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  • Beware: GudetaMom / RyunWoofie / Mama_Goomba

    Who: Gudetamom / RyunWoofie / Mama_Goomba
    Where: https://twitter.com/Mama_Goomba
    When: 06/20/2019
    What: Commission


    Pretty simple, Ryun opened for $25 sketches, I claimed a slot, then we negotiated the price (I asked for something with an outfit/props and that raised the price to $30) and I never received it. I would attach the original tweet she posted, but she's since deleted it and my reply doesn't make sense without the context.
    This is the entirety of our conversation together, including a smaller screencap for the latest message due to the fuzzy date format.

    Then here's the proof that I paid her on June 20, 2019:

     
    At this point I have no confidence that she will ever get back to me, or that I will receive my art. She either straight-up ignores you or gives you the run-around. I know $30 doesn't seem like a lot of money, but I still paid for a service I'll likely never get. Also note that she changes her username a lot, and has her read receipts turned off on Twitter.
    Goes without saying, but I can't recommend purchasing from her.

    Beware: ChubbyCappie / kiri__shiba

    Who: ChubbyCappie / kiri__shiba
    Where: FA: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/chubbycappie/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/kiri__shiba
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/KIRISHIBA/
    When: 11/25/2020
    What: Commission


    Hello,
    TL;DR: ChubbyCappie is keeping me on the hook for a $45 for five months with minimal communication and no proof of progress.
    ----
    I never wanted to make a beware for any artist, but given the circumstances and the outcome at this point, my hand has been forced. It may not even be totally relevant for the future since they don't seem to be taking commissions outwardly anymore, but this was still a very poor experience, and warrants a beware as it is the only option I have at this point.
    For context, I have previously commissioned CC before (mid Sept of 2020) and was very happy with the result, not to mention receiving it within three days of me paying/first contacting. I didn't expect this to be any different, except for the fact I've now waited five months and have had minimal communication (all of which was from me to them; they never reached out to me first).
    ----
    On November 24th, 2020, I contacted CC for another commission idea I had.

    I received a response the following day and sent my information to them, and I paid the invoice that day.

    Proof of payment (they don't have their name publicly available afaik so I censored it):

    Some time passes, it's now December 12th, and I haven't heard anything, so I reach out to them. I get a response on Dec 20th, and they ask for proof of payment, so I send it to them (censoring URL as it has the above screenshot but with less censored):

    This is the last time I heard from ChubbyCappie for months.
    Mid February of 2021 rolls around and I'm now getting frustrated. I responded to the last message they sent me (I hadn't received any others):

    I receive no response, so in mid March, I send an email to their PayPal email letting them know I'm still waiting and giving them the necessary information. The screenshot cuts off the full text, so I'll include it here, minus the image information.

    Hi,
    I paid you back on Nov 25, 2020 for a commission. The information is on Furaffinity. You’ve been silent on there but I follow your Twitter and have seen you active there. I’m wondering if I’m going to get my commission, or if that’s not possible, then I’d like to receive a refund.
    For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to include all relevant information here.
    I received no response and initiated a chargeback, and finally I received a response.

    SIDE NOTE: I learned too late to NEVER withdraw the claim, even if the artist asks (I was aware it couldn't be reopened but did it anyway), and that is on me, I know. Unfortunately, I did so, hence why I'm writing this beware, since I already made the mistake. Yes I'm still beating myself up for it. And no, I'm not happy that they asked me to cancel it. They may not realize that that's bad form, but still.
    The last time I heard from ChubbyCappie was April 7th, 2021. (link is NSFW so I censored it; the pose I wanted is only suggestive, and there is no NSFW detail in the original links so I didn't censor them)

    Now at the end of April and at my wits' end, I sent them this as a note and email, and then followed with the addendum note/email. They have not seen either yet on FA.


