Over 500 for a Sailor Moon of any shape or size? Get a refund.
It's safer for customers and better for us commissioners if you do NOT pay the entire amount up front - most of those who do turn out to be scammers in some shape or form, and you're out a lot of money. You should only be paying a deposit, up to no more than half of the expected total. Total payment up front is a huge red flag. Because, if commissioners charge hourly rates (like I do) or haven't yet purchased the fabric, how do they know how much it's going to cost? They could end up overcharging you - or undercharging. If a commissioner demands full payment for anything costing more than $50, be ready to walk away and negotiate with someone else.
If she has actually purchased fabric, but hasn't cut it into shapes or washed it yet, she can take it back for a full refund. And she should, if she went out to just start buying without having your measurements.
I'm still boggled by the end price. Is that for a Seramyu version or what?
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