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Chic Aeon

In my mind it is all about greed --- well that's not unusual.

I too did the math long ago about the profits generated from events. Not only that -- the profits of "in store events" that aren't even EVENTS!! OMG.

For the most part I don't blog events any longer. Neither do I take part in them other than Shop and Hop. AND as you might guess --- I don't SHOP either.

Over my many years (16ish as I recall) I have LOST about 10K US in goods due to inventory failures. I read that there was more of that today (sigh). Most of that I didn't purchase but some I did and some were original items that I made that could not be replaced. Since most of us OLD folks already have more than we can possibly use already -- really, what is the point?

I suspect it is boredom == especially since gachas got outlawed. It is a mess. We have lost so much creativity over the years. And, most of the creators that "I" know are making much less money now than they did say five years ago.

I am not seeing how Linden Lab can "fix" this. I think it is up to the consumers and they unfortunately don't seem to care. It IS a choice.

Even as a blogger I am still in my (updated) Lara body from a decade ago and a free head and a brand new Cosmo anniversary skin gift. All this consumerism is a CHOICE not a necessity.

I will continue to highlight the folks that are still making lovely things and applaud their efforts, but honestly I do get depressed at times.

Spiffy Voxel

Prisqua's commentary in her video and article struck a chord with me. The number of shopping events going on any day of the week has exploded, both in frequency and size. As a result, I was resorting to setting reminders and bookmarking gallery pages to work out what if anything looked interesting. On top of that layer of complexity, there's now the extra work of finding out which outfits will fit which mesh bodies — with many creators now targeting just a few bodies and nothing else.

I've now declared shopping Inbox Zero. No more groups, no more mailing list subscriptions, no more shopping blogs in my RSS reader. I will shop occasionally, but only when I come across a store in my travels or spot an outfit in the wild and track down where it came from.

Instead of shopping, I'm now seeking out art and music events, visiting art galleries and exploring Second Life. As a result, I'm seeing a lot more of the creativity that is still out there. And wherever I can, I'm donating to support these creative spaces.

As well as conserving my L$, I'm also gaining back the time that I'd previously given over to shopping, and spending that time wisely, on activities & experiences that enrich both my Second Life and real life day.

Luther Weymann

After twenty years of selling in SL, I closed my SL Market store and my inworld store and created an inworld Free Store with my 400+ products. I routinely see avatars that have been in SL for more than five even ten years come to the Free Store and spend up to an hour taking 200 free products. This of course is completely unmanageable as even 20 free products just sit in inventory unused and unopened with only one or two being of actual use. I truly don't understand this mentality, what to speak of actually spending L$ on things that go unopened.

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