Prokofy Neva Posted November 21, 2019 Share Posted November 21, 2019 The Lindens are right that other online services take a terrible chunk out of your income. I just sold a rare book for $350 and ouch, after Amazon fees and tax, I have only $298. That's a big chunk. Amazon has gotten worse and worse with its fees to the point where it almost doesn't make sense to sell books on there anymore. So 10% doesn't seem like much, but even here in the Vampire State, the sales tax is only $0.0825, and that's why people go to New Jersey to shop. If you think of the MP fee as a tax, it's kinda high. The buyer does not feel this pinch. He pays a price, that has been raised or not, and doesn't see where it "goes". The merchant feels the pinch when he earns $90 from a $100 item. Lowering the price of those featured ads, which make no sense and I personally have stopped using, can't make up for that. Especially with the cashout now at 257, hello! Which it "shouldn't be", given that people buy more around holidays, but yet it is. And it used to be 253 for a long time, before Linden Homes surges. So I wonder if the net effect of this will be more inworld stores. Yay! That means more rentals. And just more life and activity in general. Except, the era of the big malls is way over. I don't think there are any, any more, except the laggy monstrosities that the Lindens run at holidays. There are now merchant events, which are different than malls. They are only a month in duration and people therefore feel a kind of frenzy. You have to pay anywhere from $500 to $1000 or more for a stall in one of these events, and hope you make at least that back. Which, you are sure to do if you have a gatcha machine! Small malls actually do ok. I know, because I run a few where I literally have had tenants for years. I sometimes fly around the Mainland and see very well-manicured, well-managed little malls. Sometimes they are just groups of friends who sell to each other. But that's ok. Merchants tend to want their own sim, with their own store at the high end of the ranking, and at least a mainland parcel up in the air, at the lower end. But a lot of merchants ditched their stores in recent years because of tier -- even going down, even with more prims per meter. It's not just the cost; it's the maintenance, the chore of constantly cleaning up, fronting the merchandise and changing the store windows and policing griefers and copyright thieves. I think there's a perception that there is less theft if your item is on the MP. I don't really know if that theory bears out because theft is possibly even from the MP given the propensity for alts. Anyway, I still think there might be more stores inworld now. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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