Everything in Second Life bugs me in one way or another, its what keeps me scratching at it.
This particular itch is to do with Marketplace, one of the first user generated digital content marketplaces and it was originally created by Users of Second Life not Linden Lab in that fine SL tradition of User Generated innovation. Linden Lab bought SLExchange, inherited all its issues, implemented a tax on each item sold and rebranded it SL Marketplace.
OK now lets back up a bit. Last year during SL’s 10th anniversary celebrations i finally signed up to Premium Membership. Ive since then struggled to find any benefits for being a premium member of the SL community (other than the grandfathered stipend). The problem from my point of view is that since the Second Life experience is different for almost everyone, i can imagine its hard to catch people in an area where Premium Features benefit them. I have no need of free land or free house, and most of the toys offered at random points of the year hold no interest for me.
So i’ve started to wonder where in my daily use of Second Life could Linden Lab add Perks to justify my Premium Membership. Well one such area could be more options for my Marketplace Store page. Every Merchant has a store front, and its typically a mess of items that has not changed since LL acquired SLExchange. I would love to as a Premium Member be able to add featured items to my store front, create groupings of items and have more dynamic choice over how my products are presented through the year on my Marketplace Store Front.
Here is a simple mock up…
Of course another Premium Perk could be to lower the tax on sold items.