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  1. How can I get my Marketplace Listings Cleaned up to eliminate ancient No Copy items and some updated items? I waited for the Marketplace updates. Thankfully I do not have a lot of items; but when I am trying to list new items; I have to scroll through blooming butterflys and old versions of products that have not existed for some time; and if you try to associate the wrong old product to a new one; it leaves a blank spot on the Marketplace Store Window for an associated item; but still shows it filling a spot when you are editing the item... I would really like to be able to clean out my Marketplace Inventory of Invalid Items. And please don't tell me to click the "Look For Errors Button".... It Found None... Thanks In Advance.. o,O
  2. ;-) 'Don't Sweat The Small Stuff; And It's All Small Stuff' Well; Unless you have a working blog with a good following and are studying fashion in college; I would suggest finding a Child RP situation that will put you in close contact with the SL fashion world so you can develope your skill set. Wheather you are looking for a position in a company or a relationship within a family; the ultimate goal is to 'Find Your Niche'. It's all about being happy, wanted, & useful. Please consider that being a good Child RPer to a Family that runs a business related to your interests in fashion and blogging; might be a better alternative to having an SL Job. Most merchants are also creators, and would respect your ability to contribute to the family business with textures and modelling products, and you could do your blog, and learn, and meet people and make connections. In Reality; it is no easier to find your 'Niche' in SL than it is in RL. While aggressively approaching a company as a prospective Child Clothes Model might get you the Job; searching for a specific family would be a lot more difficult; but in my opinion, much more rewarding and valuable. Big Decision : Do you want to become part of a 'Family' as a Child Avatar and dedicate your efforts to the entire benefit of the Family; or; do you need to create an Adult Avatar so that you can pursue your goals under your own name and brand? Remember: Anything is possible; especially in SL; and usually, only those with the courage to speak out and ask for what they want , get it... ;-)
  3. IMHO, the term Inworld Employment, is effectively safe, as the modifying term of 'Inworld' implies a difference equivalent to the generally accepted disparities between 'Real Life' & 'Digital Life'. But Hang On; If your Avatar asks my Avatar to fly a Happy Birthday Banner over an SL Birthday Party for a sum of $100L, on such and such a date at this time... that constitutes a verbal agreement, does it not? Bottom Line: The Legal Professionals will do whatever required to be safe and limit their liability working diligently 24/7 thinking up stuff many people will never know existed let alone comprehend. The majority of Society (be it SL or RL) tend to operate on A Person's Word, A Handshake, A Good Feeling, Luck... You know the saying; 'Life Imitates Art' ? We made Movies about going to the Moon; then we went to the Moon... We strive to make SL more like RL ; Sooo, SL will probably continue to be more and more like RL.... Hmmm IMHO, the term Inworld Employment, is inherantly unsafe as a legal term with limited liability with respect to implyed legal and financial obligations, which we may or may not be prepared to .......... ;-)
  4. Well now; that is a complex question. I am sure there are at least as many marketing theories as there are merchants, and probably more. And I suspect, some have a few tricks they would prefer to keep secret. But; lets start with some reasonable and logical things that can be done in a practical way. Make sure; while you are still new; you have a store name and logo that you are extremely happy with and never change it; unless years from now you feel you can freshen it up without messing up your ability to be recognized. I treat Listing Enhancements like a Holiday Ham; once in a while for a special event is fine but it is not for everyday. Marketplace provides sales on comission basis with no constant rental fee as in an in world land based store. Take advantage of this and minimize your expenses. More Products, More Products, More Products; the more variety of models, types, styles, colors, even choice between no copy or transfer versions of the same product; increase the odds that you will have something for everyone. You did not say what types of things you sell; but there are some basic ways to promote those also. High Fashion clothes would benefit from being seen in some of the Runway Model events and rubbing elbows with your potential customers. Club Clothing can be shown off by the Hostess at Events (Contest Boards) you choose to sponsor via the prize money and some free items for the Hostess to wear. Homes and Vehicles can benefit greatly from an inworld location where they can be displayed and or demo tested. On Marketplace; use as many high quality pictures as you can stand to upload; it is free, and pictures sell. Use the Related Items feature to the fullest. For Example: You have a line of skirts in various colors, available seperately, Create one in basic black or white and list it at a reduced price and associate it with all your other colors at the standard price. Have freebies or cheapies that have other items associated with them that you want to promote (FREE compared to listing enhancements) Be Patient; Marketplace sales start and stop and go up and down all the time. Be Consistent; pick a fair price and stick to it; Sales are fine, but cutting your price in half all of a sudden because you suddenly decide you set it too high, is personally difficult for me; as I feel bad for any who purchased the product at the previous price. Be more than Fair and Helpful; when Marketplace totally messes up a delivery; I just give the Customer the item in world with no regard to whether I got paid or not; that Customer will make an effort to try and purchase from you in the future, and may, in the process, tell unknown numbers of friends that they found a new store for them to shop at. In Closing; it may be of interest to note; items under $10L can not use the profit split / distribution function.... Items between $10L-$20L may give slightly more comission to the operation of the Marketplace System. And of personal interest to me: the ability to sell no copy items such as breedable animals, is still not functional, to my knowledge.
