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Beware: Sarcy

Hello everyone. I wanted to bring attention to an artist and see if anyone else has had any issues with Sarcy - FA is http://www.furaffinity.net/user/sarcy .



My husband and I had gotten to know her and her husband at AC 2010. She posted a journal that they were in a bit of a financial crunch and would be doing full sketchbook commissions for $150 to be filled over the course of a month.




My husband wanted to help them out, so we commissioned her for a sketchbook. This was on August 30th, 2010. We sent payment that same day. Initially all was well; we received updates and saw a few sketches that were in the book over the next few months (the sketches that she showed for progress I can no longer find in her gallery).






Our last communication through notes with Sarcy was on March 30th, 2011, where she stated that she didn't think that she could finish it and offered us a full refund, which she could pay off in it. My husband had talked with her husband multiple times over instant messaging, and we had been in several of her streams, and understood that they were going through some rough times at that point, too. We responded to her, letting her know that we did want to pay her for the work that she had done, and even if she didn't want to finish it, that we'd still like to have the art that she did do, and offered that if she wanted to pay us a partial amount (that we never settled on) we'd be more than willing to do that. Her response was that she was having some personal issues, and never really addressed whether she would refund us the partial amount, or full amount, or how we should proceed.






The last communication we had with her was on a journal that I had posted before our wedding looking for some wedding-themed commissions; She replied to it, and said that if we wanted, she would do a commission in exchange for knocking off some of the money that she owed us for the sketchbook (which we hadn't seen any money from at all).




We have not heard anything more from her at this point, and wanted to make other commissioners aware of our situation, as well as see if there are any other people that are in a similar situation as us.

*UPDATE*
I wanted to post a follow up to this, I just received a note from Sarcy stating that she was going to be paying us back. Will update this once payments start being made.



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marus_puppy
Apr. 20th, 2012 01:23 am (UTC)
Did you take her up on the offer she posted on your journal? I'm curious if she just left that and then didn't speak to you again or if you agreed to it and then she disappeared. (Also, when was the journal posted?)
anime_amy
Apr. 20th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
No I did not as this was suppose to be a special commission for my husband and I. I did not want to risk not getting it. Have not heard anything from her since she commented on that journal. That was on July 1st.
marus_puppy
Apr. 20th, 2012 03:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification! I agree with otherscape about letting her know you've put up a beware on her over this.
dripbat
Apr. 20th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
I just commissioned her not too long ago during a stream and she delivered lightning fast. I know that doesn't help, but I thought I'd throw that in there.
otherscape
Apr. 20th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
Did she deliver any amount of the refund since your agreement?
anime_amy
Apr. 20th, 2012 02:06 am (UTC)
No none at all.
otherscape
Apr. 20th, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
Let her know about the beware. Maybe that will get her into gear.
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kerstin_orion
Apr. 20th, 2012 10:47 am (UTC)
Due to some of the content, I am temporarily screening this until I can discuss it with my fellow moderators.
wuvvumsoc
Apr. 20th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
I don't know if this helps at all, but I just feel like the offer of 70 pages of sketches as a commission sounds like.. overkill for anyone in a workload. Some people are fast sketchers but I'd be a bit worried still if I expected an artist to do that as a single commission. Maybe it's just me but I never heard of such a daunting workload for the price of $150.
anime_amy
Apr. 20th, 2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
Oh I totally agree. Which is why I had no problem with her giving us a refund. The problem here was not the fact that she didn't do the commission it was the fact that it has taken so long and with dropped contact I was getting concerned. She has contacted me again so this post has done some good.
wuvvumsoc
Apr. 20th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
That's good to hear!
pinkpuppybelly
Apr. 20th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
If it IS overkill, then the artist in question is at fault for offering it, not the OP who is out the money.
wuvvumsoc
Apr. 20th, 2012 03:50 pm (UTC)
I'm not faulting the customer. I'm just saying I never saw such an offer to do 70 pages of art in one commission.
pinkpuppybelly
Apr. 20th, 2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
I haven't either. Hell, my 50 page sketchbooks are $500 apiece!
otherscape
Apr. 20th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
Yea, that's around $2.15 per page. Those are sweatshop rates. I'm not even sure why the artist would even offer those rates, even by furry commission standards.
wuvvumsoc
Apr. 20th, 2012 06:31 pm (UTC)
I would only offer those rates if I was doing like 2-3 sketches. But you're right, that does make me think of sweatshop drawing. :S
ljmydayaway
Apr. 20th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
I've actually seen people offer the same for much less. :c
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