Don't close it, I'm talking to someone in here. Anyway, I wanted to inquire how long one of these commissions takes you so I could tell you what tiny fraction of a percentage of minimum wage you're earning - you should develop your skills and charge more! It will attract a different type of buyer (... though getting payment first is always sensible).
Nothing wrong with asking for the money you both agreed he would give you, but you screwed yourself over by sitting around waiting for months without saying anything. You should have asked for his payment at the same time you gave him the work, at the very least. And if he didn't give it to you, you should have reminded him he still owes you each week until he paid you. You also don't need to make up a fee since it's just 10 points, which is almost nothing itself and you already gave him the work. Unless he voluntarily gives you the Points, you're screwed and can't do anything about it other than tell your friends not to take any requests from him. Let this be a lesson.
Hey now, I wanna buy my nephew that Super Llama plushie before Christmas. He saw me browsing the site shop and saw it. Now he wants it and is begging me for it. I don't have money so I need to raise points for it. I got 526 points currently and it's like... 1k or so? 1.3k I think.
Or for 10 points, moreover - I don't know why you bother charging if you're only going to charge 10 points. Points are pretty useless, but ten points is especially useless. Why not develop your skills and get some real money?
Ten points? Come back when you get cheated out of $400 and we'll talk
But as I have learned - never give the final piece away until you get paid. Send them a low-resolution version with a faint watermark going across it. So they can see that you did it, but they still can't use it. Then send the proper version after you get paid. And people will try every excuse in the book "My credit card won't have any funds transferred 'till Monday" or "The guys at the printing place need this tomorrow, I'll pay next week" or anything of the nature. Be hard on them. If they can't pay you, then they can't have it. Would a store owner let you walk out with a new coat or laptop just because you promised to pay them back later?
Lol, well I don't know what kind of smiley "ddpan" is, but back on topic - there are lots of asshole business types out there ready to rip off artists. I think some get an "honourable mention" on a site called ClientsFromHell.com, which is dedicated to all kinds of freelancers (but mostly artists and designers) who vent their rage about horrible, cheap commissioners, and not to mention dumb ones who make you re-work the same thing a hundred times because they don't know what the fuck they want
I once had a guy who signed my contract for a piece of art, which clearly stated (and which he agreed to) that I wanted half up front, and half upon receiving a heavily watermarked image at the end of the project - he'd get the full res image after full payment. Anyway, ball was in his court... he decided to just send me $10 to 'keep me interested'. I can't remember exactly how it went but I ended up squeezing a bit more out of him. Then, when I finished the image, he said that since he'd already paid me some money (whut) he wanted to cut the full price down by $20 ('to negotiate'). I just said, 'do you want the final image or not?' I got my money... eventually. :ddpan: