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Well, this is my first time using Livejournal, so I hope I do this correctly. :)  

WHO:  ModemRedpill (on FA, though he also has an account called Modem)

WHERE:  http://www.furaffinity.net/user/modemredpill and http://www.furaffinity.net/user/modem

WHAT:  Several sketches owed to me, several owed to my brother who is too afraid to "rock the boat", and art trade for several friends, none of which were done.

WHEN:  The commissions were scheduled initially back in March/April of 2011 and prepaid via paypal.

EXPLAIN:  These sketches were paid for in advance back then when he took about 100 or so commissions, either as Iron Artist or something else.  He took both our money back then, and scheduled us in the queue.

After paying, his contact stopped and any nudges or attempts to get updates later were met with hostility and short responses like "soon" or "I'm working on it"

Eventually the emails or notes turned into excuses like "I'm depressed" or "I have art block" or "I need to break and draw for myself for a while."

Months and months later, I contact him about both my and my brother's commissions.  I figure at this stage, right now, I'd be happy if my brother got what he paid for, as I can afford to go without a refund, and my brother is still recovering from a long, painful surgery.  But neither of us are getting any attention nor compensation.

The last contact we had was met with this:  http://pics.livejournal.com/vampnikolai/pic/00001d7q/s640x480

At this stage, neither of us have gotten a refund or even partial, and neither have gotten the sketches.  

What makes this all the more infuriating is that he is at MFF right now, which costs money to go to, and has been taking "Sketchmissions" and other commissions both before and during this con.  People who just hand him money (figuratively and literally) are getting artwork, while I and my brother are sitting here waiting.

I would assume we were the only ones, but I know a few friends who did art trades for him never got their end of the trade from him.  It's frustrating that he draws a big crowd and gets a lot of attention while doing this to customers on the side.  I hope we're not the only ones who had to deal with this.
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hamburger
Nov. 22nd, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
Do you happen to have a screencap of your payment to them? With their real name blocked, of course.
vampnikolai
Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
I hope this proves it :) I don't have my brother's payment information, but this one is mine.

http://pics.livejournal.com/vampnikolai/pic/00002w8g
smogincities
Nov. 22nd, 2011 08:47 am (UTC)
Do you have screencaps of the notes, journals, etc? It'd be helpful to have :)
vampnikolai
Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
Most of the notes are gone at this point, though his journals posting livestreams and "Sketchmissions" are still in his history, as well as his announcement of travelling from Canada to MFF (Illinois). :)
dazen_cobalt
Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
you have paypal records? that would be undeniable proof
dazen_cobalt
Nov. 22nd, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
then you have a solid case. Tho unfortunately the 45 day period has passed >_< so you're kinda screwed in that department. that is unless you paid via credit card(which I hope you did in this case)
vampnikolai
Nov. 22nd, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
I really do appreciate your kindness. I wish I could have responded with better news, but the transaction was a bank account transfer, so no credit card :(

I guess I'm screwed, though I'm glad a forum like this exists so I can at least vent my frustrations and alert others.

While I don't think the worst of people usually, I do think that he has a rather clever scam going with this sort of thing.
vampnikolai
Nov. 23rd, 2011 04:49 am (UTC)
Having got a text from my brother, Modem sent him his refund in full. I know we can't delete posts, but I thought it was worth mentioning that he provided a refund. I don't want to reveal my brother's FA name though, as he had said to me that he doesn't want to cause any problems. =\
sigilgoat
Nov. 23rd, 2011 04:52 am (UTC)
Would you like this updated as resolved then?
vampnikolai
Nov. 23rd, 2011 04:58 am (UTC)
Yes please. Thank you very much for your help. My brother is too sweet for words, and I just wanted to see him treated right. I could care less about the money I lost.
I'd say this is resolved sufficiently. :)
sigilgoat
Nov. 23rd, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
Just so I'm clear, you aren't expecting your money back?
vampnikolai
Nov. 23rd, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
No, and that's fine. The rightful refund was made.
sigilgoat
Nov. 23rd, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)
Mod Post
Marked as resolved at OP's request.
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