I thought I would give my 2 cents.
Yesterday, this was the status of my account.
| In my account: $500 |
Pending escrow payments: $1250
Number of clients: 4
Today this is the status of my account
What reason have the given for the suspension? None. My account has just disappeared without notification. What has happened to my money? No clue! Its ****ing vanished like a fart on the wind.
Now I have a number of problems.
I have a **** load of work completed but hasn't been paid for as I no longer have access to escrow. I have 2 clients I cannot get in touch with due to the rigid enforcement of the 'no contact outside of the site' rule. This means I cannot even redirect their business to paypal.
Worse still, one client wanted to delay the project. I told him that is fine as long as he releases the escrow. (The site is 90% done) I will then finish up later. He released the escrow last night. I have a message saying I got that. Yet I cannot access my account. He has just paid getacoder several hundred dollars... I cannot hand over the website as he hasn't paid me. So now he is furious and doing a lot of finger pointing.
The fact is that I haven't breached any terms and conditions. The only dodgy thing I have done is bid $250 on one project and charged $500. The project negotiation time ended and me and the client was still talking. Client suddenly wanted a wordpress site instead of a brochure site. I could not adjust bid. So we agreed in the chat that the amount should be $500, not the $250 bid. Hardly my fault. Hardly matters when I have 38 positive reviews and 50 projects completed.
If you had asked me yesterday what I thought of the site I would have said that it is great.
80% of the projects are a waste of time. $100 to clone paypal.. $50 to write 100 x 500 word articles.. however 20% are honest guys who will pay a good amount for a site they require. These people are a joy to work with and nothing can go wrong.
However, today I learned that GAC can close an account without warning or notification. They can effectively steal $1750 off me in a heartbeat. I am contacting my lawyer. I am taking them to court.