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Potential warning in the making

I know this has been asked several times before by different people, but now I am starting to ask myself the same thing. "How long is too long to wait for an art trade?" I do not want to name the other person just yet because I would really much rather hear what people have to say, given the situation. This is what has been going on:

Some time at the end of August, I made a journal on FA asking if anyone wanted to do a badge trade. I specifically said that they must be willing and able to mail me their half. I agreed to trade with someone who commented on my journal. I finished her badge and posted it. She approved it, so I laminated it and mailed it out to her at the end of August (around the 25th, roughly). She verified that she received it.

Now here's the confusing part. A little over a month went by and I heard nothing. I sent her a note asking what was going on. She responded a day later (October 8th), saying that "the address was wrong, it got returned in the mail and damaged," then continued to say she has bills and car insurance to pay off.

I've got a few red flags going up as a result.
1. If you had completed the first one, why didn't you show it to me first before attempting to mail it out? I would have liked to approve of it and make sure it didn't need alterations. (If ANYTHING, it would at least prove that you legitimately did your half.)
2. I have never, ever had someone get a returned letter from the post office for my address. Either this is an extremely bad fluke, she wrote the address wrong, or she is a liar and never sent it. (The badge would be sent within the US. This is nothing international.)

So it is approaching 4 months and I haven't seen so much as a sketch from her (whether she did the "first one" or not). That one note was the only note that I ever sent her. I am NOT one to harass people daily, weekly, or even monthly. Maybe she needs a reminder, but I don't know. I understand that life happens and that bills and other things DO get in the way.. But I feel like this is getting a bit too ridiculous for me. It's just a badge!

With that said.. Should I release her name and advise others not to trade with her? Or do I sit on it for another few months and just hope she decides to send it? It's possible that she just needs a firm reminder, but I don't know.

Thank you for reading this. I know it got a bit long winded, but I wanted to try to make the situation as clear as I could. Thanks again. :)
-Obsidian

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lilenth
Nov. 26th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)

It does not take four months to do a badge especially given that she has already received her badge from you.

As for the claims of damage? While it is possible, any competent artist should be able to redo the badge easily. Also if it's properly packed then the likelihood of serious damage is substantially reduced.

I'd name names at this point.

lobotomysoup
Nov. 26th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
I'd bother her again, seeing as four months is kinda crazy. She should have at least dropped you a line by this point.

If you get no response or some kind of bullshit response, name names.
weirdmisty
Nov. 26th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
I'd suggest contacting her politely about it, since you've been plenty patient with her. If she blows you off after that, then it would be time to post a beware.
zepherfox
Nov. 26th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
It doesnt even take a night for an artist to make a badge, so yeah, they are ducking you. Also, your right about not receiving any prelim sketches being a red flag. Was this a well known artist?
obsidianwolfess
Dec. 1st, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
They've got about 600 watches on FA, so I'd say modestly known at least.
supertablebunny
Nov. 26th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
I'd contact her and ask her about it.
borealbobcat
Nov. 26th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC)
That just seems incredibly fishy, and I'd probably contact her one more time before naming names.
stormslegacy
Nov. 26th, 2009 06:38 am (UTC)
You're more patient than I, I would have given her a hard deadline when she said she mailed it when she didn't even provide sketches, etc--I generally provide 'em even for trades because you never know if you got some little detail wrong. Sketches are so much easier to fix than finals...

thaily
Nov. 26th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
Yyyeah, I think you might be out a badge on this one, which sucks :/
Considering it's been 4 months without even a digital sketch? I mean, what did you ask for? I can't imagine a badge being so complex it takes this long..
obsidianwolfess
Dec. 1st, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
That's just it. I didn't ask for anything specific other than my char. So she basically had artistic freedom with a pose and all that. x.o
anjel_kitty
Nov. 26th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
I'm so sick and tired of the "lost in the mail" excuse. I'd really love to know what the percentage of actual mail that does get "lost". Now I have had mail return to me for wrong addresses but its never damaged. I'm betting she just doesn't want to do her half. I guess the lesson to take away from this is if you do a badge trade with someone NEVER send them their badge until you get confirmation they sent theirs and this is a lesson I've had to learn the hard way.
kadaria
Nov. 27th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
>I'm so sick and tired of the "lost in the mail" excuse.<
This seriously.
starchildebrite
Nov. 27th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
Seconded.
jurann
Nov. 27th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Not in any sort of defense to the other party, but as a matter of note which may be some idea of where they're coming from: I've heard of it taking years for some artists to complete their half of trades. That's no excuse, but people with entitlement issues may somehow twist that into an excuse. YMMV.
obsidianwolfess
Dec. 1st, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I will follow up with a post about what ended up happening!
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