But let's go into a simple background first, though:
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/panchi-tiger this is his original account
And this http://www.furaffinity.net/user/superslickslasher/ is his new one
Two years ago this May I paid him for a sketch commission, $25. Our exchange was something like this (fortunately I never delete my messages from FA, even after having read them):
Sent By: Maus_Merryjest On: May 28th, 2008 12:00
Dear Panch, are you currently open for commissions?
Sent By: panchi-tiger On: May 28th, 2008 11:59
I'm open as long as you have money, bud.
Sorry, but due to my needing money as well as being busy, the pricelist has been bumped up a little bit.
$35 or $40 for a colored, BG'ed single character picture... but the complexity of the character and backdrop (wings, waterfalls etc.) can bump the price up a bit.
Additional characters are typically from $10 to $20, but then again, the complexity can bump (or lower) the price.
Sorry if it puts you off... Tell me what you want... and if my quoted price is too much, I'm willing to negotiate.
Sent By: Maus_Merryjest On: May 28th, 2008 12:32
Oh no, the price isn't unreasonable at all. I want some character pictures for the game I am creating, so they would actually be cell-shaded colored without a background. All in all, there's eight character pictures (six furries, two humans) that will be used, with the possibility of one or two extra characters depending on development. How much would the individual price for each picture go?
Feel free to contact me at my AIM. I'd love to talk things over and chat.
Hope to hear from you soon :)
We made contact on AIM, and reached a decision.
I send him the money through paypal.
Then came the wait... and the wait, and nothing. I sent him messages, and nothing. And then, finally, more than a year later:
Sent By: panchi-tiger On: June 1st, 2009 11:38
Clearing my outbox today I realised that the email I sent with your commission had failed, and it was addressed to the wrong person. DX
Man, I am so sorry! I had no idea! My internet and computer access has been so shakey, and I haven't been able to check FA notes and such for so long! I woulda spotted this months ago if I had steady net access...
I'm on a different computer now, but I promise that as soon as I access my old one, I'll send it to you.
Oh man you must be so mad... ;-;
I'll try to get you that pic ASAP! I'm so sorry!
Sent By: panchi-tiger On: June 2nd, 2009 12:44
If you look at my journal, I've opened sketch commissions because of certain events. I'm aware I greatly inconvenienced you, bud, and I'm really sorry for it. Although I didn't mean to do that, I feel I should repay you. If you're interested, I'm offering to give you a sketch commish, completely free of charge. Once again, I am so sorry for this. God, this is so embarrassing...
Still believing he was genuine, I replied:
Sent By: Maus_Merryjest On: June 3rd, 2009 02:54
Panchi, I cannot answer you right now as I am preparing to leave for D.C., but on the 4th I'll be able to contact you with a proposal for an art project that will not only help your situation and help you make up for the faux pas, but also has the possibility of providing you with revenue beyond the commission circle if you are interested in it.
Days passed, no reply, so I went ahead with his offer of the sketch, restating exactly what I had asked for a year ago:
Sent By: Maus_Merryjest On: June 13th, 2009 12:27
I haven't received a reply concerning my offer, so right now I'll just give you the information for the picture you offered.
Maus Merryjest, 22, Plantigrade Siberian Tiger
(description cut out so you don't die of boredom)
If you are still interested in what I was going to propose to you, please tell me.
Sent By: Maus_Merryjest On: June 14th, 2009 01:38
Concerning the sketch, I would be willing to pay extra to have it turned into a color picture. What would the rate be?
No reply. Again, for months. Eventually, I got pissed off and sent this message:
Sent By: Maus_Merryjest On: October 19th, 2009 03:11
Let's just be frank about it- you are never going to actually do what I commissioned you to do. Just return the money via paypal as soon as possible and let's forget about this whole thing- it's been a year and a half already and I no longer have either sense of humor nor patience.
Now, the worst part of it all is that throughout all this, I keep seeing new art that he's churning out for other people. This severely does piss me off, as it is the height of both rudeness and lack of consideration, pretending he can't do art while he takes no pains to hide that he can.
Then, he stopped posting art on the panchi account and I became suspicious. And one day I came across a picture that had all of the markings of his style--- if there is one thing I pride myself on, it is being able to recognize an artist by his or her style. I knew this was Panchi. The username read SuperSlickSlasher, and I thought "Aha!" and I +favorited him, to see if it would get some reaction from him.
A few weeks later, I receive this in my inbox:
Sent By: SuperslickSlasher On: June 26th, 2010 01:48
Yo Maus! Thanks for the faves. ^^ (It's me - Panch!)
Glad you came about! I'll be honest, I've forgotten to try to contact you (haven't been to my old account in a while - still planning to use it for clean stuff, as this one is made for adult stuff).
Shit, dude. Sorry I've forgotten to contact you. I guess I've been caught up in my own life. ^^; Not sure if you read the journal on my panch account, but I had to get a new computer because my old one kinda died. Haven't been able to get all my HD recovered yet.
You alright? You must be real furious at me for forgetting all this time. I apologize, but it's fine if you don't wanna forgive me. I can send you back the $25 you sent me if you'd like, even if I'd already got the pics down on my old computer, it's taken far to long to recover it, so I really think I owe you the cash back.
