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PSA: Monkey Business – Dodgy Marketplace DMs and How to Avoid Them

PSA: Monkey Business – Dodgy Marketplace DMs and How to Avoid Them Minecraft Skin
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avatar Auri
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Level 63 : High Grandmaster Skinner
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Been around 7 months since Charlie Markets and the Lowball Offer, I thought I'd soapbox a bit more again.

This time we're looking at dodgy DMs.

The following is an excerpt from a direct message a friend of mine recently received (identifying details removed).
What's wrong with this picture?



Now I don't know about you, but commissions from an individual are usually just one skin - maybe two if your prospective client/patron is having a good day. But twelve? Sounds like a Marketplace pack.

That's because it was a Marketplace deal.

My friend, as previously mentioned, spotted the dodginess and quizzed their would-be client on it.
(Friend and suspicious client anonymised as Little Monkey and Scary Monkey, respectively.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY EITHER USER, thank you.)






Telling people after they ask isn't good enough. As skinners, knowing whether your work is bound for the Marketplace is crucial information, especially with regard to how much you should be compensated for individual commissions versus Marketplace work. See here.

If a Marketplace recruiter (or whoever else) can't be up-front with something that significant, they don't deserve your trust. That's a level of dishonesty you don't want, at all.

Now, to my understanding, this person (I must stress, do not attempt to identify them) has approached several other skinners with vague commission requests. Based on how deceptive these DMs have been, I personally wouldn't take them up on this offer.


Putting all this into practice, what're our takeaways?

I. Spotting dodgy DMs

Let's use the first message (shown above) as an example. The message offers very little detail, asks for an amount of skin typical of Marketplace packs (usually 7-12 skins per pack) and, crucially, neglects to mention that the skins are bound for Marketplace from the onset. Sus AF.

Most other Marketplace recruiters will offer reasonably detailed messages. They'll identify what team they're from, mention the Marketplace explicitly, etc. Now this doesn't mean you're guaranteed a good deal and worthwhile pay, but it's certainly better grounds for trust than the dodgy DM shown above.

II. Ask questions
If you've seen a DM that's this sus to begin with, I wouldn't take up the offer at all. In future however, you might receive slightly-less vague DMs or offers. Get in the habit of asking questions, get as much information as possible in order to evaluate the sender, the offer, etc.

In fact, even for Marketplace recruiters that have given you plenty of detail on who they are, their team, the work you'll do, etc., ask more questions - maybe about pay, why they like your skins, etc. etc. Why not have as much info as possible?

III. If in doubt, ask around
"Maybe The Real Treasure Was the Friends We Made Along the Way"
Actually, yes - if you've got other skinner friends, ask them. If you're in a skinner Discord especially, ask around. Chances are, someone's got some insight on Marketplace stuff that can help you out. Maybe it's sussing out dodgy offers, maybe it's worthwhile pay for Marketplace content.

By putting your heads together, you form a pool of knowledge and experiences that can help with navigating the fog that is the Marketplace.

IV. 'No' is an option
If someone's started out with the above dodgy DM or similar, it's probably not worth doing Marketplace-anything with them. Just say 'no' and move on to brighter pastures.

V. Be patient, take your time
Forgot to add this initially but take your time - rushing leads to reckless decisions. Go through the bits above, take time between messages. No rush.



That's all, for now. Look after yourselves out there.
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08/29/2020 8:38 pm
Level 46 : Master Prince
Kaeru Gaming
amazing skin i get bruno vibes <3
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08/29/2020 10:32 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Auri
which bruno?
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08/30/2020 2:43 am
Level 46 : Master Prince
Kaeru Gaming
Bruno mars "today i dont feel like doing anythig"
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08/16/2020 4:50 pm
Level 57 : Grandmaster Skinner
Beanie
Thank you for spreading awareness! It's really easy to get screwed over by dodgy companies <3 If I might add: Always ask for a % of your work! Your pack could make thousands of dollars, and if you only got paid $100 for 10 skins, it's really not fair. Also! I'm always open for giving people advice on contracts if needed <3
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08/17/2020 8:43 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Auri
absolutely!
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08/14/2020 2:54 am
Level 46 : Master Blueberry
F I N N L E Y
Oml the same happened to me a year ago, it was a so called offer in a "marketplace" little did i know i was already scammed before being asked
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08/13/2020 3:10 pm
Level 42 : Master Fish
Fishkiss
very informative, do go on sir
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08/13/2020 1:20 pm
Level 40 : Master uwu
amami
thank you for saying this ! it was actually my first time doing commissions when someone had done this to me.
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08/13/2020 12:12 pm
Level 42 : Master Princess
strxberricake
wewewae
thank you for the advice
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08/13/2020 11:46 am
Level 51 : Grandmaster Lad
Romto_
there's a lot of sketchy shit going on with the marketplace. have u heard about the bbb thing?
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08/13/2020 2:01 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Skinner
Slick Dapper
What's the bbb thing?
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08/13/2020 2:22 pm
Level 51 : Grandmaster Lad
Romto_
it's a bit tough to explain as an outsider.

there is this site that is made specifically to adress the situation.
https://studiosbbb.weebly.com/
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08/13/2020 4:31 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Skinner
Slick Dapper
That's wack. I hope they get taken down.
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08/13/2020 11:06 am
Level 15 : Journeyman Dragonborn
Mr_Macussay
I have now been enlightened with knowledge.
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08/13/2020 11:11 am
Level 15 : Journeyman Dragonborn
Mr_Macussay
Also, this skin is amazing. This some high quality stuff right here.
5
08/13/2020 10:38 am
Level 28 : Expert Procrastinator
EzioLeDozo
Very insightful stuff right here, pretty noice 👍
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08/13/2020 10:26 am
Level 61 : High Grandmaster uwu
Terminant
Embrace monki
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08/13/2020 10:49 am
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Skinner
Auri
le monke
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