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professorDragonite/professeur layton

WHO: professorDragonite/professeur layton


WHAT: Commissioned a costume piece of a character they did not own rights to. Lied about it and said they did.

Initial contact: June 12th but I said my queue was full and I'd add them to waiting list
Invoiced for payment: July 9th
Finished product: August 8th

PROOF: http://i.imgur.com/be77xK8.png

I'm not sure how much good this will do, as their etsy name is very vague and I haven't been able to trace it to them anywhere else.

They wanted to commission a hooded capelet from me, I recognized the character and asked if they owned it. They said yes. I did a few quick minutes of googling and there were no references to who actually bought Echo, and no one knew an FA name on the con pics people had taken of her, so I foolishly took their word and didn't think much of it.

After I made it and posted it, saying I didn't know Echo's FA name, the real owner posted and said she didn't commission me.

My response to both the real owner Kat and the original commissioner were a bit more emotional than I prefer to be when dealing with customers, but this was a pretty stressful situation for me, and it is what it is. I've definitely learned to fact check characters beyond taking someone's word for it.

I wish I knew their fandom name but I don't. I'm just posting this in hopes that if they contact another etsy maker to do this, they might see it and decline.
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( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 12th, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, I can't believe they tried to convince you to 'add a few things' to change it enough so they could still buy it, even after you called them out on lying outright about ownership of the character. AND after you said you were selling it to the original owner. That's just super rotten lying like that all so they could get a hood of a character they don't have rights to.

I'm just glad this turned out positive for you and that you were able to sell it.
Aug. 12th, 2014 06:47 am (UTC)
Thanks, as of today I sent it off to its rightful owner, thankfully!

But yeah I really couldn't deal with their "I apologize if I seemed elusive or misleading." stuff after being deliberately misleading.
Aug. 12th, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
That's so skeevy ugh. :c

Gotta give you props (like everyone else has haha) for handling every facet of this like a pro! And I'm really glad to see the owner of Echo wanted to buy the capelet. It would have been really sad to see something that pretty and intricate go to waste.
Aug. 13th, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Aug. 12th, 2014 04:38 pm (UTC)
I really have to commend you for being so decisive and blunt with this person, even when all the work you had done was on the line you did not give it and stood very firmly for your ideals.

I am very happy it had a good ending!
Aug. 13th, 2014 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It really was best case scenario from a bad situation
Aug. 12th, 2014 06:36 pm (UTC)
Ugh the guilting you at the end "I feel horrible and i can't sleep no matter how hard I try" when trying to get you to make something else for them.
No, you do not feel horrible, you'd not have stolen someone's character for your own use.
Aug. 13th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
I know, right? I lost it at the "I didn't meant to mislead you" type stuff, it was like "Ummm, Yes you blatantly did"
Aug. 12th, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
I have no words, only vast amounts of disgust.

You handled that well, and I am glad that you were able to get the capelet to the proper owner. It's beautiful work!
Aug. 13th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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