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    Beware: ElvensnowArt

    By Alchememe, in Artist Bewares, , 4 comments, 629 views
    Who: ElvensnowArt, galethei, griffivik
    Where: https://twitter.com/ElvensnowArt
    When: 10/18/2022
    What: Commission

    This is my first time making a beware so appologies in advance.

    This was my fourth time commissioning ElvensnowArt's who was a friend of mine since we shared mutual servers and a love for ESO, the previous three times had all been completely fine with no issues. So I commissioned him on the 18th of October 2022 for art of mine and another friends elder scrolls oc and he seemed happy to accsept it. All previous commissions had been done over Discord DM as well and the max only took 6 months to complete.

    The commission was $60 but I gave a $10 tip so $70 in total and I paid via Paypal as soon as possible.

    I knew he had some on off issues due to trying to find a job and getting used to living on his own. With him being my friend as well I generally didn't mind waiting months or longer for the commission as I trusted he would get it done eventually. He then gave me an update three months alter on January 19th 2023:
    I then waited more however Elvensnow begun to ghost people and become distant. He left the mutal severs we where in and stopped being active on his social medias completely by September 2023. I really hate asking artists for updates but on the aniversy of the commission I decided to DM him and got no responce:
    I gave him a week and then DMed him again poking for another update and this time he did respond:

    However, this would be the last time he responded to me as he at some point changed his settings so only friends and people in mutual servers (as indicated by the discord clyde bot error) which I have also learned he unfreinded everyone who knew him as well. Thus I cannot message him anymore and he is no longer active on any of his socials.

    As of today I never received even a sketch, it has been nearly 19 months so the chargeback on Paypal is not an option. I have also learned from other people who have commissioned him that I am not the only one he has done this to and owes hundreds of dollars to people.
    Addendum: Contact was finally established on May 16, 2024 on the artist's blank tumblr alt

    A comment will be made if/when a refund is received.

    Beware Keo/YesItsKeo/PlushiesNextDoor

    By PledgeGallant, in Artist Bewares, , 0 comments, 340 views
    Who: PlushiesNextDoor, YesItsKeo
    Where: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PlushiesNextDoor?ref=yr_purchases
    When: 03/04/2023
    What: Commission

    On March 4, 2023, I contacted Etsy Shop PlushiesNextDoor for a custom made plushie of a character of mine. 
    By Pledge, March 4th 2023
    They acknowledged and said they were open to commissions and payment. 

    By Keo/PlushiesNextDoor, March 4th 2023
    I made the payment with them through Etsy via Klarna. 

    I made the payment the same day, March 4th, 2023. 
    I was initially told it would be within a certain timeframe— 12-16 weeks. 

    By Pledge and Keo/PlushiesNextDoor, March 4th
    On May 9th they contacted me again to let me know that they’re behind on orders and that it wouldn’t be until September that my plushie would get shipped. I was understanding and asked if they could post their work on their TikTok, PlushiesNextDoor.

    By Pledge and Keo/PlushiesNextDoor, May 9th, 2023
    I reached out again in September to ask what the process has been. They offered me a refund but I said I was still willing to wait.

    By Pledge and Keo/PlushiesNextDoor, September 6th 2023
    I received a message from them again in October 7th notifying me and others that they’re very behind on orders and that their suspected completion date was going to be by the end of the year. They attached a document with all of the orders they were currently working on to show where we were in the queue. 

    IMG_8052.MOV By Keo/PlushiesNextDoor, October 7th, 2023
    On October 29th, they contacted me stating that they were shutting down their shop and that they would provide everyone refunds. 

    By Keo/PlushiesNextDoor, October 29th, 2023
    I asked if I could wait a little longer, and they told me that they would keep me on their list. 
    by Pledge and Keo/PlushiesNextDoor, October 29th, 2023
    Their last reply to me was December 7th, after I reached out to make sure they were doing well. 

    On March 23rd of 2024, I noticed their plushie accounts on Instagram and Etsy were deleted or shut down.

    IMG_8104.MOV I emailed them twice. Once in April, and the second time in May.

    Taken by Pledge, April 12th, 2024 and May 10th, 2024.
    While they’ve seemingly deleted their other accounts, they’ve kept up their Tiktok associated with their plushie making. However, they are not active on it. 

    They changed their username from PlushiesNextDoor to YesItsKeo.

    Unfortunately I’m aware that due to the amount of time that had passed that I won’t get my money back. Please be careful of this creator.

    Beware: Garyolah7

    By achthenuts, in Client Bewares, , 0 comments, 1,022 views
    Who: Garyolah7
    Where: https://twitter.com/GartexStorm
    Discord: Garyolah7
    When: 03/31/2024
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content

    A client named Garyolah7 didn't pay me after I finish the commission

    So I do the WIP, although I hardly understand what the client want

    Some day later, the client suddenly want naked variation as well

    The client didn't pay me after I almost done, and instant block me.

    Beware: Brokenvocaloid

    By Chelbu, in Artist Bewares, , 0 comments, 908 views
    Who: Brokenvocaloid
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/BrokenVocaloid
    When: 05/30/2019
    What: Commission

    I ordered 10 YCH's (1 in May and 9 in June), as well as multiple PWYW arts (in their now deleted discord server) from Brokenvocaloid between May and June of 2019.
    I ended up only recieving one of the PWYW pieces during an art stream they did, while all the YCH's as well as another PWYW were left undelivered. All of the undelivered art came to be worth $435 (though I was only able to find proof of $360 of that during my request for a refund, which was my own fault in not thinking to maintain recipts as I was completely new to the commissioning scene at the time and never thought to do so.)

