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    Beware: Kiromu / KiromusCreations

    By ExDe707, in Artist Bewares, , 0 comments, 303 views
    Who: Kiromu_uwu, KiromusCreations, digiornopizza, ketchup.soda
    Where: https://www.reddit.com/user/Kiromu_uwu/
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/KiromusCreations
    https://www.instagram.com/ketchup.soda/
    When: 05/30/2022
    What: Fursuit/ Fursuit Parts



    Full-body plantigrade fursuit commission commissioned on May 30th 2022 which until today (June 21st 2024) has not been delivered.

    First contact was on Reddit as a comment to my post where I was looking to gather information on how expensive a fursuit of my fursona would be, see reddit post below


    /u/Kiromu_uwu responded with prices:

    I've decided to contact them via DMs on reddit.

    Previous work was shown on Discord. (Note: Their TikTok account has been suspended for reasons unknown)

    We discussed further details, then agreed to sign a simple contract. It entails a 50% down payment.


    First payment occurred on May 30th 2022, second payment on October 4th 2022.

    Fursuit updates were regular, on average once every month, enough to keep me satisfied. Progress was well communicated through Discord, even setbacks.

    This was kept up until early 2024, where communication ceased, right after personal issues were mentioned and at the same time affirmed that they have recovered from said issues on April 7th. March 10th is the last time I got any proper fursuit progress updates.

    April 7th was the last time they sent any message.

    I kept requesting updates, having grown anxious from their mention of medical issues, attempting contact via E-Mail even. Unfortunately, I have not received any response for several months now, even though I saw their status on Discord being online playing video games.


    Unfortunately, due to PayPal not accepting disputes/ claims for transactions older than 180 days, and my bank not considering chargebacks for transactions older than 13 months, I am unable to recover my funds. I left a final message on Discord, no longer believing any resolution can be reached.
     

    Beware: Merciful/Spookypoltergeist

    By dermutha, in Artist Bewares, , 0 comments, 515 views
    Who: Merciful/littlechibiteddybear/spookypoltergeist/Sinned_Raven
    Where: https://toyhou.se/Merciful
    https://www.furaffinity.net/user/spookypoltergeist/
    https://www.furaffinity.net/user/littlechibiteddybear/
    Sinned_Raven (discord)
    When: 02/11/2024
    What: Adoptable
    NSFW Content

    Explanation and issue: 
     
    Merciful was to exchange one character named Yeshua in exchange for 3,000$ USD. It was agreed upon a payment plan of 400$ a month then changed (by myself) to 200$ every 2 weeks. Once the character was paid off there was a substantial delay in transferring the character with multiple excuses. The character was still actively up for sale during this time and a user had inquired about their sale, which Merciful then attempted to resell to them.  A ToyHou.se admin then had to transfer the character over to me (with proof of purchase). They were informed that they could appeal the transfer with substantial proof that the character was not resold, or a chargeback was filed.  Merciful then remade the character and asked the original creator of the design to add their creator credits to the profile. I was informed of the the recreation and put in a ticket to have the character removed. It was removed by a TH admin. Merciful has claimed she has been hacked and never actually resold the character. She stated it was sold by her ex's fiancé as an act of revenge. However the correspondences between her and another user don't seem to match this claim. There are substantial conflicting details between what I was told and what another user was told. this information is private and has been provided to the AB staff. 
    Agreement:
     
    The original agreement was made over furaffinity (Littlychibiteddybear). I had commented and then PMed her. She wished to take the conversation to Discord for ease of contact (sinned_raven). 
     
    Proof of payment:

    *Please note there are cancelations of an invoice; noted by the strikethrough of 1800, and 200 on may 8th and may 3rd respectively. These were not paid by me as they were canceled prior to payment. They were meant to be payoff points on my part, and I had to push payment back.  (See below reference)
     
     
     
    Our interaction relating to payment delays.
     

    Start of the issue: 
    -My confirmation to her that payment was complete and her confirmation that she received it and would send Yeshua over when she could.    
    -A delay in transferring the character to me. I had asked a few times, of which she had said she was busy and could not transfer the character.   
    -My reaching out to the user that she attempted to resell the character to   
    -My exchanges with a TH admin forcing the transfer   
    -The creator of the character reaching out to me about the recreation of the character  -My exchange with the TH admin about the removal of the recreated character.   

    Other relevant correspondence:
    -Our discord conversations over the length of the transaction. This detailed various instances in which she would send me invoices to pay and idle conversation (redacted).   
    -A confirmation that LittleChibiTeddyBear is her alt sales account  
    Our current conversation regarding the issues, and her claiming she was hacked.  
    For transparency. I opened disputes with paypal. I am no longer comfortable owning this character and I will be returning it. I am unable to tell if she was actually hacked and her claims are true. It's weird to me how she just switches from not being okay with it to being okay with it after I threaten disputes and legal action. It's always weird to me that she's being allowed to use her "hackers" paypal and is in constant contact with her. I can't keep my personal opinions out of that matter. I consider this character "stolen goods" and I will not keep her and do not consider her to be owned by myself as it is illegal to own stolen goods.
     
