Hey all. I just need some advice on what to do with a commissioner.
I recently accepted a large canvas print commission for $150 (including the $70 canvas print and attachment cost and $10 shipping interstate). Now said commissioner was recently suspended from driving due to illegal driving on a learners licence, parking tickets he never paid etc. which put him onto a payment plan via the government. Each payment is approximately $135/mth apparently in total.
Now this is unexpected. I'm almost done with this commission and he's asked for his money back. Now being in my situation, living week to week on wages from my part time job with no savings - said commission money DID have to go to a large electricity bill a few nights ago (and I did explain this to him in a non-guilt way, to the best of my abilities, it is also in my TOS that I do need the money to help me get by currently) - but my problem is this:
He will not accept repayments in installations. He wants the full amount by 10th August. I tried to explain to him that this was physically impossible for me as I only earn $200-$250 a week and rent alone is $180 now (food, travel, other expenses on top of rent of course). Though he seems determined to get his full payment back. Now I have no options like credit cards, I don't want to pull the "I need commissions to pay this guy back" at all, and i'm bum out of ideas to get around this in a safe and secure manner without causing drama.
Though he says he has an excellent paying job, works 6 days a week, etc. I'm so confused.
What do I say? It was his money and the commission is about 75% completed! I've put about 6hrs into the artwork alone, and feel I could have now used that time better :/ What do I do?
EDIT: So after a very long and painful text 'war' with my commissioner/friend, he still wants a full refund AND NOW THE ARTWORK (due to not having a smartphone nor a cable capable of transferring them to the computer, it might take a while if anyone wants actual proof. Sorry guys ^_^; ). I'm not impressed in the slightest. I'm starting to think that he's conned his friends into this with him to get free art. As apparently someone saw him driving earlier this evening after I spoke to one of his close friends (who in coincidence I work with). So this seems a little... off? I'm going to find out more now, in all honesty if he's trying to pull the wool over my eyes he won't be seeing any of his money at all.