I second sentient's comment. I, for one, have found the ability to hold and either sell or rent land out to be entirely fruitless with all the departures. Further, without a competitive currency exchange backed with the full faith and credit of SL, the best bargain won't be a virtual world of any kind, because the other virtual worlds I've seen and investigated have static currency exchange rates, from which a commission is deducted on sale, IF you can sell the currency back at all. Back before the banking crisis/scandal IRL, SL had it all. Since then, it seems to have thrown most of what it had away. Taking what isn't broken and applying slapdash "fixes", and rolling over the rest of the fixes until everyone's tired of waiting isn't the way to run a successful business entity - and continuing with the ignoring of customer base needs for genuine means of inworld moneyflow and occasional profittaking by customers is killing the very roots of that which made SL grow during the time I've been here. At commerce office hours today, I learned by both what was and wasn't said that for all the shuffling of the deck chairs, SL's still headed for the icebergs. This, despite every good-intentioned suggestion and economic warning able to be given by its once loyal user base. I wish I didn't have to say it, but it needs saying, so I've said it. Merchants and shoppers alike...watch your wallets, and do what's best for them.