Janine "Iris Ophelia" Hawkins' ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style
It's the one piece of Second Life fashion advice that's universal no matter who you ask. This kind of consensus like like a damn unicorn, but just about every designer, blogger, and fashionista will tell you the same thing: Try the demo. Try. The. Effing. Demo.
But how many of us actually do?
We all know that trying on a demo is a free and easy way to make sure that you're buying what you think you're buying, but... Well... There's always an excuse not to, isn't there? "I know this brand well enough", "I'm in a hurry", "how different could it be?" Recently I picked up a new mesh head from a certain super-sweet skin shop. I didn't bother with the demo, and I ended up with a skin tone slightly darker than I was anticipating. It's far from the end of the world (and far from the worst no-demo story I've heard) but it was a little disappointing. To be perfectly honest I try demos once in a blue moon, and usually only when I don't trust the vendor ad to be accurate. The fact is that there are a lot of other reasons to demo an item, even from designers you know and love.
So here's what I want to know: How often do you take advantage of the demos? Are you a diligent shopper, or a risk-taking loose-cannon? As always, share your thoughts in the comments below!