May 23rd, 2011

Bert. |8¬|

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Also posted to Art-Theft

I think this person is a con artist.

See this?§ion=&global=1&q=zelda+necklace#/d3grtmx

I actually OWN this, and no I didn't buy it from her or her "team" (they can make beautifully precise necklace designs but MSpaint like shop signs?

My brother brought it back for me from America about... 2 years ago from Hot Topic.
I even have pictures from 2009 of me WEARING the damn thing:
Sorry for the smallness, had to take them from me facebook account.

So, there's that one that she's trying to pass off as her own creation. I'm not the first to catch her out I think as she has quite a lot of hidden comments.

This is also pretty suspect:

What about the others?

Here is their etsy site:
Where they are selling these for 33 dollars and NINETEEN dollars shipping or THIRTY FOUR dollars shipping outside of Brazil! - She even lists that the necklace isn't heavy, which it isn't, and she's charging 19 dollars to ship it WITHIN brazil.

This is a straight up con artist.
What can be done?

EDIT: Note from her:

Her reply makes NO sense, and then she promptly deleted her dA account
This is her regular account:

Note from her "lawyer" (which, by the way, I did not reply to the last one to warrant this torrent of badly bullshitted... well, bullshit)


Not really a beware but..

I need advice on what a proper response to this situation would be. A customer came to me, and we agreed on a commission(A full body costume). We agreed on the price, and she has paid her deposit, and I have purchased her materials. I haven't yet begun work on it, but now she has come to me and asked about 'reducing the price' by changing the commission(to a partial). While normally I don't mind doing this, someone else(Her father) paid for this and contacted me about payment and actually paid the money, and I already have moved her commission back(at her behest) to a later date than we had originally agreed. Should I just change the costume to a partial and alter the price, minus the extra for the materials I've already ordered? Should I contact the one responsible for paying about this? This is really just.. an unusual situation(That I wasn't expecting in the first place) that I need advice on.

Thanks in advance.

Crested Dog Studios/ Evilalcarne/Sydney Going

It's ridiculous that I have to make this post over something so simple, but this person has stopped responding to my emails, and has ignored the Paypal claim that I filed.

On May 5, I posted a journal asking if anyone had some sparkle furs on hand that they would be willing to sell. Evilalcarne responded saying she could sell me some lime green fur. I paid $10 for the half yard of fur and $10 for shipping on May 7.

She responded the same day, saying the fur would be shipped out on Monday.

On Tuesday, May 10, I sent an email asking for the tracking number. She told me that she had stopped by the post office that day, but that her mother had the tracking number, since she was the one who went to the post office.

On May 13, I sent an email asking for the tracking number again so that I could be home to receive the package. I received no response.

On Monday, May 16, I sent another email telling her I was getting worried. Shipping from FL to GA takes two days at most. Even parcel post is a quick ship. I once again asked for the tracking number. She responded with "it's around here somewhere."

And that was the last message I received from her. I sent a final stern email on Friday, May 20 telling her that I expected either the tracking number or a refund by the end of the day on Saturday, or I would be filing a Paypal claim. I received no response. A Paypal claim was filed late Saturday night, and it was not responded to. Today I escalated it to a claim, and I'm fairly confident that I will receive a refund, given that she is apparently unable to show proof that the fur was shipped.

Please avoid transactions with this person. Communication is spotty, and she apparently can't be bothered to give you the tracking code on packages.

: The fur actually arrived today via UPS. However, according to the tracking number on the package, it wasn't mailed off until May 20. That's 10 days after she claimed it had been mailed. Though I sincerely doubt it was $10 to ship, considering it weighs only 11 ounces, the UPS shipping calculator is apparently down right now, so I'm unable to get a price estimate.

As if that weren't bad enough, when I opened the box, I quickly realized that it was not the half yard that I had bought. She sent me an 18x18 piece of fur (a half yard would have been an 18x65" piece). That's something like 1/8 of a yard, not 1/2. I know it was not a misunderstanding, since she included a note in the box saying "here is the 1/2 yard of fur." I can't help but think that she purposely sent me ~1/8 yard, and just assumed I wouldn't know what 1/2 a yard looks like. :|
Fur 1
Fur 2

And this may be nitpicky, but on her site she has a picture posted of her dog lying in the exact same fur that she sent to me. Though I'm not allergic to dogs, the fur was going to be used on tails that could be sold to people who are allergic. I don't use furs that have been used as animal beds.

Also forgot to add her contact/site information:
Furaffinity (Gallery deleted)


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Update regarding these posts:

When Star/Astray started compiling her list of refunds and owed art, she contacted me asking if she could exchange the print she owed me ($35 value) and the sketch she had previously done but lost ($23 value) for a badge and a digital sketch, worth $60 in total. I said that was fine. That was the last I heard from her, and then she got banned from FA, so I figured that was the end of that.

Well, I was out of town until yesterday night, and upon checking my e-mail today, I got a very pleasant surprise: she had completed both, and sent me the high res-copies. Both are viewable on her Ink Bunny account, now.

So, this issue has been resolved. I didn't think it would ever happen, but I'm glad it did!

Beware of Artist: Coferosa

I probably should have come here much sooner, but I held on to the hope that this person would come through for me. However, after his excuses, I'm fed up and reporting him here. I discourage anyone from commissioning him, he's been nothing but evasive.

June of last year, I commissioned Coferosa on DeviantArt for a fifteen dollar sketch of a character design. I have a few links to the transaction here including proof that the payment was transferred to him. Against my better judgment, I used the points system to commission him so I'm not able to file a paypal claim.

Proof the transaction was made I edited out my main dA name. The transaction was arranged on my commission account but I paid on my main account.

First few notes exchanged, he accepts the commission:
Some time goes by. I set a deadline in the job offer post of two weeks. As of right now I don't have the link to the posting anymore. But he overshot the deadline. I politely ask the status of the commission
But my note is ignored. Feeling somewhat insulted, I send him another note

I finally get a reply. He says he finished the commission. 
After that, he goes completely silent. I admit, I should have pushed him more. Eventually it completely slipped my mind. But I decided to go through my inbox sometime in Febuary to clean out some old notes and found his. Remembering that he didn't send me a WIP or a complete picture, I note him again. By now, several months have gone by.
I receive a reply, getting the character's name wrong and I don't buy his excuse. Art has been submitted, infrequently though he has posted new stuff. His most recent deviation was submitted May 2 of this year.

That's the last I've heard from him. I've warned him several times and now I make good on my promise. As of now I've given up any hope of him refunding the points to me or sending me the art. I have filed a report with dA's help desk but I highly doubt that they'll do anything about it. This is more of a warning to others that may have been interested in his art. It may be a case of him not having his priorities straight, but communication is awful and he'll only respond if you nudge him. Not once has he noted me to say that his computer failed, etc.

Edit: As expected, I recieved a response from the staff basically saying I'm on my own here:   I'll try contacting the artist again with a stern note and a link to this beware. But lesson has been learned, that will be the last time I commission an artist with points unless they've proven to be a very reliable artist.