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  1. Hi friends, I've got a premium account and it's annually billed... coming up for renewal soon. If I cancel it and turn into a free account (with payment info on file still), will it change my account's Billing/Trading limits? Thanks in advance. <3
  2. I can confirm that I've also had the first error, where names start reverting to whichever product you use as a template. It seems to happen randomly for me, and with 200+ listings I don't always catch it. I hope people know to read the description. The auto fill thing is horribly buggy and leads to incorrect/useless search results. Avoid at all cost. Just copy and paste from another window, is my advice.
  3. As a consumer, I like wearing a combination of appliers and mesh clothing... because mesh clothing so rarely fits me properly and works best as a baggy things, I layer it with applier leggings, socks, camisoles, etc. So, I think system layers converted to appliers are still going to be a thing, now and in the future. As a creator of fashion, I like that appliers can allow me to add materials effects (shiny leggings!) and more detail to my older system clothing. It's worth redoing items, I feel, even though there's a bit of a learning curve to it all. If your favourite system clothing creator's still around, you can always ask them about adding appliers for your mesh body. We're usually pretty good about doing that on request even if we have no plans to update something old.
  4. Darrius Gothly wrote: Alaska Metropolitan wrote: I made one ages ago based on Eloh Elliot's for Footwear Expo's fashion shows. I also have a Slink (female) applier for it. If you want it for vendor pics or anything like that, send me an IM and I'll drop it on you. Suggestion? Make it into a product, price it at what you think is appropriate .. and advertise it in the normal manner. See how it does. It might turn into a slow burner that .. over time .. keeps your account from hitting rock bottom. (and we ALL know the joys of "what do you mean all my money is spent?!?" ... LOL) Oh I have enough products to worry about and it's hardly up to my current quality standards. It's just a nice little skin for snapping some vendor pics. Maybe I'll mess around with it more and make a freebie.
  5. All right, I'll bite. I just tried a quick search on the beta. "red lipstick appliers" without the quotes around it. My brown lipsticks demo show up high in the results. The word "red" is nowhere in the description, features, title, or keywords. "Red" does not appear in ANY part of this product entry. BUT the product DID use the red lipstick product as a starting point using auto-fill. Same results in non-beta, though different placement in the results. Edit: I just visited my store homepage with "Relevance" selected in the dropdown... which is the default and I'm sure everyone is going to be using. What the... it's just random. And some of the listings on page one THEN appear again on page two, it seems to change constantly. ?!?! If there's rhyme or reason to the listing order here, I sure don't see it.
  6. I made one ages ago based on Eloh Elliot's for Footwear Expo's fashion shows. I also have a Slink (female) applier for it. If you want it for vendor pics or anything like that, send me an IM and I'll drop it on you.
  7. Aargh. This is still happening. I didn't get email notices for several low-score reviews in the last few weeks, and this means I didn't get a chance to address the issues for my customers. (Please don't leave customer service notes in a review. IM us in-world instead. Apparently we'll never see your request/feedback.) Sorry to necro post but I needed to vent. As a Marketplace-only merchant, this is very frustrating to me. :matte-motes-angry:
  8. "merchants demand answers and the ability to plan. In terms of Mesh, LL isn't delivering that. So they're just kind of playing around, kicking the dirt. There are some nice mesh designes out there. But I think a lot of the creativity is being held back until we know for sure what mesh will lead to." From my perspective as a content creator, there's absolutely no point in learning and working with rigged mesh clothing in Second Life until there's a definitive answer about the Deformer. I don't want to waste time on multiple sizes if they'll become obsolete soon; I hate the idea of "standard sizes" and think they're far too small.
  9. I've written a short guide on shape proportions here : http://slfashiontutorials.com/tutorial-feminine-body-proportions-for-different-kinds-of-avatar-shapes/ that might be helpful when creating your own! Even if you buy a shape, make sure it's copy/mod permissions so you can tweak it to make it your own for different mesh clothes and skins.
  10. I'm already kind of working on something like this (ever since Avatars United disappeared)... PM me if you want to beta test it, though it won't have many users until it's public!
  11. I need a custom mesh for clothing created. I'm looking for someone who can produce a high quality, rigged clothing mesh full permissions for me to use in fashion design. If this is something you'd be able to do for me, please send me an email at AlaskaMetropolitan@gmail.com with photos of other meshes you've made for Second Life, and how much you'd charge for the custom work. (Note that I can also give you a percentage cut of the finished fashion piece, but I don't make a lot of sales so it's probably more lucrative for you to charge me a flat rate.) If I end up loving your work (and working with you!) I'm also interested in a long term partnership. Thanks!
  12. I put through a request on March 13th to cash out to my PayPal account. Now, the money is no longer in my Second Life account... but it's not in PayPal either, 1.5 weeks later. I phoned Billing Support, they told me to phone PayPal. I phoned PayPal, they told me there's no record anywhere in their system of the transaction. When I view "Process Credit History" in my account panel, I can see the transaction information, but the Status field is completely blank. Even viewing the page source, there's nothing there. I've double checked that I used the correct PayPal email. I started a support ticket to LL yesterday and the only response I've gotten was "What's the PayPal email you used?" which is... already listed in the support ticket. *facepalm* I'm starting to get worried. The money's GONE, it's not in my SL account, it's not in my PayPal... is it possible this process takes more than the 0-5 days claimed and it's still in transit? Or... did I just lose hundreds of dollars that I'm counting on for my real life bills and rent??
