I do think this is a bit much. Some creators charge L$1 simply because it makes it easier to track trends. Since most hair and skin designers use non-scripted vendors, they rely upon LL's transaction history to tell not only what people are buying, but what people are thinking about buying. By charging L$1, they are able to filter out L$0 transactions (which includes every notecard, every landmark, every resident-to-resident inventory offer, etc. etc.).
Designers certainly are not getting rich off of demos, trust me.
LOL i dont think anybody is saying that designers are getting rich from selling 1L$ demos . They're simply saying its very off-putting to be charged just to try something on .