If you read my previous post (Dispossessed), you know that, if each of us in SL have a part in the general scheme of things (though I think not), mine wasn’t exactly in the virtual real estate arena. It isn’t that, at a personal level, I did terribly bad –I did everything there was to do, except to implement an advertising campaign, but that was intentional. I actually managed to rent a second lot to another friend for a couple of months, and though she recently abandoned it out of inactivity on her part (having too much to do in RL right now), it wasn’t because I failed at the job. There’s not much to do as a landlord anyway, especially when the only thing you have to “worry” about is to run an automated rental system (and there are a few to choose from) to keep everything in check. By the way, that plot is still vacant [click to visit], if anyone is interested.
The next thing I decided to try was to be a shopkeeper.
I’m not that industrious –nor skilled– as to become a content creator, so no: I’m not designing or selling original content of any kind. I’m just reselling my surplus of unwanted or no longer wanted gacha items that have been polluting my inventory for some time.
My “conditional love” to gacha-related affairs ended some time ago when this commercial strategy turned abusive circa last quarter of 2013. Since then I have almost stopped going to those spending orgies (some people insist in calling them events), except when some of my favorite creators decide to participate and come up with nice sets worth dying for (such as those taking part in the promising 6o Republic, starting tomorrow). Yet, even though my “involvement” has come to an (almost) absolute halt, I still have enough tradable goods to fill a warehouse or two. So, instead of renting a table or a booth in one of the many public yard sales, I decided to use another plot I own in Bay City to establish an improvised, and surely temporary, variety store to get rid of everything I can.
For this other enterprise, I’m occupying an area no larger than a 512 sq.m. plot with a double bonus prim allowance, or about 234 LI in all. I’ve been restocking the shelves (and the floor, and the walls, etc.) whenever they look empty, and that’s like two or three times a week sometimes. I’ve been selling the stuff for reasonable prices (usually quite below the original price), but frankly, I never thought I would have to resupply so often. So popular are all things gacha, I guess, that it’s no wonder there are so many resellers grid-wide.
But searching stuff in SL inventory is a burden beyond anyone’s tolerance, so it gives me the creeps every time I have to look for tradable goods to sell. As a result, I’ve been tempted to end this adventure whenever I have to rezz non-copyable items during SL common tantrum states. Yet, by thinking it’s a good way to let other people benefit from things I don’t need anymore, but which are too good to simply throw away, I still persist (for now) in this project. Though these objects are simply representations with not much tangible worth, I still see them as possessing a convincing enough value to refrain from deletion remorselessly.
To visit this little shop, locate the northeastern-most corner of the Sandwich sim in the western part of Bay City. There you’ll find a small warehouse building that goes by the name of Sandwich Mini Yard Sale [click to visit]. Be welcome anytime, but don’t expect to find wondrous items or quite a lot. It’s not the Epic Gacha Market after all.