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Do not work with DredWalker

I was commissioned to do some character work for a person called DredWalker on Deviantart. Everything seemed ok when we both agreed to work on his commission piece. So DredWalker said he would send me the first money order in the mail. Which was fine with me so I waited for the money order because I know it's takes about a week to come in the snail mail. First week nothing ok that's fine I can wait, second week nothing ok myabe the mail is slow, third week I e-mailed him back letting him know that I did not get his first money order and that I wouldn't start his project without him making the first payment.  I was charging him a $100 for one human character and one animal character. Our agreement was half up front and the rest of the money when the commissions was done. I'd post the image in my gallery with a water mark and an extra graphic because I knew water marks could be removed.

So he says ok and that it must have gotten lost in the mail, I say that's fine stop payment on that one and just send me other one when you get the money. After that 3 days later I finally got the first money order and  I started on the sketches them showed it to him he approved, then I moved on to the flat colors and he approved of that. Afterwards I would post each piece step by step in my gallery just in case he wanted changes. By the third stage he asked me to make a few changes which I did and it took me an two days. Working with DredWalker seemed to be going well. Here's the link with DredWalker saying he likes what going on so far and said he sent me an e-mail. In the e-mail he did ask for a few changes which I did.

However there was a problem at the end where I asked him to pay me the remaining $50 because I was finished with his commission.   DredWalker said he'd pay me by the end of the week with a personal check, I had to remind him that I didn't take personal checks again I gave him the reason why. Then I got another e-mail from him saying he wanted to see the final image. I didn't think much of it I sent him the final image with a water mark and extra graphic. As I stated here in my journal which I linked him to in our first e-mails back and forth.http://ebony-chan.deviantart.com/journal/14463671/

Then I got another e-mail from him saying he could barely see the image. So I sent him a larger image but I still kept the graphics on it until I was paid. Which is here  http://ebony-chan.deviantart.com/art/DredWalker-s-Dimiri-Done-70509230 let me know if you have a hard time seeing the image people. Again DredWalker e-mails me saying he couldn't really see that image because of the water mark and extra graphics on it and if I could remove them so he could have a better look. ( Oh like I haven't heard that one before! Ha! ) I told him one and they would stay until I was paid the rest of my money.  DredWalker then goes into this rant saying that he already sent me $50 and that I should trust him with the final image. I again said no the graphics stay until I am paid the rest of my money. He then posts in his journal that I cheated him out of money and that he never really got the project.

It's in the link below which you can flow to other links with talks between me and DredWalker. I also copied and paste his journal to mine and address each thing in it.

http://ebony-chan.deviantart.com/journal/15658247/

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spiffystuff
Dec. 14th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
Re: Well just a side note though
Hum, well, I haven't done a money order before, but my understanding is that you do at least have to go somewhere (bank, post office, etc) to get it done. For me at least, I'm incredibly busy during most business hours, and going anywhere is an extra hassle; considering personal check and paypal can be done from home, or wherever... having to pay by money order alone would make me think twice about anything.

Although, I do realize the commissioner agreed to the conditions, which was payment by money order. Just saying, I can understand why someone might try to pay with personal check instead, especially once they've established a bit of a rapport with the artist. It's not exactly an automatic SCAM WHAT A BAD PERSON flag!
arshes
Dec. 14th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
Re: Well just a side note though
True, but if the guy wants his commission she has to mail it out just like he wanted too. I've seen quite a few open on Saturdays, and actually the bonus of getting a postal money order versus your bank is like I said, you can send it certified mail so the person has to sign for it, not only that the other convenience of Postal Money Orders is that the person can cash it right the post office instead of getting charged bank fees.

I don't disagree that personal checks are easier, and I do think she was being more of a hassle than necessary. I'm just saying Postal Money orders aren't as difficult as people may make them out to be ;)

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