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Beware: Addy Karfield

WHO: Addy Karfield or Racerthelynx 

http://www.furaffinity.net/user/bobevans8998/

WHERE: Through FurAffintiy. and Fairfax, VA.

WHAT: $1,200 (based on Paypal and bank statements) paid partial new fursuit commission of the following pieces. fursuit head, hand paws, sleeves, tail, and foot paws. Based on  http://www.furaffinity.net/view/4266866/  Estimated completion date: September-October 2010.  Not completed after a year and a month.  No sign of WIP or completion.  Refund demanded.

WHEN: Offer was made August 1,2010. The commission was fully paid August 28, 2010.

EXPLAIN: In summary, I commissioned Addy Karfield to build a fursuit in August 2010 for $1,200.  He posted a completion date on FurAffinity for September 17, 2010.  After several attempts to contact Addy about the status of my fursuit, some of which were ignored, and due to his failure to ship or deliver “completed” pieces, I have not seen or received any pieces of the fursuit that I commissioned.  I am seeking a full refund.

After 2010 Anthrocon, Addy Karfield, who was my Anthrocon hotel roommate and ride share, had asked me to build me a fursuit of a character that look similar to Racer the Lynx and that he was starting a fursuit making business.  The deal was made through a verbal agreement, as he didn’t draft a written contract or ToS, even though I asked before the deal was made.  However, verbal agreements are enforceable.   On August 5, I agreed to the commission by placing a $300 deposit.  On August 28, I paid him the full amount, which I gave him. On September 5, just one week after I paid for my fursuit, he posted an estimated completion date of September 17, 2010, which was postponed a week later due to his surgery. 

Trying to see what he did, even after his inviting me to see what he has finished, was unsatisfying. Once in January 2011 and again at Anthrocon (June 2011), he invited me to his car to deliver me parts of the fursuit he “thought” were in his trunk, but he hastily looked through the trunk for a  few seconds later coming up with nothing.  In February, he invited me to his apartment, only to show me a foam head that was supposed to be part of the fursuit, but from looking at it, I could not tell because he was working on other fursuits. On September 2011, when he moved to Nokesville, VA, I asked if he had my fursuit hand paws and tail that he said were finished; he said that he didn’t know where he put them (since he moved in two weeks ago) and that he was too busy to look for them.  Otherwise, he has never shown me anything related to my fursuit he built, if he built anything.

Asking him to ship and for refund was met with failure. The only time he answered positively to my shipping request was 11 months after the deal, when he asked for my address.  He often ignored my responses or gave excuses that he doesn’t have time and money to ship, even after he asked for my address. Several times over the year, I called him; a few times he would answer, but when he didn’t answer, I could leave a voicemail message; later on, he would repeatedly just hang up the phone, not allowing me to leave a voice message.  When I asked for a refund, at first he said he could not refund me because of his finances, and then he said he could only refund some of it and give me the fabric, which I declined.     

My other fursuit builders responded to me in a timely manner. Recently, I ordered a set of paws, sleeves, and a tail from one fursuit builder. It took her less than three weeks from the time I ordered to the time I received my order.   It should not take more than a year to build a fursuit, let alone reply to messages, which end up either being ignored or replied with lame excuses.  One time, after I asked him if he found my hand paws and tail he claimed he made, he texted “I’m resting”.  After driving him to Anthrocon and rooming with him, I was expecting trustworthy treatment from Addy, but now I am mistaken.  I think he took the commission just to make a windfall because his responsiveness is unsatisfactory, and after a year he has made no effort on his part to give me a fursuit partial or refund, even after he stated he would finished it Fall 2010. I am seeking a full return of my money for the entire partial fursuit commission, but not the reference sheet.
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kayla_la
Oct. 19th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
Looks like you forgot the closing tag for your LJ cut.
spiffystuff
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
(hopefuly pertinant technical comment)
I'm not sure if it's that or if brackets are funny
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(hope that works)
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spiffystuff
Oct. 19th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Dang dude. How did you end up paying?
spiffystuff
Oct. 19th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Well after seeing what happened here I'm going to join all the others in encouraging you to pursue this in small claims court.

Figuring out the jurisdiction will be tricky, I believe it's where the sale took place, or where the seller is currently located. That's unfortunately more inconvenient for you but I hope still still try it. If you have questions about the process people here might be able to answer them, or to direct you to good places to find answers.
foxhack
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
If you have PayPal and bank receipts, you might have enough to file a civil case against this person. But I am not a lawyer, nor even an American, so other folks should be able to correct me.
morti_macabre
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:03 pm (UTC)
I've heard PayPal gets really shitty over "custom" items.

This really sucks, hope things work out for you soon.
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jackalkisses
Oct. 19th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
Three words: small claims court.
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kayla_la
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: What really has happened
The personal jabs in the second paragraph are completely and entirely irrelevant. I'm screening this comment and you're free to defend your side of the issue in a more civil, mature manner.
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sbneko
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
All I can say is: Wow.

Looks like it's gonna be a long shot to get anything out of this artist, I'm sorry OP :
kayla_la
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
Racerthelynx has been banned.
kayla_la
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
To add, I don't think this guy realized this comm is watched by thousands of people before he decided to mouth off.. he probably thought it was just a tiny, isolated comm like most are. Not that that makes it better, obviously.
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lackoflollies
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:39 pm (UTC)
Wow. Yea OP, I think you need to start looking to legal matters, you're not getting your money from him, it's as simple as that.
sbneko
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Agreeing here. I know it's tough and can be a bit scary to do something so big, but this guy sure deserves it.
likeshine
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
wow, being banned that quick has got to be a record


beware warranted for sure!
kayla_la
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:42 pm (UTC)
We very rarely ban here, especially so fast, so it's definitely saying something.
vellacraptor
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, what an attitude. I really do hope you take up something against him (and win), he came off as rather arrogant that he'd be getting away with this.
yoka_neko
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
This guy doesnt appear professional at all, makes me wonder if he is scamming others too. I hope you get your money back, even if it has to be done through court. I hope enough people know if this beware to avoid business with him in the future. Im sorry for the unfortunate situation you are in.
puritikoneko
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
Crimus...

I know I certainly wouldn't touch this guy with a 20ft pole for commissions after seeing how he treats people.

Best of luck to you, OP.
syrusb
Oct. 19th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
Um... wow. The post was pretty compelling but after those comments by the artist...

I would start a small claims court case stat. Best of luck to you.
xianjaguar
Oct. 19th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting about him. His super-snarky comments here in A_B shows that he is fully at fault, and I will NOT do business with him, ever.
fernchu
Oct. 19th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Holy moly that's some bad behavior. I know it's not what anyone really ever wants to hear, but I think small claims court is your best bet. Gather everything up, and file a case. This kind of behavior is vile, and you should not be out that money.
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