    I requested a refund and only ever recieved $25 of the $360 I requested back.

    I was also asked at one point to give them $25 as they needed help with money, though at the time I didn't even have $10 in my account, I still gave them $5 because back then I was naive and just wanted to help.

    I realize that I was far too passive during the whole encounter and let them get away with too much. I was far too passive in general back then and it's something I had to learn the hard way. But even so, they shouldn't have taken advantage of that. I never received any more correspondence from them after this and eventually gave up. I'm not sure if they are still active online anymore, since they're constantly changing accounts, but just in case I felt it was important to share.

    Beware: ZephyrTheDrake-0

    By Fr0stbit3, in Artist Bewares, , 3 comments, 1,252 views
    Who: ZephyrTheDrake-0, @ZephyrIceDragon, @zephyrbludragon, ZephyrDragon
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/zephyrthedrake-0
    When: 01/28/2023
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content Resolved
    **The initial date of “when” is a guesstimate as Zephyr had deleted the chat logs to hide all the evidence. I was unable to get a screenshot of the initial agreement.**
    Zephyr was someone I had been introduced to via a YCH group commission completed by the artist Karukuji a handful of years back. After the completion of this YCH we decided to stay in touch.
    We remained mostly friends on and off for the past several years where I could go several months without hearing from him only to have him message me if he wanted something from me for his own selfish reasons. 
    An example of this is when I was able to get a commission opportunity with a very skilled animator so I was trying to see if any mutuals wanted to split the art with me. He had ghosted me for several months only to shoot me a message to get in on this commission. To which I had told him “no” because I found it odd he only just then decided to message me when I was fishing for people. 
    I had a discussion with him about how this wasn’t ok to do after ghosting me for so long and he apologized. I declined his involvement with my commission and said if he wanted to get art with me in the future he would need to do better about communicating with me rather than only messaging me to get art. 
    He did end up getting better at messaging me. He even ended up commissioning me for one of my Scales & Tails commissions. Normally I require a $100 deposit to reserve the spot since I had issues in the past of people backing out last second when I was ready to start the commission (I do these commissions on a monthly basis) but since he was a friend I was able to waive the fee. When his month eventually came up he was in a financial situation where he couldn’t afford to pay me the full amount. We had discussed it and agreed that I would work on finishing the art for him with the promise he would pay me back later for the finished art. 

    (advertisement date of the Scales & Tales commission slot availability)
    I finished his commission in June of 2023 and as of writing this have not received payment for its completion:
    During this time I had been friends with Zephyr, I had seen several people posting warnings about him saying that he was very irresponsible about money where he would bid on YCHs despite not having the finances to actually pay for it. Despite these warning signs from others I was still on Zephyr's side being sympathetic to his situation. I even sent Zephyr some of my paystubs so he could use me as a reference to try and get an apartment to rent. I would NEVER do this for someone online but I had considered him a good friend so I was willing to do it to try and help him out of a bad situation.
    At this time I was also expecting art from the artist Karukuji (that I had been waiting years for) who Zephyr was also expecting art from. Karukuji would message me saying he was going to be canceling all active commissions and would be issuing refunds to all parties in his queue. 
    Karukuji insisted on refunding my money to Zephyr since I didn’t have a Boosty account and then Zephyr would just forward me the refunded money. I rejected this idea because I didn’t trust Zephyr to actually send me the money because Zephyr already owed me $250 and has yet to pay me so why would I trust Karukuji to send him an additional $485 to MAYBE send back to me?
    Karukuji would end up refunding my commission money to Zephyr anyway despite my concerns that Zephyr would be dishonest about forwarding me the money. 
    I had discussed this situation with Zephyr about how Karukuji wanted to cancel all owed art and issue refunds to which Zephyr. I figured with Karukuji refunding him he might finally be able to pay me back for the money he owes me. 
    Zephyr would end up sending me my money but only the amount that Karukuji owed me and nothing more. 
    If Karukuji was refunding everyone of their commissions then why wasn’t Zephyr able to pay me back the money he owed me? If Zephyr got refunded from Karukuji then surely he should’ve had no problem paying me for the art he owed. I tried to challenge Zephyr on this by asking him about it and he would respond saying it’s “none of my business” but I think it very much is my business. Zephyr said he would pay me when he has the money to do so but didn’t have it at this time.
    Over the next few months after this I would have futile efforts to try and get the money he owed me as he always had a new excuse for why he couldn’t pay or he would promise payment and then ghost me. 
    Finally we agreed to a payment plan where he would make payments until he paid off his full debt for the art I completed and then we could finally go on our separate ways. 
    Instead of paying off his balance, he would instead just end up blocking me and pretend like the money he owed was nonexistent despite promising me over and over he will pay it. He would also end up deleting the telegram chat history so there was no incriminating evidence and he would also block me on PayPal so I would be unable to send him money requests. 

    Here are a few of the screenshots I was able to salvage from this:

    (screen cap date January 8, 2024)

    (screen cap dates January 11, 2024)

    (screen cap date February 9th, 2024)

    (mod note: 2 payments of 50$ equaling 100$ has been confirmed, one additional 50$ payment is unaccounted for. For the purposes of resolution, Fr0stbit3 is willing to settle for 100$ to consider the payment owed)


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