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    Raggedy
    Who: https://twitter.com/StarnoseKid
    Where: Twitter : https://twitter.com/StarnoseKid
    FA : https://www.furaffinity.net/user/roger/
    When: 11/15/2019
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content
    On November 15th Roger had posted a YCH that interested me, I had reached out to him and secured a slot in the YCH list. Upon securing a slot I was met with a very polite person who gathered the information required and quickly sought out to work. I had received a few updates within the week of paying them, and was really excited to see the finished product!

    However after a few weeks, I had not heard anything or received any updates, so I reached out and Roger explained that a few design choices I made may take longer, I reassured him that that would be fine and to take his time and not stress over it!

    After a while I still had not heard or received any progress updates, and had sent a few messages with a month in between, I know with Covid during January things kinda were starting to go upside down, so I was understanding!~
    They finally responded and apologized and said they didn't mean to ghost me. I shrugged it off and told them not to worry about it. I then waited another 3 months with 1 message probing for updates once each month, with no response, when in march he finally responded with a screenshot of a small portion of the commission. I was pleased to see any progress at this point, as it has been quite a few months for a simple YCH. I praised them for their work and then waited for the next update to come, hopefully soon.

    For the last 5 months I've sent 1 message each month, asking for any sort of updates or response, and despite twitter saying that most of them were read, no response. This time I was getting worried, as they were posting frequently on their feed, but not responding to DM's.

    So I figured maybe I'll try messaging them on FA, maybe twitter DM's were messed up or something.  So I proceeded to message them on FA, and about a day later I noticed that the message had been read, at the time of writing this post, that was almost 2 weeks ago.


    I really don't like going to this level with artists, especially those that I have commissioned in the past, but I am apparently not the only one, according to a recent shout on their FA shout list. So I just want to caution whoever I can, they draw great art, but just be mindful if you consider commissioning them!

    Phonynomore

    Caution - Lil Miss Jay

    By Phonynomore, in Artist Cautions,

    Who: Lil Miss Jay, Jay is butts, Lil Miss Eidilon, JRVanEsbroek, Lil Miss Jynks
    Where: https://twitter.com/lil_mizz_jay
    https://www.furaffinity.net/user/jrvanesbroek
    https://jayisbutts.com/
    When: 09/27/2019
    What: Commission


    This post it not to bash Jay in any way, but to warn people about people who might want to invest in Lmj in other fundraisers and future projects.
    So about a year ago, Lil miss Jay started a fundraiser.

    The deck costed around 50. but if you wanted to donate more, you could get rewards as advertised.



    And I went for the 500 dollar rewards


    As you can see, the dates match. I was supposed to get nude edits of cards of my choice, 2 oc drawings, other decks from past series, and have my own custom cards of said oc drawings. none of these have happened nor have been shown any progress. After the deadline has passed, there was hardly any updates. Months began to pass and I was starting to get impatient. I would think that he would want to keep tabs on me right? One of his biggest supporters? No.... it's just been silence after the dead line.


    I was starting to begin that I made the wrong choice to support him, that this was all a scam. I spent a lot of money and I have nothing to show for it. Recently someone showed me this link.
    https://refundmissions.tumblr.com/submit 
    So I submitted one and contacted him.


    When he said that I would still pay production, I thought he meant the base price of 50.
    He also owes me another comm worth 75, but that's unrelated.
    He is only planning to refund 75.... which is the oc drawing. only one reward is being refunded.
    And also, a reward that was meant for the 200 backers was taken off because he made a lot of money? Then what was the point of that tier?
    Now I feel like I've truly been scammed. Only being refunded for one reward.
    His reasoning.


    His reason is basically that it's "still happening", so he should keep the money...
    I wanted a refund because it still has yet to happen!
    It's almost been a year and I am highly disappointed. In me and mostly for Jay.
    I've spoken to others who also gave their support and are just as disappointed.
    Which is what got me to do this beware. 
    I'm not saying to not comm Lmj, since he still needs the money to payback his debts and obligations.
    And to reiterate, warn people, that if you invest in Lmj, you might end up being disappointed as well. 

