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Melita Magic

Two Proposals.

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1. Renting and buying are not the same thing. 

To list Rentals at 2999L/week and purchases of parcels at 2999L total forever is extremely misleading to newbies.

It also means that purchasable parcels are lost in the sea of rental listings, since there are sooo many of those.

Proposal: List them separately. Also, change the parameters to make wording very clear which is which.

2. Many people would consider having an estate island of their own, but they don't wish to give up their mainland pied a terre or small shop. They dislike the idea of having to combine it all into one place - no privacy! No variety!

Charge tier separately for mainland and estate sims. Then someone could own an island, pay the $300 USD a month tier, and still have a pied a terre on the Mainland, without paying for an entire new level of tier on top of the $300/month. Rather they'd be paying $305 or something like that.

What do you all think?

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The Rental Market has some serious disclosure issues. I believe that better information should be provided to potential Renters. A copy of the Covenant should be delivered to every Renter.

On the Tier subject, can you provided additional information?

If a Residents own a full Region and they want to buy an additional 1024 sqm of Mainland; what is the current price schedule? idk

 

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Melita Magic wrote:

 

Charge tier separately for mainland and estate sims. Then someone could own an island, pay the $300 USD a month tier, and still have a pied a terre on the Mainland, without paying for an entire new level of tier on top of the $300/month. Rather they'd be paying $305 or something like that.

What do you all think?

 

Private estate fees are already charged separately from mainland tier fees, they are a different system because you need to be a premium member to buy mainland but you only need a basic account to own a private estate.

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In Answer to number 1, In Second Life, buying and renting really are the same thing. :matte-motes-smitten: There is no L$2999 'total forever', since even on the mainland a monthly fee must be paid to your landlord, Governor Linden. If you quit paying the Governor, your land will be taken away. At least on (most) estate land, one doesn't pay an upfront fee to acquire the lease, as one does on mainland. I do agree with you that search could be improved, because search can always be improved, but using the 'new' search web page search.secondlife.com you can already choose to search for mainland or estate land when you search for land like it was in v1.

To number 2, it does work that way. I own both estate regions and mainland parcels and the accounting is entirely seperate.

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I'm not sure if #1 refers to Search or to Forums.  The terminology around "purchase" is certainly confusing, as it means different things on Estates and Mainland (neither of which is exactly like buying anything, really).

Perhaps interestingly, #2 is almost the exact opposite of something that Jack was working on (or, well, talking about) long ago, as a bone for Estate barons: let Mainland tier be used to pay Estate rent, giving Estates a way to get fee credit for their tenant's contributed tier (or something like that).  

Since Jack left, there's no guessing the Lab's plans for Land, except whatever gets whispered to individual members of the Atlas program.

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