Submitted by Sander-Martijn on Sat, 08/13/2011 - 19:48
My Grandma once told me a story about how when she was just out of art school she did paintings on commission for a church. Her dad thought that they were going to try to rip her off and suggested she send it C.O.D. She did, and the paintings were returned.
She used this as part of a justification for not being a professional artist.
At the time I took it for what it was worth. After all, as a freelancer I've gone unpaid by my share of clients, so I understood. But today I was thinking about that story and I thought how absurd is that? If someone was supposed to deliver a product to me and then I would pay it but they sent it C.O.D. first off I probably wouldn't have the cash on hand to just pay for it right off, but even if I did I likely wouldn't do it because the idea would piss me off so much. I admit I live in a different era than my Grandmother grew up in - perhaps C.O.D. was a perfectly acceptable form of delivery in that day, I'm really not sure - but it did set my wheels turning.