    Final update and outcome: 
    I received a full refund of every transaction listed for a total of 3,000$. As the case as a whole was multiple transactions and they were all refunded under an umbrella "case".   The character was returned to Merciful. 

    Caution: StormSoulSeeker

    By 7NYX, in Artist Cautions, , 0 comments, 340 views
    Who: StormSoulSeeker
    Where: https://toyhou.se/StormSoulSeeker
    https://artfight.net/~StormSoulSeeker
    http://stormsoulseeker.deviantart.com/
    https://instagram.com/StormSoulSeeker/
    https://www.furaffinity.net/user/stormsoulseeker/
    https://discord.com/users/411662502821363732
    When: 03/05/2024
    What: Art Trade



    I DMed StormSoulSeeker from the Art Fight Discord server on March 5th, 2024. I found them via the #art-trades channel, where users advertise their open art commissions. We agreed to do an art commission. I finished my piece on the same day, and the last time I heard from them was March 7th 2024. I reached out to them on Discord several times (most recently June 13th 2024), along with Toyhouse and Art Fight. While I cannot know whether they have been on Discord since March 7th, Toyhouse and Art Fight data shows that they've been online since my attempts at communication, with 0 response.

    Screenshots of original agreement (Discord):




    At several points between the above reminder messages, I messaged them on Toyhouse and Art Fight.
    Toyhouse screenshots:


    With time stamp:

    Toyhouse stats showing last time logged in as of June 16, 2024:

    With time stamp:

    Art Fight Profile Comment:

    Art Fight stats as of June 16, 2024:

    As a side note, I reported this to a mod from the Art Fight Discord (where the art trade was initiated):

    An attempt to contact the artist on ArtFight was made, but despite being active on the site as of June 30th, she has not responded. She also deleted the shout made on her page.

    She had sorted herself into a team indicating intention to participate in ArtFight for July of 2024

    Beware: AsllyFoxi

    By FlakeMute, in Artist Bewares, , 1 comment, 963 views
    Who: AsllyFoxi/Asllyfoxi
    Where: https://x.com/AsllyFoxi
    https://www.furaffinity.net/user/aslly/
    https://asllyfoxi.carrd.co/
    https://www.patreon.com/Asllyfoxi
    When: 05/09/2023
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content

    Back in May 2023, Aslley had finished a YCH I had a slot for. It was very late. It was a valentine's couples YCH that I had originally requested and paid for 9th Feb 2023. I have had late commissions before so I didn't think much about it. When I finally got the finished YCH in 5th May 2023, they also said that they were doing a promotion for a half body commission. I did like the work of the YCH so I was happy to think about a scenario and discuss. A final amount and scenario was agreed upon with payment settled on the 10th of May 2023.
     




    But afterwards there were no updates, so I  reach out on the 3rd of June for updates and was told that they were busy with Pride YCHs and so unable to work on my commission and also tried to sell me a Pride YCH which I declined or knew anyone that would want one. Again no updates. So I reach out in September 8th, September the 30th and October the 8th. All of which had no replies.

    With Paypal's 180 days buyer protection coming up. I then started the chargeback process on the 18th of October 2023. Later that day I got a refund and an update by Aslley later that day. Saying that the Twitter DMs were empty and could only see my messages on PC. Said that they have ADHD, a spreadsheet to keep track of all open commissions and family issues in the last month. But said they would still be interested in working with me. To which I replied if you an start working on it ASAP, within the week then sure. I'll go ahead with the commission again. So I paid via Paypal again on 16th of November. I also added them on Telegram has they said it was a better way to get in touch with them. They also tried to sell me a Halloween YCH as well which I declined.




    For this new cycle, got a message the 16th that the next steps was the sketch. On the 17th November, got a message asking if I was interested in a Christmas YCH. But I said let's work on one commission at a time. Knowing they struggle with ADHD, the last thing I would want to give is multiple commissions and would rather let the work on one commission at a time. This conversation around the Christmas YCH keeps going onto the 23rd of November.

    Being keen to keep this commission quick and aware that it's now been more than a week getting any sketch. Reached out on the 28th & 30th of November and 65th of December 2023. Got a reply on the 6th of November saying that they were busy with family. But would be able to show a updates the day after. Nothing appeared the day after and I reached out the 14th, 16th and 19th and got a response on the 20th of December. But again no sketch or any updates just 'what are the next steps with approving a sketch'.