Anyway, note me back, y'here?
At this point, his onion of excuses (layer upon layer...) has begun to piss me off, so I toss his note aside while I work on my recital material. All this time, I thought, "Does he think I am mentally deficient? He tells me he can't give me the images I paid for because they're trapped somewhere in his defunct hard-drive...but it is obvious he has TWO FUNCTIONING HANDS, and that they are producing art for other people who pay him. I did not order full digital, I did not order a complex masterpiece. All I purchased were character sketches, things he could produce faster than full-blown commissions. No, I don't believe his excuses one bit."
Eventually I cool down enough to reply:
Sent By: Maus_Merryjest On: August 14th, 2010 08:19
I already knew it was you. Your style is not hard to miss, account name regardless. Truthfully I would prefer to have the commission for which I paid, but if you choose to return the money go ahead. I will review you accordingly.
So, to recap: to the date of the message, I had not seen anything but excuses. His main excuse? The sketch is in his old broken down computer. But as you can see by his two account pages, that hasn't stopped him from drawing new art.
Well, I kept my eyes open, and I saw he had posted this "I need money, buy sketch commissions" journal. Among the many responses, I posted this one: "I would order one, but you burned me."
I suddenly get a PM not ten hours after my post. And what, boys and girls, did he say on that note? Care to guess?
Sent By: SuperslickSlasher On: August 27th, 2010 04:18
Sorry for the slow replies. While my tablet pen is broken I haven't been online much.
I apologize again dude, but considering I've offered you a refund at least twice during our various correspondences, you know it ain't a matter of me being a sleaze. ^^;
If you'd still prefer to get the picture instead of a refund, you'll have to wait until I get a monitor so I can get crap off my old computer. I'm sorry, but there's really nothing else I can do about it. I totally understand you being pissed about it, but these things just happen. :(
Shoot an email my way if you ever change your mind about my offer for a refund, or if you need to contact me for anything else - okay man? :)
I'm also doing my best to avoid drama around FA - especially due to the fact that my financial position is fragile, to say the least - and my commission-work is my one source of income right now - so I'd much prefer to discuss things privately. My email is (email removed) - don't be a stranger.
This just took the cake, so I replied:
Sent By: Maus_Merryjest On: August 27th, 2010 08:45
So you've been without a monitor for two years? Or you're saying that in the last two years you were unable somehow to create a new work to compensate for the one you lost, although quite capable of creating new work for others? There are a lot of excuses here, there have always been a lot of excuses in your messages and never anything concrete. I'm not interested in excuses.
You have had plenty of opportunities to redeem yourself- money isn't the issue, it is the principle involved. You have obviously had plenty of time and opportunity to produce a sketch, considering everything else you've done for other people. You are right: this isn't sleazy behavior, it's insulting behavior.
It seems to me that if you cared about your only source of income, you would treat your costumers better than you have treated me. I commissioned you because I saw you had talent and were in financial straits, and commissioning you seemed like a good way to benefit both parties. Little did I know that you would treat me in a manner that belies no shame. If this is your approach to your customers, I am not surprised that you are in a fragile financial position. Your urges to discuss this 'privately' only demonstrate how much you do know of how shamefully you have acted, and continue to act.
n't do anything on the sly. With this new shameless attempt at saving face, I have half a mind to speak of my experiences in Artists Beware. I honestly cannot believe you would approach me in this manner to appease me, bearing nothing whatsoever except more excuses.
Now, you will notice he has made many allusions to his offer to refund me. Well, remember that to his PREVIOUS post, on August 14th, I actually said:
"I already knew it was you. Your style is not hard to miss, account name regardless. Truthfully I would prefer to have the commission for which I paid, but if you choose to return the money go ahead. I will review you accordingly. "
Despite his protestations of returning money, it never showed up at my paypal account at any of these occasions. Up until the last message posted, the money had never been refunded- read further down for the update on that.
So I'm pissed. When I pony up, I want what I paid for- it's all about how well you treat your customer. It's not about money anymore, it's about the principle of the thing and how I have been treated by him- in the most cavalier fashion possible, when I approached him to actually help him out and get the benefit of his art in the process.
I've kept this to myself for far too long. Now it's out in the open. IF he had been man enough to say "I fucked up. I am not going to give you any excuses, I'll just draw you a picture and show you I mean it when it's done", I would not have been pissed-- annoyed? Yes, but not pissed. But the cavalcade of excuses AND the hint that we 'discuss things privately' told me once and for all what kind of person I was dealing with: He knew precisely what he had done to me, and he didn't want people to hear about how he had treated me, lest they realize they might get treated the same and not be so generous with the green.
He did finally refund me on the second of September, but I feel it's worth mentioning that he was a poor person to work with and you might want to think twice. In all the time I've commissioned artists, I have to say that his is the worst experience I have had and it has robbed me of any sympathy I originally had for his money problems. Like they say where I come from, 'Quien no te conozca, que te compre!' (Let someone who doesn't know who you are buy you).