Thankfully I did NOT send her anything before...
Her name is Jennifer Starr and goes by jennystarr and stillsmiling on the message boards
That's all I have to say. I never thought I'd encounter one of those people you only hear about in everyone else's horror stories.
Back in March, I received an order for LOTS and LOTS of custom work from my jewelry line.
I made 6 necklaces, five bracelets, and 5 pairs of earrings.
LOTS. About $440.00 worth of it.
I was so excited to be getting request after request from this person for more pieces.
I used so many of my materials (silver, 14k goldfill, findings, stones, etc), but I knew that once I got paid for all the items I had made, I'd be able to replenish my supplies.
Fast forward 7 months, many unanswered e-mails, and a ridiculous $35.00 Paypal payment, and now it turns out that:
- she didn't really like the things
- I made the work without her asking for it
- I hid my prices from her.
She didn't really like the things...???
OMG!!!! EVERYTHING IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!
You did a fanastic job!! Love it all!!!
Is there anything left of the multi-gems or the malachite? I would love some sort of a matching bracelet with the multi-gems... if there is anything left...
LOVE everything - so excited ....
She had no idea the bill would be so high...????
...two different necklaces one with chalcedony and the other with rose quartz or the green prehinite that you have used...
YES would love a bracelet!!! :)All quotes taken from her e-mails to me... (those grammatical errors are not mine).
Thanks for explaining the gold fill stuff - do you think the malachite would look better with the gold fill than the silver??
Then she offers to start giving me $100 a month starting in September.
I figure it's better than never seeing a cent, right?
Well, September's come and gone, and not a cent.
Serves me right for doing the work without receiving payment BEFORE I started.
I thought she was a friend. I met her through a message board, and I really thought she could be trusted.
Um, not really!!!
I have refunded her $35.00 payment (for a more than $400.00 bill), canceled the Paypal invoice I sent her, and made peace with the fact that I got ROYALLY SCREWED.
I had to undo all the work (the stones she sent me to work with are not up to the quality standards that I use on my pieces) so, I cannot sell them on my shop, like she had the nerve to suggest.
I had to take it all apart, waste tons of silver and gold fill wire (which I cannot reuse), and also have to pay to send her stones back.
I needed to vent.
I hate doing this but I am really hurt. She's accusing me of making things without her asking, of hiding my prices from her, of making things she didn't like. All false.
Enough of this. I never want to make another post as awful as this one.