Ok, so this is probably my first time posting in these forums and I'm sure some unsavory person will make a comment like "That's your first post!?", but I felt like this was something that needed drug into the light and examined. Like many of the people here I LOVE expressing myself artistically. I love to be able to log into SL and just be myself. I love doing fun and interesting things with my Avatar, meeting new and interesting people, and seeing the cool ways they customized their avatars to express themselves. UNFORTUNATELY, That individuality that I hold so so dearly is threatened not just for me, but for everyone. I'm talking specifically about Rigged Mesh Avatars. Now before anyone gets defensive If you use a Mesh Avi that's fine. My problem isn't with the Mesh itself. I personally LOVE Mesh, but what I don't love is RIGGED Mesh. Now people(store owners) will tell you that they rig their Mesh in order to protect their product or maybe even go so far as to try blowing smoke of you backside about how "its rigged for customer convenience." Sadly, the truth is that its rigged because they want to corner the market, and here's how. If a content creator creates a full body mesh avatar, then they can start designing EXCLUSIVE clothing for that specific body. Now lets say you have a body you like already, but you've found a cool set of boots. Those boots are designed for the Le’douche full body mesh avatar, but you know they would like good on the avatar body you're already using. In a perfect world, you could purchase those boots and re-size(stretch) and/or move them around to fit the avatar body you're already using, BUT the Le’Douche content creator has made sure that you cant do that by rigging those boots so you're unable adjust them as you need to, and thus making it so that those boots will only work properly if you buy the full Le’Douche Mesh body that they were designed to fit. At first I seen it but didn't really care. I just wrote it off as crooked people with a crooked business model and continued with my lives(both first and second) as usual, but I've been playing this game now for 3 years(1111 days to be 100%) and It upsets me now to see so many Mesh avis are in the game and on the market. Again, Its not because I have anything against mesh or people that wear it, but because store owners being able to work this devious angel unchecked has come at the expense of creativity. Now Recently I'm just seeing the same avatar bases over and over again. I keep seeing my own Avatar several times a day with no actual differences between them and me other than a swapped color scheme with the same pattern, a different hair, and/or a different set of clothes. Its awful. Second Life use to be a place wherein MOST EVERYONE had their own unique look and style, but now everyone's starting to just look so generic because Greedy Mesh Vendors are sucking all life and creativity out of the community. Now I meet people and its just "Oh another one of those avatars”. I don't understand how RIGGING a mesh is in any way good for the consumer. All i want to do is be able to have a little control over the things I PAID FOR. be it scaling, moving, or just color matching. I cant help but feel like Content Creators are forcing us to use these products we are paying for in only the one single way they want us to use them while simultaneously trying to strong arm us into having to buy the body that goes with those boots I liked so much. I paid for it. why can't I move it around, change the colors, or even scale it to the size I want? Maybe I wanted to make a fairy out of that avatar. Or maybe i wanted to scale it up to 7ft tall and be an ork. maybe I want to edit>stretch out a mesh boot so I can make it into a fantasy witch house, or turn a space helmet upside down and put flowers in it. A Walmart representative isn't allowed to fallow me home and tell me what I'm can cook in my new crockpot, or stop me from turning it into a planter, so why is this OK in second Life?