  13. I need a custom mesh for clothing created. I'm looking for someone who can produce a high quality, rigged clothing mesh full permissions for me to use in fashion design. I'd like you to be able to work from my sketchesI'd like to receive the mesh, UV/baked map, and full permissions rightsIt must be riggedIf you create full permissions items for other designers, I'd like you to make changes before reselling my custom mesh (so that it's fairly unique to my clothing line)If this is something you'd be able to do for me, please send me an email at AlaskaMetropolitan@gmail.com with photos of other meshes you've made for Second Life, and how much you'd charge for the custom work. (Note that I can also give you a percentage cut of the finished fashion piece, but I don't make a lot of sales so it's probably more lucrative for you to charge me a flat rate.) If I end up loving your work (and working with you!) I'm also interested in a long term partnership. Thanks!
  14. *Shameless plug* I've got some eyebrow tattoo layers at my Marketplace store - because so many people had the double-eyebrow issue that Marianne mentions, I've got a sort of blank tintable mask thing you can try with it to help out. It DOES require fiddling, but the helper layer is free. Or you can find some brow-less skins out there, they do exist. I make those too! https://marketplace.secondlife.com/products/search?search[category_id]=&search[maturity_level]=GMA&search[keywords]=alaskametro+brows
  15. I've noticed it's a lot worse in the last 3 or 4 days... I used to hardly get any failed deliveries, now I'm getting at least one IM per day about them...
  16. I used to make a pleasing amount of money off Second Life! In 2006-2007 I could cash out $500 - $1000 per month in USD. At the time I was in school, so it helped to cover my living expenses while I got my diploma. I also used it to buy a new RL wardrobe. Then the economy in SL tanked. Now I make frak all.
  17. "A page that mixes secure content with unsecure content is inherently unsecure. Just because a few other sites make the same mistake that Linden Labs has with the marketplace does not make it an Internet Explorer problem. Linden Labs and other sites that make this mistake should make a correction by deciding which pages are secure and which pages do not need to secure. They should then implement the web standard such that secure pages have all secure content." ^ This. I've developed a few e-Commerce sites in my time, and this is a common issue you usually find when testing the site before launch. LL's solution, since they do have ads on pages that would need to be secure (like the checkout page) would likely be to https:// their ad server. Nothing's coming in from outside, it's just the ads, right? I'm just baffled that this wasn't caught before deployment!
  18. Damara Robonaught wrote: Thank you, Brooke! I can't agree more with Made, an e-mail notification when an item is delisted and when your products are rated would be really useful! ^ this!!
  19. Ooh! One of my (ancient) blog posts was linked from that article Note the date on this, though. It's pre-recession, so I think the economy is a much greator factor than when the post was written. WeeWillie is the type of shopper that creators would like to attract by participating in hunts or offering a gift. Unfortunately, 99.9% of the freebie hunters out there are really just going to grab your item, dash, and never return. It's a culture centered around not paying for things, after all. A better idea might be to use free incentives to reward loyal customers or followers... e.g. send a free gift out via subscribe-o-matic, or a points system to put towards a free purchase, or discount sale shopping events (this is a common First Life incentive: the "launch" of a line, they'll invite customers for a special preview event with XX% off.) These also have the advantage of making the customer feel special or rewarded! (Only 30 people in world have the beige "January" version of my Persephone shoe, because that's the number of names on my mailing list. That's a pretty exclusive freebie!)
  20. I think Harper's really gotten to the crux of the issue... which is what the consumer is going through. They make a purchase, they receive nothing, they still pay L$. They contact the seller... but in some cases in SL, the seller's moved on and isn't an active content creator anymore, or their IMs get capped, whatever. In some cases, the consumer decides to just buy the item again - double paying. In my opinion, it's a failure of the Marketplace technology to deal with the undelivered items... which can be undelivered for any number of reasons, ranging from broken Magic Box technology (even my up to date ones fail about 15% of their transactions!), set to busy, offline, server is down, etc. The Marketplace itself needs to address these issues and make it easier for both a) consumers to lodge a complaint and b) merchants to deal with it.
  21. No one is paying us for our time to produce custom content in the first place. Certainly not Linden Lab. The way to recoup our production costs is through selling our products. We're still losing money by providing a full refund... Keep in mind, while a lot of merchants are all "I just do this for fun" and are indifferent to their L$ balances*, some merchants are treating this instead as a real business and paying real life bills with their virtual wares. Naturally, one wants their customers to be happy. I'd just like LL to provide the basic tools we need to do business. A refund button on the Marketplace (that doesn't force the merchant to eat the commission!) for the hundreds of failed transactions would be nice. *I'm more in this camp myself
  22. I offer another item of the same value instead, for now... at least until the Marketplace has a way to do a proper refund. If peeps reallllly want a refund I can do it, but I hate to suck up the commission fee when I shouldn't have to!
  23. (Hey, we now have forums again instead of the stupid flogs. Yay!) So, I've had a couple of situations now where customers have tried to buy something off the Marketplace, the deliver fails or they're set to busy or something, the system fails to automatically give them a refund, and they simply buy the item again. Sometimes they're too shy to tell me they paid twice. I've found these by checking my transactions for anything strange. Here's the dilemma: If I give them a refund in-world, like I morally and ethically should, I am losing money because, while they paid $500 or whatever, I only received $420 or something due to the comission fees. LL keeps their commission on a transaction that really shouldn't have gone through at all. Furthermore, there's an awful lot of items rated one star on the Marketplace that look great... upon reading the review, it's always the same: "I paid $XXX for this and I never got the item!!!" What LL need to realize is that merchants are taking 100% of the blame for Marketplace glitches. It's costing us sales, lost time, and lost L$ in commission fees. Lost customers. What, in my opinion, should have been done with the new Marketplace? I don't think LL should have charged commission until the old Magic Boxes were replaced with something that doesn't fail 20% of the time. I don't think they should be charging commission right now. Failing that pipe dream, can we at least get a way to click a refund button for transactions on the orders page? Pretty please?? *goes back to hiding in a skybox drawing pixelclothes*
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