the transactions and they offered to pay me $70. I don't even know where they pulled that number from, it doesn't even make sense with the insurance; I filed for an appeal.
Client says that they called their local post office and that an investigation has been opened.

I don't know what more I can do and I'm honestly scared. I haven't spent the money but USPS just lost an expensive, one-of-a-kind costume I can't exactly replicate and, ideally, would like to have them refund me in full for the item they lost.

If it comes to it, how do I go about out-of-pocket calculating a refund for my client? They already have the tail in their possession so I would subtract that from the total cost, but what about things like the cost of materials and such? Is it "cheap" to keep those funds?

Anything would be really helpful right now. I cannot afford to remake the costume again. The $70 USPS tried to offer me doesn't even cover the cost of the fabric.

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Beware To-Be-A-Bird

WHO: ToBeABird/Bird/Pheonix/Otternonsense/PB_Willow/@StrawberryJemma on twitter. Old known aliases include CynicalSergal on FA

WHERE: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/tobeabird  where I initially contacted them and bought the commission.

WHAT: 2 Sided Digital (Open Species) Bat Dragon Reference $40

WHEN: 5/6/16 May 6th 2016 to present day (ongoing)

EXPLAIN: I specifically commissioned bird because they did the reference sheet of a character that I liked and I wanted something done of the same species. I had found the character through youtube, then found out they were purchased by someone, and actually stumbled on their FA page finally finding the artist behind the reference. I messaged them asking them to help me make a character of the same species. I asked for some basics for the character, it would wear a skull on its head, neck fluff like a bat, a long tail like a dragon, and big ears like a bat. They told me they didn't feel comfortable doing that because it would be copying their friend's character. Whatever I understand that though it is quite disappointing when generally most bat characters have all these characteristics. I was just thankful someone was actually going to be able to help make me a character from scratch with no images at all. I gave them some artistic freedom but generally its a bat dragon, it needs to look as such. The agreement (https://imgur.com/byYQg1X ) and the proof of payment. (https://imgur.com/b95ZIn9 )

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Hello all! I just wanted to give you an update on memorial pin project. I am going to go ahead and close submissions on Sept 16th, so if you did have any designs to submit for the project, please submit them here or on the FB. So far we have 4 pin designs. I am going to open it up to voting and leave it open for about a week, after which time we will pick the design that is best liked, and start the production process. Once we have a pin selected, we will set up a GoFundMe to help cover the costs of the first pins in production, that way those of y'all wanting one will get the first prints of it. After that I figure we can out future plans of getting more printings and maybe seeing if we can work with a con to set up some sort of memorial event that benefits NAMI.org to bring awareness of suicide, and support prevition in our community.

Check out the submissions over at the FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/daniwolfmemorial/

Thank y'all again, and keep an eye out for voting to start in the next week.

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Hello all!
I’m in a bit of a predicament with a commission I ordered.
The situation is that I ordered this in March, and the artist seemed to have been steadily working through their queue. Then some stuff happened, as things do - and I understand taking a break! I’m not heartless! And in all good faith, they marked their trello and showed that so far they’ve worked on my commission up into the coloring stages apparently, though that was like a month or two ago? But it started getting a bit concerning when around July progress on anything just seemed to stop.
I messaged them in July to get an update, then again a month later at the end of August, requesting an update again and a WIP if possible. No response to either message.
On top of that other commissioners (or at least in one other case) seem to be trying to contact them to no avail...
But they are active on their personal account, but are completely ignoring their art account it seems(and their commissioners)... I mean I understand getting away from things, I’m trying to be sympathetic, but I really just. want a response. haha.
I guess my real problem is that the 6 month deadline is coming up and I’m really anxious about their non-responsiveness to their commissioners - but also they did start my commission supposedly(no wips shown and they don’t post wips on trello, they just color mark it), so I don’t feel completely right in just doing a refund because of that?
I’m just seeking advice I guess. What would you do? What should I do? I’m just really frustrated at this point and at a loss. I’ll probably end up taking the risk on it because I don’t feel... right doing that to an artist no matter my frustration and the deadline is in 3 days. Augh. I don’t know! Help?

