It could just be what I am noticing, but lately, it seems that if a deal has gone sour, Iron Man buckets are involved. From Le to that Stark character. I think it is a case of these guys being WOEFULLY out of their depth as mold makers and NOT knowing what they are doing. They then offer up a run of their stuff and get inundated with requests. This then leads to crappy communication as they cower in the corners of mom's basement, weeping and inhaling resin fumes.
I am not the crafter some people are, but I will offer up some old guard advice to both crafter and purchaser.
To the Crafter: If you do not know what you are doing, ask for help and tips. Just because you can "pep" an Iron Man helmet together does not mean you know jack squat about casting, casting cleanly, molding, pulling from said molds, gelcoat cure times and all the other stuff I know jack squat about. You've bought paper, scissors, glue and resin. Not skills.
If you do have skills, then stop selling vaporware. If you don't have it on hand, don't try funding that run with your vaporware sales, especially you newbies. This leads me to buyers.
To the Buyer:
In the immortal words of Wakal(I believe it was him) STOP BUYING VAPORWARE!
There are very few people I will buy vaporware from here, but those people have a long established history. They come through. Rylo, Roman, Russ, Kurt(Chewbaccadoll)...these are the good guys. These guys have mad skills and ALWAYS follow through and communicate with their buyers. The guys who have been crap, well, they gave off the crap vibe from the word go. Caveat Emptor.
Don't take my rant as slamming you guys for poor choices. Hell, we have all made poor choices. The fact of the matter is every new crafter should be met with trepidation. Be cautious. Everyone gets to be trusted once.
Another thing, if communication has dried up before 45 days of the PayPal clock have expired, you had best be escalating your PP claim. To avoid it and sit on your hands is just stupid. Why you guys do not take the matter to the law is another thing that bothers me. This is fraud, and in the case of SOME sellers, potential mail fraud.
I know if you have hundreds of my dollars and try to run, I am coming to your house, with the Police.
That's it...rant over.