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Beware: AluminemSiren

April 10 Edit: A day after I initially sent in this post for mod approval, Aluminem actually contacted me with an inked copy of the commission. I asked for some changes, and was sent them fairly quickly. The commission is still not complete, but progress is happening! I'd say this has been PENDINGfor now since I finally got a reply and progress on the art.

April 11 Edit: Setting this back to pending, after a few comments suggested I shouldn't jump the gun on saying it's resolved when it isn't.

April 17 Edit: Alum is currently taking more new commissions and says those will be done by early next week:

May 19 Edit: Alum has kind of disappeared off the face of the earth again.

WHO : AluminemSiren
WHAT: $25 commission "portrait"
WHEN: December 12
PROOF: (Paypal Receipt)(Aluminem confirms payment)

Hello there everybody. This is actually my first post here and I hope it's worth even being mentioned. For the [past four months](screenshot), I've been trying to get in contact with AluminemSiren about a simple $20 Character Portrait I'd like to get from them. I paid them on the day I contacted them and Aluminem said they'd get me a sketch the next day, but that didn't happen. Time passed, and I actually forgot about it until a month or two later. I tracked them down on FA again and inquired about it, and then a general post appeared shortly after stating they were simply[procrastinating on the art for everybody.](screenshot)

I left comments there asking for the [status two months ago, then one month ago.](screenshot), and about [20 days ago from the time of this post](screenshot) , all of which have been unanswered. Someone else actually replied to my month-ago status saying they were also wanting to know the status of their commission as well, but they have since hidden the comment. Meanwhile, Aluminem has been actively talking to other people in their journals and shout pages.

During this time, Aluminem has taken [several] [new] [commissions] [while] [leaving] [o][t][h]er people like me on the [waiting list](screenshot of a few of the journals, but not all) (screenshot of waiting list). For example, Razorblitz asked for a commission [three months ago] and it's listed as "COMPLETE!!"(screenshot). kougatalbain is also above me on the waiting list even though I paid before them, as are a few others. I am not sure if that list is in 'to do' order but I've been placed at the very bottom.

Aluminemsiren won't give me the time of day and I'd really like to know if I'll ever see this commission from them. I very well know that life happens and [new jobs] really do take the energy out of you sometimes, but I feel there could have been time in this 3-4 month long gap to at least write me a reply. Judging by their [20+ commission list] and the amount of time I've been waiting it may be a very long time until I even see a sketch.

(It won't let me add tags for this post on both [Livejournal and Semagic], sorry about that)

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Apr. 10th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Approved. And tagged for you, as that's what we mods are here for.
Apr. 10th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
Hey thanks. I haven't used LJ in a while so I didn't really remember how to do it.
Apr. 10th, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Woah, I have a commission pending with them as well. Granted mine was placed in January (so not as long) When I saw their journal about the new job I understood, (working does kill the artistic drive) however this has me a bit nervous now. A simply reply should be easy
Apr. 19th, 2012 02:24 am (UTC)
Yeah when I saw yours put up it kind of threw me off a bit, though when he put up yet another journal for icons I figured enough was enough and had to say something to him.
Apr. 10th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
It might just be my computer, but are some of your links not working? Nope, my internet is being a fail. Ignore me!

Also, I'm hoping that you'll get your commission soon. I really like AluminemSiren's art and I'd be very disappointed to find out he's got poor work ethic. :/

Edited at 2012-04-10 09:04 pm (UTC)
Apr. 10th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
You really shouldn't mark anything resolved until you get everything you paid for, but that's my opinion. Glad they are working on something though, good luck getting the finished piece.
Apr. 10th, 2012 09:10 pm (UTC)
I am inclined to agree with Ryun. Its never a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket, just because you got the sketch previewed.

When you have the completed work is best.
(no subject) - prguitarman - Apr. 10th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 12th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
Oh geez I still have a pending commission from him as well (not a portrait, but a full commission from him) haven't paid for it yet because of he wanted to sketch it out first before payment. It's weird since I got a portrait before and he got it done in a few weeks. Glad to hear that he didn't forget about you and he's making progress :)
Apr. 12th, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
Also forgot to mention that 3 months ago AluminemSiren posted a journal regarding about all of his commissions here http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/3082755/
Apr. 12th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Disregard this post lol
Callum Carr
Apr. 16th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
I'm surprised you got something from him, I'm supposed to be next on the list and I've seen nothing of mine yet.
Apr. 16th, 2012 04:59 am (UTC)
How long have you been waiting for yours? Do you have a link to the original comments with the order? Just curious
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Apr. 16th, 2012 04:49 am (UTC)
Sounds like it's from the same portrait commission list I'm dealing with. It's also alarming to realize there are four people in this thread who also have pending commissions with Aluminem.
(no subject) - thatonejackal - Apr. 16th, 2012 05:25 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 17th, 2012 12:04 am (UTC)
Perhaps this is irrelevant, but it seems he's been working on a game in his free time. Instead of doing commissions. Lets see, I'll put it as he put it, "I can do what I want." He also doesn't care that he's been posted here, because he says people will still like his art, so they will still flock to him and buy his stuff.

I tried to tell him if he's too busy to do commissions, or doesn't want to do them, refund the people who have paid and and drop the rest, but he apparently doesn't believe in that. He says he'll only refund people if they ask first. Which is silly imo. If you don't really have any intentions of doing the art, it's wrong not to refund those who have paid even if they didn't ask. So basically, I guess, he would be just keeping their money without putting out the product they paid for.

Granted you all you have is my word, but I was in the same room as him on a chatsite called Wolfhome. His user name on there is Orion. Sadly I left because I had to go to the grocery store, so I didn't get caps. I apologize.

Edited at 2012-04-17 12:10 am (UTC)
Apr. 17th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
Please use screencaps and actual evidence. I understand you're not a friend of his (you're more a flat out enemy, rather), so your word alone may cause issues. Please try to keep your personal issues with him out of this.
(no subject) - arisingprophet - Apr. 17th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - kayla_la - Apr. 17th, 2012 04:16 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - arisingprophet - Apr. 17th, 2012 07:02 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - aluminemsiren - Apr. 17th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - oceandezignz - Apr. 19th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - arisingprophet - Apr. 21st, 2012 12:35 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - oceandezignz - Apr. 21st, 2012 01:11 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - sweet_melon_bun - Apr. 17th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 19th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
Added a new edit. I don't know what his status is on existing commissions but he has started accepting a whole new round of commissions he says will be done by Monday.
Apr. 19th, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
Just leaving my little bit of info on this whole thing. I paid him for a $25 portrait back in October when he originally opened them back up and I was on the list as the first few he was to do, paid him upfront and everything. Months went by and I saw he was continuing to take commissions because he apparently needed money for new glasses. And then he kept taking more and more and more.

Finally after I saw his journal on taking even more commissions I finally contacted him about it. I sent a note to him and got no response, so I sent something to him right in the journal and finally the next day I got a note from him with a quick little sketch in it. He also hid my comment in the journal after it.

But it appears he's been doing this to a lot of people. Even if it's not intentional people should know and be warned about this in the future.
May. 19th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
Alum seems to have dropped off the face of the planet once more, aside from replying in this other thread:


Edit: Whoops, that wasn't supposed to be a reply to you, but a stand-alone reply.

Edited at 2012-05-19 12:28 pm (UTC)
Jan. 6th, 2013 01:24 pm (UTC)
Payment has been refunded.
Jan. 6th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
Once the OP has responded here to confirm this, we will be happy to mark it resolved!
(no subject) - aluminemsiren - Jan. 6th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - sigilgoat - Jan. 6th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
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