09 agosto 2004

Timado

Pues sí: se confirman mis peores presentimientos y el mamón de Bryan (mi cliente de RaC) se escaquea de pagarme los míseros $250 dólares de mierda que le pedía por el pedazo de aplicación web que se ha llevado, y se queda con él pastel por unos míseros $75. Eso sí, le he puesto a caer de un burro en el rating. Como no tengo ganas de seguir encendiéndome la sangre con esta soplapollez, copypasteo:


This buyer has, quite simply, deceived me. My initial bid for him was $150, but he told me it was too high. I told him that I really wanted to do the job and that I was willing to make a bid of $75, but that he was going to give me an aditional $75 bonus when the web application was up, running and giving him some money. My fatal mistake was to propose this via a MSN chat, instead of Rent a Coder's bidding system.
After that, he made a lot of modifications to the interface design, database design, and what the application can do: from a simple candle selling website it became a full-fledged application with email sending capability, rich text editing, users handling, database and content manipulation and so on.
After all that modifications were done or in the works (not before making it, I'm that dumb) I asked him for an aditional $100, to make the total $250. He didn't reply anything, so I thought it was okay with him. I finished the application, uploaded and set it on his server, gave him the source code and helped him with a configuration problem on his computer. And then I waited for him to accept the work as 100% complete, to no avail. I waited for a month.
On another previous project, this guy put me a '1' rating because he couldn't contact me for a week. In this very project, this guy started an arbitration because I told him that I was moving to another country because of work and maybe it was impossible for me to finish it, after all it was only 98% completed. And he put this in arbitration a whole day after I told him the news. Really patient.
And after a month of waiting for him to accept the project (and after seeing him evade me on MSN, and knowing he was logging to RaC and attending other bids except mine), I can't stand it anymore and I put it on arbitration. His response? to accept the work as 100% complete and pay me... my initial bid of $75. When I remind him of our arrangement, he doesn't even take the time to reply me. So this guy now has a full-fledged, complete and working web application for the money I spent in cigarettes last week.
Yes, it's my fault and I've learned my lesson. Learn from my experience, guys, and never, ever make an arrangement with any customer (it doesn't matter how well you think you know them) outside RaC's site. If you do and things go wrong, it's their word against yours, and RaC's facilitators and arbitrators cannot do anything about it. It's that simple.


Qué hijo de puta.

Por cierto, perdonad mi francés, pero es que estoy cabreado como una mona.