  5. I have a small MP Store; the weekend had no sales for me; had a little jump at the beginning of the week. There are still issues, besides the deleted items still showing up and pictures from other merchants mixed into each other's stores; we are also still waiting to be able to sell 1 off no copy items such as the breedables are. It might be that everybody blew off steam in the blogs and are now concentrating on voting on and paying attention to the JIRAs that have been filed...
  6. Not exactly ; but I have an item that is not in the Magic Box ; never been uploaded in DD; but when I got to change and associated item for another listing; I can see the product in the list of products to choose from to associate to; but it is really not there; ugggg !
  7. As others have mentioned ; I have a small store also. It is difficult to track trends with so few sales; however, I can watch my cheapest & best seller sales go up and down as you have indicated. I don't know if it completely dissappears or what is going on; but when you average a few sales of a product every single day and then go a week or two with NO Sales; you know something bad is going on , on a regular basis. To those making RL Money from sales in SL ; I am extremely jealous; I have never even paid tier from sales; but again, I only have a few items. I have learned a bit; and I think I will take my experience and my effort and start trying to sell stuff on Ebay (RL Stuff, not SL Stuff).... I got to find some way to make RL money; and this 'Game Money' can't even pay for my 'Game Experience' let alone any left over for RL...
  8. Right On ; Whenever I get a failed delivery; I usually contact the person; see if they think they paid; if LL is holding money for 3 days no-one ever really knows; Most of the time I send the customer the item they desired; and tell them if they get a refund or the product later thay can make it up to me if they so choose. Losing a customer because of LL / MP failures is deadly to a small business like mine. I need word of mouth and NO Failures to make my few sales each week. I would rather give my product away for free with the chance they will tell a friend about the Exceptional Service I provided and a product they like; than to tell them they can't have my stuff because LL can't process a $L Transaction to save their Digital Butt.............
  9. We have all been greatly amused by the 'secret words' that cause our listings to get kicked out of General Catagory ; even more amused that the list of words is secret and when we tried to make a list; out posts got kicked... I love it even more that many items intended for Child / Kid Avatars can almost never contain the words Child or Kid in the name (pisses me off) My 'Child's Picture Frame' had to be renamed to 'Fun Picture Frame' to keep it in General. Also love that a 2 word phrase in English is too close to a 2 word phrase in Latin (an UnSpoken Language) that is kicking a listing out of General... Sooo; a bunch of your stuff got unlisted; have you tried to Activate one? Did it work ? did you try to migrate stuff to DD and the unlisted items are the items still in your Magic Box and are now 'Unassociated' ...?
