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Stay away from Vanyabear

WHO: She goes by Vanyabear http://www.furaffinity.net/user/vanyabear/
Dymitry http://www.furaffinity.net/user/dymitri
and her old name was Shwee http://www.furaffinity.net/user/shwee

WHERE: I commissioned her on fa through her vanyabear account http://www.furaffinity.net/user/vanyabear/

WHAT: I bought two badges off of her when she was having a sale, they were traditional badges laminated with clip. She started deleting all of her submissions after I bought them though so no screencap.

WHEN: I paid for the badges August 29th 2012.

PROOF: Paypal payment http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k305/Wahaneta/vanyapaypal.jpg

EXPLAIN: I contacted vanya on one of her submissions during a sale for badges she was having and paid for the badges August 29th later that night.

She posted on my page pictures to the badges the next day. Aug 30th.
Shortly after she posted them to my page she deleted them from her gallery. The pictures were of two finished, laminated badges of my characters though.

Two and a half weeks went by and I sent her a simple and friendly shout asking if she had shipped the badges.
She replied with this http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k305/Wahaneta/vanyascreenshot2.png Sept 19th
The journal she is talking about she deleted less than two days later.

The end of the month came and went, and a month after the last shout I sent her another asking again if she had sent the badges yet.
She replied on October 18th http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k305/Wahaneta/vanyascreenshot3.png saying that she would have them out the NEXT DAY.

I didn't get the badges in the mail so I asked her again this time I was getting impatient because I wanted the badges for a convention on November 3rd.
October 26th http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k305/Wahaneta/vanyascreenshot3.png
She told me to read the journal she posted, which said that she just had a minor surgery and was in the hospital for a couple days. Now I understand that she wasn't feeling well but at this point I had already waited 2 months for these badges and she had no excuse for the previous delays.

At this point she had explained in her surgery journal that she was too broke+busy+sick to do anything.
She then posted this journal begging money and commissions for a dildo from bad dragon
Oct 30th http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k305/Wahaneta/vanyadildo.png
I felt I had to ask her again when my badges would be shipped. She was already taking on new commissions but she didn't have the time to ship out one envelope. I then threatened to post her here on Artists Beware. She said she was shipping the badges with a refund as soon as she could make it to the post office.

Another month had come and gone and I never received anything from Vanya.
Then on Nov 27th she posts this http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k305/Wahaneta/vanyagoodbye.png She took the time to go through and delete all of her submissions, journals, shouts and favorites and all out abandoned her account.
On the Journal two other people beside myself commented asking "what about our refunds?" So I started talking to other people who had commissioned her. She left every single one of us without a way to contact her and never refunded anyone.

The next day Nov 28th the account that she had "given" to her "friend" posted a shout http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k305/Wahaneta/dymitripost.png

I won't lie, I don't believe for an instant that she gave away her character and her brand new fursuit to anyone.
I sent her "friend" a note asking if there was anyways to contact her.
They tell me that Vanya is without internet and that is why she is no longer online.
Yet I still see her posting updates on facebook
There are also no posts at all about her having a surgery on facebook and it's pretty obvious that she is still the owner of her Demitri character.

All I can say is stay as far away from this person as possible. She owes money to so many people and I am surprised she has never been posted on here before. I never received my badges or any sort of refund or even an apology.

UPDATE: She did send me a refund for the badges on the 11th of December but today(Dec 14th)she sent me an email calling me a stalker http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k305/Wahaneta/vanyaemail_zpsadc17d72.png even though all these screen caps were all directed at me or were posted publicly.
I had hope for her when I saw that she posted her suit up for sale to pay back all the money she owes, but then a friend linked me this http://i91.photobucket.com/albums/k305/Wahaneta/vanyafurbuylie_zps6f5e147a.png
Apparently she plans on spending all the money for refunds on a new $800 suit when she is only selling hers for $700.
Needless to say after the whole experience with her I hope to never hear from her again and I wish the best for the other people she owes money to.
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( 25 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 6th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
:( Such a shame. One of my semi-local buddies had purchased a fursuit commission from her. The guy thought he was never going to get it. When he finally did get it, it was put together poorly and she didn't remember to ship the handpaws with it.

To this day, I don't think he's seen the handpaws. :/ I will ask him if he'll post on here as well.

Edited at 2012-12-06 11:36 pm (UTC)
Dec. 6th, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
Aa. I see that Waqia has already posted a shout on their VanyaBear page. Still. I'll ask if he has any interest in posting about it here.

Edited at 2012-12-06 11:41 pm (UTC)
Dec. 7th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
Aww, if he is is still looking for new paws or even having his suit touched up I would be willing to give him a discount on my work! If he is interested you can have him contact me on my thatsfurredup account on FA.

Just hate seeing people get screwed on this kinda stuff :/
Dec. 7th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
Aw. That's sweet of you, Ee. :) I will let him know.
Dec. 7th, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
Yea tell him to check his notes he should have one from me that discusses some going-ons he might be interested in.
Dec. 7th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
Iam shocked and disapointed. And even MORE so to know that there are more people who have not gotten what they paid for!

I never expected this of her..
Dec. 7th, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
I should have expected it with all the times I've seen her begging for money in journals before -_- I really didn't stop to think about it until now. Red Flag.
Dec. 7th, 2012 01:10 am (UTC)
Wow, that's a damn shame. I've never dealt with this person so I can't say anything about whether or not this is surprising. I wish people wouldn't do these things and then "come back" just to do it again. (From the sound of it, she's not going to just disappear forever and will probably be back with a new username acting like she's someone else.)