Edit:
I’d like to thank everyone for their advice, I think I just needed some extra encouragement to go through with something. I went ahead and filed the dispute, I probably won’t update again, but I hope it goes well.

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So, I purchased an adopt..

And I love it. I love most of the design and I plan to use it for the Main character I've had for a few years now. However, I don't like the tail the character was drawn with. The artist, in their adoption rules, asked people who purchased not to "Change their Design" but I feel like it's bad business to do this? Because once it's purchased, it is no longer yours. If someone (like myself) doesn't like a single aspect of it, I think it should be fair to let them be rid of it. They shouldn't have to talk to you about it. However, I decided to talk to the artist about it because I'm a reasonable adult and even tell them I'm willing to pay extra to be able to remove it (which I honestly shouldn't have to). I'm awaiting the response.

Meanwhile, my boyfriend and my friend are telling me that characters change over time. Like her tail could have gotten cut off or, because she's meant to be a Dragon, she can shape shift and be rid of the tail. But I don't know if I should do that because I feel like people can be a bit sensitive and claim that I'm changing something when I'm not, I'd be catering to my character.

Now I'm afraid of a refund being forced on me for just wanting to exclude a tail that doesn't fit the design at all..


Any suggestions..?

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How long is too long without a WIP?

I placed an order 2+ months ago with an artust and have yet to get a single WIP from them. They seem to be working out of order on their queue, that or it is so outdated I'm missing something as commussions being put out were for people not even on the list.

Thr artist seems to always be posting new adopts on a nearly daily basis, and at this point after being told a month ago "I'm currently working on one comm now but when I get to a sketch for you I'll show it" I'm starting to think i wont ever get a WIP, and am about ready to ask for a refund.

Just, am i being impatient, or do i have reason to worry that i might not get my art any time soon?

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Beware: Tegan/CarrionCupcake

WHO: Tegan AKA CarrionCupcake

WHERE: Original transaction was an in-convention commission at Furpocalypse 2017. Notes have been exchanged primarily through Fur Affinity since then.

WHAT: Traditional con badge

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BigDeadAlive

WHO: BigDeadAlive

WHERE: Transaction took place via paypal and was discussed via email, artists's twitter is @BigDeadAlive

WHAT: Digital art

WHEN: Payment sent April 14th, 2018. Current date September 1st, 2018

EXPLAIN: First contacted on April 12th. Commission was agreed upon and paid for on the 14th
(https://i.imgur.com/6eINI1B.png).

Over the next few weeks I wait patiently, sporadically requesting updates on my commission, all of which go ignored.
(https://i.imgur.com/sK53fks.png)

On June 19th, artist tweets that everyone with an outstanding commission has been contacted via Email. I was not. Artist also mentions to DM them on twitter regarding commissions. I send a dm, which goes ignored. 10 days later, I send an email politely explaining my growing frustration. It is ignored.
(https://i.imgur.com/okYoToF.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/coSoOF6.png)

On july 2nd, I publicly tweet at the artist, along with an identical post on Tumblr. I voice my frustration regarding that lack of any communication, and threaten a refund. (https://i.imgur.com/TMHJEBD.png)

This gets their attention, and they FINALLY contact me. However, all they do is give me a flaccid "Soon."
(https://i.imgur.com/4gqb4rA.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/zfUCZXo.png)

On July 5th, the "Soon" become s"the next couple of days." I am incredibly excited, but it's all for naught, as the work never gets done. Over a week later, they say they will "Get to it soon" and resume their usual silence. Have not heard from them to date, and despite no work being done on my commission, the artist continues to take other commissions.
(https://i.imgur.com/3cDMzLQ.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/zXwUr2z.png)
(https://i.imgur.com/PGwa8hV.png)

PROOF: Provided via image links above

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