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A commissioner havn't pay for a long time

Hi everyone, I'm new here, I don't know if I could post something about commissioners not artists here.
Anyway, a commissioner called Mestopho, a female cat, had commissioned me in early Feb.
She wanted me to draw a valentine day pic for her and her boyfrined Rio.
I always draw the sketch first, then will finish the pic after get the payment.
She said she can only pay with money order, but money order would take loger time to arrive to my place.
So I had to finish the pic BEFORE get the payment, thus she'd get the pic before 2/14.

I finished the commission in time and she was satisfied with it.
Then after about one month, I didn't get the money order.
She said she will resend it again but she had to wait for the previous money order to be canceled, and that's the last time I've ever heard from her, I even tried contacting her boyfriend by sendning emails and leaving comments on his LJ, but so far no results in yet.

So if anyone here knows about the couple, would you please help me sending them a message pushing them make the payment?
Or I'll have to resell the commission pic (with modifications if changes are requested.)

Thank you. :)

Here is the commission (warning! adult rate!)
http://us-p.vclart.net/vcl/Artists/J-C/Commissions/mestophorio.jpg
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thaily
Mar. 30th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
You can post about both artists and customers, both good and bad feedback, so don't worry about that too much.
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thaily
Mar. 30th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
It probably is wanted, but why buy the cow when you get the milk for free.
anjel_kitty
Mar. 30th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
Oh man that is such a lovely piece too.
Yeah another example of enforcing the No money no art rule.
I hope it gets resolved.
I watch you on FA. And I'm always loving the art you post
samiitiger
Mar. 30th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
I'll mention it to her, as I know her. Just know that right now, she's in a bit of a rough patch with having been recently been kicked out of her apartment... But I'll still mention it.
jcjc
Mar. 31st, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! ^^
Hope will hear from her soon.
pinkpuppybelly
Mar. 30th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
It's hard to not be a good guy and get things done for a person in time, even though they owe you money :/ Even if they dick you on the payment, I hope you take the situation and grow from it. Stick to your guns; It's not your fault if they can pay you in time to receive their art.
kaided
Mar. 30th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
It's best not to finish a whole commission without recieving at least half of payment first. It's just not safe and I'd hate to see you ripped off.
bloodhoundomega
Mar. 30th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
I second that... sadly that's the safest way. >_O
joecifur
Mar. 30th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
She just got kicked out of her apartment and some other things, so she may have forgotten, but still no excuse, especially when you finished so quickly. I remember seeing her post that picture on her LJ months ago. She probably just needs to be pushed a bit ;)

Yeah, sadly, this is why I never will finish or send a product even if it's for a great friend. Always seems to happen even with good people.
jcjc
Mar. 31st, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
Oh~ I hope she is just busy now.
Could you please contact with her for me? <:) Thank you so much.
joecifur
Mar. 31st, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
I'll let her know when I see her next.

Also, when she commissioned me, she paid via her boyfriend's paypal, so maybe she still has a paypal?
lastres0rt
Mar. 30th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Scheisse!

I would've seen that one coming... >_o
kuwaizair
Mar. 30th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
mephisto eh? black and white baby fur cat? no can do shes a mod at furry-furry.com's forum so I'd get banned if I do. I alredy pissed people off by saying I don't agree with 'cub porn', all the baby furs there thought I ment I don't agree with lazy shit who crap in dipers and get off on it.
likeshine
Mar. 30th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)

meh, i made that mistake with 4 conbadges i did, too.

never received payment. did it before payment because that commissioner had a very good reputation...

bah. had to learn the hard way.

good luck!
jcjc
Mar. 31st, 2007 03:30 am (UTC)
Oh my god, so I'm not the only one.
Perhaps I should charge the new commisssioners before i start the commissions. Although this might be a little unfair to my customers, but that is the only way I can avoid unnecessary risks and losses. Of course, to my returned customers this rule will not apply to them.
yaochi
Mar. 31st, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
commissioners and commissionees
I also have advice for commissioners regarding more expensive pieces. When you can, pay a portion up front and more as progress goes on art. When you pay 100 per cent up front, it is really easy for artists to let things slide and slide and slide, as there is no incentive to get going unless the artist has a lot of internal drive and a responsible work ethic.

Likewise, for the artist it is a crap shoot to do a complete piece of art without any money in hand. For lower priced pieces, it is quite reasonable to expect the entire amount up front, but as the price goes up, one can deal in percentages.
a_seraph
Mar. 31st, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
Something to be aware of:
If you are dealing with an international money order from the USA, and it gets lost in the mail, you may have to wait -Six Months- for a reversal! I know this is the case with the USPS, but some banks may have different wait times.
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