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Advice: Artist with Conflicting Morals

I need some advice, so I'll use a hypothetical.

Say you've put a down payment on a commission that the artist has deemed it nonrefundable. At this time the commission has not been started, no supplies purchased.

The artists now after being paid starts openly supporting something you're VERY against using social media. You no longer want to support the artist or be associated with them.

Is it fair that given the situation, you ask for the deposit back and cancel the commission?

EDIT: Just want to clarify, this IS NOT HAPPENING. I just felt like in this current climate it would be good to know!

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thaily
Apr. 26th, 2018 04:17 pm (UTC)
I think refusing a refund is only legal if they used the money to pay for materials needed to do the work you commissioned. If they haven't bought it yet, they need to give a refund. And if they have, I'd ask them to just send me the materials I paid for.

As for the motivation, if I commissioned someone and suddenly came out in support of something I find morally abhorrent, yeah I'd demand a refund. People have a right to their own convictions, but people also have the right to vote with their wallet.
trunchbull
Apr. 28th, 2018 12:39 pm (UTC)
Actually, it's completely legal to refuse a refund. The artist is not a bank for someone to have their money returned to them at their own whim, regardless of whether it's an emergency situation or political belief or how the artist is behaving (not toward YOU but to others).

You will never win that in court unless the artist is taking an unacceptably long time to get the product finished. Aside from that, you are not entitled to a refund in this situation.

Example: You buy custom clothes from a store that has a no refunds policy. You later find out they support ANTIFA. Regardless of your own political disagreement with them, you cannot go back and ask for a refund while they're in the process of creating the clothing, regardless of whether they have a downpayment for supplies. Apply this to a store that sells already made clothes. Same thing.

Edited at 2018-04-28 12:42 pm (UTC)

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