March 21st, 2015

Advice needed: Not paying?

Hello all,

I've been taking on fursuit commissions for about 4-5 years now. There's been a few small bumps in the road with customers (which I have written about previously on here) but now it's getting funky with financial problems.

Late December I opened for commissions again. I took on 6 slots. Of those 6 slots, 3 people are not even close to half-way done with paying for their fursuits. In detail, 1 person is a previous client so I trust her; 1 works a few jobs and does pay as promised but with an irregular and not always agreed to amount; 1 has paid 1/6th of the commission but is waiting for a big check.

What's killing me even more is that another client of mine, a friend, secured a slot from me last April and STILL has not finished paying it off. They expect it for a convention in July. It's only a head and paws, I'm nearly done, but the kicker is that whenever I ask if they're going to pay they say "next week", then upload commissioned artwork from other people onto their FurAffinity a few times a week.

I've had to raise my fursuit prices because of the delay (plus was undercharging to begin with) but is there really anything I can do so I can actually get these commissions done and not spend months with the same list? I already make pre-mades on the side and try to remind them once every 2 weeks or so if there's no communication from the other person with their said payment due date (ex: every week, once a month, etc.)

Thanks.

Artist Cranked-mutt

WHO: Cranked-Mutt

WHERE: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/cranked-mutt/

WHAT:A ych Piece purchased November 26, 2013

WHEN: Payment was made November 26, 2013  proof https://www.dropbox.com/s/uwtt7zwxjt5nlss/Screenshot%202015-03-21%2019.15.13.png?dl=0

PROOF: January 25, 2014 First note explaining why theres been no progress or worjk done on this ych. https://www.dropbox.com/s/y3881mq33cbmjis/Screenshot%202015-03-15%2022.33.28.png?dl=0


Her offer to make a chibi work instead February 14, 2014 https://www.dropbox.com/s/rm42mv4x24lfk6i/Screenshot%202015-03-15%2022.32.51.png?dl=0


my response of okay https://www.dropbox.com/s/60yx9oea1w8nlat/Screenshot%202015-03-21%2019.24.35.png?dl=0

EXPLAIN: So after purchasing this, and months going by, she had a million sob stories of all this horrible stuff in her life, I just let it go. Then with her account being banned, I did try to file a paypal dispute but it was beyond the allowed timeline. I tried emailing the addresses she left behind when her account was banned.
My last attempt to reach out https://www.dropbox.com/s/n66pfa2n3p6rive/Screenshot%202015-03-21%2019.28.48.png?dl=0

She never responded. I don't plan to ever see this work and I hadn't worried about posting an Artist Beware until the rumor began she is operating under another name now. Hopefully no one else loses there money.