Income (this period) from all AvMans
TB Sales: $27,157 (avg $27.85/purchase, $905.23/day)
Gross Income: $42,197
As you can see, these numbers are a tad lower than last month. While this is not what we want, it’s by no means the end of the world. More on that later.
Open to the Public
Thanks to Samsyn, Bruce, Mackie, and all of you – especially our new “Greeters” – There is now open to the public again. Again thanks to everyone, things have gone swimmingly, and we’re getting about 2X as many subscriptions per day as before. Of course, there’s a certain amount of pent-up demand, so we shouldn’t hang our hat on those numbers just yet.
By the way, we noticed that when members landed in Zona, Fisher, or Paiz, you ended up loading thousands of assets – assets required to render the PAZs placed just outside those Zones. In the Old There, we had one-way zones placed over those areas so this wouldn’t happen, so we had SamSyn place them again. I know that some people would prefer people could see those PAZs, but the experience is just too poor for new users. I’m not sure that means people should move their PAZs – they’re just as nice once you get there whether you can see them from the landing areas or not.
Hood Financial Crises
As I discussed on Thumdar’s site, I think we have a little Financial Crises going on with Hoods. I think that everyone was so excited about their hoods being available again, they went ahead and reclaimed them, without thinking through the cost issues.
In the old There, when we has a much larger population, it made economic sense to have all these hoods active, since there were renters to support them.
Now, with a smaller population, not all hoods can be filled to capacity. In fact, the ratio of hoods to members is huge right now, so much so that unless hood owners start renting from each other, there’s no way they’ll have a decent occupancy. Of course, as we get more members, this problem will ease. Even then, we have to accept the fact that there is a new economy in play here and some people may not be able to afford to run hoods on their own. One of the things I’ve asked SamSyn to explore is the ability to create a “Decorators Club” for each hood, owned by the hood owner, by which the owner could give trusted friends co-decorating rights to the hood. As long as people can get along, this might it easy for hood owners to join forces, and create one profitable hood where 2 or 3 unprofitable hoods existed before.
It’s been suggested that There “do something” for the hood owners such as subsidize them in some way. We’re not going to do that – it sets a very bad precedent, and once we start “subsidizing” it will never stop. Anyone familiar with the last real-life subprime mortgage crises will know exactly what I’m talking about.
I’ve asked SamSyn to look into 3 smaller things while we work on resurrecting the Developer program:
- Hood Co-Decorating Privileges (see above)
- Ideas for a “Trial” program in case that becomes an issue
- A “Who Dropped Me” Tag/Information Item so we tell who dropped a particular object where. I think that implementing this will help deter people from grie… inadvertently dropping things inconsiderately.
I’m sure that other things will come up that we have to attend to, but that’s today’s small update!