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Who else is having problems with DARZI?

I will start by saying I have been waiting over a year for a fursuit commission that I am convinced has not even been started yet by Darzi. After winning an adorable suit on furbid, I decided to commission for a set of feet to match. It took a little bit, but everythng worked out well. I loved the quality of the suit I won and was offered a good price on a second suit if I used some of her scrap fur. There was actually a thread in fursuit auctions about it when she started the commissions. This was in the middle of last year some time and I can't find the thread now since it's been so long. I have been over the moon crazy ridiculously patient being I have gotten nothing but excuse after excuse and still not even one photo of anything in progress.

I commissioned the partial of a personal character and even sent some of the materials at my own expense. I consider getting those back as well as my commission a lost cause at this point, but I will be damned if she's going to keep all my money too.

I have offered for her to JUST do the head AT LEAST and send me the remainder of the materials for me to would finish it myself and she can keep my money and STILL even that is apparently too much. I'm sorry, if this sounds like a huge attack, but I know I am not the only one dealing with this since all the emails I get are "group" emails. So... is anyone else also dealing with this issue and has anyone else gotten resolution?

I am at my wits end, I have posted here and also on fursuit auctions to try and get some type of reimbursement from her. I don't know if she thinks her reputation is ruined at this point so why not just stiff everyone or what? I know she has been struggling with illness, lack of being able to keep a job... I was promised small payments back, but then she always dissappears when crunch time comes along.

I'm sick and tired of it and have more then enough emails to back up she owes me. I still have the Paypal receipt as well, but since so much time has passed they aren't much help in rying to get a refund for me.

I also know she's been dragged into court in the past. This is a hell of a way to treat a returning customer who paid in full, now I realize how stupid I was, but a year ago she did not have this kind of reputation! I'm not just going to lie down and take it though, just food for thought for Darzi.
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hamburger
May. 1st, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Not sure if you were aware, but if you click the tag on your post with her name on it, it'll take you to previous posts about her. Looks like you're certainly not the only person having issues.
maddogairpirate
May. 1st, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Sounds like the usual case of an artist biting off more than he/she can chew.

I really wish they'd keep their lists to, say, five or so and just work on those til they finish. Though I'd suspect the size of the list would more need to be proportionate to how detailed the work is. Quick sketches are easier to churn out than fursuits.
duster
May. 1st, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
Little proof? Screenshots of notes, emails, anything? People will be more inclined to believe you even though like hamburger said if you click the tag you'll see someone else had problems too.
erisvalgen
May. 1st, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
Im sorry to hear that =( But ya...darzi use to go to the Tulsa Area Fur meetings...but not anymore. No one knows what she's up to anymore.
teahound
May. 3rd, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)
I ran into Trikkeh and Wild Nights and she mentioned that Darzi was (if I recall correctly, I was very tired) in sort of a bad way over some recent RL stuff. I didn't pry into it, I was just surprised to see Trikkeh without her. I hope everything's ok.
drag0nfeathers
May. 5th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
I sincerely hope she gets her life back together for her own best interest as well as for her customers. I certainly don't wish anything bad upon her, and I know sometimes life happens. I've tried being as patient with her as I could. I feel bad, but her problems aren't my fault and she still have to take responcibility in all respect. It's really too bad, her fursuits and artwork were lovely and it's a shame things have to come to this.

I would continue to even wait longer if necessary if they girl would just take 2 minutes to keep up contact. *sigh*
drag0nfeathers
May. 1st, 2010 06:17 pm (UTC)
That's unfortunate. Yea, I posted to fursuit auctions as well because in the past she has been notified by her friends "Hey, check this out thsi post" and she's promptly emailed me with an update. Not that much changes, it's just more of the same old "Yea, I'm working on it" similar to the quote above fomr the sneezyweasle account. She's told me several times she has a bit of it already done, but I have never even seen a photo and have been hearing nothing but bad news about her.

I'm just super angry and dissappointed you know? I was a returning customer and now I don't even want to wear the first suit I have because it just pisses me off to look at it. So not only am I out my up front payment of $400 for the commission, but I don't even want my other suit any more. ARGH!
2cuxi
May. 1st, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
I count at least 4 people she has stiffed.
ulariogryphon
May. 1st, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
I've already said my two cents about my experiences with her in your post in the fursuit community.

But I just wanted to say them here, too because I know not everyone on this community is part of the other:

About a year ago, I commissioned her for a foam head base. She finished it very quickly and it was lovely, but I never got it in the mail. None of the e-mails I sent her were replied to.

I finally got in touch with her a few months back. The head had not been mailed out, but she promised that it would be in the mail by Tuesday.

A few weeks passed and she sent me an e-mail saying that she wanted to redo the head because she no longer uses foam mesh (one of the materials that she used in the first head) and said it would be mailed out in June.

Needless to say, I'm waiting to see what happens in June. I'm not expecting anything. In fact, I've written the head off as a loss long ago.

