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  1. - is the meet in person thing in a public place (like a convention)? - If you waited and did the swap, would you still be able to submit a claim via paypal? If the answer to those 2 is yes, then I'd just wait it out, especially if you will be in that area to meet them anyway. Then if they don't show up you can still file a claim with paypal and get your refund. Otherwise, I'd try to get a refund and send the thing back. I don't think you're going to get a hoodie within the specs you wanted =[
  2. Issue an ultimatum. The guide is in my forum signature and the resources section.
  3. Not much you can do over a year later unless you want to pursue small claims court. You could try an ultimatum with threat of writing a beware. If it were me I'd just write it off at this point, unless it was a very large amount of money.
  4. So my question isn't about forming the LLC itself, but organization afterward. Here are my (probably dumb) questions: If I keep good records, do I NEED a business banking account? I don't expect to make much (if any) money for at least the first 1-2 years. I keep good financial records and am confident keeping it with my personal finances (for the time being anyway) won't be detrimental. But everything I read about LLCs says I should create one? If I do need one, are there any banks you'd suggest? I didn't do a ton of looking, but what I did see all had fees. Whereas my personal accounts are all free. How do you deal with Paypal? Do you get a separate account for your LLC or is it the same as your personal paypal account? Unlike my bank account, I would prefer a separate paypal account for the LLC. My worry is I don't want my personal information mixed with the business information. As far as I can tell, you can't really pick what information (like name) shows up in invoices and such. It has to be the same name every time, which is problematic since I do a lot of personal online spending. Anything else I should know? Or helpful tips for "going official"? Yeah I pretty much have no idea of what I'm doing organization-wise. Though I do know how to legally form the LLC. Thanks in advance. edit to add: What's a good online store that allows you to sell your own physical goods, but doesn't charge a monthly fee? I don't expect to make many sales for the first few years, so I'd prefer to have a storefront that charges commission per sale instead of doing a monthly fee for the store. I will be making my own physical things so a site like storenvy or society6 wouldn't work (as far as I know). If it comes down to it, I can always make my own storefront through wordpress but for the time being I'd like to avoid that.
  5. Ultimately you can't do much, unless you want to pursue small claims court. So if you want your money back and you don't know how to start the process legally, you may want to contact an attorney. Otherwise, the only thing I've seen actually work is sucking up to the maker, pumping their ego, and basically brown nosing them until they feel obligated to help you. But even then, that process can still take a year or more.
  6. I'd screencap everything and submit a beware, honestly. Maybe they will come to their senses. Otherwise, you already have the art right? I'd just use it without paying anything. Make sure I had screencapped the part where they said I didn't have to pay if anyone else brings it up. The end. This is a loss, you won't be able to work with this artist again in the future. Just take it and move on. edit: Also depending on what work needs to be done, it could be done by anyone and there's free software to do such. Especially if it really is only cropping and nothing else. There are even art programs that are in the browser. https://www.photopea.com/ is a really good one.
  7. "Potential PR fallout" was my general term for them bad-talking you. This is probably over-explaining it and you likely have nothing to worry about, but here we go anyway: - If the customer feels like the type to spout on about how bad of a person/maker/your business is - If the customer has a substantial social presence or "pull" - If the customer has relentless spirit/motivation in their vendetta Let's say that you provide a 100% perfect service to (we'll call them) Molly. Molly then decides that they don't like you. It really doesn't matter the reason why. Molly decides to go to social media and scream to anyone who will listen that you are a terrible person, that their business with you was horrible, etc. Maybe they even conjure up some screencaps that, out of context, make you look bad. Nobody cares about Molly if they have, like, 3 followers. But suddenly Molly becomes a huge issue if they have 100+, a relentless agenda to post their vendetta on every social platform known to man, and seemingly limitless free time to bring up their vendetta any time your name gets mentioned anywhere. Of course Molly has completely unsubstantiated claims, but people who don't know your history (or your history isn't perfect enough to completely override Molly's story entirely) will likely form an opinion about you and your services if they see Molly's story everywhere. You might lose customers. If Molly's story gets to them first before your good works do, then you may lose potential customers. If you have enough business as-is and/or don't want to work with people who believe Molly, then obviously the "PR fallout" isn't a big deal for you, and you can continue on, totally ignoring Molly's screaming in the background. Plenty of people are able to do this (furry community included). However, some people/businesses are really hurting for customers or don't have much of a history, or for some other reason have a very important relationship to their online presence being entirely positive. Those people don't want Molly's screaming, and will do whatever they can to prevent it from happening. The thought process behind the calculation of whether your customer is going to be a Molly and whether or not that actually matters is a determination only you, as the business owner (and the person who presumably knows your business's social and financial standings best) can make. So that is why I say, it depends on how you value the $14. Will this customer turn into a Molly? Can this customer make you lose more potential/future money if they become a Molly? Are those risks worth pushing for $14? Or is it better to cut your losses and write it off now so you don't have to deal with any of it? Sidenote: this is why I would never be able to run a profitable business. Good luck to you.
  8. I mean if you want to recover the money, do you really have anything to lose by asking for their email? If you're certain they're not going to pay on their own then I would imagine an invoice would be the last thing you could do to coerce them to pay. Otherwise there's submission of a client beware. You could try to message them again and ask that they pay you for shipping, and ask when you might be able to expect the money. 24 hours is a short time - usually I'd say give it longer - but from prior actions (such as seemingly going out of their way to meet you in person to get fixes) they seem like they either don't care or don't have the money to give you. It's really up to you and how much you weigh $14 vs this client's relationship with you and the potential PR fallout should the client decide to get nasty publicly.
  9. If it were me I'd kinda just write it off at this point. But this sounds like the type of person who might actually answer honestly if you just randomly go "Hey, what's your email? I'd like to send you something." lol
  10. Send them an actual invoice for the shipping and see what happens.
  11. I'm a little confused... In the way your wrote this, it really seems like you offered to fix everything and never discussed a price. If that's true, then of course the client won't pay you... they assumed it was free...
  12. Did the tracking say it actually arrived at your country or did it say it has left the origin country? What I remember of international shipping is that the tracking stops once it leaves the origin country. Depending on the countries involved, you may still receive the book. It depends on how the book was shipped. If it was airmail, it's probably gone. If it was surface mail (by ship or truck) then you might get it next month, or even later. That aside, unless it was stipulated in some contract, the seller is responsible for the item until you receive it. You were within your rights to request a refund. If paypal denies you the refund, you're technically within your rights to pursue other avenues (the only one I can think of is a credit card dispute) but it's in bad taste and the bank will probably side with paypal's decision.
  13. Paypal has a 180 day window. If you file a dispute, the dispute has a 20 day window. You have 180 days from the time you paid the invoice to file a dispute or claim. If at any point you file a dispute, only then does the window become 20 days. When the dispute is closed (or escalated to a claim and that claim is resolved), the transaction is completely over and there's nothing you can do, regardless of what day you opened the claim originally. So since the head has taken such a short time to be completed, I would wait nearly the full 180 days before even thinking about a claim, to give the maker some time to fix this. Regarding your concerns, yes, many times a maker "fixing" something is tearing apart most or all of it and starting over. But usually it is easier to use the old base instead of making a new one. 180 days is approximately 6 months. You have plenty of time unless you paid the invoice nearly 6 months ago.
  14. NO DO NOT DO THAT So if I'm understanding you correctly, they already sent you the fursuit head? Where are you at in the paypal claim window? How long has this commission been ongoing? You have 180 days from the date you paid the invoice to file a claim. If they've said they are willing to repair it (at no cost), then they're likely willing to repair it. If you'd rather have a refund, you need to tell the maker that. I'm having a hard time following why you think this maker is out to scam you. It seems you've already decided that's what's happening, despite them appearing to work with you on this. From what you've given here, the maker hasn't been difficult to deal with and is attending to your concerns. Yes, the lack of quality in your head is troubling, but there are so many reasons why that can happen that has absolutely nothing to do with you (or a potential scamming). I think you might be confused as to how paypal claims and disputes work. A dispute only gives the seller 20 days to address your concerns. 20 days for fursuit things is not enough time to get anything good quality. And this is setting aside the time needed for shipping back and forth. If you escalate your dispute to a claim, the money in their paypal account gets frozen and it effectively forces them to stop business to only focus on you. This is something you should only do as A LAST RESORT. With art, there's a chance you'll get your piece in these circumstances. But you've ordered material, custom-made goods. There's a much higher chance that you will not receive anything back and just get refunded, forever blacklisted from that maker and possibly badmouthed to other makers. I understand you're worried, and that is fine. If you want your fursuit head fixed, give the maker the benefit of the doubt here that they are willing and able to do it. If you don't think the maker can actually fix it, and/or you just don't want the head anymore, give them a chance to work with you. Don't be a jerk by freezing their funds and potentially halting their business. Especially over something where (again, if I am reading this situation correctly), the maker actually seems very willing to work with you. Now, if you are close to the 180 day window closing, that's slightly different. But from what I am reading of your posts, you are not near the end of that 180 day window, so you have plenty of time to solve this amicably without paypal getting involved.
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