I buy everything I buy in SL as if it was a cup of coffee. I will drink it, and then it's going out the other end and the fish get to keep it. It's all temporary goods. Stay online long enough and you need to get used to the idea that everything is transitory. Even the other people.
There are things and concepts I really like about SL, but I don't expect to keep them forever - even though I've spent silly absurd amounts of money on them. Then again if I added up all the lattes and cappuccinos I've bought over the years... that's even more. And I didn't get to keep most of them more than a few hours in my stomach.
So if SL vanished tomorrow -- it would still have been better money spent than my coffee budget. I've enjoyed all those toys I've bought. Even the ones I bought, played with for 5 minutes, and then forgot I had them.
She has this perspective not just about virtual items that cost a few dollars or less, but to virtual land in Second Life, which costs considerably more:
Right now I am still holding about L$140,000 worth of land in SL - the amount that I have put into it and not yet made back from selling it. So that is US$595 worth of 'virtual pixels' that I will just flat out lose if SL is "replaced" by Sansar (rather than existing alongside, as is the actual plan). Certainly if Sansar succeeds, most of that money will be a loss.
Should I sell now and make my money off some other sucker before the value is gone, or just go on enjoying what I have bought with it? I would say that, based on the fact that it took me 6 years to put in that US$595 - I have roughly spent 32.6 cents a day on owning land in SL. My coffee, if I buy one, is going to run between $5-6 because I live by San Francisco and this place is silly expensive.
So... I'm still making out ahead. And frankly I can accept losing that money. SL land is NOT an investment... it is a good that retains value for a limited time, and the people making money off of it are like "day traders" who make that not by holding it, but by trading it at the right time to the right "sucker" that values love, emotion, and experience over money. Kinda glad I'm a sucker. So... Oh well.
May not be the only way of looking at virtual content, but seems like a good way of keeping it in proper perspective. Speaking of coffee in San Francisco, the first office of Linden Lab was Linden Street in Hayes Valley, which eventually became home to the first outlet of Blue Bottle Coffee, which started the whole insane $5-6 artisan coffee trend in San Francisco and beyond. And so the circle is complete, or something something something.
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