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Concerning Maoria (slightly resolved)

Edit (April 5, 2011):

Sorry to be late about this. She actually did the drawing after she posted a journal about checking up on previous commissions.


For now, it's slightly resolved. I'm currently waiting for it to be colored.

Edit (March 10, 2011):

Seems that she has posted a couple more pieces on her gallery today. Both of them are gifts to people.

Edit (March 9, 2011) :

Recently, I looked through my outbox on Fur Affinity. It turns out that she has looked at the note and hasn't responded. So I guess now is a good a time to share the notes we sent back and forth regarding the commission.

The following is when I inquired about a commission.


A few days later she apologizes for the delay.


A few days later...


I didn't hear from her until September.


And that's about it...

I commissioned maoria on Fur Affinity in February of 2010 for a special she had going that was roughly $11-$12. During that time, she did keep in touch saying that it was in the inking stages as well as having a journal with a listing of what she had to do art wise. Then, she told me that her muse had disappeared as she was going through a rough time and would put my commission on hold. A couple of months had passed, and I tried to get in touch with her about my commission. I tried this a couple more times after another couple of months had passed. When she came back in September, she made a journal saying that she had no internet access when she was gone. I sent her a note apologizing if I had sounded harsh when I asked her the status of my commission and that asking for a refund was my last resort. She understood that I had waited this long for a commission regarding that she had no internet at the time. She even told me in her journal that she would try to get to my commission and have it mailed to me. After that, she disappeared.

It was then that I got in touch with Kitsune-Kyon on FA after seeing her comment regarding about her commission on maoria’s page. We assumed that maoria had taken our money without letting us know about our commissions. Then, I checked maoria’s journal to see who else was expecting art from her. Shirik, Xywolf, and Mishaela have been expecting maoria’s part of an art trade. However, Tomofox was able to get his commission around the same time I commissioned maoria. While contacting them, I tried to get in touch with people who may know maoria well. SierusSicling was able to get a hold of her, and she said that she had yet to receive the money assuming it could be something wrong with PayPal. After making the call to PayPal, they said that the money did go through, and I confirmed it when I checked into my payment history with the status saying “Completed.”

So far I haven’t had much luck getting in touch with maoria even if I were to wait a few more weeks to ask her again. The journal she had posted with all the people she owed art to is now non-existent.

Any help from this would be most appreciated.

Thank you.

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Feb. 9th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
Wow, waiting over a YEAR for a piece of art? No matter how cheap it is, that is ridiculous. And with little to NO contact? Worse!

Here's what I would do.

Contact her saying you posted her on A_B. This usually gets artists attention, especially if they know about the community. it would have even been better if you used it as a last resort (ex: either acknowledge my existence for the completed commission, or give me a refund, or I put you on A_B etc etc)

At this point, you can tell her that not only are you putting her on AB, but if she doesnt contact you immediately that you will also send a trouble ticket through paypal. While it DOES say they want you to contact them within 3 months, the do honor it if the goods arent delivered over a longer period (as I have had to do the same thing. Its as easy as explaining the situation since not every transaction is time sensitive like it is with shopping sites). It's even better if you talk to a representative so you dont have to wait for an email confirmation.

If you have a life that requires you to be absent for a year, you obviously have no business accepting peoples money. ANd people should know that. So thanks for letting us know.

Also, if you could, screencap the confirmation of payment as proof and send it to her. If you post it anywhere else make sure you block out the sensitive info.
Feb. 9th, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
I second this comment. I also wonder if it wouldn't be worth it to send a trouble ticket through FA? I don't know how the system is working now (there was apparently a huge backlog resulting in TTs going totally unanswered for months at a time) or if that's the right channel to go through, but since she's doing business on FA, they might take an interest in helping with the case.
Feb. 9th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
They may not step in, unfortunately. Usually they'll only step in if it concerns larger amounts of money.
Feb. 10th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC)
So I suppose it depends on how many people she's stiffed and for how much total money...
Feb. 10th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
Wow, I'm really sorry to hear about that, Eddie.

I'll be sure to steer clear of this artist, that's for sure. I've waited a long time on some commissions, but even though I've been expecting one for almost a year now, I've been able to maintain contact with the artist that owes me the piece, and she acknowledges that it was paid for, etc.

I would take the advice given by the other members and let her know that not only are you expecting your art or a refund, but that you've posted here and making others aware of her business practices.

Regardless of how the situation pans out for you, I hope you get SOMETHING from this, even if it's a refund instead of the art owed to you. Good luck!
Feb. 10th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
I just sent her a note with links to an image of the transaction and to this entry.

Here's hoping she responds soon.
Feb. 10th, 2011 12:09 am (UTC)
Make sure you save your notes going back and forth with her as well, just in case.

I try to keep everything I can until a transaction is complete, that way I have proof of confirmation and all that good stuffs. :3
Feb. 10th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
I will. Besides, I rarely delete my notes. So I should have notes of our earlier conversations buried.
Mar. 1st, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Screw using notes man. Be an asshole and post shouts everywhere on her profile and journals. If she doesn't have the respect to answer you through notes, then forget your respect for her and just do it.
Mar. 12th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
Well, it would appear that she's eager to take on more commissions.

I came across her gallery on accident, and asked her if she was still taking commissions, and she is...

Mar. 13th, 2011 09:15 pm (UTC)
I sent her a note on Ukfur (where she was doing the gifts) a few days ago, linking her to this post and asking if she could get in contact with you but she hasn't replied
Mar. 16th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Big news everyone!

I figured I'd do this as a comment instead of making an edit so that everyone knows.


Looks like she will do those commissions and trades. Here's hoping she gets them done.
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