    Kitteh6660
    Who: Sinnamon-Queen / Sasa
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/sinnamon-queen
    When: 06/09/2018
    What: Commission


    Hello there, I am Kitteh6660 and I'd thought I would share a bad experience with what I had with the artist. As of the time of writing, I never received the icon and the artist likely has forgotten about that.
    It all started out back in June 2018 when I saw an offer for a cute icon and I'd thought, why not? A cheap art for a cute icon I would use for my profile.
    It all started out by sending notes and discussing what I wanted: an icon of me drinking a root beer. Innocent and simple, right? It's the type of icon that could be finished in a relatively short time.



    I paid the invoice back then and hoped for the art to come. I even got a WIP but then it abruptly never got finished. And the WIPs are deleted for some reason. Unfortunately, it's way past the 6 month deadline for a refund so that is no longer possible.

    The WIPs were deleted. Sadly.

    I once had contact of her on Discord but the text message logs just vanished and I can no longer retrieve the messages. She once had a server but it was also deleted. I don't think she's even on Discord anymore.
    I know $7.00 USD isn't a lot but I am very upset. I am a forgiving person but if I can ever get the finished artwork, I'd completely forgive her.
    Her FA profile but she seems to no longer be active as her last activity seems to be a year ago: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/sinnamon-queen
    As of today, I never even got the artwork and none of the submissions on my gallery are from her. It's supposed to be a headshot commission with a root beer.

    Icy
    Who: Akkoh Draws
    Where: https://twitter.com/akkohd
    https://www.patreon.com/akkoh
    https://www.facebook.com/AkkohLoko/
    https://www.deviantart.com/akkohloko
    When: 03/12/2020
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content
    I had contacted them in March because I really enjoyed their art and they were open for commissions. We had talked a bit and and settled on a three character commission. The price was really cheap essentially being 1 usd per character. However I paid them and they never delivered, I went back to check on them and they said they had “personal problems” jump forward months later, today I went to check up on them only to find out I was blocked. I’m not complaining about the fact I lost about 3 Usd but more of the fact that they took the money and ran.





    ZeroForever
    Who: Artist: fumophu11
    Where: https://twitter.com/fumophu11
    https://picarto.tv/fumophu
    https://www.pixiv.net/en/users/9854970
    https://ko-fi.com/fumophu
    http://discord.gg/vu9G3SG
    When: 09/15/2019
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content
    Contacted him via E-mail, where we confirmed the commission script idea then moved to discord for faster chat.
    In discord we settled on the price/rates where I proceeded to pay half up front on 9/15/19 (150 USD) (censored Screen shot below)
    They worked on the first page which was submitted for review and verification on 10/17/19
    They have had zero responses in discord since 10/17/19. (screen shot below)
    I sent a check up via discord, which states a generic either no longer valid/blocked response.
    I found the original contact e-mail and sent a update request and have still received no response.
    I found his twitter and sent him inquiry on the discord issue, they sent a response confirming their discord was still active (so that means it had to be blocked), so confirmed why I was contacting them. 
    Upon realizing this was regarding a commission they flaked on they then blocked me on twitter as well. (screen shot below)
     
    at this point it's been 9 months since the last actual confirmation of any work from the artist with all attempts to contact them resulting in ghosting/blocks.
     






