mushimagic (mushimagic) wrote in artists_beware,

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Customer is MIA.

I was commissioned back in March to build a partial for someone. Communication was smooth and payment was sent swiftly. It was shaping up to be the best commission I had ever done and for a good friend. Production when without a hitch, I sent WIP photos and finished in my usual quick time. I gave the finished photos and requested the remaining half of payment along with shipping. She told me she did not have the money for a while and I told her I was willing to hold into it for a month or so. This is where problems arise.

Time coasted by and suddenly the person disappeared from the internet, none of my e-mails have been replied to and for a while so I just let the partial sit on my shelf and hope for some kind of communication. About a month back I left a shout on their FA page saying "If anyone has any means of contacting this person, I need to get a hold of them desperately and soon or I will have to alter and sell their partial." I got a note from the commissioner almost right away. She told me she was going to send out payment Via money order that Friday. I had no trouble with this because she paid the deposit with a money order and it was swift and on time. No payment ever arrived and now my note has gone unanswered or even read.

So now I'm not sure what to do, this partial still sits on my shelf, unpaid for. No one to even try and claim it. It has been long abandoned according to my TOS. What I wonder is if I do indeed alter the partial to sell it (which I would hate to do), what do I do if the person ever contacts me back saying "Oh saw you sold my partial (already sent a final warning), do I get my money back?" How do I deal with that? Do they get anything back if they only paid for materials and left their commission for 4 months?
Tags: advice for artists, fursuit

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