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  • Beware: Toasti/ Toast435


    Eelowyn
    • Who: Toasti/Toast435
      Where: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/toast435/
      When: 03/30/2019
      What: Commission

      Resolved

    I had worked with this person in the past (like, last few years) on occasional commissions/in stream slots, and had a friendship with them. In march shortly after my birthday they had an emergency chibi sale due to some life issues they were having, so I got a chibi slot. On the journal (which unfortunately was deleted after the fact so I cannot go back to screenshot directly) it was stated that the chibis would be done pretty quickly, if i remember correctly it had either same day or within a week I think?

    It was not mentioned that it was part of a larger queue. Never got any updates or the art piece so after 2 months I asked the first time for an update. Didn't get one and was told they were moving so there was no update.

    So I waited until June... In a Picarto stream i pmed/wisped them directly and asked if they would be working on mine in the stream, they told me they were working on their Trello backlog...I checked out their Trello and my art was nowhere to be found. Mentioned this and they finally added it.

    Waited another 2 months (so August), watching their Trello board, seeing them add new things all the time, and do work on the newly added things, but never any update on mine.

    During this time they were doing in streams constantly, and also trying to advertise to me to buy from them again.

    Confronted them in August that i was uncomfortable with the lack of communication, with things being bumped ahead in the trello que, and that as there had clearly been no update (as I hadn't ever gotten one, and the Trello still had it marked as not started) that I'd like a refund.

    They flipped out, claimed there was actually a sketch done (no proof of one was ever given)

    I asked them to either finish the piece, or refund me as I had been waiting a long time, had been super patient and not pestering for updates.

    They said they would rather refund, and it would take up to a month and that they would turn the supposed sketch into a YCH. Still never showed it to me. I agreed to wait the month.

    I gave them almost 2 months, still nothing but them asking me to wait so they could get their nephew a birthday gift.

    I offered again for them to do a cheaper art piece. this occurred in one of their Picarto streams in a wisp chat so unfortunately I dont have screenshots of this as at that point I wasn't thinking I would have to do a beware, but had offered if it would be easier they could do an in stream sketch instead of the refund as I didn't want to cause financial hardship for them, again they refused. Just to note, the chibi was 20 and the in streams were 16, so i would have been fine accepting lower cost art in place of a refund if it would have been easier for them!

    I confronted her about it last night as I have been super patient, not badgering for updates, and actively trying to work with her on this. As can be seen in the screenshots they flipped out, then had her bf message on her account to insult and be rude AF, and finally she agreed to actually refund me.

    This morning I got an email showing that I was partially refunded because of claiming she started a sketch which honestly, there was never any proof of if and only mentioned after I expressed wanting a refund, so I'm almost entirely certain it was a lie to try to keep the money as on their trello it was clearly marked as not started, had zero updates and even now ive never seen the supposed sketch.

    I attempted to contact her again, expressing that a partial refund was not acceptable, and she had blocked me on Discord so I had to leave a shout on her FA.

    This was a complete disaster of a situation and I wouldnt wish it on anyone. I am still waiting for the other half of my refund but I am skeptical on if they will ever send it.


    I left a shout on their FA, expecting that they finish refunding me. They removed the shout, screenshots to show the new shouts that were posted as well as email I sent after they blocked me.

    After contacting them via email and making it clear I was not just going to drop it and provided the sketch. The sketch provided however, is very clearly NOT my character as it is a generic feline with a small mouth, and long tail. The character requested to have draw is a saber cat, with a nub tail. Sketch is included below to show it is clearly not the character shown in the ref
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    Okidokey time to pop in and call dogpiling. Scourge is going to be the last person to have their reply to Zuazhes's comments approved.  Please use the like feature from here.

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    This is one of the most embarrassing bewares I've ever read, and seen looking at both sides of the story it's really  clear the artist is at fault especially that journal of theirs is not helping them.