    With Christmas now in fully swing I held off until the 2nd of Jan 2024 to ask for an update as in the screenshot before. Again on the 6th and 21st of Jan will no response until asking on the 1st of Feb. And got a response. Said they were in hospital was finally got a light sketch. Just outlines, no expressions or anything to make it identifiable as my fursona. Had some back and fourth about amendments. And I gave the go ahead ono the March the 4th. Reached out on the 4th, 12th and 19, of March and no responses. But this time they weren't delivered. Only sent.

    At this point, life got a bit hectic and busy so I forgot about it. I also usually have a calendar reminder about the Paypal 180 days buyer protection, like for the last one. But this time, I accidently put it a month later than I should've. I remember about the commission and asked on May the 20th for any updates on the screenshot above. And no responses. Unfortunately but this time, the 180 days was out by 4 days so I was unable to claim a refunded anymore. I've also reached out on Twitter on the 20th of May but no reply either. I have also sent an email in early June 2024 but with no reply.

    If you think about the full picture, I've requested a commission and paid for the 10th of May 2023. A year on, there is a sketch that only has an outline. No expressions or identifiers of my fursona. A lack of updates and communications. But would heavily promoting other YCHs even though not completing the current commission. Tried reaching out on Twitter, Telegram and email and got no responses. But there are still active on Twitter, making posts and retweeting and 'last seen within a month' on Telegram.

    Beware: FurItUp

    By blackbearburrito, in Artist Bewares, , 1 comment, 1,290 views
    Who: FurItUp, ErisValgen, Kathryn
    Where: https://furaffinity.net/user/furitup/
    https://furaffinity.net/user/erisvalgen/
    https://twitter.com/furitup
    https://instagram.com/furitup
    https://furitup.com
    https://www.facebook.com/furitup
    https://www.deviantart.com/furitup
    When: 08/01/2019
    What: Fursuit/ Fursuit Parts



    I started interacting with this artist because I fell in love with a pre-made design that she was wanting to develop into a suit (she has now changed the description of the post as just a character she owns, but was once a ref sheet for sale to make a suit from. The comments on the submission show that it was once for sale, but don't give any real detail on the original description).

    I started messaging about it asking to purchase. We spoke through notes on furaffinity.net, getting the details of the commission down.

    I was told there were 14 commissions ahead of me, but once my commission was started it would be completed within 2-3 weeks, and she explained my payment plan to me. $200 per month after the 35% non-refundable deposit.

    I ended up changing my mind and asked to have the commission done of my own character, to which she agreed. I was sent an invoice for $5600 through PayPal.  She confirmed receipt of my 35% deposit Nov 3rd, 2019.



    Reference for the new character:

    I paid $200 monthly, sometimes a little more if I could afford it, and was able to pay off the last of it in one lump sum on May 15th, 2020.

    Once I was able to pay off the entirety of the suit, I kept up with her on Twitter, where she was clearly more active at the time. I just figured it would be easier to contact and also I really don't like the format of FA notes.

    Things were okay, for a while. She responded within a reasonable amount of time. She did explain things had slowed down due to the pandemic, which I completely understood.

    But after that is when everything started going downhill. I know it takes a while to make these things so I only messaged every now and again when I remembered the commission, or if I got on Twitter and saw she updated on someone else's suit.
    But then an ENTIRE YEAR passed with no updates at all. And I had some things come up and thought it would be better to just get a refund since I had already waited two years with no results. She responded within a few days and apologized for not sending me any updates because she wanted to dump it all at once. 
    I thanked her for her response, and said that if it's already been started then I won't cancel. 

    I heard nothing after this until Feb 2023, when I asked for another update. This time she sent a picture of a carved head, which wasn't in the style I was expecting from her previous works, so I asked for an adjustment and she agreed.
     
    I ask for an update at the end of the year and get no response. I wait until Feb 2024 and she ended up leaving me on read. I message again in March 2024 telling her that I'm pretty much fed up and I'm going to look into legal action. I messaged her on Twitter and on her website, furitup.com. 


    This is the email conversation. She begs me to give her another chance even though this all should have been completed within one month of her starting the handpaws.

    I explain my frustration and tell her the requirements for me continuing this commission. She gave herself about 19 days to fully finish a head and digitigrade body suit. I have not sent a dtd (as I was never given an address to begin with) and ask for an address so I can have one made and sent asap. I never got aresponse.
    April comes and I've still heard nothing. So I send another message through Twitter. Nothing. May comes and I've had enough. I tell her to stop production on anything and send it to me, finished or not, and she can send me the rest of my money. Today is May 20th 2024 and I have not received anything on FA, Twitter, or email. I will be emailing her again and repeat what I said in Twitter dms.

    This is my first commission experience and I want to know if any of what happened is normal or to be expected.

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