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Don't Know what to do!

I had someone commission me and promise to pay the fee as soon as the pay pal balance went through. Thinking they were good honest people I posted the picture publicly. *opps my bad >|* It's been 3 months now and they've contacted me about getting another commission but refuse to respond to any e-mail or message sent about the payment.

I don't NEED the money. Really if they just explained the situation like they're having some sort of trouble it wouldn't be a big deal. I only charged $5 for the picture. It's the moral of it, they won't even talk to me about payment let alone pay the freaking 5 DOLLARS. Really how hard is it to get $5? :|

So now I've never had this done to me before. I don't know what to do? Do I just make the line art free? Do I keep harassing  them about 5 dollars?

Offenders DA: http://darkwolfart.deviantart.com/


Help :(

Edit: I contacted the customer a few more times and they finally sent the money. :) Infact they paid extra because they felt bad for making me wait for payment so long. Thanks everyone for all your advice and support!
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Mar. 23rd, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
Off topic a bit, but-- man, for $5, you're selling yourself way short. o_o
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Mar. 23rd, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
I think if you just let them get away without paying you, they just might get the idea in their head that they can do this to anybody. I would keep after them and tell them that it's pretty crappy for them to ask for something else when they haven't even paid you... just wow on that one >:/

I'm not a lot of help since I've really not gotten into the commission thing so I'll just shut up and let someone more experienced than me say more.

(Edited because my spelling is awful today!)

Edited at 2008-03-23 01:46 am (UTC)
Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
I know!! I was like "o_o really? you want to pay me for something else but not the first one?!" Makes no sense :| And your absolutly right. They can't start thinking it's ok to do this to anybody.
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Mar. 23rd, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
I second this.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
No matter what, it's great that you told us, because we should all know never to accept a commission from her if she doesn't pay. That way no one will accept something from her and she'll lose no matter what :) What goes around comes around.

Good luck gettin' the money!
Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
Are they using this on an RP chat site or something? You can report them to the site(s), since they're effectively stealing the artwork from you.

And 5 bucks is your money for doing a service. If it was anything they ordered in RL like cable service or something, they've been shoved into collections by now.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Yea they're supposed to be using it either as a pose or like a avatar on a forum I think??
You know what I never thought of it that way before haha. REAPER TEACH ME YOUR WISDOMS
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Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
Yea but unfortunatlty for me WH and I don't get along the best. They don't listen to my requests art wise. but I'm going to try and get ahold of an artstaffer and see if they can just look out for it.
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Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Wow! That is -awesome- stuff.. and for 5 dollars? You're worth a heck of alot more than that.

People will be dishonest if they can be. Thanks for letting us know about a dud.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
unfortunate about that guy :(

But if you're open, shit, I'll pay his five on top of your fee just to get some art from you... and pay in advance XD
Mar. 23rd, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
:O I don't know if I'm allowed to post this kinda comment,
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Mar. 23rd, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
I say that in your next email to them about their current commission request, tell them they won't get a second commission until you have that $5 from the first one in your account.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Well, flat out refuse to work for them again until they pay you for what you've done (and, of course, don't work on anything else until they pay you for that)

Whether or not to bug them about the $5 is up to you, but at the least be clear that you want nothing to do with them unless they pony up :P

(and yeah, I know lots of people here say you should bug them and raise your prices, but bugging them may or may not be worth the hassle for you; and you certainly could charge more, but again, it's your choice!)
Mar. 23rd, 2008 07:06 am (UTC)
I agree with this, don't take another commission unless they pay you for the first one... I hate to think the worst of people but, what if they just expect more "free" art from you? Thats not right :/
Mar. 23rd, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
Ohhh id love to commission you! Whats your contact info? Or if youd like mine that works to.

Mar. 23rd, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
how do you take payment, paypal? and are you seriously only 11 years old??
Mar. 23rd, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
The 11 thing confuses me... if you really are 11, I can see how a commissioner would think they could take advantage of you. Doing business over the internet with an 11 year old seems strange to me, but maybe I'm already old-fashioned.
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Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
It's sad that he won't even pay you the 5 bucks you (under)charged for it.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
sucks about that commissioner, But I'm rather gobsmacked with your art to tell the truth, I watched you on FA, and as the others have mentioned, are you really only 11?.
Mar. 23rd, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
Uh oh.. if someone can't afford to spare $5, guess what, they need to GET OFFLINE AND GET A JOB!
Mar. 23rd, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
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