    Some people might think I didn't wait long enough after sending my final heads up before writing this, but consider:
    I've already been waiting five months I've been struggling to remain in contact Everyone I've vented to about this told me they wouldn't have waited this long I haven't seen a single WIP or any proof they've started on my commission I am a very patient, understanding client. I don't mind if people have delays, I understand internet issues. But given their recent activity on their other accounts, the lack of communication is completely unacceptable and honestly insulting, and I will only wait so long.
    ----
    Conclusion: I feel awful that I closed the claim and should have either accepted a refund if they didn't want to deal with the limited time frame or done whatever else would have happened. I'm accepting that I will probably just have to bite the bullet on this one and accept the loss of $45, since while I don't believe at all that ChubbyCappie was out to scam me, they did. And that's unacceptable. They continue to be active on YouTube and Twitter and have gone inactive on their FurAffinity, so my only hope is that they catch wind that there is a beware on them and find a way to right this wrong, and I will gladly mark it resolved and move on with no lasting ill-will towards them.
    Thank you for reading. I hope something comes from this, but at this point, I don't know.

    Beware: weeniedogfluffbutt / Hazelnut Fluffbutt / Erika Grothe

    Who: weeniedogfluffbutt / Hazelnut Fluffbutt
    Where: https://www.instagram.com/weeniedogfluffbutt
    https://www.furaffinity.net/user/corgithecorgi
    When: 11/19/2019
    What: Fursuit/ Fursuit Parts


    I had originally commissioned them due to a recommendation from a friend for a partial fursuit for $500 and later on added sleeves for an additional $150 and another additional $50 for extra work needed for a total of $700.
     



     
    The commission was originally set for a FC'20 completion date.
     

     
    This was later pushed back to due supposed health concerns.
     

     
    This was consistently used as an excuse to push back the completion date to which there wasn't an actual set date. I had sent another telegram message to them back in August 2020 for a reminder (which had stayed unread) but deleted when I had posted those last 3 lines. I sent her those messages in hopes that she would do some work and at least just get a head since it would be less work than a partial but she has completely ghosted me.
     

     
    She had been consistently taking on other commissions while her backlog was increasing. She has deleted her "commissions" channel from Telegram as well which I was unfortunately unable to get the chat log from.
     
     

    Beware: Pepapen / Posepedia

    Who: Pepapen, Posepedia
    Where: https://www.deviantart.com/pepapen
    https://www.deviantart.com/posepedia
    When: 03/27/2021
    What: Commission

    Resolved
    Pepapen and her husband, Posepedia, had opened for collaborative commissions on March 27, 2021. I managed to get a slot for a single commission. Pepapen contacted me soon after, letting me know that the pair had accepted my submission for a commission.

    Here is the correspondence Pepapen and I had, coming to an agreement of terms for a single full body commission at $150 USD:



    Here is the proof of payment for the commission:




    About a little more than a week later, I was contacted by another individual with the handle Lainebrary on DeviantArt, who was messaging previous clients of Posepedia and Pepapen with compelling proof that the artist had been found to trace artwork. This prompted me to look for myself on one of the artist's webpages, where I found that I had been blocked by both Posepedia and Pepapen. As that had been the only method I knew to contact them at the time, I checked with an associate of mine to see if they were able to view their page for themselves.

    They found that they did have access to their DeviantArt page and decided to message them on my behalf:



    A few minutes after sending this message, both Pepapen and Posepedia had deactivated their DeviantArt accounts. As the website was the only way I had previously contacted them, I had no other known way to get in touch, short of emailing the PayPal address. However, because of the sudden closure of the account, followed by other accounts that could be found by searching their usernames on a search engine, I decided to go through PayPal to begin filing a claim.



    It was around this time I received this email from Posepedia through a previously unknown email:



    I do not have my email publicly available, so I took this as legitimate, since it is associated with my PayPal. I was offered a refund by a certain date, which has now passed and was not returned, and I have received no additional correspondence, even after replying to them and asking for the refund. As such, I have kept the claim with PayPal open and am now awaiting PayPal's ruling on the matter.

    While I have personal feelings on this matter, I wanted to present objective facts about my situation separate from them. With no communication, I feel it is appropriate to demand a refund, which has not been met as of the time of writing.
     

    Beware: Sona Simkova/Ockolapka

    Who: Sona Simkova/Ockolapka
    Where: https://www.facebook.com/Ockolapka
    When: 09/02/2020
    What: Commission


    Around the end of August 2020 I made a post in a facebook group for Custom Plushies asking to commission a plush maker for a plush of a character from the show Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go. One of the makers that approached me was a UK-based maker named Sona Simkova. On the post I asked them to send me a direct message with examples of their work. 
     