Shame that she's been known for this lately. Like others have said, probably a case of "biting off more then you can chew"... but come on, it dosen't take a year to mail out a head. >:(
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drag0nfeathers
May. 2nd, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
THIS EXACTLY!!!! This is EXACTLY what I have been going through with her down to the last detail!

I was almost expecting a swift email after I made the initial post to fursuit auctions (which is what happened all the other times) but not this time. This is the first time I have really lost it and posted to this specific community so maybe she's decided to write me off, but that's not gonna happen.

Honestly, I'd be overjoyed if she would just make the partial! I loved her work and I am confident she could do a good job if she even cared enough to try, but now that she has my money I doubt anything will EVER get started.

I might not be so angry right now if she even sent me ONE just ONE picture of ANYTHING being started. Send me the head and the rest of the fur and I'LL MAKE THE DAMN SUIT!

*sigh* But honestly, if I can't get that, then I want my flipping money back! She keeps saying she can start making payments soon cause she finally has a job, but after that it's always silence again until I bother her enough to email me again, but then it's just the same shit again.

I'm just sick and tired of chasing her all over the internet. I have better things to do and if she won't even meet me half way and just make the head and send me the materials I just don't know what else I can do to make this girl stand by her word.

It's ridiculous and it gives other people who offer services like this a bad name! I'll post a thread like this every week if I have to, and if that doesn't work I'll take further steps if necessary.

$400 bucks is nothing to sneeze at and I know she's been dragged into court in the past. *nods*
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drag0nfeathers
May. 5th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree more
cissa
May. 5th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
This is why for my own commission work (jewelry), I ask for 50% up front, and the rest is due ON COMPLETION, with pictures to prove the thing is finished.
drag0nfeathers
May. 5th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
Yea, that's usually how I do my commissions. Sometimes I just do a materials deposit and then get the rest on completion as well.

In any case... I thought with the previous transactions it wouldn't be a problem... obviously I was wrong.
rzkesp
May. 18th, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
I hate to do this. Please group together the total value. I would like for you to send me a message privately saying how much she owes you. Anyone who is out money. Please give me the value.

I am currently doing a total. Honestly. I need a refund of $45 myself. I know a guy that needs $15. I know another that needs $100. You know what is sad: it was pity money from two of the sources.

There are others as I am seeing. This is unacceptable. Totally unacceptable.

I am not a lawyer. Yet I do have access to good advice on how to acquiesce this situation from people who are professional attorneys. Just free advice. I want to FIX this... not sue her... the idea is to make a good approach on how she can ameliorate her debts before it does become a class-action small claims suit.

I will make an appeal:
I knew the girl at one period or another, and she is a good person. Just strained to shit and wasn't able to make wise business and sound financial decisions.

I am disappointed in her over this, but I know it can be fixed with the correct negotiations between all parties. Yet I need to see the magnitude of her debts. So I can see just how far this has to go in order to restore equilibrium.

She might learn better business practices in the future. All because you have demand doesn't give you the right to take on all the work. It is simply bad business. Sure a company can receive TONS of business, but if they can't fulfill obligations such as "reasonable time stipulations," then it is just simply something you have to forgo.

Honestly, no ill will towards the girl. She is trying to do good and wasn't trying to be a thief. I will give testimony to her character saying that it is a good one... just the person didn't make good sound decisions in her business practices.

With that being said, I'd like to help fix this for your sakes, but for hers as well...
drag0nfeathers
May. 18th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
I don't think she was TRYING to be a thief, believe me. I wouldn't just give someone money if I had a bad vibe about them. I believe myself to be a good judge of character, but being states away it's hard to understand and communicate all the efforts I am trying to go through to be reasonable when that person can't so much as even have the courtesy to contact you back.

*sigh* Anyway, I've contacted Paypal and they can't do much for me accept notify her and mark her account with a delinquency, but after a year a forced refund apparently isn't an option. I know other people have gotten it done in the past so I don't know if I have to get nasty with Paypal or not, but sooner or later things will get ugly. It's just too bad, but unfortunately, I need my money too.

My payment to her totaled $410.00 even. So that's what I am out. I also sent her a box of materials, but I consider that as good as gone. If you want to contact me for any reason at all my email is drag0nfeathers (at) comcast (dot) net

I'm waiting to get a letter drafted to send her, hopefully she is still at the same address I sent my materials to.

If you know her, anything you can do to make this as painless as possible would be a great help. I don't hate Darzi and I understand she might have had some troubles, but doing this to customers isn't a way to get out of debt. I told her I would take payments, just to do SOMETHING instead of just nothing all the time and I would be happy. Now she just doesn't contact me at all ever despite forwarding her the same email over and over every few days begging for an answer. I was hoping me flooding her inbox would eventually get me a response, but she must have put me in the spam folder by now I guess.
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