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Small Amount of Concern

I had commsh'd someone who was dating at that time a friend of mine for three partials for anthrocon 05, one for myself, a friend, and the makers girlfriend, they said it wouldn't be a problem. They are rarely online and there is next to no communication. I got no response in time for Anthrocon and I did not attend the event because of a move so I asked for them by Halloween with some changes to the designs, again, no response by halloween. So then I asked for them by the first week of December so I could have them ready for a cruise I was going on, again no response except for saying that it would be done so they didn't go on the cruise either. They have been online maybe ten times since I first commsh'd them and I paid 1500 up front for the three partials.

I'm starting to worry that i'll never see the partials but I don't know if i'm just being too hasty. The builders girlfriend and I had a falling out around anthrocon and do not talk to one another besides one commsh and that was strictly business. I wonder if this is why the things haven't been built.

When I had some minor conversation with the builder around mid october they said they were waiting for materials so I got the feeling that they hadn't even started on anything since I commsh'd them in May. I don't want to rush them but i'm just concerned.

How should I go from here?

I'm used to waiting, I have several sketchbooks i've been waiting for, some since May, I understand that they take time. One albeit was already completed when I bought it in the fall and I had already been waiting on a sketchbook and they've had sold two or three completed sketchbooks since my commsh and I haven't seen sketches since the summer. One I purchased when it was completed in the fall but it never showed up but that's something completely different...

I don't know with the no-show two sketchbooks from one artist and the no-show three partials from a bidder if it's been long enough to release their names as artist_beware, that's why i'm asking first about how I should go from here.

The sketchbook artist I consider a friend, and I do not want to cause any bad blood with the builder, so I worry.
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kcravenyote
Jan. 6th, 2006 11:34 pm (UTC)
So this is about fursuits, correct?

Hm, odd..this would be something to post to fursuits_beware. It might be a good idea to warn people about the maker.
I'd release the makers name if you want to warn people about this.
And what is worse is that you already paid upfront for this stuff, you deserve to have your suits by now I think.

I wish you luck and hope you get this sorted out.
lacy
Jan. 7th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
You may want to attempt to email them again and inform them you will release their name publically if they won't get in touch with you and get the suits done by a reasonable date. If they care about their reputation, they will more than likely respond and try to work with you. Good luck.
gungho_squirrel
Jan. 7th, 2006 08:29 am (UTC)
Hrm... well I'm not sure the community should necissarily "beware" this certain person, as it sounds like the complications you're experiencing is due to some personal conflicts.

Things like that shouldn't, of course, matter when it comes to business. But what can be said? People are dumb and oftentimes let their emotions get in the way.

I don't know if your "falling out" with the makers girlfriend was anything catastrophic, but with such a delay as this perhaps it has negatively affected the builder. You should ask for progress pictures and if nothing has been done/made ask for a refund of your money and screw the commission. Although 3 halfsuits for that price is a kickass deal.

If you want a fast, efficient fursuit maker where you could get 3 suits for about that price, you should talk to bladespark. She made my suit and did an excellent job. :) Heh heh.

Anyhow, I don't think you should threaten this person in any way- and that includes telling them about releasing their name.

Have you tried going through the maker's girlfriend to get the deal? Even if you've had a "falling out" you should try and make up a bit and get in touch- maybe she can fill you in on the holdup.
skathkatt
Jan. 7th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
Hmm... 8 months for 3 partials.. that seems like a excessivly long wait to me. No matter what is going on in a person's life, they have a responsibility to get the items done in a timely manner, or refuse the commission.

Did you explain clearly when you commissioned the pieces when you expected them done by, if you expected updates (via pictures or communication), etc. This all has to be discused at the very beginning. Did you research the builder before giving them money? Have they done commissions before? etc. You must decide and figure all these things out beforehand, when you still have the option of finding someone else, if you do not like the answers.

If you are okay with waiting, I guess all you can do is wait and badger the builder more. I am unsure of your leagal rights, the 'net is a bit of a grey area.

Otherwise, demand your money back. And threaten legal action if you must. At the very least, this might get the builder's attention and, if they are not enjoying or have not begun the commission, they will likely be happy to refund it. Or they will list what they have finished to explain that the cammission is too far gone to refund.

I, personally, have a no refund policy, once I have begun the work or bought the materials. But then, I also never had a problem getting the items to the customer before the agreed upon deadline.
aaaamory
Jan. 8th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)
What's a partial?
haricotvert
Feb. 18th, 2006 04:12 am (UTC)
1500??? where do people come up with the money??
blackinboy
Feb. 22nd, 2006 03:54 am (UTC)
Fact: The Builder's house recently burned down. Completely.
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