So I'm sure we've all heard about the Pixlett / ToxicMutagen scam that has occurred lately. As one fifteen year old stole over 10,000 USD from deviantART artists and getting art for it to. It has to be a terrifying prospect for sellers of art and anyone who accepts monetary commissions or purchases art services.
So this raises a new question in my own thoughts: "What makes an artist or purchaser credible?" Or more directly what makes them reliable in your opinion. For example do you think an artist is more credible and reliable if they are more polite? give the money back if they cannot complete the commission? finish the commission in a timely manner? Its a question that has been really bothering me lately, and the same goes for buyers of art, what makes them more reliable in your eyes as a buyer or seller? Let me know!
Personally I Think For Sellers the things that make them credible are:
1. Polite & Diplomatic in Negotiating Prices
2. Paying back the commissioner if they do not have the time to do the work.
3. Completing the commission(s)
4. Showing the Commissioner the WIP.
As for Buyers and what makes them credible:
1. Don't try to scam the artist or threaten them to lower prices.
2. Paying for the work in a timely manner.
3. Not try to weasel down the price because they don't like how it turned out.
What do you guys think? Tell me your thoughts on this? Do you research who you're commissioning first before you try to commission art? If so what do you look for to get information that helps you decide? What things have stopped you from choosing to commission someone before? (like a hidden comment on their page and suspicious stuff, not your lacking in funds guys |D)