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Unfortunately, there seems to be a rise in questionable business ethnics, bad practices, and a general lack of forethought..
Which leads to interactions that tend to go very wrong real quick.

So here are some things to consider when you commission someone or offer commissions.

Right off the bat, since this one is something a lot of people do. This one needs to be emphasized which is why bold and caps...

DO NOT HAVE YOUR CUSTOMERS PAY THE PAYPAL FEE.
DO NOT HAVE YOUR CUSTOMERS PAY THE PAYPAL FEE
DO NOT HAVE YOUR CUSTOMERS PAY THE PAYPAL FEE

To add onto that, do not have them send it as a "gift".
Do not add whatever the paypal fee cost/do not add a fee for using paypal.
That goes against their ToS which means they can shut your account down. They more then likely will shut you down for doing that.
Having them send as a gift offers 0 protection for them and, if done enough, can look suspicious in the eyes of paypal.
Seriously, don't do it.


Keep a to-do list/work schedule
Keep organized. You should not be asking for refs every other day/be asked for refs every other day.
The work schedule is so things can be done in a (hopefully) timely manner. Going hand in hand with this one, don't take new orders if you aren't even remotely close to being done with a majority of the other ones.


Do NOT try to haggle with the artist/get them to lower their prices just for you.
That is one thing if they offer discounts for bulk orders/special requisites. It's another entirely to try and get "special snowflake" status from someone you're trying to do business with.


Can't Spend That Paycheck Without Doing The Job
Seriously, don't do this.
Don't spend the money you received from a customer before you finish the work they paid to get.

No refunds?
I'm not quite sure why this is a thing...or why people even put this in their ToS. Going to copy and paste what someone said on AB on this one.
Canceling a commission and refusing a refund for any reason is illegal.
Canceling a commission and giving a refund for any reason is legal.
That is one thing if you started work. You'd give them the unfinished work and a partial refund. If work hasn't started? Full refund.
Only things that are partial exception to the rule are crafts/traditional arts/prints that are to be shipped.
Refunds for those would be based off how much work is completed and the material costs.



Hopefully I'll remember the other ones I had wanted to put on here.
Alas that is all for now.
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This group is a group where members of deviantART can gather and warn people about trolls, hackers, art thieves, scammers of all kinds (if it be someone who hired you to work for them and never paid you in full, or be it a common bot trying to gather points from you). We are here to protect our fellow artists in what ever it be.


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Be aware that we are just a regular group active on DeviantArt.com (commonly shortened as DA) with members that are just regular DA users. All we can effectively do is notifying our watchers and/or report violations of the TOS (Terms of Service, at about.deviantart.com/policy/se… ) to the DA staff, which you also can do at the DA help desk ( help.deviantart.com/contact/ ) the same way, along with bug (error) reports. Click here to read "The correct way to handle / report TOS violators" ( fav.me/d6hqka7 ).
ou can see the list of DA staff employees at the beginning ot the below featured journal called "Looks like a wave of Account Hacking/Spamming".

How to report art thieves:
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cnerone21 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
help how can i report a scammer commissioner? 
i did a work for him , he aproved the sketch and after finishing my work he hasn't paid and said "i don't think this i gonna work".
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Marilynn97 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Its a warning, but anywho its
thegirl2014.deviantart.com
Its another Stephie Ngene one
sent through notes.
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Marilynn97 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
help! I'd like to report a scammer!
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ChaosDemonXXXAngel Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you guys need any help running the group?
Also, I see a lot of scammers and such missing.
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Claritee Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Artist
My friend MoonSaphirre got a note from a person named CreamyAkumu and it said:

Hi, I just saw your art and it's so cute and cool ^^!
I wanna try doing a smexy, dirty roleplay with you, but I'm soo shy *Pounce hugs you down* Mrawr >/////

And that person sent her some kind of link.

The account has been deactivated, but I think they usually make a new account some time after :/ so this is just a warning I guess
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GyroBoll Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
About the comment below me:
It's false alarm, it was only me. That was an earlier account I made but lost the password for it, then suddenly remembered when I made this one. I wanted to quickly check out if those artists/groups are still active, but I pressed submit comment instead of preview. Anyways, I didn't need that account anymore.
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NinjaKato Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
I don't know what is going on but I was notified that someone by the name of SnoopestLoopest posted a comment here mentioning me and someone else. 

What is this all about? comments.deviantart.com/4/2991…
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640KofWertzui Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Spambot:
jessicaclarkson.deviantart.com…
Somebody says that already reported it tough.
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