  10. Phoenix is old code and will most likely never be able to operate the Merchant Outbox function. Do all your work in Phoenix, log on with Firestorm to upload using the Merchant Outbox; log back on with Phoenix. Almost all your work can be done with your favorite viewer; you only need a newer viewer for the upload. All your web browser work like uploading pictures, description/price changes, etc. is still done on your web browser and does not require the use of a newer viewer. The Merchant Outbox Folder seen in any (Phoenix) Viewer is Only A Folder, when using an old viewer. You will not see your sales items "sitting" in that folder no matter what Viewer you use. It is only a 'staging folder' and once uploaded, your products will not be found in that folder no matter what viewer you are on. Magic Boxs were great for me; but I like not having to rent land or a place to keep a magic box and no failed deliveries just because the SIM it was rezzed on had to restart... Comment on / off topic / thread... I used to follow blogs when our Desktop used to show the most current topics of discussion, I used to do my best to help answer questions, I used to try to keep on topic of the Original Post... Now; I can not find the same blogs I used to post in; I have no idea what is currently of concern... I almost never see new topics show in the current Desktop Display - This newer Forum / Blog style is dissappointing to me. If I want to look up old answers I can go to the Wiki - I want a new interface on my Desktop again, which shows me the latest posts of people asking questions, so it will be easier to be useful in the Forums again.... ☻
  11. I empathize with the issue of people with PCs that just can not manage to run the 'Newer (what are they calling them, Viewer 3 Code) Viewers, required to operate the 'Merchant Outbox' Folder. It may sound less than desireable; but you only need a certain amount of time on a capable machine with the proper viewer installed; log in; move items, upload, log off, thank you. All the rest of the 'work' is not dependant on that PC / Viewer now. I am saying; as a last resort; can you borrow time on a friends computer just long enough to do the 'uploading'. One time the IT Guy from where I work downloaded and installed something for me on his laptop because it was better than my PC ;-0 I Loved my Magic Box; I had it on multiple Regions too; lately with it only in 1 Region I have still had no problem; almost never had any failed deliveries. I feel for the Merchants who have to Migrate 100's or even 1000's of Products, it's a good deal of work even on the Products I didn't change, but we have to endure change for the hope of improvement ;-}
  12. Su - If you used a Magic Box for your store before and did not need to use ANS, you will most likely not need it now. As I understand ANS, it is a way to send your Store Sales Records to an 'Outside Database' and / or helping to link your SL Store with other WEB Based Activities. Your Computer STATS look fine. When I first started SL; if something did not work, we switched Viewers to see if it worked in another... It often did .... If the Merchant Outbox Window is not properly connecting to the Marketplace Servers; That will have to be the first thing to 'resolve' before any 'meaningful work' can be done.... Often trying in a 'Lag-Free' Region can help... In case anyone has not found these videos yet; let me see if I can paste in the links ;-} (YouTube Video) (YouTube Video)
  13. Sly - I only have a small store of a bout 25-30 items and I have migrated all of them over to DD. Only my Amaretto Bundles and Blooming Butterflys can not be moved yet. I only had to run Firestorm long enough to stick all the stuff in the 'Working Folder' and push the button...! took me a couple hours cursing the new code viewer, but you have to have V2 code to make it work, this is true, and Phoenix will not be able to implement it... but as soon as you are done with the 'Upload' you can switch right back to your favorite viewer.... If you want to go on voice inworld and have me walk you through the Migration Process that worked for me; leave Dark Larkspur a message ☻
  14. Van - The Magic Box Delivery will fail if the Region it is rezzed in has to re-start or has crashed; a Merchant always has to fix the delivery problem for the Customer. Also if the Magic Box is in a laggy Region or has crashed it's own scripts; there is more work for the Merchant and stress for the Customer. I only have a small store, so I have not used ANS, and I only needed to be on the "New Viewer" just long enough to migrate my products; I still play on my favorite viewer; no problem, still not forced to 'Live' with the 'New Viewer'. As to instant messages on sales; I am not positive if those messages counted toward you having your messages capped; in any case, a Merchant who has a lot of Product selling and prefers to log in to that Avatar Account; gets way too much notification, while it is fun to see for some of us who have small slow sales... ☻
  15. Ohhh - I forgot to warn you about needing to work with "Linked Objects"... And I looked up a starter page for you to go read... http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Building_Tools
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