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WHO: Victoria10717 known as "FurFancyCostumes" on Furaffinity

WHERE: Links to their Furaffinity accounts
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/victoria10717/
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/furfancycostumes

WHAT: Fursuit handpaws, feetpaws, bodysuit with tail attached (fursuit items)

WHEN: First agreed upon commission on the 16th of March 2016, it was also agreed upon that said items would be delivered to me by June 17th 2016, this is still ongoing however and they have not started the commission as I am writing this 16 February 2017, I finally worked up the courage to ask for a refund 2 months ago

PROOF: Proof can be found here: http://imgur.com/a/RAgOm
Proof is in the form of screenshots of conversations I have had with the maker

EXPLAIN: This all started after I purchased a fursuit head off the fursuit auction site "furbuy" from someone who bought it from the maker. I decided I wanted to upgrade it to a partial so I reached out to the maker as I needed it done for a specific date which I wouldn't be able to finish the parts by due to life circumstances, this was my only reason for commissioning the maker at the time so I'd have the partial to wear to an upcoming convention.
The maker agreed and assured me it would be there in time for the convention http://imgur.com/rCI396A so I went through with the commission and paid. http://imgur.com/HZDcMjl

I know artists don't like being bombarded with questions from commissioners so I gave them space and just assumed that they would work on it. Time passed and I hadn't seen any progress at all so I contacted them and they told me it was fine and will be done. I contacted them again 2 weeks before the date they assured me they'd have it completed by (as shipping from the USA to Australia takes 2 weeks) and by this point I knew they wouldn't have it done in time, which I was upset about but I let it slide.

Time continued to pass and I was getting more stressed and worried about the commission, I was constantly given sob stories for why the commission wasn't worked on (moving house, relatives dying etc.), which I gave her more time because of, however I was noticing too that she was working on commissions that were paid off after mine.

It became difficult to get into contact with the maker as they began ignoring my messages, I tried switching over to email on numerous occasions which were ignored completely, whereas with notes I would receive occasional replies.

Late September to early October I messaged her asking what was going on and she told me that she was working and making great progress and I started seeing a lot of work from her that she was doing on others commissions suits and I became confident that soon she'd do my commission as she was posting progress as well with her assuring me my suit would be worked on soon http://imgur.com/rrnAKmd so I decided to add a bodysuit to the commission as they also assured me it wouldn't slow my commission but be done with it.

Time continued to pass and more and more I noticed other commissions being done over mine and when I tried contacting the maker I was ignored. Eventually I decided I was putting too much time into this and it was making me too stressed so I wanted to put an end to it and as they had breached the agreement many times I believed I was entitled to a full refund and all they responded with was to follow their "trello" http://imgur.com/oT70pkB to try and get me to no longer ask for a refund. On other occasions I had told them they hadn't made a slot for me on trello which they ignored so even looking at that list, I had no idea where I was on it or if my commission was even being considered in her queue

Then the maker proceeded to provide excuses and reasons as to why they couldn't or hadn't worked on the commission http://imgur.com/AZ7StD9 then claiming that I hadn't paid it off before others she had placed ahead of me, this continued for a little longer with conversation difficult as they continued to ignore my messages

http://imgur.com/OhKbuo8 Finally I was able to get them to agree to send a refund and at this point I was so over it I didn't care about the 35% anymore, so I waited. I hadn't heard anything in over a month later after them claiming they'd send the refund that never came. So I proceeded with the Paypal claim, in order to actually receive a refund. I called PayPal customer service and explained the situation to someone there who told me that I was entitled to a full refund as they hadn't made a proper effort to work on the commission, regardless of what their TOS stated they had broken the agreement.

That's when they finally replied however I still am yet to receive a refund from them as they claim they "don't have the money to refund".
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Comments

sapphistscot
Feb. 16th, 2017 09:41 am (UTC)
You know, I could have sworn I've seen multiple beware posts about this maker before, the username definitely rings a bell and not a good one.

If you can get your money back through Paypal, do it. Otherwise you will just keep getting fobbed off with excuses or outright ignored and you'll never get your money back. If it puts their account in negatives then they shouldn't have spent the money before doing the work, it's not like you gave them an interest-free loan.
kichidogo
Feb. 16th, 2017 09:54 am (UTC)
Hopefully I do get a refund, I'm letting paypal sort it out now

I just hope she learns from her mistakes and doesn't treat anyone else like this
laughsatthunder
Feb. 17th, 2017 03:28 pm (UTC)
... It's odd you mention that, I swear I thought I had a beware on her on here too. I bought a fursuit from her three years ago, got halfway through paying for it and she said she was just going to keep it without giving me a refund. Granted it was years ago and she blocked me so I had to go through PayPal to get my money back but smaller Facebook bewares do exist on her.
celestinaketzia
Feb. 17th, 2017 03:33 pm (UTC)
I checked your post history, and there's nothing about this maker. If anyone knows of any posts that should exist, I can check the logs to see if they've been deleted. Feel free to PM me about it if anyone remembers anything!
laughsatthunder
Feb. 17th, 2017 03:34 pm (UTC)
I've written and contributed to -so- many posts on here or in small Facebook groups that it's difficult for me to remember, haha.
sapphistscot
Feb. 17th, 2017 03:48 pm (UTC)
I am absolutely positive that I've read posts about her dodgy commission practices - not delivering fursuits on time/at all and refusing to give refunds. The moment I saw the username I recognised it. *But* perhaps it was on FD_2 because there was also non-relevant drama involved.

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