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Status Update: SunTattooWolf has issued an apology and sent in the rest of the payment.  She also asked for this entry to be removed, but I informed her that the community policy here disallows it.  I will, however, now mark this case as "Resolved".  Thanks to everyone for reading and helping.
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Commissioner: SunTattooWolf (also known as NightTattooWolf)

History:
-On October 4th, 2010, user SunTattooWolf signed up for an Erotic Collage Commission from me (priced at $200). She provided relevent reference materials the following day, then there was a delay in communication when I discussed the payment options with her.
-On October 14th, 2010, she finally replied to me and agreed to the terms of service. She said she would send in a $50 deposit, then pay the rest in three $50 installments. I said okay, and then there was another long delay in communications.
Screenshot detailing the transaction.

-On November 5th, 2010, SunTattooWolf finally sent in the $50 deposit (I was already considering dropping her commission at that point, since communication was so poor. But I decided to give her a chance)
Screenshot for commission deposit.

-On November 13th, 2010, her piece was completed and a lower-resolution, water-marked version was uploaded to FA: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/4787270/ SunTattooWolf confirmed via shouts that she saw the picture, and said she would pay off the remainder of the commission soon.
-On December 26th, 2010, SunTattoowolf attempted to get a bunch of buddies together to group bid on a $600 auction from Kaji and Nimrais on Furbid, while still oweing $150 to me and claiming that she doesn't have money for payment. I promptly issued a warning to Kaji about this commissioner.
-Around the same time she attempted to bid on Kaji's auction, SunTattooWolf shouted on AlectorFencor's page, asking her if she will be attending FC because she wants to commission her. I issued the same warning to Alector about the trouble I am having with this commissioner.
-In early January, I shouted on SunTattooWolf's page, asking her about the status of the payment (I had been doing that every 2 to 3 weeks, since she doesn't actively keep in touch). SunTattooWolf promised that she would pay off the remainder of her balance on January 18th. No payment arrived.
-On January 20th, I issued another notice to her. She said "she would have the money soon" because she was getting refunded for another commission elsewhere. This was the last time I heard from her.
-On January 27th, I issued my last shout, stating that she must pay off her commission by April 12th. She has not replied to my shout, and since she has a journal dated January 24th that stated she had a neck injury of some kind, I assumed she has simply been away for medical treatment, and hasn't been checking FA... until...
-On January 29th, 2011, SunTattooWolf shouted on AlectorFencer's page, asking for her "commission prices" for the second time.
SunTattooWolf's shout on Jan. 29th, 2011 (in case it gets washed out; all his previous ones did)

In addition to attempting to commission Kaji and AlectorFencer while oweing me money, SunTattooWolf has been commissioning several other artists throughout the whole period:
-On January 11th, 2011, Huskie666 uploaded a badge commission for SunTattooWolf http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5078285/
-On January 22nd, 2011, SunTattooWolf uploaded a commission she got from Azelyn http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5134514
-On January 22nd, 2011, SunTattooWolf signed up for a FULL COLOR illustration from Kacey http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/2041518/ - a warning has already been sent to Kacey to proceed with caution in dealing with said commissioner.
-On January 26th, 2011, Korrok uploaded a commission for SunTattooWolf http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5156360/ - and when I sent Korrok a note to warn her about this commissioner, I was told that she was already bidding on another of Korrok's auctions..
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Comments

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stormslegacy
Feb. 2nd, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Are there two people or are you just not sure of gender? I'm a little confused.

Thank you for the warning =/ I wonder if it's buyers remorse and they are thinking maybe you'll forget about it. That's a pretty poor thing for a commissioner to do. At least they don't have the full-rez version.
bagheera
Feb. 2nd, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
I think the commissioner is a she - the reason I thought it was a he is because of the Suntattoowolf/Nighttattoowolf names, I thought they were mates.

In any case, if the commissioner didn't like the piece for any reason, she could have at least spoken to me about it.
obsidianwolfess
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
I'm a bit confused. Is this a he or a she? You keep switching genders, so I'm wondering if it's two people or one???

I've never heard of this person, but I will proceed with much caution if I encounter them. My only advice for you in the future would be to work on the art as you receive the payments. (I know art and inspiration don't always work that way, but ideally..) Maybe do 50% of the commission and wait for the rest before finishing it?

