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Beware: Synxirazu-niam

(Edited to remove proxy info as per moderator's request)

WHO: Synx, AKA Synxirazu-niam, Dan, Benefactor, and other random Steam names.

WHERE: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/synxirazu-niam

WHAT: Digital art, or art of some case. The main point of this Beware post is to alert all potential people of his dodgy dealings over the past years, and as I'll say later in the post, while he's atoned for his mistakes I believe his past actions still warrant a Beware.



WHEN: 30 April 2011 - 13 February 2013

PROOF:
Initial Payment

Roughly a year later when I requested the art be changed due to a falling out with the other person in the picture

Email I sent (no reply) 9 months later after he removed me off Steam for asking about my commission too often

Eventual refund, just under 2 years later

EXPLAIN: Unfortunately a lot of the contact was made via Steam, however I have a variety of screencaps to prove transactions and such. However, this is the rough chain of events:

1. Order art of varying kinds/amounts from Synx.
2. Wait up to two years for it to be done, meanwhile he posts gift pictures, music, and various journals about why he can't be bothered to do art (examples include: being fired from a Wal-Mart job, having a sore hand (yet he was on Steam on a daily basis playing a tonne of games), and other similar complaints).
3. It took two years of berating him until I personally got my money back. I've been told "everyone got their money back", I cannot verify this - however the fact remains he jerked a lot of people, myself included, around for years which is a very, very poor business ethic.

In my case, I ordered my picture (a one-page comic) in April 2011. Between then and February of 2012, I followed Synx, waiting for my piece. I asked him every few weeks/monthly for an update, the usual response being "it's on the list" or "I'll get to it later". February 2012, I requested to change the art content, which he agreed to do. Then the same thing happened between then and November the same year, I continued to ask him for an update. Several journals were put up near the end of the year, sometimes saying he was going through his "list of art to do" and other times "that he'd refund everyone when he could". These have all been deleted. Around November he removed me off Steam, meaning I could no longer contact him about it. I posted on his journals but never got a reply. About this time I received notes from another customer of his who saw my comments and told me he was going through the same thing. I contacted the only mutual friend of his, and received his email address. I sent him an email, but received no reply. After getting the mutual friend to poke him again, he re-added me to Steam to say my refund would be there within a month. Three months later, with zero contact from him on Steam, I finally received an eCheque on Paypal - 5 days later I had my money back.

I want to stress that point - he did indeed refund me, which is admirable. However, his excuses, his timeline, and general business attitude should not go unnoticed. My main reason for posting this now, is after he disappeared from FA multiple times, and not long after refunding me, he has recently become active on the site again and has started taking commissions again. I think that just about sums it all up.

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thesquarefox
Jul. 17th, 2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
aww
:C that really sucks! I think after reading a lot of bewares like this, sometimes its worse than if the artist just ups and disappears with the money! at least then you might be more angry when it happens, but at least you KNOW what their intentions were...with this kind of stringing-along, I think the not knowing and the waiting would drive me bonkers >_<

arg anyways, that's too bad you didn't get your one comic page. what was the subject matter by the way? I might be able to try and give you a sketch page at least :3
farfle23
Jul. 18th, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
Re: aww
Indeed. While it's good that the money came back, it should never have been the case to begin with. People shouldn't take money from others if they have no intention of doing the work required for it - and while things can be circumstantial, the correct thing to do is to refund straight away, not lead them on for two years and reluctantly accept it.

The subject matter changed, I can hardly remember what the original one was, but the other was going to be just a series of various sexual acts or something. No need to do a page, it's that outdated it's not even funny anymore, hah.
thesquarefox
Jul. 18th, 2013 12:27 am (UTC)
Re: aww
no, for sure its TERRIBLE and illegal to take money and run, im just saying that if I HAD to pick one of the two ways to get screwed over, Id rather that I know instead of getting strung along and I could cut my losses. of course its not okay to screw people over in any way lol!

ah well ^^; I offered
neolucky
Jul. 18th, 2013 07:17 am (UTC)
Re: aww
Please do not openly offer your services to OP's in this community who are posting bewares in lue of missing work owed, we really don't feel thats appropriate. Take this to PMs if you must but don't do that here.
thesquarefox
Jul. 18th, 2013 10:20 am (UTC)
Re: aww
oh! sorry! Id seen it a lot in other bewares so I didnt know it was a problem. duly noted!
sbneko
Jul. 18th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Re: aww
I hope you don't mind me asking, but I'm a bit confused. I've seen in many posts, even some by admins I believe, where someone offered some free art since they got burned, and that was ok? I didn't see any mod say anything about it, but isn't it the same here? I don't think they meant the OP would need to pay.

I know it's against rules to market yourself here though, and try to sell.
kerstin_orion
Jul. 18th, 2013 07:05 pm (UTC)
Re: aww
I'm all for members helping people who post here, but the trouble is, some folks were pretty blatantly using it to get around the restriction on advertising. That's why we ask people to take it to PM now.

edit for typo

Edited at 2013-07-18 07:06 pm (UTC)
thesquarefox
Jul. 18th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: aww
I gotcha. Sorry for the trouble then! my apologies!
archadia
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Re: aww
Plus, isn't that kind of like ambulance-chasing?!
thesquarefox
Jul. 18th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: aww
Yeah, I was just offering for free because I felt bad for their situation <: D
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