I think that is the bulk of it.
Theses trusted sellers collect funds upfront, take on too much work, spend the money on personal things (as well as some supplies), and then they panic. They are behind, cannot afford to refund or buy more supplies to complete the run and they go silent. The more angry people get, they more distance they place between themselves and the site. They may even try to do another run elsewhere to get more upfront money to pay refunds on the first run, and maybe that works, or maybe they fall behind on both runs. Before we know it, they are behind on multiple items and disappear with thousands. Again, they had no bad intentions upfront, they just got in trouble and thought the best solution was to hide.
Perhaps I'm dating myself, but this reminds me of the episode when Fred Flintstone became the Gravelberry Pie King. He sets up a contract with a buyer and then realizes he was losing a few cents per pie when all of the costs of producing were added up. Then things get worse...
Having been burnt by a “great” person before. I totally agree with Funky!Re: Problems with Matsuo?
Oh...THIS story again. :rolleyes
Look, I know Matt is a great guy, I dealt with him myself and always produces great work.
However, like the Don said, "It's not personal. It's just business." If after 40 days product doesn't appear, put in a Paypal dispute. Of course, don't be a jerk and do it without warning, give the seller plenty of heads up so they know it's coming. I understand some folks have got projects that take longer than 40 days to finish but they need the funds now to buy materials. Well, that's when you have to make the hard decision. Doing this you run the risk of not getting your item. It's usually not because of anything malicious, but life gets in the way sometimes.
Personally, I work way too hard for my money and if I don't have it in hand in 40 days, a dispute goes in (trades are VERY difficult to manage!).
I'm sure Matt will come through and he is highly respected. Still, when it comes to money, it's nothing personal...
Wow. What the hell is happening to our community?! Even the people who are supposed to be reliable are screwing people left and right. It’s like EFX and ANOVOS are just setting an example that we are all just following? This is sad. We really need a rating system and people to get banned on here if they’re not providing. Taking someone’s money and flying out of contact is deplorable. Especially in this day and age when communication is as simple as reaching for a phone. Lame.