Zi (whoop_zi) wrote in artists_beware,
Zi
whoop_zi
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Advice on a potential buyer I am genuinely uncomfortable with.

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.
Tags: advice for artists, declining a commission
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