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I'm currently in the middle of my first character auction so I figure I ought to come here for advice before taking any action in this situation.

I'm not really sure what to do here. The person who currently has the high bid in this auction is someone I am not really comfortable selling to. This person is known for opening "emergency commissions" and donations every other day, which includes begging for 700$ to hire a tracker to find her lost dog, and 600$ for another dog for Christmas- a high maintenance pure breed , that she- go figure- can't afford to take care of.

Yesterday she bid 30$ in my auction, which was a little more than double the previous bid, so I'm afraid she might have scared off any other bidders. Less than four hours later, she posted yet another donation journal:

"I am in need of $50 right now.
My dog ate something and is throwing up like crazy
I took him to the vet and his visit was $20
His medicine is $30
Please
I will be ART SLAVE FOR A MONTH for whoever donates $50
Any other donations will get art of choice too even maybe red sheets
Please help. I have until tomorrow to come up with the money since the place I went to isn't allowed to make payments longer than that ://
Help??
Please ASAP"

...
so why are you bidding in a character auction??
Anyway, someone did indeed give her the money.

After that, I waited 24 hours, in hopes that A.) someone would outbid her, or B.) she would say to me "Hey, maybe I can't afford this.", and withdraw the bid.
Neither of those things happened. Instead, she commented on the submission today with "I need him.", so she clearly still intends to buy this character with money she apparently doesn't have.

So at this point, I'm not sure how to handle this. I feel like if I sold her this character, I would be robbing her dog of care FA is already providing it instead of her. I realize it's not my place to tell people how to spend their money, though- but at this point I don't even know how she plans to pay for this if she does win- is she going open another journal begging for someone else to pay for it? I'm not sure if she has any history of winning auctions and not paying, and she's never been on A_B, but it would honestly not surprise me given her track record with money(and lackthereof). I've even had one of her friends come to me after she placed the bid who was very distressed at the idea of my selling her the character.

The auction doesn't end until March 1st, but I want to know what to do before the last minute. Do I have the right to ask her to withdraw her bid?
Any advice would be appreciated.
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purpule
Feb. 25th, 2014 11:29 am (UTC)
You have the right to refuse sale, first and foremost
If you're not comfortable with the auction, you can cancel it - no money has changed hands

If she put up that her dog needs care mysteriously right after she bid on your auction - I'm going to hazard a guess that there's absolutely nothing wrong with the dog


Said person also wanted something from me and said they'd pay me for it within the end of the day, but seems to have forgotten since that was almost 2 weeks ago :/
frisket17
Feb. 25th, 2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
This.
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celestinaketzia
Feb. 25th, 2014 11:33 am (UTC)
You're within your rights to cancel their bid or cancel the whole auction.
kaiiju
Feb. 25th, 2014 11:39 am (UTC)
I would, personally, have them retract their bid and maybe extend the auction by a few days to give it a chance to go back up to the current price.
It may not be your "place" to tell her what to do with her money, but you can definitely try to stop her spending money she apparently doesn't have and feeding a bad habit.
I've seen them around before, and all I can say is that I know they bought her current fursona for over 100 dollars. Trying to keep this as ... vague as possible, for anyone else reading.

Seems like a case of "eyes too big for their wallet", a condition that a lot of furries tend to have. 9^6

Best of luck selling your design-! I almost bid on the character in question, but I realized I didn't really have the kind of income to be throwing around right now. Oop.
mpd_84
Feb. 25th, 2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
I'd say cancel the bid. Be careful how you word any responce, since they may try to kick up a fuss over it. Good luck!
gatekat
Feb. 25th, 2014 01:49 pm (UTC)
You have the right to cancel the bid or the auction.
You have the right to block her to prevent her from future attempts too.

My recommendation, for what it's worth:
Cancel the auction, then block her, then put it back up in a week or two.

Or you can simply hide her bid and block her.

As for a vet costing $20 ... I've yet to hear of any vet that cheap. Emergency visits usually start a lot higher.
thaily
Feb. 25th, 2014 01:51 pm (UTC)
You're allowed to refuse a customer for any reason, or none at all. I probably would, I don't want to enable a scammer >:/
lunar_orchids
Feb. 25th, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC)
You can always hide her comment inform her of your reasoning via note and block her from bidding. Also make sure to note the next highest bidder to see if they are still interested and ok with continuing their bid.

I'm miffed by this person because one of my family members just donated to her save the dog thing. Plus it's slightly bothersome in her puppy videos she has a puppy playing with a plastic shopping bag... Sighs.

Good luck in your auction !
snobahr
Feb. 25th, 2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
"Thank you for your interest in my auction, however, given your recent journal about your dog needing veterinary care, I cannot in good conscience accept your bids in my auctions."
xianjaguar
Feb. 25th, 2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
This. This is PERFECT.
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hidden_kyuubi
Feb. 25th, 2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
Seems she got outbid, for now, at least.
lunar_orchids
Feb. 25th, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I didn't last long and her bid is almost what she's begging for right now. This is so sad I truly hope nothing is really wrong with her dog.
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ryunwoofie
Feb. 25th, 2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
If you end up canceling the auction just re-list it. You have every right to deny them especially if they have very obvious red flags flying high like that. :[ I know emergency's happen but that's a no brainier.

Sometimes I get pride takes over and people don't want to look bad and back out, but I think at this point it's not that kind of situation.
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hidden_kyuubi
Feb. 25th, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
So much this.
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aerotheacrobat
Feb. 25th, 2014 06:22 pm (UTC)
I'm going to echo everyone above. I take on the motto, "When in doubt, get the heck out." when it comes to sales. It's just me, but she sounds very young, not able to control her spending, or possibly both.

Also, loving the idea above about canceling her bid because of her "financial emergency" and wishing her dog well, but in all honesty, you don't have to give any reason what so ever. You protect yourself first.
kitefeathers
Feb. 25th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
Assuming the auction is on FA, isn't that sort of behavior a banable offense?
lem0ntrees
Feb. 25th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
People have been banned before for similar behavior.
squish_kitten
Feb. 25th, 2014 07:52 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. I'm glad I'm not the only one who's noticed this pattern.

Definitely agreeing with the rest here, as the artist you retain all rights to cancel the auction, or simply remove the bid. So long as you do so tactfully, it would in no way reflect badly on you!
whoop_zi
Feb. 25th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you all so much for the advice! It gives me a lot more peace of mind about this whole thing.

I commented on her emergency journal with basically a combination snobahr's and fenris' comments on here:

"Hey [user in question]- Thank you for your interest in my auction, however, given this journal about your dog needing veterinary care, I cannot in good conscience accept your bids in my auction- sorry. I hope he gets better soon!"

Sorry they're pretty much word for word, your responses were really wonderful xD;

After that I screencapped the journal along with my comment and hid her bids, although I forgot to screencap those before I did because I was sort of in a rush, oop.
norsepaw
Feb. 25th, 2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
Lets hope it wont make her angry.
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