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WHO: maoria on FurAffinity

WHERE: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/maoria/

WHAT: 3 traditional sketches, to be delivered by mail after completion.  

WHEN: Bought commissions a year ago.  Have not even seen commissions, let alone received them.

PROOF: http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/2216583/

Screencaps of her FurAffinity journal are below showing where I am listed as buying commissions (I am "thedormouse").



EXPLAIN: A year ago maoria posted the commission journal shown above.  I decided to commission some pictures and noted her on FA.  She was friendly and responsive at first, as this note with history shows, and was even willing to ship from the UK to the US:


After I sent her payment, she abruptly cut off communication.  After a few weeks, I noted her again about the commissions and received this bizarre response.


After some time with no further communication, I messaged her several times but received no response (even though the FA note system indicated they had been read or at least deleted).  Finally, I told her that I'd open a trouble ticket on her if she did not respond.  Naturally, she didn't, so I did, though that got me nowhere.

Her account was fairly inactive for many months.  Recently, however, she has made a return and has even started taking commissions again.  I noted her about mine.  When the first few were ignored, I noted her again and found she had blocked my account.  She's posted a "to-do" list of commissions, which I am of course not on.  Emails to the accounts she has listed on her FA account yield no response either.

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( 23 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 9th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
Wow that sucks :/
It's hard to read with all the messages being clumped into one quote, but none of your notes to her seemed to be pushy that would make her resort to blocking you. Just bad business practice, though Beware well warranted!

I hope she comes to terms that she can't simply steal your money like that (possibly dispute with your bank since it's too late for paypal to step in) without you wanting to get what you paid for in return. I would suggest making an alt but going around FA's block system isn't a good idea even if they aren't doing jack to help you and you're blocked from contacting her elsewhere.
Jul. 9th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think trying anything on else on FA will just be a waste of time (she could just as easily block any alt I make).

Sorry if the composite note is hard to read. I didn't include all the notes I sent her asking for progress, as they're all fairly short and none were replied to anyway.

The double-last straw for me was when she posted an "apology" pic to some other person she claims "wronged pretty bad a while back" (http://www.furaffinity.net/view/8348246/), then the same day posts a journal begging someone to donate 5 pounds so she could go get wasted with her friends for the weekend (http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/3626678/).
Jul. 9th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
Yeah I saw the journal, maybe speaking with FA staff again providing a link here would help? I doubt it but it's worth a try again, I mean they've banned a few people for scamming people out of money I don't see why they're so picky about what they do even if you're the only one being affected it's still worth being resolved.
Jul. 10th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, I don't believe FA is interested in helping. I actually posted this because, after I pointed out in my trouble ticket that she was taking commissions again and had blocked my messages, an FA admin responded by saying "The only thing you can do for now is to make a post on Artists Beware or a similar site. We can only take action if the artist is taking new commissions with no intent of delivering" -- like they're going to advertise that fact or something.
Jul. 10th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Well from the looks of other comments they might need to step in at one point whether or not your commissions are new. This has happened before and people have been banned for scamming people and not delivering.

Hopefully if she finds out about this and other Beware posts she'll shape up and unblock you then complete commissions she's been owing people.
Jul. 9th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
This isn't the first time I've seen her name crop up, just not here- I have a friend on FA who's still waiting to see color on a commission he purchased from her quite some time ago.

I'll point him in this direction, perhaps it's time that he stepped forward as well with his issues he'd had with her.
Jul. 10th, 2012 03:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for spreading the word!
Jul. 9th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
I happen to be one of the few (or many) that have waited for a completed commission for a good two years now.

Jul. 10th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear you've had difficulties too. The way things are going, I don't think I'm going to see ANY part of my commissions from her.

Didn't realize someone had already posted on her. For some reason, this one wasn't given the "artist-maoria" tag. If she hasn't finished yours even after your posting, then my journal probably won't faze her much either.

Edited at 2012-07-10 03:46 am (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2012 03:47 am (UTC)
Usually the moderators do the tagging, and I don't think they tagged that entry, for whatever reason.
Jul. 10th, 2012 11:23 am (UTC)
It was not tagged with the artist's name because it was originally submitted as an advice post
We don't tag advice posts with names because they are usually submitted without the name of the other party, or are lacking the proof needed for a beware. Or both.
Jul. 10th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
That's what I figured, but that post clearly had her name included so that's why I was confused as to why it wasn't tagged with it.

Edited at 2012-07-10 07:27 pm (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
You're trying to confuse an old gray mare, here! ;)

This current post is tagged with the artist's name. The previous one referenced in this thread wasn't tagged with a name because it was submitted as an advice post. We don't archive those, so I'm not sure if it had the name in it originally, and it has definitely been edited since approval.
Jul. 10th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)

Sorry if I'm sounding confusing, I was trying to be...un...confusing.

What I was trying to say was that the artist's name was included in the previous post by the other user and that was why I wasn't sure why her name wasn't included in the tags. But I understand why it wasn't now, since it was tagged as an "advice" post, and not a beware. I think he (the other user) was more looking to post a beware rather than an advice post, but I could be wrong!

Edit: I stand corrected, it looks more to me like he was looking for advice rather than wanting to post a full-on beware. Still a little groggy from waking up not too long ago, I apologize. @.@

Edited at 2012-07-10 07:44 pm (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Only bewares get tagged with a name, because their purpose is to serve as a warning against someone. Advice posts are meant to be asking for, well, advice on how to handle a specific situation and thus the artist does not need to be identified for them.
Jul. 10th, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
Right, I understand that. That's why I said "But I understand why it wasn't now, since it was tagged as an 'advice' post, and not a beware." instead of further questioning it. :)
Jul. 10th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC)
I'm confused; looking at your last entry, it was resolved last April?
Jul. 10th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
I think he got part of his initial commission, but he paid for color and is still waiting on that.

Edited at 2012-07-10 07:26 pm (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
That was what I thought, but he's linked to a coloured piece in his last edit?
Jul. 10th, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
The only piece I saw linked was in his last comment, which was an inked piece: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5414031. I think the link to the reference sheet at the top for the edit was on accident, as that's a piece done by the OP, and not the artist in question.

Edited at 2012-07-10 09:39 pm (UTC)
Jul. 11th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh, derp; I never noticed that. I evidently can't brain today. Thanks. :)
Jul. 10th, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I went ahead and edited it. My mistake.
Jul. 11th, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
I had a moment of nonfunctioning brain myself. Sorry! ^^
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