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Nightwish Post Deletion

Everyone,

The beware against Nightwish was removed from the community.

Upon much further research; a seller in the United States is still fully responsible for the safe delivery of a package even when it is out of their hands and with the chosen shipping service. Paypal also includes this in their TOS: https://www.paypal.com/ga/webapps/mpp/ua/useragreement-full

Please always make sure you insure your packages, as it's more for the seller's safety than the buyer. Keep your receipts.

We apologize for our mistake and hope the two parties involved can come to a mutual resolution soon!

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Artist Beware: Athena (the Jackal)

WHO: Athena(TheJackal)

WHERE: Dealt with them at MFF 2016 when commissioning it
FA: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/~athena~/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AthenaTheJackal

WHAT: 100 dollar Bead badge (headshot)

WHEN: Sunday near end of dealers den at MFF 2016


EXPLAIN: I had commissioned her for a bead badge at that point, and tried to keep up on it and she made it sound like she was working on during the talks, come MFF 2017 when i figured i would pick it up, she doesn't have and it and says she would get it done soon, its now February, and has ignored my messages giving her a deadline and hasn't made any attempt to fix it while still posting ones she is making, essentially skipping my commission

PROOF: https://imgur.com/gallery/LbIhF list of our talking, she ignored my request to show work.
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Advice needed: Possible first red flag?

So almost 3 weeks ago I commissioned someone on FurAffinity who apparently is an returning artist who was active some years ago and now returned and has all of their old submissions deleted, so they only got like a handful of new submissions now online and after like 5 they posted an ad for commissions, because I liked their style went and commented I wanted to commission them. 

Then the artist and I wrote over PM, discussed the details and I paid her. As I said I commented on the ad and I remember that someone else did too and she deleted both of our comments? 

So now to the part where I need your advice, as I didn't get any info from them when they are going to do my commission or any queue,  I sent them a new note 10 days ago, where I asked when they are going to do the commission and another question about the details of the commission.

They quickly read my note but didn't answer even until now. Also they don't seem active on FurAffinty anymore.. Is this a first red flag? I kind of have an bad feeling about this.


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Artist Beware - TobeaBird/Otter Nonsense

who: Tobeabird/Cynical Sergal/Wayward Fox/Otter Nonsense


Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/tobeabird/ and https://www.furaffinity.net/user/otter.nonsense


What: Feline Foam Cut headbase mounted on a balaclava ($120) and One Fullbody commission ($30)


When: I commissioned the base on Sept. 12, 2015 and the art on July 25, 2017


Explain: I initially commissioned Tobeabird when they needed help and opened for fursuit foam base commissions. The journal is long since gone, but we agreed to one of their foam feline head bases, cut and mounted on a balaclava. This was $120 and was paid immediately (they were wayward Fox creations/Cynical Sergal at this point) (1). The transaction was completed on Sept. 12, 2015


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Artist Beware | RossCiaco

WHO:  RossCiaco
 

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

WHAT:  Digital Art, $50 NSFW Shaded Commission of a single character

 WHEN: Arranged December 25, 2015, paid on February 2016, no response to this day

 EXPLAIN: I’ve inquired about the artist’s availability on December 25, 2015 about commission openings in which they responded sometime after. We’ve arranged the details and he established a time frame of when I expect to be added onto his queue of commissions, which was timed for roughly 1-3 months due to school. If I accepted this, all I had to do was send the info and money to his paypal and that would be it. I personally didn’t care about that brief waiting time and agreed. I saw how frequently he posted his commissioned art in the past shortly after posting an opening via journal posts so I assumed his working was swift. So, I sent the commission information and transaction on Feb, 18, 2016 and the transaction is below. Keep this date in mind.

Proof of Payment

Since that date, I have not received a single word or update from him to this day.

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February 2018 positive reviews!

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 to artists!

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 (please also put this in the subject of your comment):
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.

