I just had to add a comment here, that if you are just thinking about getting some virtual land to do something with, i might be an idea to look at mainland areas, and look for a quarter or a half a region or so..there is still a monthly tier to pay, but no set up fees...(ever)..
If i may be so bold here, could i suggest, like others have, that you could reduce montly tier, but not forever, say half price for 6 months or something like that..
I stopped being impressed about it all personally, and stopped "playing the game", when the mainland land market decimated in 2008..but thats just my opinion, and possibly not others. but i havent left though, still interested in seeing what happens generally..
Edit..i fixed a typo.