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Dealing with young customers?
calicofeathers wrote in artbizfaqs
So I very much understand the liabilities that go along with dealing with customers under 18. In my ToS I say "By agreeing to these terms you submit that you are at least 18 years of age. If you would like a commission and you are under the age limit, I would be happy to work with your parent or legal guardian." But now that I'm actually in a position where someone under 18 wants to commission me, I'm nervous. How exactly should I go about being sure their parent is okay with it/overseeing the transaction? Pretty much any way of contact (email, phone, etc) is easy enough to fake for a resourceful teen. And I know I spent my childhood lying about my age on the net. Is an email "contract" signed by their parent enough to keep me out of trouble should things go south? Or should I just revise my ToS to state that I don't work with anyone under 18 period?

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Agreeing with getting a tracking number, its less stressful to everyone involved if they did pay and it does get lost which happened to me before I had a paypal and tried to get a commission quite a few years back, it got eaten by the mail and I was out a good chunk of money no idea how to recover it, no room to pay it again and no commission, it sucked all around.

The only way I know is to ensure it for the value of the money in it, at least with money orders.

Checks you can cancel, but cash/money orders are a problem if lost.

USPS money orders can be replaced for a fee if you have the receipt and fill out whatever form is needed. Western Union is interesting because you really only need the confirmation numbers and necessary information, and you can just pick it up where ever they have a branch. So there are some safety things regarding money orders.

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