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Artist Beware | Crystaluniicorn

 

Who: CrystalUniicorn

Where: https://crystaluniicorn.deviantart.com/

What: Custom Draft Horse Stallion Lineart/ base

When: Commissioned on August 11th 2016

EXPLAIN: I commissioned Crystal on August 11th 2016 for a Draft horse base because she and I had talked about lineart custom previously via comments on one of her submissions, she explained a custom lineart would be 15$ and I agreed, explained what I wanted and left it at that. I didn't note her about it afterward because I trusted her to finish her list of commissions in a timely manner, she was very kind and professional. Around mid September she posted a journal stating she'd be catching up on commissions and posting them soon but after one batch of horse adoptables she disappeared. I posted a Lost contact and never received any info other than a locked instagram which I found out she doesn't use anymore, she hasn't responded to commissioners even when she came back to deviantart for a month. I've sent her a note which has gone unresponded to.

Proof: (Tried to make these as big as possible)

Original Note; https://imgur.com/IpUTNvJ

PoP; https://i.imgur.com/Mx6R9ew.png

Journal Mentioned; https://i.imgur.com/l8sa5L5.png

Unread note status; https://i.imgur.com/104QthE.png

Unread note contents; https://i.imgur.com/vhoV9X6.png

Not really sure what to do at this point.


EDIT/ 1/29/18; Sent an email to the last known email / email I paid through paypal to see if by chance she'll answer me, highly doubt it due to people saying she's ignored them but I'll cross my fingers.

EDIT: 2/18/18; My email and note have still not been answered and from what I can tell she's still avoiding deviantart even though a commission widget is still on her page ( can be seen here; https://i.imgur.com/PghBT4r.png ). I'm sick of this tbh 

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Beware: BigBlueRaptor

WHO: BigBlueRaptor

WHERE: @bigblueraptor on twitter, LeeLee on Furaffinity

WHAT: Kaiju LED badge

WHEN: May 3rd, 2017- Initial contact
May 4th- payment
August 19th- First sign of trouble. Asked where my position was in the queue and received no response.



EXPLAIN: October 28th- The deadline I had specified on the commission form was the next week so I contacted them asking if they were ready to send the badge. I had seen the completed art (which was a template. They had not specified the art would be on a template either) but they had not contacted me with it. I had to scour their twitter.
November 10th- They asked me if I would be at MFF so they could give me the badge. I told them I wasn’t sure so mailing it would be the best. I’d prepaid for shipping anyway. After this they refused to answer twitter DMs. I @ ed them on twitter and they said the didn’t make it to MFF. They did not reach out to tell me this, I had to reach out to them. No mention of shipping the badge. Despite my attempts, no further contact has been received from them.

PROOF: Links to our conversations, the unreplied to emails, and proof of purchase

Proof of Purchase:
https://imgur.com/gallery/kJP05
Conversations: https://imgur.com/gallery/H7iTR
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Artist Beware: Naomy

WHO: Naomy/Naomi

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

WHAT: 1 Digital drawing, full-body, NSFW

WHEN: June 15th, 2016

EXPLAIN: I’ve commissioned Naomy in the past (5 times) and I never had any problems with her before. She has a nice style, has very accessible prices and worked fast. So, when she opened new slots on June 2016, I happily asked her for a commission slot. I contacted her via FA notes, I sent the info for the drawing, made the payment via paypal and after that I just had to wait…and that’s where the problems started. Since that day she has appeared and disappeared in very erratic and long periods of time: could be weeks or even months (as far as I know). When she appears, it has been only to apologize and/or justify her lack of work claiming personal problems (problems which she never has detailed in any level), to take new commissions (even she already has pending commissions to do first) or upload some of the finished drawings (which they could be old or new commissions, she's very random in this). She’s almost impossible to reach (only through FA notes but good luck if she checks them) since she doesn’t provide any contact information like a Twitter, Facebook, Telegram, etc. (She only provides skype info but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t work). 

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