May 16th, 2006

char - autogatos

What should I do?

I want to start this off by making it clear that this commissioner has really done nothing to make me believe they are trying to rip me off. I hope I'm not falsely accusing her of doing anything like that, but this has been hovering over my head for a while now and I'd like some closure.

February of last year, I received an email from this girl, asking if I could do a headshot commission of her character, Blue Fox. She didn't provide any other internet alias and Blue Fox is a rather common name, so I'll link the piece she sent me as reference to see if anyone knows of/has had experience with her:

I sent a response the next day asking for a few more details and telling her what the price would be. Didn't get a response confirming that she was okay with the price, nor any email saying she had sent payment. I figured maybe she'd forgotten or lost interest, so in June, when I went through old emails and found it again, I sent another email to her asking if she was still interested and saying it was perfectly okay if she wasn't. I ask for money upfront and therefore hadn't started the commission, so while every bit of work helps, it was no big loss or anything.

She replied the same day saying she had in fact sent me the money (didn't specify when) but hadn't emailed me because she didn't want to bug me. She also said she'd mailed out two other commission payments at the same time and had only heard back from one person saying they'd received it (Jax the Bat...if anyone knows him maybe he could confirm this?). She asked if I could make sure I hadn't received it and said she'd double-check her own PO receipts. I replied immediately again, telling her I'd take a look and asked when she sent the payment. She replied saying she'd sent it in Feb, so not long after our first email discussion. Some more discussion continued back and forth, I couldn't find the envelope anywhere, don't remember receiving it, and my mother (who often picks up my PO box mail while I'm at college and is most definitely a trustworthy person) said she hadn't seen it either. I asked again about the PO Box receipts to make sure she had sent it. Never got another response after that. I emailed her again a few weeks later and didn't receive a response to that either.

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In retrospect, I probably should have emailed her again after I picked up that package, since it ended up being from someone else. Though I sort of assumed she'd let me know she had sent it in a regular envelope (which is what I assume). Unfortunately, as I said in the email, I had a bit of home chaos since one of our dogs had been bitten by a black widow and it was touch and go there with her for a while (she pulled through just fine in the end, thankfully). I never heard back from her so I eventually just forgot about it. I rediscovered the email again when I was cleaning out my mail archives today. I'm not really sure why she wouldn't have emailed me back.

Has anyone else dealt with anything like this? Or this particular commissioner? I don't want to jip her on a piece if she did indeed send the money...but I never received it and when contact stopped I didn't know what to do. Should I try emailing her yet again? A year later? Or is this a lost cause? Like I said, I never started the commission since I never received payment, so it's no loss on my part...I just don't want her jipped on her money if she did indeed pay me.
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