My story starts out like any other. A potential buyer reaches out to me to create three custom Twitch Emotes (emojis for a live-streaming service). Super! We discuss the price, the duration, etc. Everything is good, right?
Then... he asks for it. A "sample". Keep in mind that this is my best-selling service and my gig portfolio has plenty of examples. No, he wants me to create his custom emote and show it to him BEFORE starting the order. He seemed like a cool person, so I made a rough example of what his custom emote would look like. Then, he has the audacity to start making modifications to the emote (can I see it with a gold chain, more cartoon-ish, etc). Still without accepting the custom offer. I finally put my foot down and nicely explain to him that I would make the modifications that he would like when he accepts the offer. He says, "That's fine". I do not like to be pushy, so I gave him 2 days. He never responded. I reach out, like "Hey, haven't heard back from you! Do you still want to move on with your order?". Now listen to this... he responds with (copy and pasted),
“well i was waiting for you to show me the other two before i placed the order”
What? Huh? Am I going crazy? This is another important part: the two other emotes were supposed to be him in different characters, and he said that he would provide me with pictures of him. So, HOW was I expected to make the other 2 emotes when he didn’t even send me the reference photos, even if I wanted to? He expected me to make all 3 emotes FIRST, and then place the order? How does that make sense to anyone?
Anyways, I know that I can be dramatic, but this really irked my soul. I would like to hear your stories on offering samples!