    It's a very good thing i'd took a screencap of the artist said journal. especially those comments from it are not helping her at all. Why would you lie that you refunded and gave the op the sketch when it's clear it's was a partial refund and the not a sketch at all but of all things a base which is not just unprofessional but insulting to the client.

    And wanting something positive to hold on. If you wanted to do that  Why not just post here and resolve this yourself with the op instead of bringing your friends to do your battles for you and not post journals like this.


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    Update: they have unblocked to contact me via Discord and have expressed that they will send the remaining of the owed commission as well as have stated I may keep the sketch. Screenshots included below of the update 
    Screenshots seem to have sent in opposite order, so keep that in mind when reading

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    Hid your post for a split second to censor the Paypal cap and fix the ordering of caps.

    Also want to double check that you did get the rest of the money so I can mark this as resolved.

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    1 hour ago, Eelowyn said:

    Update: they have unblocked to contact me via Discord and have expressed that they will send the remaining of the owed commission as well as have stated I may keep the sketch. Screenshots included below of the update 
    Screenshots seem to have sent in opposite order, so keep that in mind when reading

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    Yeah that once again seems like she's making whatever excuse she can to put any amount of blame on you. While it's good you're getting the rest of your money this beware shows it far from simply one bad experience. 

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    Not sure if it was stated, but if the artists is insisting on a partial refund they absolutely need to provide the sketch to OP, as the partial refund is PAYING FOR said sketch.

    The fact that they are trying to resell OP's 'sketch' is another bad mark against the artist. (Although I agree, it just looks like a random base they made up to fill the lie)

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    3 hours ago, flucket said:

    I don't want to repeat anything that anyone else has said, I think armaina's advice post is a good last word and so normally I wouldn't have added anything. I'm just...

    I'm just feeling extremely flabbergasted that there has been literally NO apology for the message from the boyfriend? Am I wrong? I reread through everything twice and I didn't pick it up, can someone direct me to an apology over the boyfriend's actions if there was one? No matter how frustrated, justified or not, I might end up at a client, I would be absolutely fucking mortified if someone close to me spoke to a client that way, and on my own account no less. But it just sort of went completely uncommented upon by the artist? Was there a private apology that wasn't provided in the post?

    The artist seems to be trying to take some kind of measure of responsibility for their actions, but there has been zero mention of any feeling of contrition over their boyfriend using their discord account to speak to Eelowyn in a truly revolting manner. "cant give you the cum out of my balls"? Really? You don't feel the need to offer an apology for that? I don't know if Toasti is still reading these comments, but I can't say I'd ever want to commission anyone who seemed to comfortable and justified in allowing their boyfriend to speak to their paying customers in that way. It's creepy, it's inappropriate, and the lack of any kind of apology is shocking to me.

    Toasti may insist this is an "isolated incident", but I feel doubtful about that considering they confessed straight to Eelowyn at the beginning they had an "angry commissioner causing drama". I imagine if Eelowyn hadn't gone public with this beware and proof of Toasti's actions, they would have been marked down as an angry commissioner causing drama too.

    This is far from an isolated incident. Back when I was in her server she'd complained about this quite a bit. Not too surprising when you have clients waiting a whole year.

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    Oh gosh it's  a little worrisome that it seems like Zuazhes was made one of their art managers. I really hope that they don't act as agressive as they did with you on here. 

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    On 10/23/2019 at 10:48 AM, Parasolhyena said:

    Oh gosh it's  a little worrisome that it seems like Zuazhes was made one of their art managers. I really hope that they don't act as agressive as they did with you on here. 

    Wait that's their art manager then no wonder they were so defensive over the beware and made those rude comments. No wonder this beware is well earned if they do that to customer then their reputation is going to be damaging.

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    On 10/23/2019 at 10:48 AM, Parasolhyena said:

    Oh gosh it's  a little worrisome that it seems like Zuazhes was made one of their art managers. I really hope that they don't act as agressive as they did with you on here. 

    Oof, yeah, that is a worrisome addition.

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