In February 2012 I was hired by Caraccessories.com to write content for their website. I was referred to them by a website developer I had worked with several times. I interviewed Elena, the principle person in the company and wrote the copy, which was followed by a revision. It was then posted on their Home Page and repeated on the About Us page. I submitted an invoice for $130.00.
Elena said it was higher than she expected, but that she would pay it and asked me to give her time to do so. I said okay. But as time passed, she continued to put me off with the excuse that business was bad until I finally decided this was simply a ploy. I confirmed this when I contacted the website developer and learned that Caraccessories.com still owed him money too.
It was now June 2012. Four months later and she couldn’t afford $130.00? So I sent her the letter below.
The content I wrote for car accessories has been posted on your site since February and I’ve contacted you about this several times. I’m referring specifically to the content on your Home Page http://www.caraccessories.com/
and your About Us page http://www.caraccessories.com/about
It’s now June 20!
I can survive without the $130 I invoiced you for the writing. But it is completely unacceptable for you to publish my content on http://www.caraccessories.com
without paying for it. Since you haven’t paid for it, you don’t legally own it. I do.
Therefore, you have until Thursday, June 28, 2012 to either pay for the content or remove it from your site. If you decide to remove it, then you owe me $80 for 4 months rent. I’ve already sent you an invoice with my address on it and also sent it in a previous e-mail. Or you can pay through PayPal. My account is associated with this e-mail address.
If on Friday morning, June 29 you have not paid and the content is still on your site, I will immediately report the matter to http://www.writersweekly.com
After this e-mail, Elena agreed to pay me $25.00 a week through PayPal until the debt was paid. She asked me to send her a PayPal invoice for $25.00 which I did on June 21. But she never paid it. I sent her a reminder invoice and received no response. I sent a second PayPal invoice the next week and again, no response.
She finally contacted me July 20 and again said business was bad and she didn’t have the money to pay. But her site is still online and my content is still on it.
So she has somehow managed to stay in business for nearly 6 months, but she doesn’t have the money to pay me? But she is sourcing money from somewhere and paying someone or she wouldn’t still be in business, right? So I no longer believer what she says. Would you?
Along with the e-mail above, I have a complete history of e-mail documentation that demonstrates my working relationship with caraccessories.com. It’s now July 23 and Caraccessories.com has not paid anything, but still has my content posted on their site.
I can live without the $130.00. But it is completely unacceptable to me that caraccessories.com continues to illegally publish my content on their website. I would like others to know about the unethical behavior of caraccessories.com. I don’t recommend anyone doing business with them.