Survey: Has SL's Marketplace Website Changed Your SL Shopping Habits?
Port Seraphine, a longtime SL shopping island owned and run by fashionista legend Nephilaine Protagonist, is closing next January. Neph, someone I've known and admired in both worlds since 2003, has run Port Seraphine (SLurl here) since early 2006, but now writes on SL Universe that "I don't really have the time or the patience to maintain a set of stores this extensive anymore, and if it's not fun it's not worth it."
Port Seraphine is not the only SL shopping mall that's closing or soon to close; many more have, as Prim Perfect reports in an extensive post, with the author pointing to the growth of the official Marketplace website as a likely culprit. As more SLers buy their avatar fashion and other virtual goods on Linden Lab's website, the reasoning goes, less will take the time to enjoy the full immersive experience of shopping in-world that SL shopping areas provide. Hence the non-scientific but still hopefully illuminating survey question above: Has the Marketplace changed your in-world shopping habits, and if so how? And please discuss in more detail in Comments.
Survey results published in the next week or two.