I'm assuming it's too late to file a dispute with your Paypal but what about your bank (if you have one)?
Dec. 7th, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
Truthfully I did not lose that much money with it being only two badges but yes it is too late to recover it. I had to post this beware to provoke all the people who really got screwed to do the same.
Dec. 7th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
That's really terrible and I wish I could help. (I lack the skills to make badges or even draw.)

Either way, I'm glad you posted it because others certainly need to be aware of someone like this. I'm just sorry you had to learn the hard way.
Dec. 7th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
She owes me over $100 - I tried to dispute it with paypal,
but unfortunately I had sent it under Personal/Payment Owed to avoid giving her fees : ( Paypal will only file a dispute case for the purchases of goods or services.
So the only thing I've been able to do is send her a request for the money back through paypal. She declined the first one, so I resent it and it's still just pending.
I doubt I will ever see that money again.
Dec. 13th, 2012 03:14 am (UTC)
By any chance did she tell you to send it that way? If so, I'd report it to Paypal and contact them to see if they can help getting your money back.
Dec. 7th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
She hounded me to ship out the head and feet ASAP for some local event and I agreed because she was paying (originally) for a rush order on a whole suit and I felt safe in doing so.

She paid half of the total, but for the parts that were shipped she still owed $150 on but she said she would promptly pay when she got the money.

But then with late payments and saying I'll send money soon, deleting reference pics and accounts, and then asking to just get the partial instead and then canceling the thing in its entirety I've basically lost hope for getting that money back. Then a "friend" contacted me saying shes the new owner of everything and that she will return the money after the head and such is sold... Honestly I don't know what to believe here, the "friend" thing seems super sketchy but I would like to believe that I might get that money back for my work at the same time.
Dec. 7th, 2012 05:06 am (UTC)
An acquaintance of hers in real life has come forward and said that she is still running the dymitri account and that everything she said about leaving was a lie. She still has a phone, she still has internet- her up to date posts on facebook can prove that alone. I am just appalled that someone can continue to lie like this and so nonchalantly.
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Dec. 9th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
The point is she left saying she had no means of contacting the people she owes.
Dec. 7th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Well I ordered sleeves from her a while back. I have her address. She lives 3 hours from me and I haven't received anything. I bought them in April and asked for express shipping. Anyway, the "new claimed owner" has decided to ship me the sleeves and handpaws to that new suit of hers. Lets see if it happens. If not, I might just get authorities involved.
Dec. 7th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
There is no "new owner" according to people who know her irl.
Dec. 7th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
If it was just a few dollars, a few forgotten commissions, I'd say no big deal.. but she owes a lot of people a lot of money.
And we have a lot of screen capped evidence.
I second the notion of getting the authorities involved.
Especially since you are so close to her.
Dec. 8th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
So much this ^
People like her will never stop when they can get away with it
Dec. 9th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
My Partial from her!
I am Waqiathunderwolf on FA. I purchased a Partial from Vanyabear aka Dymitry, aka Shwee, aka ShweeWolfCraftz, im sure she has more names then this. Anyways, I purchased a Partial for $600.00. Wow I thought it was a good deal. She said she had done about 15-20 suits and partials in the past year or 2. So i thought ok, cool The suits I saw done on her page was really nice! Come to find out they was made by someone else. anyways, After I sent the money all paid April 2012. She said she was working on it, 2 months later she said he was having problems with money, and buying my shoes for the feet paws, She asked if I could buy them and Send them to her, So i did. Another $50.00 shoes and Shipping to her. Which i figured since she was almost done with it that she was just waiting on the shoes why not send em so i could get them back before July 2012 as promised. Which I didn't get the Partial without the hand paws till Late September 2012 or Beginning of October 2012. After I paid another $20.00 to have the Partial shipped to me. Then I was in a Rush to get the hand paws from her, she said she didn't have the money to ship them, So after a week and Me contacting Her and told her that I was going to contact legal department over this, I got the hand paws The Wednesday before MFF 2012. The partial is jacked up, The hand paws are done wrong and look like crap. Don't even fit my hands, the feet paws are jacked up, not glued right, the toes are uneven and don't match the other feet paw, The head is bad, just Bad, Uncomfortable to wear, Doesn't have a Moving jaw, The eyes are Different shaped, the arm sleeves are too short, the Partial is not even worth $150.00. I Have a Full Suit now, but I wanted the partial to wear around, and have the Full suit for special occasions. So now i have a Partial I can't do nothing with till i find someone that can basically redo the entire thing. Which sucks.... I wish i had the talents to build partials and such cause Id redo it myself. now Im going to be out More Money to pay someone else to try and Remake the partial so i can actually use it and not be embarrassed wearing it.


Dec. 9th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: My Partial from her!
You should post this as a separate beware
Dec. 15th, 2012 05:12 am (UTC)
I think the link to Oct 26th is the same as the previous date ^^;

But either way, this isn't the first time I've heard about this person and may not be the last. I really hope she comes to her senses soon.
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Apr. 6th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
If the new owner can note me here or on FA(@ Kusatsu) to discuss the matter I'll see what I can do.
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Apr. 9th, 2013 07:24 am (UTC)
Thank you for forwarding her to me. We have discussed it and the tag has been altered. Community staff do not have the ability to edit posts however so that and the notice posted below is the best I could do.

Edited at 2013-04-09 07:24 am (UTC)
Apr. 9th, 2013 07:11 am (UTC)
Mod Post
This is an official moderator notice that I have confirmed the Dymitri account is no longer connected to the person featured in the post. Tag has been altered to reflect this. Thank you.
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