     
    After they sent examples, I asked Sona if they had any social media accounts and this was their response. This is why they are referred to with their full name, as it is the only thing available ("Ockolapka" is from their public facebook page's URL). 
     

     
    I agreed to commission them and on September 2nd 2020 I sent them payment via PayPal.
     


     
    Once the payment was given, I would message them every 1-2 months requesting updates on my commission. Being an artist myself, I'm more than understanding of how much time and work goes into making plushies so I never rushed them. 
    In the beginning their responses seemed pretty normal delay responses.
     


     
    Now this I thought was slightly odd as they never mentioned before that my commission was in a queue, but I did tell them I was in no rush so I was understanding and let it go. 
     


     
    Here is where I started to get worried. COVID-19 is no joke and of course if they did contract the virus I would want them to take it easy, but at the same time it started to get weirder and weirder that Sona was feeding me excuse after excuse. But I didn't want to think badly of them for it; I hated the idea of accusing them of being a liar during a deadly pandemic. However, this was also the start of their delayed responses, and I was started to get seriously annoyed that I was the only one initiating conversation. As you've seen in the previous responses, I had gotten a few "I forgot to tell you"s, so really I should've been a lot more suspicious much earlier on (Word is censored from their message because they put my last name). 
    So once again I got radio silence, and it's getting close to me needed to move out of my current apartment so now I really needed my commission to be done sooner. At the same time I started to realize I might not even GET my commission, so I decided to twist the knife and see what happens.
     

     
    Unfortunately my fears were true. As you can see in my second response, Sona's facebook icon is next to it indicating they've seen the messages. They have now proceeded to ghost me and has not responded to my messages since. I reached out to one of the mods of the Plush facebook group about them and this was the response.
     


     
    Sona appears to be attempting to disappear, and has ran off with my money. I cannot open a dispute on Paypal because it's past their 180 day limit (which I will admit is on me for not keeping track on dates). 

    BEWARE : wolear \ yaawween

    Who: wolear \ yaawween
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/yaawween
    https://www.deviantart.com/wolear
    When: 03/19/2021
    What: Other (Explain Below)


    Beware of this person, they silently return money, so if u not checking your emails so often - YOU CAN LOSE YOUR MONEY
    after one week he\she requested money back. (March 28)
    I don't know how to find any other their accounts, but I have their email. (IDK if it is fine to put here emails, so I will not??)
     
    He\she bought the adopt from me [proof 2] and then silently request money back, but my rules saying "no refunds" [proof 1]. Then, it was my bad, because I am not usually checking my email, so I lost too much time to argument the request. [proof 3]
     
     
    wolear - old account which one was deleted after purchasing the adoptable yaawween - their fake (I guess) account
    Proofs:

    [proof 1]


    [proof 2]

    [proof 3]
     

    Artist Beware: Chesta

    Who: Chesta
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/chesta/
    https://www.deviantart.com/chestathehusky
    https://twitter.com/Chesta_Husky
    When: 07/16/2018
    What: Commission

    Resolved
    "Emergency" summer pin-up YCH via FA submission circa July 13th 2018 meant to be completed within two weeks per the original posting. The submission that I had originally requested a slot from as well as the original request for payment from the artist has long since been deleted, but here is the paypal statement from it.

     
    I was rather busy during 2019, so I had let the commission sit dormant expecting it to be done at the artist's leisure, however around two two year mark of waiting (2020), I decided to follow up due to the extreme amount of time that has passed.
    Inbox record:


    Outbox record (including unread messages as of 4/13/2021)

    As can be noticed, several messages have gone unread over the last 5 months. This is in line with a previous artist beware I've now seen that was posted after my commission, and is also in line with multiple posts that are present in various journals /shouts the artist has on their furaffinity account.
     
    Record of notes I've had with the artist on Furaffinity, in chronological order:
     

    (Initial PM to them originally accepting my commission via FA submission)

    (Followup two years later)


     

     
    __________________________________
    At this point, they had posted a journal on their FA that they had deleted their previous trello and made a new one - and to note them if you were missing from it.

     

     

     

    _________________________
    I ended up hopping into one of their "OVERDUE COMMISSION ONLY" stream on picarto on Jan 13th, managing to give them a poke that I had sent them a note about my commission.
    (firefox history)

     


     
     

    They had posted a journal soon after this that were streaming via picarto. I had sent them a PM instream which also went ignored.
    (firefox history.)
     

