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Deadbeat Commissioner

(cross-posted to my personal journal)

Do not work with Cody Sutherland, AKA orange_dingo, Castro Cody, RW_Cody or Cody_RW.

This individual has repeatedly and very rudely refused to pay for commissioned work.

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Last August, I agreed to enhance one of his photos for $2.00 (USD) and retouch another photo for $5.00/hour. The photo took well over two hours to retouch, but I decided to charge only $10. As you can see, it was a very complicated retouching job. There was no shipping cost as both full quality files were sent to him via e-mail. Both photos were finished within two days of the commission being agreed upon and the full quality versions were sent via AIM file transfer.

He has repeatedly refused to pay for the work I've done. Last night I happened to see him on AIM, so IMed him again and asked him to pay for the commission. He refused to pay, blocked my account, and deleted his LJ.

On August 23 I posted the before and after photos and he expressed satisfaction with it. The post has been made friends only so he cannot go back and delete his comments, but if I add you to my friends list you may view the post and the comments, which demonstrate when the commission was finished and that he was satisfied with it.

Prior to the timely deletion of his LiveJournal, he had the nerve to use the retouched photo as his default LJ icon, though it was never paid for.

I don't give a damn that it's 'only 12 dollars'. Nobody deserves to get ripped off. Moreover, because he was a 'friend', I offered him a 'friend' rate below my usual rates and far below the industry standard for photo retouching. For him to recieve a huge discount yet refuse to pay is unabashedly bratty and immature. If I can't get my $12 back, I figure I can at least have a rant and warn everybody else about this kid.
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May. 27th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
I do require full downpayments for retouching/design services before I start. For art commissions I require at least a 50% downpayment and a signed copy of my commission Terms of Service before I start.

However, this person was a friend (ha!) and I didn't think he'd back out on his end of the deal like that. I mean, he was always telling me about what a 'nice guy' he is.
May. 27th, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
The hazards of working for "friends." That really sucks. I'll certainly never do business with this guy.
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May. 27th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately the people who brag about how nice they are, usually aren't :/
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May. 27th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
Slightly related, I think you can actually freeze replies from being, uh, replied to or deleted by the original poster. Not sure though. :)
May. 27th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
[Edit Note: Comments condensed together, so I don't seem like I'm climbing all over your post. =;o) ]

Only $12.00 is even more the reason to pay the fee.

After all, if $12.00 is a hardship, this guy needs some help with his budget... =:o\

Oh and BTW, nice Photoshop work... it's like you used a magic wand!

Defintely worth $12 - and likely more. =:o)
May. 27th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
Firstly have to say the touchup work is pristine! You ought to charge more as clean and professional as the final product is. Secondly I am sorry for the situation, 12$ is still money, especially for us artsy folks for whom money seems perpetually tight.
May. 27th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
An agreement is an agreement, he agreed to pay you for your work and he should whether the fee is 12 bucks or 1200.
May. 27th, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Your cleanup looks NICE! That $12 is missing a 0. :P
Also this guy is a super douche for bailing out of paying twelve dollars, WTF.
May. 27th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)

Wow, that is pathetic. I mean who is so ridiculous as to rip someone off for $12?
May. 28th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
You aren't kidding that you charged "well below industry standard".
You did a gorgeous professional job. Most graphic designers/image retouchers would charge at least $35 for an image retouching job such as this one...and many would charge more.

$12 is *already* a STEAL and it's really low of this person not to pay you at least the $12 and to continue to weasel around you. :(
May. 28th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
I agree- that job is gorgeous and worth well over a measley $12. :O
May. 28th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
this is why you recieve your payment before work's done, darling. or at least half up front.
May. 28th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
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Jun. 14th, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
Wow...that is REALLY impressive work. That left paw was completely obscured. I'd have paid $50.
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