Okay, when I was younger, I frequented Gaia Online pretty often, but I've lost interest in it...no real reason, other than just getting older, I suppose. However, I have a fair bit of gold and even some Gaia Cash sitting in my inventory, that I'll probably never use, and I've made use of the mini art shops before, so I thought "Eh, what the hell, I'll trade that to someone for a little drawing." So I make a post with my terms: I have this much gold, this much GC, draw me this picture and you can have the gold, I'll buy you whatever you want from the Cash Shop with the amount of Cash I have, and you get whatever you want that's in my inventory because I'm leaving Gaia
. I thought that was all fairly straight forward.
I get a response from a girl after a while responding to the post, showing some samples of her work, and a message that says "PS. I consider RL commissions" P.S., as in, "oh just so you know" I assumed, since the rest of the post seemed pretty much a response to my terms. Okay, her style's not really what I had in mind, but it's good, and she responded where NO ONE ELSE has (seriously, I am just getting flat ignored on that forum), so I send her a PM to let her know she's got the job.
Her first response to me. "What job?"
Ohhhkaaaay...the job you responded to less than a day ago, but whatever, fine, I'm pretty scatterbrained too, I can accept that, so I link her back to my post and her response to it, and say "this job" and ask her if there's any further terms she wants to discuss, like what she'll want from the Cash Shop or whatever.
She replies: "Oh so you want an RL commission?"
What. No. What.
She replied to me, with my post all about that I'm leaving Gaia and anyone who draws me this relatively simple picture gets all my swag because I'M NOT COMING BACK, and she just kind of arbitrarily decided she was selling me art for real money. Ablafhs.
Reading comprehension, Oedipus, do you have it.
Edit: Second one just crawled in there. Literally, my first post was this: "THIS IS WHAT I HAVE, I WILL GIVE YOU IT BECAUSE I AM LEAVING."
I get a second person who shows me decent samples, so I PM them to ask whether they read over the whole job and if they're sure they want to do it.
Response: "Sure! Oh btw, I forgot to mention my prices, they start at *ridiculously high number*!
...sigh. Do not tell me you read my job offer and then IMMEDIATELY INVALIDATE YOUR STATEMENT. SERIOUSLY.