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Art trade: how long is too long?

So, I'll try to keep this brief: I'm asking for advice on an art-trade.

I was approached by a user at the beginning of February to trade an adoptable-design that I had in my gallery for some art that they would make in exchange. I initially agreed to the trade because the design had been sitting in my gallery for a while and the user seemed very enthusiastic about using the character.

However, it's been several months now and the promised piece of art has not yet been delivered. Now, seeing as this was just a trade, I've sent a note asking about how it was coming along, but I wasn't too fussed about it being finished by a certain deadline as I can understand life can throw curveballs. However, both times that I've checked in throughout the months I've been waiting, they've told me they lost all info related to the trade and I've had to re-send it twice now. Again: I wouldn't be to fussed about this, if it weren't for some troubling entries I've read on A_B here in the meantime.

They have been nothing but friendly to me, but the A_B-entries don't sit well with me. So what I'm now wondering is: is there a way to cancel the trade (as they haven't delivered the art, nor used the character yet) without it blowing up in my face? Should I trust that they'll eventually finish the art or (worst-case) just eat the loss and chalk this up as a leason learnt?

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starcharmer
May. 17th, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
I...honestly would have made it clear to them from the start that the character would be held but would not be "theirs" until the time the art was delivered. Trading anything pre-made for something that still needs to be made should always be treated that way by both parties, in my opinion.

I'm not sure what I'd do about it now. I'd probably say something like "Are you still interested in this character? I would like to get this transaction out of the way so if your part of the trade isn't done within 2 months [or whenever], I will try to re-sell the character. Sorry if this is inconvenient, but it's been [x months] since we agreed to trade and I still haven't seen your end of the deal."

You can re-word that however you like to make it sound more tactful but in cases like this, you kind of have to choose between being blunt [tactful or not] or being continuously ignored/overlooked for months because trades "aren't as important" as commissions [a brain trap I have fallen into myself from time to time]!
ansitru
May. 18th, 2015 11:04 am (UTC)
That's what I regret not specifying. The main reason I saw no issue with it is because they had commissioned me before without issue, so I reckoned that a trade wouldn't be different to them. It wasn't until I noticed they weren't active on some of their accounts (and suspended on others) that I started googling and noticed they had entries on here, as well as some not-so-kosher comments on their front-page.

I mean, there's another trade that I've been waiting on since January, but the main difference being that that particular artist is a trustworthy commission-artist. So I have no issue waiting on that one, as I know commissions come first and I trust them to get it done. But someone who's already gotten A_B-entries and various other bewares on other blogs? Not so sure about trusting them to finish the work, to be honest.

As I sent a somewhat similar note already, some 4 days ago (I think?), I'll give it to the end of the week before I send in what you have suggested. It has definitely made me wary of trading anytime soon, I always seem to get the short end of the stick. @_@
torotix
May. 29th, 2015 05:04 am (UTC)
I have been waiting nearly 2 years for an art trade, where my piece was completed nearly 2 years ago. Really this is a lesson in art trades. Do not show them the artwork or confirm the character is theirs until they have confirmed they have done their part of the art trade. It is important that you are clear when doing trades with users.
Nowadays I will set deadlines for art trades, "after 2 weeks our trade is void" etc and in terms of character trades, if the artist thinks they will be a while I may decide to keep advertising the character for trade or sale.

If you still want the art I would try and give them a last chance warning, otherwise the only thing you can do is take the character back since technically they haven't 'paid' for it and it wasn't a gift.
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