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Ninbri
03-22-2012, 06:39 PM
I think I may have a problem, but I'd like to hear about anyone's opinions or experiences before I explain.

JoyMason
03-22-2012, 06:48 PM
Sorry to tell you this, but he has had numerous problems in the past, and has been banned from two forums I frequent due to poor business practices: never sending completed merchandise and stealing other craftsmen's photographs and claiming them as his own.

Just one of the threads on this behavior:
http://www.thereplicapropforum.com/f24/what-does-pepmaster-vagabond-owe-you-137188/

Ninbri
03-22-2012, 08:36 PM
So I guess that's $70 down the toilet.. I commissioned him to make my KOSMOS headgear, I sent full payment about a week and a half ago, he said he'd ship it on Tuesday and hasn't been online for a few days and hasn't responded to me after he said he'd ship it.

Ahza_miracle
03-22-2012, 08:56 PM
why u dont ask to volpi? him is sooo freaking awesome, and soo pro ^^
http://www.facebook.com/VolpinProps

Ninbri
03-22-2012, 08:58 PM
That's the same guy as PepMaster. They are the same people.

Ahza_miracle
03-22-2012, 09:02 PM
really? 0-0, cuz i saw his work, also his do a really awesome work 0-0, also works with godsavethequeen, and is hard to hear that 0-0,

Ninbri
03-22-2012, 09:25 PM
Well, from what the user up there sent, the link to that forum, he works under PepMaster, Volpin, and Nintendude.

And now I am going to bring it up with my local authorities and file a dispute with paypal if this does not get solved anytime soon.

Ninbri
03-22-2012, 09:26 PM
Sorry to tell you this, but he has had numerous problems in the past, and has been banned from two forums I frequent due to poor business practices: never sending completed merchandise and stealing other craftsmen's photographs and claiming them as his own.

Just one of the threads on this behavior:
http://www.thereplicapropforum.com/f24/what-does-pepmaster-vagabond-owe-you-137188/



This was very helpful, thank you.
Some users on that forum said that they were refunded or he finally shipped the item, I guess we will wait and see.

angelbabycakes
03-22-2012, 10:07 PM
Are you sure he goes by Volpin? In that forum, it says Vagabond and it says Volpin was ripped off by him. Just trying to make sure someone's good name isn't tarnished on accident if it isn't the same person.

JoyMason
03-22-2012, 10:11 PM
Volpin is NOT PepMaster.

I repeat, Volpin is NOT PepMaster. Pepmaster was using Volpin's images (Of his portal gun) and claiming them as his own. Volpin is a highly respected and reliable creator with a stellar track record, he's worked with Child's Play Charity, Valve and Bioware. PepMaster has gone by Vagabond2008, PepMaster and Nintenude and has a somewhat less than stellar reputaion, numerous folks have trusted him and at least one of my friends even reached out to try and help him after the RPF kerfuffle, I would not expect too much.

angelbabycakes
03-22-2012, 10:14 PM
Thank you JoyMason. :) I just wanted that cleared up for potential buyers of Volpin's.

PepMaster
03-23-2012, 12:27 AM
Most don't know, I've been doing costume and prop making for the last 10 years. In the past year I've been going through some rough health troubles, mentally and physically. Yes I know about the RPF thread. Take a look at the first post on it. I've been taking care of those guys as quickly as I possibly can. But as the old saying goes a few rotten apples spoil the whole bunch. Same goes for my old actions. I have'nt been able to get in touch with moose the past couple of days due to the weather, but I will be giving her a refund this coming week, so that will be resolved. I wonder if I'll end up with either Tk1055 or Mockle from the RPF trying to start a fight over here in this thread now that they managed to assist in getting that RPF thread locked with thier bickering.

JoyMason
03-23-2012, 12:52 AM
It all comes down to communication. Most folks will understand so long as everyone involved is open, honest and communicates issues in a timely manner. I've seen your work and I do sincerely hope you can dig out of the situation you have worked yourself into. I just felt the need to alert Bri about the past issues and clarify any misconceptions about your connection to other creators.

As a piece of advice, I would recommend that you be completely open with new clients about the recent events, at least until the past issues have been dealt with and you have had some time to rebuild your reputation. I cannot stress how upset I am to see another creator whom has a lot of respect in community being mistakenly associated with you due to your past mistakes.