I'm really sorry that this happened to you. You've got beautiful art. I hope that person pays the rest soon! :(
sigilgoat
Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Seems like it's a she from the paypal name, I think the default "he" pronoun is the mistake c:
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coyote_feathers
Feb. 2nd, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
I will be keeping my eyes out for this one. Thank you for making such a clean and easy-to-understand post. The screen-caps help. I unfortunately dealt with someone last year who had the same bad habit of disappearing and stopping communication when it came down to payment. It's insanely frustrating, especially when you're waiting on a substantial sum from them.
spiffystuff
Feb. 2nd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Wow, very nicely laid out post. Sorry you had to go through that :( Hope everyone steers clear until they make good on your payments.

ETA: woo, glad you got your payment!!!

Edited at 2011-02-02 11:55 pm (UTC)
bagheera
Feb. 5th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
Yes I am very glad this was resolved peacefully. ^_^ Thank you for your help! :)
celestinaketzia
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
That's very unfortunate, Baggy, especially considering some of us have been hoping to snag a commission slot from you. Thanks for the warning.
minimalismo
Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
I am very sorry that you are having to deal with this sort of immature client.
dodger_greywing
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:07 pm (UTC)
That's rough. There are definitely shenanigans afoot here. She's obviously not hurting for money, since the artists she's commissioning are pricey by fandom standards, so there much be another reason she's leading you on like this.

I also hope any artists she's contacted that you've warned tell her to hit the road. Maybe if she gets turned down often enough she'll own up to her scam.
jurann
Feb. 2nd, 2011 07:17 pm (UTC)
You can also check their history on FurBuy for a bit of a high-level overview of their behavior and payment history: http://www.furbuy.com/cgi/showprofile.cgi?user=NightTattoowolf

Apparently she's flaked a bit on a couple other artists as well, though typically she has a pretty decent record. Some folks you just have a 10-20% chance of getting a "bad egg" from. =/ Thanks for the beware about them, I'm sure a lot of people will be keeping an eye on her from now on.

I'm also a little curious why you completed work without having the full payment up-front? Or, at the very least, why you posted a finished piece before getting full payment?
oceandezignz
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Piece was finished, but artist posted a low-res watermarked version. It's common enough, sometimes the muse is willing an you'll zoom through a piece. What is uncommon though, is a person flaking out on their payment. Wich I think it a bit pathetic in of itself. If the artist got my work done lickity split, I'd pay them as fast as possible, not jump from artist to artist trying to get commissions when I got a past due on my tail.
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skulldog
Feb. 2nd, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
I was commissioned by person in question a few months ago, they paid promptly upfront, within the next day I think. It did take a couple of weeks to get the second half after the art was done, but it was paid for. However, I also had the original painting still, and wasn't going to ship it until paid in full, that may have been why I was able to get the final payment, I am not sure.

Something that others being commissioned might want to be aware of, they do turn around and resell the originals pretty fast, in what looks like a rush to pay for other commissions. I was a bit confused by it, but some folks may take it a bit personally that a commissioner plans to resell originals a month later.

Edited at 2011-02-02 09:32 pm (UTC)
bagheera
Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, most artists that she previously commissioned that I talked to said they received payment for their work.

I really don't mind if someone has financial issues and just takes a while to pay - I am actually very lenient when it comes to commissioners (or even artists I commission) that end up taking a long time to carry out their end of the bargain due to real life troubles. Some artists I commissioned 2 years ago that haven't yet delivered haven't been posted on here by me because I know they have been away for real life matters and have been getting in touch with me once in a while, saying they are sorry and they haven't forgotten.. etc... I appreciate things like that, and for me, that is all it takes.

What drives me nuts is when a person owes something to someone, but puts that on the backburner while continuing the same activity - an artist who owes old commissions from years ago but keeps taking on new commissions anyway, or commissioners that owe money but keeps commissioning new art. It's not my job to tell other people how to manage their time and money but... come on, have some sense of priority. :P
oceandezignz
Feb. 2nd, 2011 11:59 pm (UTC)
Hi there, Mod here! :3
Your post has been marked resolved now. I'm glad you got your money, and I thank you for not deleting the post.
kayla_la
Feb. 3rd, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
Yes, thank you for not deleting the post! All it does is hurt the purpose and spirit of the community, and it tends to look far worse when a post is deleted than when it's left alone. I don't think people understand how badly deleting a post will backfire on them when they ask for it.
puritikoneko
Feb. 3rd, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
I'm really glad everything has gotten resolved.

It's always unfortunate when someone has to resort to posting on here to get some kind of response from the person they've done business with.
absturz
Feb. 6th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
Wow, I guess I can consider myself lucky that they weren't able to keep up with the prices on my current auction. They stopped bidding a while ago
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