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Anyone out there who knows me even remotely well knows that I collect a lot of furry artwork--or, that is, I have in the past several years.

In the first seven years of collecting furry artwork, I have only had one artist completely stiff me on a commission for which I paid up front. Out of over 250 artists I have arranged commissions from, that isn't bad at all--and this particular artist has a long history of taking money and running. So, not so bad.

But in the past year, I have had four artists who have given every impression of their plans to shaft me for pre-paid artwork commissions or orders. With the high-volume collecting I do, that still isn't so bad--but it is a 300% increase of occurrence in a very short period of time.

I have been long considering cutting back on my collecting, and this is one of the chief reasons why. It's a disturbing trend.

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Just curious, but do ya still take gift art?

That is a good question. It is also one I am still mulling over.

One the one hand, I have folks telling me I don't update my page often enough. On the other hand, I have folks telling me that taking gift or "freebie" art is being selfish, when I have so much artwork already.

The honest answer right now is I don't know. It is something I have to give a lot of thought. Either way I answer it, I will piss someone off. o(:o(

Lou, babe... you gotta stop listening to everyone else and get back to thinking about what makes YOU happy. That's the ultimate thing here. And, you know what I think of the people who are saying that it's selfish to accept gift art? I think they're jealous because they're not getting any. So screw 'em. If someone wants to give you gift art, the only thing YOU have to say is "thanks!"

Seriously, I hate seeing you even having to consider this again. When will people leave well enough alone?!

Hugs and Nuzzles,

I agree with Draco! Listening to other peoples opinions on how you should conduct what YOU want is the exact reason things like Television programming sucks today. People who dont like it will find something else to do with their time, if they bitch at you tell them the same thing i always say "EAT MY ASS!" >:3

As for the getting stiffed by artists thing, i dont know what to tell you except spread the word, if these guys are stiftless enough to steal money from you then their crooks and need to be exposed.

I've noticed that a little... I'm hoping they're just getting busy with things, but I've stopped until those are cleared up for now... D:

Honestly, I buy prints and exchange art with friends sometimes, but I don't order commissions anymore. Mainly because I've been stiffed far too much and not just by furry artists.

But, honestly, don't let this stop you from collecting art. And, for god's sake, don't let it stop you from accepting gift art. That's bullshit that it's selfish, someone wants to give you a gift it doesn't make you 'selfish' to say thank you and enjoy it.

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