May 30th, 2015

Beware: LocoSaltInc


What: A Taffy Attack commission

When: 02/12/14


Back on 02/12/14 I took two commissions from LocoSaltInc for a reference sheet and a taffy attack picture with a background and two close-ups. After seven months of no progress on either picture Loco posted a journal on 9/28/14 saying she was going refunding all full render and reference sheets.

Refund Journal:

After waiting two months for a refund Loco opened up on taking full render pictures while also offering rescue slots on 11/15/14, I took one for the reference sheet and on 01/12/2015 she finished the reference sheet. Seeing as Loco was finally getting back on track getting full render pictures at a good pace when she opened for more commissions and rescue slots on 01/25/15 I took one for the taffy attack picture since the first journal stated, "These orders are considered old and will not be put 'on hold'."

Rescue Journals:

It's taken till 04/02/15 just to get a sketch of taffy attack picture and so far nothing else from LocoSalt. Her speed on the full render commissions has slowed down to a claw to work on color sketches along with making several journals asking for money to pay unexpected bills most recent one on 05/23/15 but was able to get a two hundred dollar stream commission 05/26/15. This to me comes off to me as someone taking advantage of people good will and is very off-putting she is doing that while still having refunds on her Trello list back from 09/28/14.

Sketch Note:

Links to every journal asking for bill money from newest to oldest.

Sating in a journal that has been removed on FA, asking Locosalt "How is my order" is just as pointless due to she will purposely slow down the commission just for asking.

If her to do list is up to date Loco owes one hundred and six full render commissions. She has taken and done over a hundred colored sketches and thirty booty spread recolors also taking seventeen more full render commission and only doing nineteen full rendered commissions since the time after reclaiming the taffy attack picture.

Edit: Received the refund of 85$ as LocoSalt mentioned below she would.

Advice Needed - Fursuit Commission Issues

In March 2014 I commissioned a local fursuit maker to make a partial of my character Zaria. Communication was good at first, I received emails within a day or two and usually got updates on her progress and such. I was given a completion date for July 1, 2014. Unfortunately the commission didn't even start being worked on until around July 8, 2014. When I got my first progress photo (which was the tape on the head), it was all I had for about 5 or 6 months.

At this time the emails started coming less and less and I only heard from her probably a couple times a month, or even not at all. When I did hear from her I got 2 more progress photos (just of the head) but by March of 2015 the head was still not completed (no eyes, hair, or eyebrows attached) and I never saw photos of the tail or paws (feet and hands) and from what it looked like on the furred progress photos there was no neck fur added (unless it was tucked in, not sure). By July 15, 2014 my entire suit was completely paid off, except for the shipping. As of today I still haven't seen the head with the eyes and everything else attached.

Just recently on May 18, I received a photo of the tail and hand paws, but the feet paws were missing. I was told that they weren't made yet because it was accidentally forgotten about. Last bit of information I received was that it would be shipped on May 25th, but since the last email on the 18th I have not heard anything new, let alone received any information as to how much shipping costs would be. I understand that personal things can get in the way, but the fact that I didn't even get a short email or anything saying that they are really busy and that they'll email me when they get a chance, that is what makes me frustrated. Because it is my first time commissioning a fursuit and I've already paid it in full, I'm just a bit nervous.

If anybody has any advice on what I should do on a go-forward basis I would greatly appreciate it! :)

Edit: On May 30th and 31st, I received a photo of a "dummy foot" to eventually make a whole foot from, and I was informed I'd get more progress on Thursday (June 4). Also my maker apologized for the lack of communication and for how long it's taken. As an apology/thank you for how long I've held out she said she'll cover the shipping costs, which is very nice of her to do and I'm very happy with that. There still seems to be no exact set date for when it'll be completed/shipped.

Beware: Frostcat-Studio / Ritz_Bitz / Ritz_Tweeting

This is something very difficult for me to do, but it needs to be done. This happened over the span of a couple years, so much is undocumented up until issues arose as I did not think it would be a problem. However, I feel there is more than enough after the fact. After much advice, I’ve decided to come forward and make a post here about this, mostly to warn people. I took my time writing this as I know there is no action I can take at this point and am very busy.

WHO: Ritz_Bitz / Frostcat-Studio (and FA) / Ritz_Tweeting

WHERE: Online, texts, emails, twitter, and at Further Confusion 2015

WHAT: One full fursuit (~$950)

WHEN: Discussions starting in 2012, first purchase of materials March 4th, 2013, payment from a sponsor on November 25th, 2014, agreement of $200 of payment finalized with attendance at Further Confusion where the suit was delivered, and serious troubles starting shortly after.

PROOF: Many images linked throughout explanation.

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