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Warning; Possible Scam

I was contacted by zerosonic on FA for a commission. They had asked for my prices, and I told them. We had a lenghty discussion, and many, many notes on their subject and set up for their commission. Like all commissions I take, I asked for the payment once we had decided what the commission would be. The price did not change from the price I gave him at the beginning, which he agreed to.

He replied with a simple 'ok', so I figured he had sent payment. I checked the next day, because I had been using my Wii. He hadn't sent it, so I sent off another note asking if he had, that I hadn't gotten it, and if he hadn't sent it, to do so. I got another okay in response.

So I sent off another note being a little more firm, telling him I require payment within 24 hours of the agreed commission and that he would have to send it or I would cancle his slot. Another ok.

Lastly I fired off a 'slot cancled' note, and he responded that he didn;t have the funds to pay for commissions right now. I have no idea if he was trying to scam me or not, but I figured I'd put a warning out anyways, as I have been scammed in this exact way before.

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millislim
Aug. 30th, 2011 07:11 am (UTC)
I would also agree this isn't necessarily a beware about the customer but more of a warning about a growing trend in the fandom. I understand the need to shop around for the best prices but to waste the time of an artist when you have no intention of paying immediately is rude, insulting, and entitled. I'm not saying commissioners can't contact artists with questions but you don't go to a car dealership, request specs on every car for the next 3 hours and then say, "I never had the money to buy in the first place". Time is money in every business and most furry artists are already way underpaid. I'm not sure why the fandom has to be the exception to every rule.
ljmydayaway
Aug. 30th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
Or at least be up front about it, "I don't have the money right now, but if I did, how much would x cost?" is perfectly acceptable.
millislim
Aug. 31st, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
I completely agree...honesty always
saitenyo
Sep. 1st, 2011 01:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, this. I don't mind at all if someone wants to shoot me an email asking about costs and then never gets back to me after I give them a quote. I just assume they decided the price was too high. It is courteous to let the artist know, especially if it's an artist who holds specific slot numbers, but as I don't begin any work or even mark someone down as a commission slot until they agree on the price, it's not that big of a deal.

But saying the price is fine and then just...never sending it? I dunno if it's a scam but it sure is rude and disorganized. :/ And annoying.

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