Resolved: Scam, Original promoted but Recreation was sent , Afremov does not sell originals for 99 Dollars (of course)
Update by user Jul 15
So, finally I got the right painting after 6 months and a lot of e-mails. It is the original as ordered and for me the case is closed now.
In the middle of march David gave me also a refund of my custom-duties and (as you see below) offered me an alternative original from the website. I took a look and discovered my original painting (renamed now as "solid bridge" ) was online for 1500$. David wrote: "Boris will take care of shipping the original painting to you next week. After it will be sent you will have the tracking number." But nothing happend.
There was no tracking number and the painting was still online. After 8 weeks (middle of may) I asked again, but there were no real explanations again. But after mentioning of contacting the consumer protection division it worked. The painting went offline and was sent with tracking-ID immediately.
Positive development in the business-model: 1. The prices for originals raised up to 250$.
2. More giclees are offered or the number of recreations/copies is mentioned.
Original review posted by user Mar 11
The Company promotes an "original" or "one of a kind original oil painting" but does not deliver the ordered one! After my purchase following happened:
1. The company did not sent anything. (Reason: Already in my order-comment I insisted on the original as shown on the photograph. They knew they had a problem now). After 4 weeks I did a recall/request. They excused the "delay" ;-) without a reason and sent a recreation. I complained.
2. They excused again and asked of a photograph of the recreation and promised: "The correct painting will be sent to you ASAP"
3. Six weeks nothing happened. I asked for he painting and got the information that the package is "stuck" or "maybe lost". They were not willing to tell the tracking-ID (or equivalent evidences). Own investigations resulted: There never has been an addressee with my name in this period.
Last answer of Mr. Boris Afremov (who messed it): " Even if the package is found, the painting will not be delivered to you". You can literally feel that they do not believe in a finding. Reason: The painting never left their office/studio ;-). There has never been a tracking-ID. In this way the painting is ready for a reselling...but not to me...and not for this price.
Mr. Afremov does not sell originals for 100 Dollars. And this is totally understandable. But why do they promote them this way? Are there so many people who are satisfied with a copy instead of a paid original? That's the genius of the company in the end: That this business model is doing so well so long. Respect!
So this is not a comment against the artist but for him. If ever a "Original" is promoted, please emphasize (already in the order) and then insist for a delivery of the shown or promoted painting. This should increase the prices to a reasonable level Mr. Afremovs work deserves.
My advice for the company: Offer WYSIWYG! Sell thousands of recreations! But show them first! The painting style requires that!! Nuances decide! Or offer more signed prints in a limited number and as an exclusive distributor!
The business method changed to my mind in the last time. On their promoted sites and newsletters they reveal now the number of copies/"recreations" that are made, like here:
Wow! Ten (sic!) recreations handmade by the artist! He is working like a Taiwanese for Foxconn! Respect again!
Reason of review: Not as described/ advertised.
Afremov Pros: Originals.
Afremov Cons: Recreations.