We have just launched the Beta for the Viewer-Managed Marketplace (VMM), and now all merchants can begin trying out this new feature. VMM allows Merchants to easily manage their inventory on the Second Life Marketplace using the Second Life Viewer. Items no longer need to be loaded into the Merchant Outbox or a Magic Box and are instead sold directly from inventory.
VMM will allow all Merchants to stop using Magic Boxes while also enabling them to modify listing inventories directly from the Viewer. Merchants will still need to go to the Marketplace web site in order to edit listings, but with VMM, they will be able to create new listings, publish them to the Marketplace, and/or unlist them, all from within the Viewer. To help you learn more about VMM, we have created several
We anticipate this Beta period will last for at least one month, but we’ll keep everyone posted as the timing becomes more definitive. The next steps after Beta will be:
- Release VMM to all Merchants.
- A month after the release, automated migration of Direct Delivery listings will begin. Magic Box listings will need to be manually migrated.
- After migration has completed, Xstreet and Magic Boxes will be shut down.
Merchants may choose to manually migrate Direct Delivery listings before the automated migration occurs. The automated migration will take place during lower traffic times on the Marketplace, and more details will be provided closer to the migration period.
If you’d like to learn more about the new VMM feature and try it out, please view the FAQ on the wiki. We look forward to hearing your feedback on this Merchants’ Forum post or in the VMM JIRA project.