    NickFrost2012
    Who: SugarPup
    Where: Telegram
    When: 01/24/2020
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content
    I feel i should do this after urging from an artist friend. early this year before a friends birthday i commissioned SugarPup on telegram from a local group chat. the art piece i ordered was something i dont believe was very much but it was 3 characters in a small shaded piece sitting together.


    thinking hey life gets busy and as an artist it would be valid to have a que for art i asked if they did indeed have one which you can see at the bottom of this post.
    At the price i have paid it was said to be at $45 but i did the transfer as friends and family since it wouldn't need them to pay for the full payment as such it came out at $46.61. since this is a decent chunk of change as at this point life had some curveballs and i lost my job i was a little more on edge with anything i spent money on
     

    as of this month, (july) there hasnt been any progress on the art piece to my knowledge and  after multiple conversations spanning months to date usually simple things like. "hey hows things going with the art piece?'" but being a trusting person i am not sure how much of her replies have been valid with irl things happening alot to herself and her dogs they own so i gave them more time.
     

    at first it was a simple 2 month delay and i checked in in march. but as of now in july currently the 26 at time of posting i havent heard back from her and her telegram nickname has changed and the group we shared at one point she is no longer in so im not entirely sure if she is ghosting me or if something else has come up hence why this is a caution. granted ive been lucky and had an artist take a while due to other circumstances.,I cant go into who but it took over a year but i did finally get the piece and some extra material as compensation for the delay. i currently have no way of knowing if SugarPup has done any work on my commision to date or if she will ever finish or send it forward as she still has no art que to my knowledge and i cannot get ahold of the artist via any known means

    i would love to get my money back or get my commision but im not sure what steps to take from here... ;-;

    yeenking
    Who: Maj-Mania749
    Where: https://twitter.com/mmania749
    Maj-Mania749 @ Amino
    http://fursuitsbymajmania749.com
    When: 06/23/2020
    What: Commission


    I have never written a Beware before. I didn’t even want to make this one, but this is completely unacceptable and future buyers should be aware. This is a small time fursuit maker by the name of Majeste. Back on June 23rd 2020, I purchased a custom set of puffy paws with claws after having talked details of the design and other pertinent information. I was quoted $190 and paid the full $190. Remember that price was QUOTED TO ME, because it will be relevant later on. 
     
    Majeste, at first, I had no issues with. The paws were going to take a little while and that was fine, that had already been established up front. The design of the paws was reviewed and I picked out my fur and minky fabrics that would be used to make these paws. I was under the impression that the fabrics that I chose WITH Majeste’s help would be the exact furs ordered and used on my paws. I don’t get any updates for a couple weeks, which again, is fine, I was aware of the time frame for paws turnaround. However, the issue comes in when Majeste sends me a WIP photo. I could see the backing of the pink minky looked strange, textured, but I don’t sew, I don’t work with materials, so I didn’t know. I wasn’t concerned at this point. I had no reason to believe the fabric was not the fabric I chose. 
     
    The next photo I received was of one finished paw. This is where the major issue comes into play: the minky on the paws was NOT the minky I had chosen/agreed upon when the order for the paws was placed. I had been given no prior indication of this change. At first, I sort of glossed over it. It was devastated, but I didn’t want to become a nightmare customer or cause issues. I assumed Majeste would have a solution in mind. Majeste did not at all offer to fix the problem up front, she did not even address it until I did first. As if it was no issue. I still wanted my paws, but I was extremely unhappy. I paid for a service and product, and neither was delivered as promised/agreed upon. I paid $190 for paws the way they had been discussed, not with a change in minky. I will admit, I became more agitated and less willing to accept this work as the conversation went on.
     
    At this point, I did not want to prolong the wait time, and I did not want to be treated as an inconvenience. I suggested upgraded shipping as a fair means of coming to a resolution. Majeste would have to make no refund, no alterations - simply mail the paws with an upgraded shipping method. This is where she becomes extremely aggressive with me. She tries to have me pay MORE to even FIX the paws in the first place, otherwise they won’t be fixed. She tells ME that MY behavior is unacceptable and tells me I’m scamming her. Scamming her after I had already paid the $190 for my paws. Right. She continues, saying she already discounted my paws (I never asked for any discount, Majeste herself quoted me the price of $190 from the get go, as mentioned earlier) and if I want things to be “fair”, I’ll pay the difference of her “usual” paw price and she’ll fix them. 
     
