12-01-2009 07:44 AM
I have used XStreet for years now and had come to depend upon it to help me find things I needed to help my building in world. Textures, sculpties, scripts, all of those items that I love to collect in world. I too pulled all of my items from XStreet as soon as this policy was announced. After a lot of fuming and ranting in RL, I have come to understand the need to pare it down a little and maybe weed out some clutter. So I decided to pull all of my old stuff and upgrade some good pieces to post those again in a few weeks... (I won't even touch the discussion on the double fees though as I value my blood pressure on the low side).
But last night I realized a huge downside to this new XStreet. I became inspired to build something for winter for my shop and I immediately jumped on XStreet to browse and shop.. looking especially for sculpted sets for making boots etc. I found a few I really liked.. but only 1 of them was still active, the designers I assume from the postings, have pulled out too. Now I was able to go in world to those other shops and find what I needed, but how many other great items are we going to miss because of this new policy causing so many people to leave XStreet? Sure we'll be able to find all of those expensive houses and clothing sets... but the tragic losses I see will be in the packets of sculpted prims and textures (sorry that’s my worry.. not yours). How many really talented designers are we going to lose track of because of this new policy? The clutter was immense, and the word spamming terrible, but honestly.. how many times have you gone looking for something and then found something completely unrelated but absolutely fabulous in the clutter as well?
I'm just looking for a silver lining I guess.. but I will miss the ability to just jump on XStreet and find just what I need at that time.. and possibly more.
12-01-2009 07:57 AM
Go to one of the malls that sell sculpted things - you will find all kinds of things. They are not free, but I am more than willing to pay for things directly from the creator that I know are not ripped.
12-01-2009 08:05 AM
oh I never expected them to be free.. I wouldn't buy them if they were honestly, would most likely be those business in a box traps. I expect sculpt packages to cost a lot, and I for one think they are worth the lindens. It was just an easy way to shop and build at the same time, find what you need on XStreet without running around wasting so much time in teleports and most things are harder to find in world.
12-01-2009 08:07 AM
Clutter or not, it was faster to keep scanning the sculptie listings (age new to old) regularly than to fight through the lag and try to find things in the in-world search.
12-01-2009 08:11 AM
Pamela.Galli wrote:Go to one of the malls that sell sculpted things - you will find all kinds of things. They are not free, but I am more than willing to pay for things directly from the creator that I know are not ripped.
Price is immaterial. The last time I tried finding good sculpties in-world it took several hours of TP failures, waiting for rezzing, and slogging through the lag. Often the in-world search results were misleading, which wasted even more time.
What is your in-world time worth?
12-01-2009 09:07 AM
Especially on sculpty shops. On a low end computer, you can do your laundry waiting till they rezz.
12-01-2009 09:35 AM
i will keep selling my sculptie rocks... if enough of you people buy them i can keep them low in price. thats how it works. just like in rl... as long as i sell enough rocks, i keep the prices low... so if other shops disapear, and my stays, i will not be more expensive... but mzybe i will sell more, so my prices stay low at any time... as long as i can afford to pay the bills of the sl+xtstreet world, i keep being here...
if i should leave for everything that happens, i would have left sl already for a long time
just hope i dont end up alone, but that will not happen. there are still a lot of content here.
12-01-2009 09:51 AM
Once all is calm again, we'll probably see other markets fill some of these needs. I sincerely hope that the owners of the truly quality freebies that people used to learn to build will also list them on competitor's markets. It is simply going to be up to the consumer to remember to visit these other places. Sure, it's a bigger hassle to have to do that, but in the end we may benefit from some online markets specializing in builders' tools/sculpts/textures, some markets that specialize in clothing... some in homes. Then someone will come up with a site that lists all the various markets, reviews them...
There are other viable market sites out there, afterall. The biggest problem with them at the moment is that while they may have more merchants migrating to them, they don't seem to have the buyers following. Yet.
12-01-2009 10:26 AM
This is an example where the merchants are doing a disservice to their customers, by pulling product in a tizzy fit, and thinking of themselves, rather than their customers. They've taken away the convenience for you, and others, who prefer to shop on Xstreet, and not inworld. Blame it on the merchant, and not on the system. The tool is there for them to use. They decide whether to offer the convenience for their customers....or not. But be guaranteed that someone who is sharp, will understand that, and come along and fill that need.