Things happen that are out of our control as craftsmen, but believe me, the worst thing to do is not communicate to your clients. I nearly fell into the communication void early on, and am careful to alert my clients to delays and unforeseen circumstances as soon as I can nowadays. If a deadline is at risk of being missed, communication early on and the responsibility to get it done ASAP falls to the craftsman. The events that caused your backlog were out of your control, but you held the control for communicating the issues and satisfying your customers. By not being open about your recent past, you are exacerbating your situation. The act of posting another creator's work as your own is nearly unforgivable, and you should make it publicly known that you did it. You nearly got another creator involved in an investigation because of your mistake.

This is not an attack on you, but sincere advice if you truly want to get past this point. Like I said, I have seen your work and attended panels where you spoke on pepakura. I do not wish for you to be in the position you are in now.

PepMaster
03-23-2012, 01:13 AM
Thanks Joy, and I have no problem with the alerting, I just hate briging up old issues, to me it does nothing but start fires. I'm guessing you probably attended the D*C 2010 where I was on the panels with other costumers, you'll get to see me again at this coming D*C where I do panels again although it will probably only be one or two unlike the 6+ ones I did back then. Still trying to regain all my energy. And yeah using someone elses's work as photos on a commission ad was probably the worst thing I did and not many understand how much I regretted that. But even though apologies were made that still does'nt make it right, and nothing will, but life moves on, and things will improve.

Ninbri
03-23-2012, 09:32 AM
Are you sure he goes by Volpin? In that forum, it says Vagabond and it says Volpin was ripped off by him. Just trying to make sure someone's good name isn't tarnished on accident if it isn't the same person.



I guess I got the names mixed up when I went reading that forum. D=

Blah!
Well they both start with a V.... -.- xD

Ninbri
03-23-2012, 09:40 AM
It all comes down to communication. Most folks will understand so long as everyone involved is open, honest and communicates issues in a timely manner. I've seen your work and I do sincerely hope you can dig out of the situation you have worked yourself into. I just felt the need to alert Bri about the past issues and clarify any misconceptions about your connection to other creators.

As a piece of advice, I would recommend that you be completely open with new clients about the recent events, at least until the past issues have been dealt with and you have had some time to rebuild your reputation. I cannot stress how upset I am to see another creator whom has a lot of respect in community being mistakenly associated with you due to your past mistakes.

Things happen that are out of our control as craftsmen, but believe me, the worst thing to do is not communicate to your clients. I nearly fell into the communication void early on, and am careful to alert my clients to delays and unforeseen circumstances as soon as I can nowadays. If a deadline is at risk of being missed, communication early on and the responsibility to get it done ASAP falls to the craftsman. The events that caused your backlog were out of your control, but you held the control for communicating the issues and satisfying your customers. By not being open about your recent past, you are exacerbating your situation. The act of posting another creator's work as your own is nearly unforgivable, and you should make it publicly known that you did it. You nearly got another creator involved in an investigation because of your mistake.

This is not an attack on you, but sincere advice if you truly want to get past this point. Like I said, I have seen your work and attended panels where you spoke on pepakura. I do not wish for you to be in the position you are in now.

And yeah, I mean, It's not like an attack, but when you say you can't send me any progress pictures because your camera 'coincidentally' broke the whole time I wanted progress pictures, because if you can't show me a picture, I just don't want it..

And then telling me you are going to ship it on Tuesday (this was a Sunday) and then not answering my PM's until I send you an email that they gave from that forum.
I really don't appreciate that, and maybe you should think about whatever problems you are having before you agree to do a commission for someone, if it is a recurring thing, I would wait until it all clears up, not that it just got 'a little better'.

I don't get a lot of people to commission things for me, and honestly I really do like your work!

And I agree, they shouldn't be so rude to you on that forum - name calling doesn't get anything done.
But both the person wanting the commission and the person making the commission have to give 50%-50%,. without communication from both sides, it all gets to a point like ours has.

No hard feelings, we all go through our tough times. :)

And I will update on Monday when you are suppossed to refund me.
We don't think you are a bad person, but like JoyMason said, I thank her for getting that information to me or I still don't think you'd be getting on coscom anytime soon to reply to me and that would be worse.