    Needless to say, I was extremely upset by this interaction. As a paying customer, I felt completely sidelined and overall unhappy with the finished result of my custom made product. Now, I’m going to have to have these fixed myself. In the end, Majeste did ship them and provide a tracking number to me. I do not have the paws in my hands as of writing this, but I would like to update based on the quality of the paws I do receive. There are LOTS of screenshots, as this is the entire conversation as it took place on Amino. Please. Proceed with extreme caution if you are considering working with Maj-Mania749. 
     
    Attached are all the screenshots of every interaction I had with Majeste. I included everything, even the conversation bits, so there’s nothing lost and all context is there. Hopefully it’s all in order! 












































    ProTeaJen
    Who: https://twitter.com/nattmadmak
    Where: https://steamcommunity.com/id/Madgothicgirl
    When: 08/16/2018
    What: Commission


    Back in 2018 I had stumbled apon a (mainly) TF2 artist, I had initially asked her for a 2 character half body piece. She accepted and the transaction was sent (sent via Steam items equal to her prices at the time):

     
    About 3 days later I was given a WIP piece, making me believe that the commission was soon to be done with. 

     After that I had sent an update ref, and a bit later she sends me saying that its done shes just on the shading now (I was not given an update photo of it 'done' asides some shading). 

    I (on steam) had asked her to change it to my Pyro loadout in game (hence why I asked that, but steam convos delete themselves) and just to make an icon instead of a half body. She was fine with this and proceeded to tell me that it was done and on her PC but she couldn't access it due to it being finals week and her not being allowed on her PC during them.

    This was the last message I sent to her, and I have yet to hear any updates. The bit I don't have screenshots for was her telling me she'd refund me on Steam, and .. steam being the way it is. There's no way for me to retrieve those messages unfortunately. But this has been over 2 years, and she has completely ghosted me. As well as continued advertising commissions, whilst leaving mine unfinished and forgotten about. 
     

     
    I don't have much photo proof due to.. this being like 75% of conversations that went on. 


    WereMorta
    Who: xBlueAshesx
    Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/xblueashesx/
    When: 04/08/2020
    What: Commission

    Resolved
    On the 8th of April this year I asked xBlueAshesx about a Lion King YCH. She then accepted, I gave her my PayPal info and paid. Unfortunately I don't have the acceptance PM anymore, but here's a screenshot of the PayPal payment as proof.



    On the 13th of July, it'd been almost 3 months and I hadn't received anything back from xBlueAshesx yet, not even a WIP picture. I suggested a refund if she hadn't started on the art piece yet. This PM was read, but never replied to.



    After 6 days with no acknowledgement, it was then that I decided to request a chargeback. xBlueAshesx finally replied and offered to finish the piece. I refused, feeling like it would be rushed.




    Her final PM said I would receive a refund and also how I should "read an artist's TOS in the future", which I actually did do before placing the commission. I would've been happy to wait 3 months, I've actually waited that long for commissions in the past, but like I said, I was expecting to see a WIP pic at this point at least. Sadly, nothing.



    I'm now blocked by her on Furaffinity and no longer able to contact her. She continues to take on new commissions.


    Goofmoon
    Who: DocProxy
    Where: https://twitter.com/DocProxy
    https://www.docproxy.net
    http://www.hentai-foundry.com/pictures/user/DoctorProxy
    https://www.furaffinity.net/user/docproxy/
    When: 01/19/2020
    What: Commission
    NSFW Content
    This was my first art commission I payed so I don't have much experience in doing these commissions. So, I commissioned a speedpaint of a OC of mine for $150 that would include a cum version variant. We agreed upon a half up front and a half later when they finish payment. I provided some references and I also sketch my OC in a certain pose I want.


    They provided me with a sketch of how it would look like before they worked on it. There were a few edits and comments on what they should fix on my OC. There were gaps of no communication from the artist, but they responded back later with them saying they were really busy which was understandable.
    m
    March 24 was the last time they responded back to my post. I know its COVID 19 and people have some IRL personal problems, but it would be nice if they told me or sent some kind of proof they were working on my art piece.


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