This was during one of my earlier gigs are a videographer. My client was an older, wealthy man who wanted a book trailer made for a vanity publishing project. I completed his video and sent him a low-res copy with my watermark in the middle to show him what the final project will look like.
Me: Are there any edits you want before I send you the invoice?
Client: Nope! It’s exactly what I wanted.
Me: Awesome! I’ll send you the invoice and after it’s paid, I’ll render out the final version and deliver it.
A week goes by and the invoice hasn’t been paid.
Me: Hey, just checking in, I’ve got the final render ready to go as soon as you pay the invoice!
Client: Haven’t you noticed? I’m not paying. It’s high time you learn a valuable business lesson. Don’t send someone the final product before they pay you. That’s stupid. That’s bad capitalism.
Me: That’s not the final product. That’s got my watermark and it’s a 240p video. The final one is 1080p.
Client: Really? It looks like a complete video to me. Hopefully you won’t make this mistake with your next client.
The client’s website featured the rough-rendered video, complete with my watermark emblazoned across his face.