     
    ___________________________
    The artist has since been replying to people in journals taking additonal slots for work and various other responses.

     

     

     

    Beware: gunterkerr

    Who: GunterKerr on fA
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/gunterkerr/
    When: 04/29/2020
    What: Commission

    Resolved
    I won a Your Horse Here auction from the artist back on April 29th 2020 artist asked me to send them a note and I did with my email to get invoiced

    They never sent me the reply saying they had sent the invoice and I noticed it 5 days later when I logged in for another invoice.

    They had sent the invoice over as a Friends and Family request and I unfortunately was new at commissioning back then and did not know better then agree to that option.
    they never responded to my note when I found the invoice and let them know I paid it.
     
    I sent them another note in September checking for an update and I did get a Work In Progress image:

    since then I've asked for another update back in December
     

    I requested of them to do a character I had previously bought from them. I'd had other horses if he had been to complicated for it and would have been willing to change to a simpler horse if requested.
    to which it was marked as Read by fA but I was never replied to
     
    I sent another request for an update 3 weeks ago as we are quickly coming up to the 1 year mark since I commissioned the piece and the message is still marked as Unread
     

     
    they have recently posted  finished pieces and more recently favored a new piece of art
     

     
    I have sent them a new message asking for either an update or a refund and will update when I get an answer to my latest note.
     

    I have some artists I have waited Longer then a year for. But that is with communication between myself and the artist. I am normally level headed and honestly I would not miss the $30 quite so much as unlike most I had steady work while others were in lock down and such. But with them ignoring my asking for updates and such. It rubs me the wrong way. I understand there might be things lost in translation, but I have worked with numerous artists who rely on translators to understand the work and I've not had any issues. So I'm feeling at this point that they don't really care about their smaller commissions, as I've seen art posted from their Iron Artist type stuff that was paid more for and art turned around faster then I have been waiting for this piece.

    Beware Lucky Gum Fursuits

    Who: Lucky Gum Fursuit
    Where: https://twitter.com/LuckyGumFursuit
    When: 07/01/2017
    What: Commission


    In July of 2017 I attempted to purchase a fursuit from Lucky Gum Fursuits (see originalpurchase1edited.png and originalpurchase2edited.png). After a few years of waiting I asked for the refund that was promised in their terms of service. The buyer agreed to the refund and promised to pay me back every month until I got $1515 promised to me (see promisedrefund1edited.png and promisedrefund2edited.png). However I have not received any of the payments. I have made several attempts to contact the buyer again to work with them personally on how to best resolve the issue (see twittercommunication.png and attemptedfurthercommunicationyahooedited.png) but they have yet to contact me back.







    Caution: Pepapen / Posepedia

    Who: Pepapen, Posepedia
    Where: https://www.deviantart.com/pepapen
    https://www.deviantart.com/posepedia
    When: 08/03/2019
    What: Other (Explain Below)

    Resolved
    Back in August of 2019, My partner Lainebrary and I purchased this set of adoptables for their ABs; $125 each. The transaction went incredibly smoothly, and Pepapen was very quick and professional to deliver files; even going so far as creating additional files for us when asked for separate .pngs for the fullbodies / portraits. 
    April 3rd, 2021; I was browsing Pinterest and I came across an art piece that feels oddly similar to my character, Blessing; and when I overlaid them, it became incredibly clear that this wasn’t just a reference, there was a direct trace.

    I spent the next hour and a half, in tears, tearing through the internet with image searches to try to find which image came first; the adoptable, or this bust piece I found on Pinterest. Spoiler; it was the portrait I’d found, which pre-dates these two adoptables by two years. You can find it here, time-stamped December 26, 2017; two years before the adoptables were created. https://monappy.jp/picture_places/view/22490
    I reached out to Pepapen immediately seeking recourse. The emails are as follows;





    In the emails, my demands to fix the problem where as follows;
    A public post on your art and social media accounts admitting that you traced. With this, I would like to see you come clean on every piece that was traced or 'heavily referenced'. Track down the people who paid you for these works or adopts, and offer them a full refund or a redraw. Reach out to the artists whose works you've stolen. A full refund on these designs. Within a day, all of my demands were met.
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