You need to know about past faults even if those are a long time ago -
just start on working on getting better feedback with your buyers and maybe those would potentially go away. :)

Sorry I totally just ranted. o.O

Ninbri
03-27-2012, 05:15 PM
UPDATE: I was successfully refunded a day earlier than I was told. :)

tk1055
06-21-2012, 01:07 AM
Since my name has been brought up, I shall respond. To date I have been in contact with several people Pepmaster/vagabond/nintedude owes. To date he still has not fullfilled several of the obligations on the list from the RPF.

Ninbri
06-25-2012, 11:36 AM
Since my name has been brought up, I shall respond. To date I have been in contact with several people Pepmaster/vagabond/nintedude owes. To date he still has not fullfilled several of the obligations on the list from the RPF.




I was just asked by PepMaster to lock or delete this thread because you are harrassing him? But if you are reading this Pep, I'm not deleting it because this is a commissioner review sub-forum. If you have had a bad experience with a commissioner, you have the right to post here about it. I advise you to take it up with Admin and if Admin wants to delete it or lock it, thats fine.

angelbabycakes
06-25-2012, 03:14 PM
In all honesty, this thread needs to be kept. Just like in the commissioner review thread, which I hope you reviewed him there too, potential clients deserve to know both sides. Reviews are for both good and bad. Even if the commissioner is trying to turn over a new leaf, potential customers still should be warned about previous transactions.

Ninbri
06-25-2012, 03:24 PM
This thread is sort of my review for him.
But I agree with you 100%

PepMaster
06-25-2012, 04:40 PM
I'm just going to share these 2 links for the member who has been harrasing and stalking me on other sites, read them well. I'm done here, peace.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber_stalking
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber_bullying

JoyMason
06-25-2012, 05:59 PM
While I may not be privy to the full history between PepMaster and tk1055, this particular thread is not cyber stalking, as it was not stated or even majorly influenced by tk1055, so in my opinion, I think brilikemoose has every right to keep it open. This was in response to a transaction between PepMaster and brilikemoose, her asking for info, which was given by folks abreast of the situation at hand, and tk1055 only came in because of the mention of he and Pep's shared history.

tk1055
06-26-2012, 06:22 AM
Since brilikesmoose asked for others information on dealing with this "vendor". Here is mine.

I have been the victim of Pepmaster twice, once when he was offering mask molds on the RPF and the other was in a Pay it Forward thread where he was supposed to send me a Mortal Combat Scorpion Mask. He made excuse after excuse after excuse about the mask mold, ranging from I am to broke to send it, to "Oh it got lost in the mail and oh yeah I didn't get tracking on it." It took over a year to get him to make good on that deal, all of which you can read in the RPF link that was posted.

The second issue I had with him took the Admins to get involved and he was given a choice to either send me the item he claimed in the Pay It Forward thread, Send me the Scorpion mask or get banned. Took over a month to receive the item!

Later I had come to find out that he had a very dubious track record such as, stealing others pictures and claiming them as his own( a feat he has since repeated after doing it here and getting nailed by the artists in question), ripping people off with commissions, running contests but never sending the prize to the winner, and stealing others 3d models to sell on Shapeways (he was caught selling a 405th members files for the new Halo 4 game)! I have linked a few people to the RPF thread as well as a couple of others that show his dubious nature and to warn them to stay away from this "vendor".

VionDevil
02-04-2013, 01:51 PM
this guy also scammed me! outta 150 dollars anyone know what actions I can take to sue this guy?

tk1055
02-05-2013, 10:25 AM
I would suggest you post this over on League of Heroes http://theleagueofheroes.yuku.com/. He has been active there.

VionDevil
02-16-2013, 01:53 AM
what's his sn on league of heroes so i can call him out for being a scammer?

tk1055
03-04-2013, 01:29 AM
He goes by the same name there.

VionDevil
03-15-2013, 10:05 PM
we talked about it on Facebook and pepmaster has refunded me,Overall it was because of a lack of communication due to the fact he had to change his email address. I have seen his work and it's pretty good I hope he is able to restore his rep and be able to work with future clients more efficiently best of luck.